Rated 4.13 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review Above the rest!
I love how well this product works to set my foundation. It doesn't crease when I use to set my under eye area which is a HUGE plus for me. I also love that it comes in a convenient compact so I can take it everywhere with me (which I do) to do touch ups throughout the day. I also completely love that this company uses natural products for their makeup. I have very sensitive, acne prone, combination skin and tarte's makeup line has never given me any issues. In fact, if anything it has helped to improve my skin. I love this brand so much and I would strongly recommend this brand to anyone! 😍
Most Helpful Critical Review Not as Great As I'd Hoped
I have super oily skin and only get hormonal breakouts on my chin twice a month; during ovulation and during menstruation. I bought this product to manage my oily skin better when I'm out and about. I usually use those oil blotting sheets, but they do remove makeup, so I thought I'd give some pressed powder a try.
It's silky and easy to apply, but it doesn't do much to soak up oil or prevent oil. Worst of all, it caused me to break out. I'm not writing it off completely, as I have a hard time paying more than $15 for something and not giving to two tries, but I don't have high hopes.
Reviewed by 239 customers Gross Smell
Hoppypoppy from Ca
This smells terrible when I apply to my face. I'm returning it. I always use the loose powder and will return this and swap for that.
Does not last
Kristina from California
I am a Tarte fan and i wanted to like this product and kept buying it although the results were not very satisfying. I have oily skin & would blot this powder throughout the day & it helps but only for a short time and it never fails, as careful as i am aware to be, the powder clay always breaks and falls and so you get less and less wasted product that you cannot save/use. oh and another con is that i wish the company had a mirror when I use it on the go. :( Unfortunately, I will be hunting for another.
Wanted to love this
Jenny from Kentucky
I really wanted to love this product. I have oily skin with large pores and love my setting powders; however, this one just didn't do the trick! The brush is rather ineffective at applying the product. A large brush works better, but the product itself is so loose that you lose so much product while loading your brush. I didn't find it covers my pores well or leaves a smooth appearance. As much as I wanted to love this, it just isn't for me!
Nothing like the original loose powder
S. from Seattle
Years ago, while having great results from the messy & difficult to use original loose Tarte powder, I dreamed of the same product in a compact. Just bought the compact one for my desk drawer & it is nothing like the original. Loose Amazonian powder lasts all day. With this compact, my T zone is an oil slick in one hour, no matter which brush I use to apply it. I'm a die hard Tarte fan, and this compact is THE worst and most misleading product in their line. Wish they'd stick to QC instead of false advertising. Whatever production changes are needed to formulate this in a solid compact, that has completely undone its effectiveness.
This stuff is terrible!
Jenna S from Minneapolis, MN
I purchased this because I had used the Smooth Operator pressed powder before. I wanted to be able to use the same foundation year-round and was just adjusting it using pressed powder. When I purchased this I noticed some fallout, but it got worse and worse until the whole thing cracked and started falling out in chunks. The other Smooth Operator pressed powders didn't do this so I am wondering if the translucent is just too dry. I will be returning this.
Will Buy Again.
Marline from Medford, OR
So light, and do effective. Locks everything in!
I like it a lot
Jaclyn from texas
I like to use the brush that it comes with.
I use a very light layer on my t-zone. I get oily there but nowhere else. (yay combination skin)
It lasts all day. I never have to re-touch-up.
The foundation I use is Urban decay all-nighter (full coverage, but buildable) foundation.
No oily cakey mess.. EVEN in the HOT Texas Summer. This product is saved in my MUST haves.
Brittany from Burlington, VT
Absolutely love this product. Sets my makeup and works great against shine. Makes my skin sooo smooth! I prefer this over the loose powder as its easier to control the amount when applying.
terrible. rush but great powder
Diana92 from houston, Texas
so first let me say I combination dry/oily skin. So I use this powder on areas that tend to be oily because this powder is one that will definitely soak up any oil on your face. If you have dry skin I do not suggest this. for dry areas on my face I use a different powder that is hydrating. but anyways i think this powder is amazing. I went to disneyworld recently and through the humid weather and all this helped keep my face from looking oily. the brush it comes with is terrible though. I use a super fluffy IT cosmetics brush. I dont use mine daily but I've had it for quite awhile and have yet to finish it. use the right brush and you'll end up not only saving powder but also getting it on your face evenly
I have used this for years and love it!
Nojan from WA
Kgray from Dutton, Al
I love this product and how light it goes on.
One of the best
Mama Fox from West Virginia
This is one of my favorite setting powders. Adds a matte but flexible finish. Would have given five stars however, in the pressed powder form this breaks up and turns loose pretty quickly. Probably better as a loose powder. You end up losing a lot of product in the compact form.
How do I use this?
Shana from NYC
I really wanted this to work but it doesn't work! I tried to use the brush but it picks up nothing. Then you brush it on your face and it still does nothing. I really like the compact itself but the product is terrible.
Maybe I'll try it with a powder puff but I'm pretty sure I'll get the same result.
Like a block of cement
NYCBella from NC
Picked this up by mistake when I wanted to purchase the loose Amazonian powder. Way to hard to even be able to use it.
Emily from Texas
I bought this because I love Tarte products, but this one turned out to be the single Tarte product that has failed me. There is so much fallout that it's basically like a loose powder, which I hate because of that reason. Also, because of the fallout I hit pan about a week into using it...
For the money (and for how much you get which is hardly any), get the UD de-slick pressed powder. Lasts so much longer and is way better in my opinion.
Mel from KS
Sets well, helps hide pores and fine lines. The thin brush helps get under the eye to protect my mascara.
MAKES MY PORES DISAPPEAR!
Mak from Ogden, Utah
This stuff is AMAZING for setting your makeup 😍 my only complaint is the price, you could easily find something that works similar. But I have always loved Tarte and all of their products! I would say if you're looking for a go-to powder for setting makeup, THIS IS THE ONE!! ...unless you're on a budget 😅
Not a fan
Ellie B from Mira Mesa
The powder is hard to get out and is just not working with me. The powder is also a little rough. It's also not so flattering over my foundation. I go this because the store was out of powder I normally use. I will not be buy this again.
Not a huge fan
Lil Snoop23 from Murfreesboro Tennessee
I just didn't care for the concealer at all. It would dry before I could even blend it in.
MrsNorris16 from Siler City, NC
The best finishing powder I've ever tried (I've tried over 40+ different ones!) and I'll continue using it!
Give this a try!
Reaudancer from Chattanooga, Tenn
At first I was hesitant in using this, the reviews were meh, but I can see why. You really have to get your brush in there to pick up the product but once you do, and apply it, it really sets your foundation and concealer, beautifully! Controls shine too! It comes with a brush that works fine, but use a good foundation brush to get more product to apply.
My Number One Finishing Powder
Alysha from Bay Point, CA
I've had my struggles finding a finishing powder that does not have horrible FLASHBACK! the loose powder of this one has horrible flashback so I was skeptical, but was proven wrong! This product holds my under eyes in place leaving an airbush look, so smooth not cakey at all, and I can get carried away sometimes lol. but for almost a year this has been my number one.
KatSt from Fort Worth Texas
Use it for quick deshine in Car..
Best setting powder I've personally used!
April M from Riverside, CA
I had been using and going between the Laura Merceir translucenct setting powder and the Maybelline Fit Me (as well as other brands along the way) before my best friend recommended this Tarte powder to me. We have similar skin types, and she loves it. I love Tarte products and own quite a few, so I figured I would give it a shot. Oh my gosh, am I glad I did! This powder not only keeps my foundation in place and looking better for longer, but it controls my shine longer and is perfect for touch ups along the way! It's not heavy or cakey on the skin, which I love!
Lots of flashback, drying, and makes skin flakey looking
Kayla from Corona,Ca
Major flashback, cakes up around creasing, and makes skin look flakey, dry.