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Tarte Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on August 14, 2012
This is not finishing powder. This is magic fairy dust. No, seriously. This stuff is MAGICAL. I'm so used to buying cosmetic products that claim to do all these great things, but really don't do anything. This does exactly what it says it will do! Minimizes your pores!

I put this over my SKIN79 BB Cream, and it looks amazing. Any imperfections that that my foundation doesn't cover, this does. I really don't know how, because it's translucent, but it does! I thought my old powder covered my pores pretty well...but then I tried this stuff, and what a difference! You can't see any of them, not even the big stubborn ones around my nose.

But my favorite thing that this does is get rid of my oiliness! I get extremely oily on my T-zone just a few hours after doing my makeup, no matter the weather, but especially when it's hot. No product that I've tried has ever helped it. But when I put this on in the morning, I'm completely shine-free ALL DAY! That is a huge deal for me!!! If it's really hot and I was doing something strenuous, sometimes I'll put a little more around my nose midway through the day and problem solved! Doesn't get cakey at all.

Oh, and the first few days I used this, it dried out my skin a lot. The first two days it made my skin feel almost unbearably tight, despite my trusty moisturizer, and I was going to stop using it. But the third day it felt less tight, and the fourth was much better, and then I didn't feel it all. I guess my skin just had to get used to it. So if this happens to you, give it a few days.

So yeah, this stuff is a bit pricey. But for the results and confidence it gives me, it's a very small price to pay!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 30, 2011
I have been a hard core BE mineral veil fan for over 10 years. I just received my Clay Finishing Powder, and I am so impressed. When applied, it does not look white or chalky. It does what it says! It controls the shine for MUCH longer than BE. This powder gives a matte finish..not the "glowy" (oil-breakthrough) finish. And it does make my pores appear much smaller. For anyone with large pores...this is a must. I've worn it alone as well as with Tarte Clay Powder Foundatin. Either way...it looks great! BE just lost one of their long-time customers!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 16, 2012
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I think I like this stuff. Lately, I've been dealing with really shiny skin. I haven't had breakouts since I've been using products that work for me (finally). I don't like to use foundation, so I thought this stuff would be great because it's light and would help absorb the oil. Smooth Operator works nicely on it's own, doesn't have a color, and evens out your skin tone...but it only works for a couple of hours on me. Max. Then I have to re-apply just like any other powder. What I really like it for, is my eyebrows. It does a really good job of sealing them after I apply eyebrow pencil, so my eyebrows stay in place MUCH longer. I also like that it's pretty pure and doesn't contain a bunch of lab created chemicals. Sucky thing is, the container it comes in is really lame. It's difficult to screw the top on, and if you don't get the cap on just right, it gets stuck. I've never experienced an issue with a make-up container like this. I'm currently not able to open the container because of this and have been trying to get it open for the last 3 days. I've come to the conclusion that I'm going to have to break the plastic open with a hammer and try to scoop the powder into another vessel. For almost 30 bucks, I'm not quite sure if this powder is worth it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 21, 2011
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Purchased a couple weeks ago, and at first did not like it. I have very oily skin which would be an oil slick by noontime. At first, I applied only a little bit of powder because other reviews noted you just needed a small amount. I apply over my mineral powder make-up. It does feel really nice when you first apply. But, my face would still be an oily mess by noon.

So, I started using much more powder a week ago (before I would shake the container only 3-4 times, but now I shake 5-6 times). My face now remains pretty oil-free at noon, and seems to remain so the rest of the day. So I'm pretty happy with this now.

My advice - play around with the amount of powder you need if it's not effective at first until you find the right level.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 8, 2011
I have very, very oily skin with blemishes, and ever since I started using this finishing powder, my skin looks super smooth, healthy, and it controls my oil production. A great, great fine!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2012
I have extremely sensitive skin that's oily. But, I don't think it's a normal oily. I think it's a "greased my face up like it was competing in a body building competition" oily. Usually, I put my makeup on around 6:45 am and by 7:20 am when I'm on the express train to work, my face already requires blotting to remove excess oil. At least the blessing of this is that it maintains my youthful appearance. I'm 30 and people have a very difficult time believing I'm not a teenager. Anyway, I love the Tarte amazonian foundation and decided to try this as a compliment to my morning beauty routine. At first, I couldn't get much out the little hole that's supposed to ration out just enough powder for each application. I had to widen the hole in the top of the applicator. The powder lasted me about five months in this manner. The problem was that I still became oily, just about 4 hours later instead of a 1/2 hour later. It wasn't until I was on my "last week" of powder that this changed. This was because there was so little left in the container that I couldn't get anything out of that wretched little hole. Therefore, I popped that piece/lid off the container, then dipped my brush into the powder. Of course, I got way more powder on my brush that usual and just hoped that the "ashy look" I gained from using more would dissipate by the time I got on my 7:20 am train. Well, wouldn't you know this powder not only settled beautifully after checking a 1/2 hour later, but lasted me the entire work day for the first time! I was amazed and also a little disappointed that I hadn't been reaping the full benefits of the powder's ability over the 5 months of using the product. Before then, I just dealt with the results because it was the ONLY product I've used for oily skin that worked for at least a couple hours AND didn't cause allergic reactions or acne breakouts. I love the powder now and just bought some more from Ulta (sorry Sephora). My advice: if you have super oily skin like me, don't be afraid to make the sifting hole larger or just pop the lid off all together. Trust me, the "ashiness" will settle into something beautiful between the time you put it on and your commute to work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 6, 2014
Best powder ever. Feels like silk, makes your skin look flawless. Looks white at first but quickly blends in. Doesn't make your wrinkles more pronounced the way a lot of powders do. But I don't understand why one wouldn't just buy it directly from tarte or ulta or Sephora, the price her is nutso.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 13, 2014
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I literally live on this finishing powder. I wear it over my makeup (to set it) and I wear it when I'm wearing no makeup, and it controls shine and evens out my face all day, unless I'm doing something intense like working out (which in that case I'd just wash up after working out, moisturize my face, and then apply the finishing powder). It has even been tested in the heat and humidity of tropical Barbados, and even in their summer it controls shine (although you might use it once in the morning and maybe again to freshen up in the evening). It is for all skin tones, and has never made me break out. I was so converted I gave this to my mom as a Christmas gift (she had been using mine anyways). This is truly one of those products that I'll use probably until I die (unless they invent some new skin technology in the future idk).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 31, 2014
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I received this a day later than promised but totally worth the wait. I love it. I have oily skin and previously used Primed and Poreless by Too Faced. There is no comparison. Tarte's product does everything it promises…keeps the oil at bay and makes for a smooth face. Nobody likes a shiny face. Best part is, no re-applying!! I use this over BB cream or tinted moisturizer. My favorite part is that the company is eco-friendly!! Good clean products. I am tempted to buy this entire line :-)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 25, 2012
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This powder is better then i expected. I have a combinational skin and my face is very shiny in the T-zones. I used many different products and so far this one works wonders for me. With my other products my face would get all shiny again in the middle of the day and i had to do some touch ups w compact powder few more times before the day ends (which would make my skin look dull and then break out). This powder is absolutely amazing, no touch ups in the middle of the day and a very flawless clean look. Love it!!!
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