Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder

I’ve been trying out the Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder for the past few days and I am definitely loving it. I have a nice size sample which will probably last me forever since you only need a very small amount. Amazonian Clay is supposed to balance skin by hydrating, reducing the appearance of dry flaky skin, improving clarity and texture and absorbing oil for a flawless finish. The formula contains no parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate, synthetic fragrance or triclosan.


The translucent powder is contained in a sifter jar with a few holes to shake the powder out. It has a stopper to close up the holes when not in use. This keeps it from getting too messy. I usually shake what I need into the top and use a powder puff to pick it up and press it into my skin.

Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder


It is really fine, silky smooth and melts right into the skin. At first it appears to leave a white cast but as it settles it blends in with your complexion and disappears leaving a flawless matte finish. It is very light on the skin and not cakey at all. Here I am wearing it over my Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer


I haven’t been using it long enough to  test all of the benefits but it definitely absorbs oil and leaves my face looking fresh all day. Used along with a primer I don’t need to blot at all, it really keeps the oil at bay in my oily t-zone. It can also be worn alone without foundation.

I really like the Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder but probably won’t be buying it when I run out since it’s pretty steep at $29 a jar. I don’t mind paying good money for beauty products that work but my Ben Nye Neutral Set Setting Powder performs just as well at a fraction of the cost.  You can purchase the powder at tartecosmetics.com.


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