The Amazon is a vast tropical river basin filled with astonishing animals and prehistoric plants. Freaky!
But apparently the clay there only comes in eight different shades…
Tarte recently released a new foundation to go with their new Maracuja Divine Shine Lip Glosses, Amazonian Clay Blushes, Maracuja Blush & Glows and Bright Side eye brightener, and like some of their other products, it contains Amazonian clay.
Available now at Sephora stores and sephora.com, new Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage foundation with SPF 15 ($38) comes in a modest eight shades.
The foundation has been one of the things I’ve been really looking forward to trying from Tarte’s spring line, not just because it gets several five-star reviews on the Sephora website, but also because I already heart Tarte’s Smooth Operator Natural Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20 and their Pressed Powder.
Tarte says that adaptability makes Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage special. Designed for all skin types, it’s supposed to hydrate dry patches on the skin while simultaneously absorbing excess shine and oil.
This, I figured, had the makings of a major win!
My main concern? — would I be able to find a matching shade?
Well, not exactly… Tan, the shade that comes closest to my NC 42 skin, isn’t a perfect match. It’s a tad too light and peachy, and consequently looks a little ashy on me, but I still wanted to test the product’s other claims, so I wore it around the house.
Ingredients in Tan: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate Butylene Glycol, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Mica, Dimethicone, Silica, Phenoxyethanol, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Stearic Acid, Aluminum Hydroxide, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Caprylyl Glycol, Phytantriol, Hexyl Laurate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Sodium Chloride, Hexylene Glycol, Lysine, Tocopherol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Nylon-12 Fluorescent Brightener 230 Salt, Polyvinylalcohol Crosspolymer, Kaolin, Magnesium Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Zinc Chloride, Sodium Hyaluronate, Potassium Sorbate, Iron Oxides.
Despite it being designed for all skin types, Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage foundation might behave better on oily skin.
On my combination of dry patches on my cheeks and oily patches on my forehead, nose and chin, I felt like Full Coverage was hungry for every molecule of moisture! — fine for my oily areas, but after wearing it for a few days, my cheeks looked like cornflake central.
And I’m not super crazy about the finish…
Sometimes, I fancy a formal, matte look like this is supposed to create, but even foundations with matte finishes should still look like real skin, and to my eye, this one falls a little flat.
Tarte also wasn’t kidding about it being full coverage because a little goes a very long way. If I accidentally apply too much, it starts to feel heavy and approaches mask-like territory.
Swatches of Medium unblended and blended on the left and Tan on the right
And then there’s the issue of wear time. Tarte claims that this should last 12 hours, but I’m lucky to get six before it starts to break up and look patchy.
While Full Coverage and I won’t be running off into the sunset together, it might be a boon for guys and dolls with extremely oily skin. But only, of course, if they’re able to find a matching shade among the line’s limited selection.
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Sephora stores and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: C
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