Monday, December 28, 2015

Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder : Pressed and Loose - Review

Hello everyone. I hope you all had a great Christmas celebration with friends and family. Today I am reviewing the Tarte Setting powders. For a really long time, I was debating on whether I should purchase the loose powder, but then Tarte came out with the pressed version which I was all for it. So I purchased that but after a few months had passed, I was still curious about the pressed powder. Recently about a month ago, I purchased some stuff from their website and the deluxe size of their loose powder was also added as a bonus to my cart, so I was super excited to try it out this way.

I am not really comparing the two, since they essentially are pretty similar products and do the same job if you think about it. So not comparing it that much, more like reviewing the two in one post. 

The pressed version comes in a compact form, with a plastic protector on top of the powder as well as a tiny thin brush that fit's in the compact on top of the plastic protector. The compact has a good size mirror, so if I decide to put this in my makeup bag to retouch my powder, I have the product all in one basically. The loose version, comes in a typical jar sort of packaging, with a screw off lid, and two tiny holes or sifter basically, for the powder to not get everywhere. All you have to do is put the cap on, seal it shut, turn over the jar and just tap it lightly, then open it up and some powder has come out of the sifter onto the lid or around the sifter. It might sound messy but trust me, it's really not. I haven't had any issues with it getting anywhere. Since I have a deluxe size, I find it hard to get my larger powder brushes in this product to be honest. But I have found other ways to use it, which I'll get to in a minute.

Both powders feel really silky smooth. light weight and finely mild. The both are white in powder, go on the skin "translucent", so it doesn't turn my face white, or give it a white look to it. Unfortunately, I have noticed that it can have a white cast effect with flash photography, but this is the case with a lot of translucent powders I have tried, so whether it's in pressed form or loose powder, I always get a white cast on my skin on photos I have taken with flash. It's described that the powder doesn't have any color to it but it technically does, since it is white, it just show up with flash photography. Since I use the loose powder under my eyes, I notice that the white cast shows more from the under eyes, than that other places.

These both control shine for about four to six hours for me, then I get a little shiny in my t-zone, which can be fixed with a little blotting sheet, and more powder if I want, which I usually don't reapply. It's not drying on my face, so it doesn't emphasize my dry areas or cling to any dry patches, which I tend to have around my mouth and nose, specifically. It feels light weight on the skin, and sets my foundation beautifully. It doesn't add any coverage or anything on top of foundation. It just sets it. I also does control shine in my t-zone as I said before. I love using the pressed version lightly all over my face, to set foundation so my bronzer, contour, blush and highlight go on a lot smoother. I love using the loose version to set my under eye concealer since I use a smaller brush for that and it also fits better in the deluxe size packaging I have of this product. I find that when I use these powders, I don't get any creases or foundation fading, because it sets it really good. It makes my skin smooth so anything I apply after the setting powder, goes on easily and doesn't cling to a certain area.

I am so happy I got to try the loose version, since I really loved the pressed, it was nice to try the original loose setting powder Tarte came out with. I think these both are awesome products. I don't think I need both. I think one can do the job. It's just nice to get to experiment with both versions. As I have said before, I am a Tarte Cosmetics addict and don't see that changing anytime soon and that's because they always come out with such awesome products, in my opinion.

Have you tried any of these two finishing powders? What are your thoughts on it? Also what is your favourite setting powder?

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