Sweet Tarte: Tarte’s Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation

Meet the new (all-natural) kid on the block

For years now, I’ve been using my old faithful foundation, Neutrogena’s SkinClearing Oil-Free Liquid Makeup. And why the heck not: It doesn’t make me breakout (more than I normally do), and it blends pretty well. But, as much as I’m still a fan, I have to admit it doesn’t last all day, as a quick glance in my lovely office bathroom mirror reminds me around 3pm daily. So when C’s friend recommended Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation SPF 15, we were both curious. I should mention here this was the same friend that recommended my other new favorite product, Josie Maran Argan Oil, so I was eager to try this recommendation as well. She swore that when applied, even on days with bad breakouts, it covered bumps flawlessly. And so off to Sephora C and I went. 

And … it’s great. C and I bought our respective shades, and we found them to be extremely natural and flattering with our skin tones. The formula, which promises to intuitively adjust to meet your skin’s concerns, blends seamlessly, giving an airbrushed matte look that Neutrogena’s SkinClearing doesn’t. Granted, at $38 a pop, it’s still not something I’d use everyday, but it’s definitely my new pick for special occasions, or days when my skin is acting up and needs some extra, er, attention. If you’re more of a sheer foundation gal, this Tarte line might not be for you, but if– like moi– you need full, long-lasting coverage some days, this could just be the holy grail. I should also mention here that after a couple days of wearing, it didn’t cause breakouts or dry my skin out. Bonus points for being all-natural (what’s up Amazonian clay!) and having SPF 15. One more observation that annoys me to mention, as it did during my Josie Maran Argan Oil review: Lately, my favorite products, which I’ve found to be the least irritating to my sensitive skin, have been all-natural. Definitely food for thought. 

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