Rated 4.37 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review yes yes yes!!
I've repurchased this powder 3 times now, which really says something! This is the perfect setting powder. I have very oily skin and large pores around my nose and cheeks which are the bane of my existence. I've tried putting $$$ into primers and foundation, but I honestly feel that this is the difference. I use MUFE primer, Geurlain foundation and tarte blush then set it all with smooth operator. After a 13 hour shift at the hospital, my makeup can still withstand a night out afterwards. I touch up just once a day, if that. This is my ride or die, people.
Most Helpful Critical Review Ok Powder, Cheap Packaging
Tarte Smooth Operator is a sufficient matte finish powder. It covers well & does not cake, but does settle in to fine lines. The color choices are limited - there are no options for fair skin or light, cool complexions. The light option offered is for warm undertones and has a slight yellow/orange cast. The compact is very basic, somewhat cheap in feel. The lid hinge broke off my compact after 2 months of use - just sitting on my vanity, not carrying in a bag. I don't plan to purchase again.
Reviewed by 342 customers Favorite foundation
NorCalgirl from Sacramento, CA
If you like a natural foundation that makes your skin feel great this is the powder for you. I use over liquid foundation so that it helps set and just evens skin tone a little better.
V from Sacramento
I will definitely buy this again. I love it.
Lightweight powder for the win!
Product Junky from Terre Haute, IN
I don't like heavy foundation, especially in the summer humid months. This helps calm down the oily look after my skin care routine without weight.
liv from Chicago
I'm allergic to talc, so when I saw this powder I was excited to try. ONE day on my face and my skin was covered in red bumps. Thought I was safe with Tarte being a cleaner brand. Will be returning.
This is my go to powder, will not ever change
NurseJ from SD
I have very fair skin and struggle with rosacea. It has taken me a while to find a powder that covers and gives me a natural look. This does the trick!
The best setting powder I have had in a long time
Panda420 from Clackamas oregon
I love this products dosnt make my face havr a powdered look.
Bbarks from CA
This powder puts a flawless finish on my foundation without being cakey or having flashback! I apply with a big fluffy face brush and my foundation stays all day. I have super sensitive skin and am very picky about my products... this one is a keeper!
Setting powder smell
Martha from CA
Not sure why all the bad reviews about the smell. I use this everyday and mine has no smell whatsoever. I dont use the sponge included I use my own beauty sponge to dab on my t-zone area only. I'm not a matte type girl and prefer more of a radiance all over glow (I have normal/combo skin) and this setting powder works great for me. Its buildable so you have control how much coverage you want.
i buy this everytime
len from baltimore
makes me look pretty
Yes, will buy this product , again.
GG from San Antonio, Texas
I love it. Matches my skin color exactly. Doesn't leave my face shiny.
So far I really like smooths on not cakie
Syl from South Carolina
I really like this product will use again
Not a good smell
Angie E from San Diego California
I agree with the many review that this setting powder smells bad. I went in the store before ordering it online and try it on my hand and than I smelt it and honestly it smells like cat pee. Also it made my hand dry. Is a big no for me!!!
Love this product!
Sophie K💕🐶 from Phoenix, Arizona
This product makes my skin look beautiful and fixes the shiny look! I apply it with a big fluffy blending brush and it works well. The only issue I have is that I have to re-apply it often during the day, which isn't hard, but I just wish it could last all day with one application.
My go to
JLS from Montana
My go to powder, adequate coverage, natural looking, worth the money
Love as I do all my Tarte makeup!
Mary from San Diego
I initially bought the shade one lighter than Med and it was so light. But I returned for Medium and am very satisfied. I use this over the BB face primer and it's perfect for everyday wear and coverage but not too cakey or unnatural looking. Great job again Tarte!
Mandy from Michigan
I love everything Tarte! If your looking for full coverage, this is not for you. Its perfect for summer months when your tan and don't need much coverage. And it's good for your skin. Controls shine
I loved how nice it looks on your skin
Jess from Rio grande city tx
I loved it! I got the wrong color and im still using it but i do need a lighter one!
Very nice powder
JC in Tennessee from Tennessee
Like the value of this prestige product, like the purity of the line, this powder works great.
Helps with oil and shine! Great coverage
5150KOR from Pismo Beach, CA
I really like how this doesn't cake up. It helps cut shine and oil but is lightweight and natural color.
N/A from Rockford, OH
Not a fan of the color. The applicator is poor. It's too fine of a powder and doesn't stay on.
Love Tarte products but...
GM from Whittier, CA
The medium is too dark and the product does have a smell. I washed the sponge thinking it was that, but I just read someone else's review and they mentioned the smell.
Claire from Chicago
I was really excited to try this based on all of the positive reviews. I use a CC cream and have been looking for a setting powder with a little color coverage. I found that using this over my CC kept me looking shiny and didn't provide any additional coverage. I thought the tint in the powder would provide some coverage but really there was no difference between this and a translucent powder. I found that it settled into the pores of my T zone as well. I really like Tarte products but this one is going back.
2ND PURCHASE - GOOD PRODUCT
CLEVE from OH
Wanted a pressed powder to apply over my foundation. Great color to set my foundation, but I discovered it's great alone
Will always repurchase this!!
A Ritchie from La Habra
I use my fair share or drugstore and prestige brands. I've tried to find a more affordable dupe for this in fact, It wasn't restocked for a few months at my Ulta, forcing me to try 4 different brands before finally getting my hands back on this!! IT IS WORTH THE PRICE, there is nothing better.
Mewtwo from Edwardsville
The powder does its job but it has a horrible stench. I dont know if the smell is coming from the sponge applicator provided or the product itself.