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Tarte Amazonian Clay Airbrush Foundation

I’ve never been a powder foundation girl. It either never has provided enough coverage, or I have suffered from a horrible skin reaction to it (ahem, Bare Minerals).

Well, then came along the Tarte Amazonian Clay Airbrush Foundation, and my thoughts and opinions on powder foundation completely changed.

Warning: the below photo of me wearing not a stitch of makeup may prove to be disturbing to some – viewer discretion is advised. I purposely picked a day to take these photos when my skin was red and a bit broken out so you could see just how well this foundation covers. 

I had watched several YouTube beauty gurus rave about the stuff, so I picked up a sample from Sephora to try out before committing to the full-price product. Needless to say, I had low expectations that were blown out of the water – I picked up a full size the following week! For reference, I wear shade Light Beige.

I’m not sure I would go as far to say that this foundation provides an airbrush finish, but I can say that it is the most natural-looking foundation that I own and wear while still providing a medium, buildable coverage. I typically only need one layer of foundation to get the coverage that I want, but sometimes (like in the above photos), I did an extra layer just on my cheeks to cover up some additional redness and spots.

I didn’t purchase the Tarte brush that is supposed to be used with this product because, well, I didn’t feel like spending $28 on a brush. Instead, I use a Sigma F82 round kabuki brush to stipple and buff the foundation into my skin – it works like a charm!

Even though this is a powder foundation, I do still set my T-zone with a light dusting of setting powder to extend the wear of the product. I can go a solid six to seven hours before the foundation begins to separate on my forehead and around my nose; however, this happens to me regardless of the foundation that I wear, so I don’t think it is a flaw in the product.

I definitely will repurchase this product once my current container runs out, but I don’t see that being necessary anytime soon. Be sure to check out this foundation the next time you’re at Sephora – if you’re in the market for a powder foundation with good coverage but one that still allows your skin to breathe, this could be the one for you!