About half of the time back in college when I’d go to the library to “study,” I’d actually fall asleep with my face in a book. I’d wake up, peel my face from the paper, and look down to see huge oil spots on the page.
Gross, I know.
Ah, well… if I’d only known about the Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder and Brush Set, the one with the power of PM20 ($38, available exclusively through QVC.com).
If I’d had this colorless loose powder and soft, synthetic bristle powder brush with me back then, the only spots on my books would have been from bits of greasy fried chicken (because everyone knows studying chem is more fun with junk food), and NOT my oily skin.
Lately I’ve been dusting the powder on my face to set my foundation and concealer, and it works, keeping the oiliest spots on my forehead and nose matte for a solid eight hours.
The powder contains Tarte’s new favorite ingredient, Amazonian Clay, but it doesn’t contain parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate, mineral oil, petrolatum, synthetic fragrance or pthlalates.
And like all of Tarte’s products, both the powder and brush are cruelty-free.
If you’re not interested in the brush, you can also get the powder all by itself at Sephora for $28.
The only issue I have with the set is actually with Tarte over their claim about “PM20 technology,” which they say reduces the number and size of pores by 20% after four weeks. I haven’t used it that long yet, so I can’t contradict them, but, even if I had been using it for a month, I wouldn’t even know how to measure something like that. I looked and couldn’t find any links to back the claim on either the Tarte or QVC website.
It would be more convincing if Tarte included some numbers to back it up.
Still, I think the duo does a really good job. When it comes to keeping skin matte and shine-free, it’s almost great.
AVAILABILITY: Exclusively at QVC.com
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,