The Tarte Colored Clay CC Eye Primer Stick: For Lids So Smooth It’s Criminal

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Tarte Colored Clay CC Eye Primer

The new $21 Tarte Colored Clay CC Eye Primer Stick

For lids so smooth that people might think you sold your soul AND your cat to a sketchy character in a shady back-alley deal, there’s Tarte’s new cruelty-free Colored Clay CC Eye Primer Stick ($21).

I swear, this primer makes my lids, which are usually a hotbed of fine line action, look 10 years younger.


Tarte Colored Clay CC Eye Primer

As it is in several of Tarte’s new fall products, Colored Clay is the star ingredient. It’s supposed to color correct itself on the skin, absorb oil, smooth the skin and, over time, reduce redness.

Tarte Colored Clay CC Eye Primer

When I apply eyeshadows on top of it, I get about 8-10 hours of wear with very little creasing, and whatever I layer on top looks great — smooth, elegant, refined, and not heavy at all.

Tarte Colored Clay CC Eye Primer

I just draw a bit of the creamy pinkish beige on my lids (twist up the pencil, and swipe directly on your skin), blend it out with a finger from lash line to brow bone, and that’s it. Products layered on top look exceptionally smooth, and I really do think my lids look younger.

Tarte Colored Clay CC Eye Primer

Of course, my fine lines don’t completely disappear… Like the Kardashians, they’re bound and determined to eventually take over, and this is a primer stick, ya know? Not a Christmas miracle. 🙂

Tarte Colored Clay CC Eye Primer

The only drawback I can see is that the primer does tone down the intensity and shimmer of the shadows I layer on top.

Not too crazy about that… I like my primers to turn things up! I want my eyeshadows swinging from the chandeliers!

But no.

PRICE: $21
AVAILABILITY: Available now in the permanent collection at Tarte counters and online

Euphoric moments with cake…

Cake. I’ve been thinking about it, and craving it, and talking about it all week long. Almost obsessively (well, more than almost).


El Hub, sweet soul that he is, noticed this and surprised me last night with a slice of chocolate fudge cake from Safeway. 🙂

I’m not kidding, babe, when I finished eating that cake, I danced a dance of joy. I seriously felt like dancing, and I did. It was THAT good.


Your friendly neighborhood cake addict,



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  1. I liked the thoughful packaging of the primer.. hate digging fingers in the pot. :P.. but toning down eyeshadows… No!!
    I like my primer to amp up the look too.. not tone down..

    Cake.. mmm.. yummmm yum!! I am craving for a chocolate fudge too.. :sluurrpp:.. I shall have one over the weekend.. 😀 😀
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  2. Crystal says:

    I’ll stick with the Nars primer, which you reviewed and recommended a while ago. I love that stuff!

  3. Heidi says:

    Younger looking eyelids? Yes, please!

  4. Agata says:

    Smoother, younger looking lids? Yes, please! I am just not sure if I like that it makes eyeshadows look more intense but I am willing to give it a try!
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  5. Sylirael says:

    Woo! Sounds like a bona fide miracle product! 😀 I love how that gorgeous plaette is in the background of all the Tarte shots, as is deserves to be 😀
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  6. I am more interested in that chocolate fudge cake you had than the primer to be honest. I prefer liquid formulas. Now. About that cake. Can you describe it for us? Show us a picture? Or even better, bake me one? I am so craving chocolate cake right now!
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  7. Alison M says:

    Ugh. Have mercy. CAKE! I skipped my bakery treat yesterday because we’ve been getting a pie or small cake every Sunday and my poor skin is paying for it. What I would do for some chocolate fudge cake right now! What a sweet Hubs you have 🙂

    I’m on the hunt for an eye primer that covers up the veins in my eyelids. I tried NYX eyeshadow base in Nude, but everything creases. Yuck. Maybe Tarte’s is the answer. But like you, I’m not so keen on it toning down the shadows.
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  8. fancie says:

    Lmao @ swinging from the chandeliers! I can definitely understand that! This still sounds like a pretty good primer. I’m interested in adding it to my kit
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  9. Kim says:

    I could certainly use some younger looking lids (and some that are less droopy, while I’m at it). I usually use Pro Prime from lash to brow and under my eyes to keep my liner sticking all day. How do you think Tarte’s primer compares to Pro Prime?

  10. K says:

    That circle thing with the snake on it — Is that the Rainforest After Dark Palette? I’ve seen it in a few of your Tarte reviews this week. Will we be getting a review of that as well? I’ve been curious about it, and eagerly awaiting bloggers’ reports of it!

  11. Linda says:

    I have been trying this primer for 3 days and it’s about to go in the trash. Talk about crease city! It did NOTHING to keep my eye shadow on. It does kind of smooth the lids and mute out color imperfections, but patchy shadow at the end of the work day is not cool.

  12. Niki T. says:

    Adding to my long list of Tarte products that I need to buy!

  13. Tonya says:

    I just bought this today, based on your recommendation. I hope I LOVE it. It swatches very nicely on my hand.

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