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Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder

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Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder

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This microfine loose, invisible clay powder blends effortlessly into any skin tone to set your foundation to a breathable matte finish without chalky residue or flashback. The secret's in the clay - it naturally balances all skin types to absorb oil, minimize the appearance of pores & make your makeup last without flaking or clinging to dry patches. You can also use the oil free formula as an undereye baking or treatment powder - Amazonian clay will absorb shine to reveal a smooth, soft-focus finish.

Skinvigorating ingredients:
  • Amazonian clay: Acts as a total skin balancer by hydrating & reducing the appearance of dry, flaky skin, while removing surface oil & improving overall skin clarity & texture

Vegan. Oil free. Dermatologist tested.
Use a large fluffy brush and lightly dust finishing powder over skin alone as a treatment or over concealer and foundation to keep makeup in place and add a natural finish. For targeted application, use your ring finger to gently pat finishing powder over undereye or blemish concealer to keep product from migrating into fine lines, wrinkles and dry skin.
Finishing powder: Use a fluffy powder brush to dust over your foundation, focusing on the oily T-zone to set your makeup to a natural matte finish.

Baking powder: Use a small concealer brush to layer the translucent formula over your undereye concealer. Let it sit on skin for 5-10 minutes, allowing body heat to activate & set concealer into place. Then, dust away the powder to reveal a brighter, mattified look.

Treatment powder: Apply the formula alone onto clean skin to eliminate shine & blur pores while allowing skin to breathe.

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TarteSmooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder
 
4.2

(based on 682 reviews)

82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (503)
  • Easy to apply (465)
  • Blends well (355)
  • Controls shine (344)
  • Doesn't settle in creases (272)

Cons

  • Messy (86)
  • Unnatural color (37)
  • Poor coverage (30)
  • Settles in creases (24)
  • Doesn't work (14)

Best Uses

  • All skin types (229)
  • Oily skin (229)
  • Sensitive skin (168)
  • Everyday (124)
  • Normal skin (114)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (232), Budget shopper (126), Natural style (82), Classic style (57), Trendy style (40)
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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Bad flashback

By Eva B.

from Jacksonville NC

Pros

  • Easy To Apply

Cons

  • Horrible Flashback

Best Uses

    Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder:

    I bought this trying to upgrade my setting powder and I was disappointed in how it turned out. It works great if you decide to hide behind the camera because it gives the worst flashback. I tried even applying my makeup differently and it still didn't work. I won't be buying this again unless they fix the flashback issue.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Life changing

    By Emily

    from Columbia, MO

    About Me Brand Buyer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Controls Shine
    • Covers Well
    • Doesn't Settle In Creases
    • Easy To Apply
    • Lightweight
    • Long-Lasting
    • Silky Finish

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Normal Skin
      • Oily Skin

      Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder:

      I have issues with some of tartes products but I absolutely love all of their powders. I have combination skin and my nose is always flaky and super oily. This somehow helps with both of those issues. I use lotion and a pore minimizer under my foundation as well but once I started using this setting powder it got a lot better. I use this every day now and I highly recommend to anyone with oily skin!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SETTING POWDER &FINISHING POWDER

      By Bella

      from Costa Mesa

      Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder:

      I bought this in my early makeup days before I knew the difference between setting powder and finishing powder. I bought a powder that I wanted to set and bake with since I had run out of my first ever SETTING powder, Bye Bye Pores. The worker at Ulta recommended this to me. I used it for a while but noticed that it was drying out my skin like a raisin and when I baked with it my skin looked worse than before. THIS IS BECAUSE I WAS USING IT WRONG.

      SETTING powder is used to set your foundation once it has dried and you're ready to move on to powder products in your routine (I.e. blushes), FINISHING powder (what this is) is used as a last step to smooth the skin after all of the face makeup has been applied. It is not typically applied all over, and it is not used to bake. It does not set foundation correctly.

      Later on I bought my first container of Laura Mercier setting powder and it changed my life, and now I use this powder as a finishing touch if I think my pores need one last cover or my skin looks a little more textured than usual. It works like a dream when I do that, especially compared to both the NYX Hd setting powders in loose and pressed. This really finishes your makeup, it DOESNT set it.

       
      5.0

      Love

      By Kenz

      from Toledo

      Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder:

      It is so smooth under my eye doesn't flash back and keeps me crease proof under my eye which is very rare for me!!!!

       
      5.0

      Amazing!

      By alexiav143

      from Santa Barbara, CA

      About Me Brand Buyer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Controls Shine
      • Doesn't Settle In Creases
      • Easy To Apply
      • Lightweight
      • Silky Finish

      Cons

      • Messy

      Best Uses

      • Acne Prone Skin
      • Oily Skin
      • Sensitive Skin

      Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder:

      I love this powder. It keeps my skin from becoming too oily as the day goes on.

       
      2.0

      I don't love it

      By Misaki

      from Harrisburg P.A

      Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder:

      I did not Like it it's Dry fast and it's looks White at the end of applying the powder ...

       
      5.0

      This product is great!

      By GG

      from Quakertown

      About Me Brand Buyer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Doesn't Settle In Creases
      • Easy To Apply
      • Lightweight
      • Long-Lasting
      • Silky Finish

      Cons

      • Messy

      Best Uses

      • All Skin Types

      Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder:

      You don't need much and it makes your face completely matt; no more sticky foundation!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      FLASHBACK!

      By Bperez219

      from New York

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Doesn't Settle In Creases
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Messy

      Best Uses

      • Oily Skin

      Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder:

      Unfortunately, I had to return this product because it gave me a horrible flashback. No matter how much I blended it, I still looked like a ghost. It was awful! I would not buy this again unless they fixed the flashback issue.

       
      2.0

      Feels great, but dries white

      By ultafan

      from st Louis

      Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder:

      I love the way this powder feels on the face. unfortunately it does not dry transparent. I know others have mentioned the flashback, but even if you are in sunlight it looks awful.

       
      3.0

      Horrible flashback

      By Jan

      from Portland Oregon

      About Me Budget Buyer

      Pros

      • Controls Shine
      • Doesn't Settle In Creases
      • Easy To Apply
      • Lightweight
      • Silky Finish

      Cons

      • Flashback
      • Messy

      Best Uses

      • Oily Skin

      Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder:

      This products works very well but the flashback was soooo back and even without flash it looked like I just put white powder all over my face and it was kind of patchy. DO NOT WAIST YOUR MONEY!!!

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      • Q:

        Can you use this with Rainforest of the sea setting spray ? if so, should I spray before or after applying the powder?
        Asked on 3/23/2018 by Alenatsa from houstob

        2 answers

        • CUSTOMER CARE

          A:

          Yes you can use the setting spray and you'd apply the spray after the powder.

          Answered on 3/24/2018 by Official Answer from Tarte from Brand Answer
        • Brand Expert

          A:

          Yes you can use it as a setting spray. You would spray this afterwards!

          Answered on 3/24/2018 by Brand Expert from Tarte
      • Q:

        Under the ingredients section it does not list the actual ingredients. What are the ingredients?
        Asked on 2/26/2018 by W from Los Angeles, CA

        1 answer

      • Q:

        I use the urban decay all nighter foundation and tarte shape tape concealer then this powder to set but when i use the flash on my phone i look all white and chalky is there anything i can do to fix that?
        Asked on 5/18/2017 by Thea from Omaha NE

        1 answer

        • Brand Expert

          A:

          The powder maybe be too light to set the shade of concealer that you're using. Flashback is usually caused by a powder being too light or not being fulling brushed/blended away.

          Answered on 6/1/2017 by Brand Expert from Tarte
      • Q:

        Whenever I take a flash photo, you can still see it no matter how much I blend it. How do I fix this problem?
        Asked on 4/3/2017 by taylorgang from Richmond, VA

        1 answer

        • Brand Expert

          A:

          That's strange - are you sure it's not your foundation underneath? Do you wear one with SPF?

          Answered on 4/17/2017 by Brand Expert from tarte cosmetics
      • Q:

        I love this powder but it whites me out in photos and I sling off excess before I apply. Do they make this in tinted but still loose powder.
        Asked on 3/27/2017 by Autumn from Alexandria la

        1 answer

        • Brand Expert

          A:

          No but you could try our Amazonian clay airbrush foundation. It's a similar lightweight, loose powder texture but gives you full coverage.

          Answered on 3/29/2017 by Brand Expert from tarte cosmetics
      • Q:

        I really love this product, I have found that it is the only powder that does not crease on me. However, when I set my under eye area with this powder it always makes that area darker. Why?
        Asked on 3/24/2017 by dark circles from Bakersfield, CA

        1 answer

        • Brand Expert

          A:

          That shouldn't happen because it's a translucent formula - it may be your concealer.

          Answered on 3/31/2017 by Brand Expert from tarte cosmetics
      • Q:

        Which Tarte brush do you recommend using to apply this powder? (Ex: applying the powder over Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Foundation)
        Asked on 1/25/2017 by Jenna Green Eyes from Western Iowa

        1 answer

      • Q:

        What type of brush would you use with this powder? Could you use a Beauty Blender or something comparable?
        Thanks in advance. :)
        Asked on 1/4/2017 by Kait from East, Texas

        1 answer

        • Brand Expert

          A:

          Yes, you totally could use a sponge to lightly dab or a fluffy powder brush.

          Answered on 2/17/2017 by Brand Expert from tarte cosmetics
      • Q:

        I love the Tarte Smooth Operator and reading the comments, everyone was talking about "bake". What does bake mean?
        Asked on 10/8/2016 by Eva from Milford, Texas

        1 answer

        • Brand Expert

          A:

          Baking is when you use a translucent finishing powder to set your concealer to a soft-focus look.

          Answered on 10/13/2016 by Brand Expert from tarte cosmetics
      • Q:

        Is this powder better over liquid foundations and concealers or can I also use it over powder foundation?
        Asked on 9/25/2016 by Jenna Green Eyes from Iowa

        1 answer

        • Brand Expert

          A:

          It's translucent so you can wear it over any tinted formula; however, it's best for setting your liquid makeup in place or absorbing excess oil for a matte finish.

          Answered on 9/27/2016 by Brand Expert from tarte cosmetics
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