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Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Pressed Finishing Powder

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Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Pressed Finishing Powder

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Touch-up your makeup with this invisible pressed powder. It blends effortlessly into any skin tone so you can set your foundation to 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 without flaking or clinging to dry patches. The formula is talc free & oil free & it can be used as a treatment to improve overall skin clarity & texture. It comes in a convenient compact with touch-up brush so you can mattify without the mess.

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. Talc free . Oil free. Fragrance free. Dermatologist tested.
Use included sponge for on-the-go touch-ups or your favorite powder brush for buildable applications.

Finishing powder: Dust translucent formula over your foundation, focusing on the oily T-zone to set your makeup to a natural matte finish.

Treatment powder: Apply the formula alone onto clean skin to eliminate shine & blur pores while allowing skin to breathe.
Mica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Silica, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Glycerin, Kaolin, Carrageenan, Xanthan Gum, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol.

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TarteSmooth Operator Amazonian Clay Pressed Finishing Powder
 
4.2

(based on 204 reviews)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (143)
  • Controls shine (136)
  • Easy to apply (136)
  • Doesn't settle in creases (105)
  • Blends well (99)

Cons

  • Messy (18)
  • Poor coverage (12)
  • Unnatural color (12)
  • Causes breakouts (4)
  • Settles in creases (4)

Best Uses

  • Oily skin (86)
  • Normal skin (55)
  • All skin types (54)
  • Sensitive skin (35)
  • Acne prone skin (30)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (97), Budget shopper (61)

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5.0

Great for oily skin!

By Julie K.

from Columbia, SC

Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Pressed Finishing Powder:

My skin is UNBEARABLY oily most days, and yet this pressed powder makes it seem to go away! It is the perfect finish to any foundation (I use Clinique!)

 
5.0

absolutely love!

By Bianca

from Wittmann, Az

About Me Budget Buyer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • All Skin Types

    Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Pressed Finishing Powder:

    I have combination skin and throughout the day I get shiny. Applying this the first time I was skeptical because using different brands of similar product didn't turn out well. I was pleasantly surprised that it took away my shine and made my makeup look refreshed without the cakey creased look.

     
    1.0

    Not worth the price!

    By KC

    from Monroe NC

    About Me Brand Buyer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Long-Lasting

    Cons

    • Messy

    Best Uses

    • Normal Skin

    Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Pressed Finishing Powder:

    Not worth the extra money.......Cover Girl acts the same.

     
    5.0

    Love tarte

    By Allison

    from MI

    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

    • Messy

    Best Uses

    • Normal Skin
    • Oily Skin
    • Sensitive Skin

    Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Pressed Finishing Powder:

    I have combination oily skin leaning towards very oily in the t zone during summer and this does a good job keeping the oil under control. My skins also sensitive so finding a brand so natural and cruelty free is another plus. The only down side is it can be kind of messy to apply, especially when using a brush.

     
    5.0

    Great to give oily skin a perfect matte finish

    By Emmafizzles

    from MN

    Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Pressed Finishing Powder:

    I have always had oily skin especially as the day goes on but this goes on perfectly and keeps me matte!

     
    5.0

    My skin has been healthier than ever

    By Andrea

    from San Antonio

    Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Pressed Finishing Powder:

    I've been using this with a B.B. cream and my skin has never looked better. I love it. Wish there was something in the market that could compete

     
    5.0

    Love It. This powder has no color and sets beautifully.

    By Biddie

    from Wilmington NC

    About Me Budget Buyer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Pressed Finishing Powder:

        Love this powder. Have tried others and always come back to Tarte. Love the no color, smooth look.

         
        2.0

        Ehh IT BREAKS ALOT

        By Alyssa

        from Pittsburgh

        Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Pressed Finishing Powder:

        It's an okay powder, IT BREAKS ALOT, I've had to use rubbing alcohol to fix it three times in the past month. And I tried baking and I have dry skin and this made my skin more dry. And the flash back is horrible, I be out here looking like sister James. I would not recommend especially for this price. Shame shame

         
        5.0

        Love this!!!!

        By Chris C

        from St Paul, MN

        About Me Brand Buyer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Oily Skin

          Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Pressed Finishing Powder:

          I have extremely oily skin and I don't know what I would do without this product! I have tried so many translunat powders and this is hands down the best.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          It works alright but contains carrageenan

          By Rachel the acne-prone oily gal

          from Raleigh, NC

          About Me Budget Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Causes Breakouts
            • Doesn't last long

            Best Uses

            • Dry Skin
            • Normal Skin

            Comments about Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Pressed Finishing Powder:

            This works pretty well for setting makeup but it doesn't control oil much for me. It also causes breakouts because it contains carrageenan, which I did not realize when I purchased the product. I kept thinking I was getting hormonal breakouts until I looked at the ingredients and realized this extremely comedogenic ingredient is in the product.

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            • Q:

              Where was this produce made?
              Asked on 3/18/2018 by bkasprzyk23 from undisclosed

              1 answer

              • Brand Expert

                A:

                This item was made in China

                Answered on 3/19/2018 by Brand Expert from Tarte
            • Q:

              Does this contain Talc? Its listed in the loose powder but not the pressed. Just want to make sure this is talc free.
              Asked on 11/21/2017 by Amy from Zanesville, Oh

              1 answer

              • Brand Expert

                A:

                This product doesn't have talc in it!

                Answered on 11/22/2017 by Brand Expert from Tarte
            • Q:

              The powder will not come off of the pan. It's like it's as hard as a rock. What do I do? I tried scraping of the top layer but no luck. I've used 3 different types of brushes. It's still hard pan. It's brand new, do you have any advice?
              Asked on 4/30/2017 by Powderpuff from Vermont

              1 answer

              • Brand Expert

                A:

                We're sorry you're having that problem! We recommend using a fluffy brush to rub off the top layer. Then, it becomes very powdery!

                Answered on 5/12/2017 by Brand Expert from tarte cosmetics
            • Q:

              Which lasts longer, the pressed powder or the loose powder version of this product?
              Asked on 1/2/2017 by Liz from Phx, AZ

              1 answer

              • Brand Expert

                A:

                They're both the same in terms of staying power! It's just one version is pressed & one is loose

                Answered on 2/12/2017 by Brand Expert from tarte cosmetics
            • Q:

              Can I use this product to bake?
              Asked on 12/12/2016 by Anna from Exeter,US

              1 answer

              • Brand Expert

                A:

                Yes, this is a great lightweight powder that won't crease into fine lines - it's perfect for baking!

                Answered on 12/13/2016 by Brand Expert from tarte cosmetics
            • Q:

              Does this product have flashback?
              Asked on 8/22/2016 by MrsSally from Oceanside CA

              1 answer

              • Brand Expert

                A:

                No, this product blends seamlessly into skin and looks great with flash photography.

                Answered on 8/30/2016 by Brand Expert from tarte cosmetics
            • Q:

              How much powder do u get in this?
              Asked on 7/11/2016 by Sarah from Ohio,Us

              1 answer

              • Brand Expert

                A:

                Thanks for reaching out! This product is 0.25 ounces.

                Answered on 7/11/2016 by Brand Expert from tarte cosmetics
            • Q:

              I get really oily around my nose and mouth area, and I have tried many foundations, and everyone I use, they attend to come off. I use different primers too. I am looking for a translucent Pressed powder to control my oil. Which one would you recommend? Also, which setting spray would you recommend
              Asked on 7/8/2016 by Amber from Corpus Christi, Texas

              1 answer

              • Brand Expert

                A:

                This is our best-selling setting powder that offers no additional coverage, just great mattifying and skin-perfecting benefits. It absorbs excess oil like a pro and is also offered in translucent and tinted pressed versions. For a great setting spray, we recommend trying our Miraculous Maracuja Makeup Setting Spray. It helps improve the wear of makeup for 16 hours. Hope you enjoy!

                Answered on 7/11/2016 by Brand Expert from tarte cosmetics
            • Q:

              Why does this turn my face white? Am I applying it wrong?
              Asked on 6/3/2016 by Heather

              1 answer

              • Brand Expert

                A:

                Thanks for reaching out, Heather! This product should not turn your face white. Use a powder brush to lightly blend it over the face to set your makeup in place.

                Answered on 6/6/2016 by Brand Expert from tarte cosmetics
            • Q:

              What about for dry skin? I've been using Laura Mercier.
              Asked on 2/7/2016 by greenfig28 from US

              1 answer

              • Brand Expert

                A:

                Thanks for reaching out! This product is infused with Amazonian clay which acts as a total skin balancer and is great for all skin types. For drier skin, it helps soothe and hydrate with a whisperlight powder formula that never looks heavy or chalky. Hope that helps!

                Answered on 2/9/2016 by Brand Expert from tarte cosmetics
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