Thursday, January 16, 2014

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Full Coverage Foundation


Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour foundation

I’ve been on a foundation binge lately and have purchased quite a few, most of which I have not yet reviewed. My biggest issue (other than my dry skin) is that my face runs cool and my neck runs warm (and significantly lighter than my face). In September, I also had a “Color IQ” session at Sephora (my color is 2Y04). The makeup artist took samples from my neck and face and this is what we came up with. When purchasing foundation on the Sephora site, I like to look at all the shades in the range, including the lighter and darker choices. It’s amazing that shades I thought would never match actually do and better yet, they strike a balance between my light yellow neck and my light pink face.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour foundation 2

Anyway, I was looking for a fuller coverage foundation and Tarte’s Amazonian Clay option in Fair-Light Honey was a match so I decided to give it a try. I’ve had my eye on this product for quite awhile and liked what I saw from the testers in the store. It wasn’t until the beginning of September that I tried it but I’m finally getting around to writing this review!

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour foundation Fair Light Honey
Fair-Light Honey

Tarte’s website promotes this as a “supremely blendable, buildable, full coverage formula” and that it is. The texture is really lovely and I was able to achieve full coverage fairly easily. More often than not, I wear it with a more medium coverage and the Fair-Light Honey shade (which is described as for people with fair to light skin with peach undertones) blends really well with my skin. I would describe the texture as almost silky and dry. The sheen runs from matte to satin. In my opinion, this foundation is perfect for normal to oily (and possibly very oily) skin types. Since the formula contains a small amount of kaolin clay as well as a few other ingredients regularly found in mineral makeup, its oil absorption capabilities are pretty good! Here’s a list of the ingredients in the shade I’m wearing:

Water, cyclopentasiloxane, octyldodecyl neopentanoate butylene glycol, polyglyceryl-4 isostearate, dimethicone crosspolymer, PEG/PPG-18/18 dimethicone, mica, dimethicone, silica, phenoxyethanol, cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 dimethicone, stearic acid, aluminum hydroxide, sodium dehydroacetate, caprylyl glycol,  phytantriol, hexyl laurate, triethoxycaprylylsilane, sodium chloride, hexylene glycol, lysine, tocopherol, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, nylon-12 fluorescent brightener 230 salt, polyvinylalcohol crosspolymer, kaolin, magnesium chloride, potassium chloride, zinc chloride, sodium hyaluronate, potassium sorbate, iron oxides

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour foundation Fair Light Honey 2

For my dry skin, the formula was just not moisturizing enough. In the winter, my skin can get very, very dry and this foundation picked up on every dry patch that I had. See the picture below for an example.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour foundation Fair Light Honey Face 2

In the summer, my skin is much more stable and moisturized, making that season a much better time for me to use Amazonian Clay foundation. But if you don’t have dry patches like me, you should be fine.

All in all, this product photographs very nicely (see below) and I can recommend it whole heartedly for its texture, build ability and coverage. Available in sixteen shades for $38, you can purchase this Tarte’s Amazonian Clay foundation at the Tarte website and at Sephora. Check it out and let me know what you think!
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour foundation Fair Light Honey Face

Ages of Beauty rating: ****