Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Powder Foundation review, swatches, FOTD

Full coverage matte loose powder foundation for oily skin.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Powder Foundation review, swatches, FOTD

Since my face produces enough oil to make me a prime target for greedy, aspiring oil barons, I prefer powder foundation over liquid, especially when my acne is relatively subdued. First of all, powder foundation is quicker in the mornings; no need to bother with setting powder. Secondly, touch-ups are going to be powder anyway, so might as well avoid the liquid part to begin with. Finally, powder masks oil better than liquid on my face and keeps me matte for longer. This way, I can avoid being identified - and therefore, apprehended/exterminated/abducted - by bounty-hunters appointed by said oil barons and oil-mad governments.
Full coverage, airbrush and powder/matte finish are magic words to me, so I just had to get the Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Powder Foundation, which promised a flawless, wrinkle-free and lasting finish.

Check out my review, swatches and results with the Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Powder Foundation.



Packaging of the Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Powder Foundation

The Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Powder Foundation comes in a round 7gm pot. I love the faux wooden finish of the lid. Inside, you have a round mesh sifter which keeps the powder in place. Don't you hate loose powder in pots without a sifter, where the powder goes everywhere?
Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Powder Foundation review, swatches, FOTD

Formula and pigmentation of the Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Powder Foundation

This foundation contains Amazonian clay, tourmaline, pearl powder, camellia leaf extract and mineral pigments. It is paraben-free. The powder is silky and well pigmented. The last thing you expect from loose powder is full coverage and staying power; this foundation does both. At first, I thought the swatches looked shimmery, but it is matte on my face.
The powder does a great job with most of my acne pigmentation and scars but does not hide my gazillion pores. Staying power is about four hours for me, and then I need to touch up. It does not settle in fine lines, but during the day, once my T-zone becomes oily, it does get into my pores. A little goes a long way, so a jar should last for a good while.
I don't think this will work too well on dry skin, considering how matte the powder appears.
Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Powder Foundation review, swatches, FOTD

Application of the Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Powder Foundation

While I swear by the Original Beautyblender for both powder and liquid foundations, this is the first loose powder foundation I tried and the SA recommended the Tarte Airbuki Bamboo Powder Foundation Brush along with this.
Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Powder Foundation review, swatches, FOTD

Having tried other buffing brushes, I find that the Tarte Airbuki is the best way of applying this foundation. One touch to the sifter will pick up enough to cover half the face - the quantity shown below.
Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Powder Foundation review, swatches, FOTD
The powder is easy to buff in and blend, but it can be a tad time-consuming to get even coverage all over the face. I am just too used to a few bounces with the Beautyblender.
The brush does not work well with liquid foundations. I'm keeping it exclusively for the Tarte powders.

Shades and swatches of the Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Powder Foundation

I was first matched to Medium Neutral, which is described as "medium skin with yellow and pink undertones". I wasn't too happy with that after a couple of uses - I thought it was too light and too pink, so I got matched to Medium Tan Sand, which is "medium to tan skin with yellow undertones". The latter is incredibly yellow. Think mustard-face.
These were the only two that suited my skintone; everything else was too dark or too pale. I would have loved something with this intensity but with neutral undertones. 
Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Powder Foundation review, swatches, FOTD

Here are the swatches. In direct sunlight first, followed by natural light. No primer; swatched with fingers.  The swatch on top is Medium Tan Sand while the one below is Medium Neutral. On my arm, I prefer Medium Neutral.
Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Powder Foundation review, swatches, FOTD
Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Powder Foundation review, swatches, FOTD

Here they are, blended.
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Full-face results with the Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Powder Foundation

My skin has the weird habit of turning yellow when Auntie Flo visits. I have seriously yellow undertones anyway but it becomes super-pronounced during that time. Virulent mustard yellow. So the whole point of foundation is to counter this effect and I try to apply something a tad pinkish at the time.
Medium Tan Sand appears even yellower on my skin. When I wear it, my friends think it is that time of the month. Does this foundation contain bilirubin or something that makes me look jaundiced? It is more yellow than my yellow undertones. If I wore this foundation at that time of the month, I bet my face could create traffic problems. While Medium Neutral is more pink-toned.

Here are full-face photos, both in natural light, in the same location with the same background and time of the day. So it wasn't the lighting's fault.
I am wearing Medium Tan Sand in the first photo (to the left) and Medium Neutral in the second photo. Both are full-coverage - ignore the oiliness beginning to seep through on the nose - and have been applied over Porefessional primer, without blush/bronzer/setting powder/finishing spray.
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I am wearing Jane from the NARS Audacious lipsticks, reviewed here, and Nectar and Cool Gray from the Lorac Pro 2 palette to go with the mustard effect, in the first photo. Any yellower and they'll quarantine me for jaundice.
In the second photo, I've opted for Charcoal and Cool Gray from Lorac pro 2 and Rimmel Provocalips in I'll Call You. This, on the other hand, looks "powdered", if you get my drift.
Yes, I have tried mixing both shades and the result isn't pretty.

Verdict

This foundation gives full coverage, mattifies oily skin, hides my acne marks, has reasonably good staying power and blends well with the Airbuki brush, BUT be very careful about finding an exact shade match.
I've struggled despite the variety, and I'm usually easy to match. A number of shades in this range have evident yellow or pink undertones. I wanted something neutral for my skin but did not find one.
Also, I do not get airbrushed finish, as I do with, say, Shiseido Sheer Mattifying Powder Foundation. But I have a feeling that is because I apply other foundations with a damp Beautyblender. This foundation comes in 16 shades - check them out here.

Which is the better match for me, Medium Tan Sand or Medium Neutral? What are your thoughts? Which foundation looks better on me? Tell me in the Disqus comments widget below.  

 

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  1. I was iffy with this with the shade matching too. I bounced to your blog and now I'm certain I'll pick this up. Medium neutral will certainly suit my Medium Neutral complexion. Thank you =)

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  2. Too bad you couldn't find a perfect match. I sorta prefer the look of Medium Neutral ;)

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  3. I prefer Medium Neutral on you. I like that the packaging states if it's good for yellow or pink undertones sometimes it's hard to tell in the store.

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  4. I have a hard time with Tarte matching my skin tone too, it seems like it runs so yellow. I do like the packaging and the delivery system though.

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  5. I like the Medium Neutral on you but it's definitely a personal preference. Thanks for the detailed reviews!

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  6. I have the same shade matching problem with tarte and another brand. It sounds like a decent foundation though.

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  7. It makes me sad that it's 2015 and we still have trouble finding good shade matches in foundation! Thanks for your honest review

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  8. That's so interesting that your skin gets yellow during your hormonal change! I bet my husband would love a visual warning like that... Lol.. Also, I never even thought to apply powder with a Beauty Blender! I thought it was for liquids only. I can't wait to try that!

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  9. I really love the finish of this foundation! It really does seem to require swatching in person since finding the right color match sounds a little tricky. I tend to like more dewy finishes, and don't require too much mattifying, but I really like the way that it looks on you!

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  10. I love Tarte's colour cosmetics but I haven't tried any of their foundations. Powder foundations are out of the question with my dry skin. I think that of the two shades you showed, the Medium Neutral looked better on you.

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  11. I have oily skin and need allllll the coverage. Definitely checking this out and playing in store to find my shade!

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  12. I hate the same issues finding a color match with this, and for that reason I really didn't enjoy using it. I bought light-medium neutral and it didn't work at all for me. In some lights it was too yellow and in some it was too pink, so I definitely feel your frustration. Your references to jaundice and bilirubin had me cracking up! LOL

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  13. Tarte foundations don't work for me either.

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  14. I think the Medium Tan Sand looks great. And while I love that Tarte brush, I intrigued on applying powder with a Beauty Blender? How does it not get everywhere? Hmmm, I'm going to have to try this. And I'm hoping Tarte has this foundation is darker shades. They usually suck at giving us diverse color options.

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  15. I have oily skin too and you had me cracking up. Too bad they don't have an exact color match because it looks like a good product for you.

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  16. I have this in two shades and neither one is perfect for me. I like the coverage though. I need to get it out and use it again.

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  17. I have a hard time matching some of Tarte's foundations too, I always need to mix. I like the look of the brush with this one.

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  18. Hmm, weird that there are 16 shades but nothing to match you :( bummer! My skin is very very dry so this wouldn't be a product for me.

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  19. I've been meaning to try this foundation out! I have combination skin so I only use powder in my oily areas, but I need maaaad coverage. Hopefully I can find a good color match!

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  20. I would say liquid is always better over powder for oiliness, thats just my professional opinion. For oily skin I'd recommend trying Cover Fx and skin prep with an oil free primer like Make Up Forever Al Mat. The coverage is better, more natural. The reason I don't like powder is because over sweat, it sinks more into the skin. This I say from my experience living in hot climates like Singapore and noticing that powder melts. Also, if you are going to do foundation, try a finishing spray like Skindinavia or Urban Decay, it makes a huge difference.

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  21. Glad you found it helpful! <3

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  22. Same here! I love the formula, but maybe a wider, more neutral shade range would help.

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  23. Very true, and by the time I figure it out, the jar is half empty.

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  24. Thank you! I'm usually easy to get matched (even foundations with just six shades have worked for me) but this just didn't work.

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  25. It is! The formula is great! If only they would add another dozen shades :(

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  26. LOL! I'm noticeably different-looking at that time. Yes, I love my Beautyblender with pressed compacts - it works well if the sponge is just damp (not soaking wet, obviously).

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  27. Try it with a damp - not soaking wet, just a tad damp - Beautyblender. I soak my blender before I shower, squeeze the water out and let it dry till I finish my shower and breakfast; that makes it damp enough for powder foundation.

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  28. I don't think Tarte is a good brand when it comes to range in Foundations.

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  29. I don't use foundation so I haven't had the chance to try this... but the packaging on it is really cool... and I think it would be less messy. I have been told by many they had a hard time to find matches for shades... which is a bummer because I hear that their foundations are great.

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  30. That's too bad about the shade, but it sounds like a great foundation otherwise. I had never thought of using Beauty Blender with powder, so going to give it a try thanks for the tip!

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  31. I think I'll pass on this one because I'm so dry. Nice review!

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  32. I don't think this is for me, but it's nice

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  33. I've never tried these foundations and I think that of the two shades you showed, the Medium Neutral looked better on you.

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  34. I agree! The other is too yellow.

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