Defeat Dull with the Tarte Provocateur Amazonian Clay Shimmering Powders

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Tarte Provocateur Amazonian Clay Shimmering Powder
Tarte Amazonian Clay Shimmering Powder in Rose on cheeks, bridge of nose and chin

And the hits keep comin’ from Tarte! The cruelty-free brand (one of Tabs’ faves) just launched two new pressed powder highlighters for spring called the Provocateur Amazonian Clay Shimmering Powders ($30 each). The name doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, but the powders do have some moves.


The almost weightless, finely milled grains feel like baby powder on my skin — unlike those other highlighting powders that make my pores look larger than the Grand Canyon. They can be applied to cheeks, brow bones, and décolletage for a highlighting glow. Use a little for a soft, subtle sheen, or a lot to shoot for the stars.

These continue Tarte’s Amazonian clay trend, too, supposedly adjusting to the wearer’s skin. Tarte claims they add moisture to dry spots while absorbing oil from slick ones, but in that regard I’m not totally sold.

Tarte Provocateur Amazonian Clay Shimmering Powder
Tarte Amazonian Clay Shimmering Powder in Champagne on the left and Rose on the right

Tarte Provocateur Amazonian Clay Shimmering Powder 2
Tarte Amazonian Clay Shimmering Powder in Champagne on the left and Rose on the right

Tarte Provocateur Amazonian Clay Shimmering Powder ingredients

Tarte Provocateur Amazonian Clay Shimmering Powder swatches with the flash
Swatches of Champagne on the left and Rose on the right with the flash

Tarte Provocateur Amazonian Clay Shimmering Powder swatches without the flash
Without the flash

Tarte Provocateur Amazonian Clay Shimmering Powder on Karen of Makeup and Beauty Blog
Tarte Amazonian Clay Shimmering Powder in Rose on cheeks, bridge of nose and chin

But as far as these look, I’m a fan. Both have a considerable amount of pigment and a finish that’s more sheen than shimmer. They remind me of MAC Beauty Powders, which I love.

Things these powder do NOT contain: parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, petrochemicals, phthalates, GMOs, Triclosan

Even though I think cool golden Champagne and warm golden pink Rose look lovely, I would love to see Tarte come down on the price (hint hint!).

All told, I prefer the way Rose looks on my tan skin (NC35), and I think Champagne longs for a lighter lass (it’s a little too cool and pale for me).


PRICE: $30 for a .32-oz. pan
AVAILABILITY: Available at Sephora stores and online

You might like the Tarte Provocateur Amazonian Clay Shimmer Powders if…

  • You like being able to spruce up your look with a soft shimmery glow
  • Your paws go up for cruelty-free beauty products
  • You like finely milled powders

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. Congratulations to the Packers! Tabs is totally thrilled. 🙂


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  1. Cassy says:

    The Champagne one is calling me but every time I get close, the price stabs me in the chest.
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  2. ooh, the glow on your skin is GORGEOUS! love the packaging, too!
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  3. Tracy says:

    These look just perfect! The Rose one looks fab on you!
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  4. applepark says:

    I didn’t know Tabs was a cheesehead! lol
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  5. Always on the lookout for the perfect highlighter- pearly shimmer, not sparkle- and pale enough for me, which generally means I end up using white eyeshadow! I’m definitely checking this one out soon!

  6. AnieJ says:

    Oh, I am all over this like a…makeup junkie…like me, on makeup, I guess. Well, it’s glorious!
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  7. Heidi says:

    I’m loving all the new things coming from Tarte these days. I just wore one of their new cream eye shadows today. I’m not sure what stores are selling it, I got it from QVC. It’s in a color called slate but I think it’s more of a rosey taupe color. Gorgeous! I put it on about 14 hours ago, no primer, and it hasn’t creased! Color me impressed!

  8. stacie says:

    I love the packaging. Thinking this could be a good alternative to High beam if you use more matt products xoxox
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  9. gio says:

    Rose looks gorgeous! It gives such a nice glow to your skin. I just wish it wasn’t so expensive!
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  10. Ishi says:

    Oh lovely packaging

  11. These are incredible – I have found a good shimmer hard to find over the years! Packaging is top class although price is a bit of a let-down.

  12. Ishi says:

    Ya that’s true it’s a bit expensive, but worth?

  13. Tiffany says:

    yay – LOVE Tarte this season. I have the rose already, and wonder if I need champagne too? they look kinda similar on your swatch, but since I’m fair I think they might be pretty different on me?

  14. Lala says:

    Love this packaging! It’s lovely. Plus, both shades are pretty. I’m curious, how does Champagne compare to Mary-Lou Manizer from The Balm?

  15. Nina says:

    oh those are so lovely! ive been using vanilla pigment to highlight but that powder is wayyyy easier to use!

  16. Advah says:

    Tarte’s about to get a good chunk of my wallet with their Spring collection, it’s lovely!

    Karen, any chance you could do a quick how-to for your eye makeup please? I’m in love with this look but always struggle with how far to take the dark shadow in the outer corner..

  17. Meghan says:

    These are cery pretty but I still love my Sephora highlighting trio in “Rose Pink.” You should try it out Karen it is VERY shimmery, but buildable. So if you don’t want your face to look like a glitter ball you just apply a very little amount!
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  18. Kerry says:

    The packaging on these is awesome, but I don’t think they’re worth the $30. Great review, as always, Karen!

  19. Lottie says:

    This looks gorgeous on you! You know what I’m loving more though? YOUR SHIRT! It’s too cute. I’d love to snag that more than these powders 🙂

  20. Kim says:

    I’ve become a fan of High Beam but I’m so darn lazy that I hardly ever wear it. Maybe powder would be an easier option for me. I’ll have to give that some thought!

    And, congrats to Tabs and the Pack. 🙂

  21. Christy says:

    Love them! Also, I like your shirt! Where’d you get it from??
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  22. Carrie says:

    These remind me of the beauty powders that recently came out with MAC’s Stylishly Yours collection. They were both only $22.

  23. Olivia says:

    Im a highlighter junkie and I def will cheack this out… although, how shimmery are these cuties? I have acne prone skin so shimmery products tend to caus me acne- YUCK!

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