Tarte is a brand that has really started to impress me and have loved everything that I have tried from them so far. Their Amazonian Clay Blush in Tipsy is a favourite of mine and the Lights, Camera, Flashes mascara gives me the biggest lashes ever. After visiting their head office in New York recently to meet Amelia and Estee, I decided I needed to try more from the brand. I was desperate for a new setting powder, so in the latest Sephora VIB sale I picked up the Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder, a translucent finishing powder that contains Amazonian clay to set make-up and diffuse imperfections.
I bought the mini size ($14), which is just so dinky and perfect for travel and I use it to set my make-up in my T-zone where I am the oiliest. This powder is as light as air and when applied feels like there is nothing there as it is exceptionally finely milled. It appears as a white powder in the pot but is completely transparent when applied to the skin. I absolutely love this powder, it mattifies my oily areas without looking cakey or heavy and completely (and I mean completely!) blurs my large pores which are mostly apparant on and around my nose, they actually look like they have disappeared! Because it is so fine, it can be also used to set concealer under the eyes without settling into fine lines. The texture of my skin appears more even and I don’t feel like I get oily as quickly. Yes, I still have to reapply but because of the weightless formula, I can do so without making the skin look flat.
This is available from Sephora, and also come in the full size for $32.
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