Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation Review


When I started getting interested in makeup, the first foundation I bought was the mineral foundation from Bare Escentuals. Since then I've always preferred powder formulations instead of liquid or cream because they felt lighter on the skin. I like to explore new formulations when I can and this time around I got the Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation. Tarte provides 16 shades to choose from and claims this product is "a 12-hour, full coverage weightless powder foundation." It is also waterproof and hypoallergenic.

I purchased Tarte's Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation in the shade Fair Light Neutral at the retailed price of $36. I am between shades and this was the closest I could get to. :( (Nars Sheer Glow in Ceylan is my match) This foundation is supposed to be full coverage, but I found it only provided medium coverage. If you have texture related scars (e.g rolling or pitted acne scars) this obviously will not hide them, but they won't be enhanced either. If you have any dark discoloration on your skin, you will need concealer/corrector before applying this foundation. I had some red marks left over from healed acne and this did nothing for them. Despite this not being full coverage, I did enjoy the finish of the foundation. Compared to BareMinerals and Alima Pure, this foundation gave a nice subtle glow.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation Review

This loose powder formulation has real staying power on its own (I did not use primer or setting powder)! I used it on my eyes as a primer and my shadow/liner was still looking good 8 hours later. My blush and bronzer also looked just as fresh as when I first applied them. No creasing, caking, settling in fine lines, etc. Now for that waterproof claim, I didn't find it to be completely true. If you sweat heavily enough or go swimming, this will definitely come off. With light sweat, your makeup just ends up looking dewy. Au natural highlighter! Y ippe!

Overall, this is a pretty darn good powder foundation, but I can't say it's the best since there wasn't a shade that matched me. I recommend color swatching in store before purchasing. If there was a loose powder color corrector to change the shade/tone, I would be completely obsessed! There has to be something like that, right? Until then, the hunt for the perfect formula continues...