I generally love Tarte products because for the most part, I can trust that what they say (on the packaging, blurb, etc) is more or less the results I get. So when I see their new powder foundation, I was excited and even willing to overlook the fact that its in loose form. I prefer my powders pressed, but the design on the Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation (holy mouthful), is quite smart so no spillage. As the name suggests, it is marketed as a full coverage foundation with a flawless, natural-looking finish.
First set of swatches, were taken indoors and it was difficult to get the color to show up. The way it blends in the skin is really impressive. I chose Light-Medium Neutral, which is a decent match but although a tad peachy, you almost cannot tell it doesn't match perfectly. Also note how after 4 layers, still no cakiness.
Next 2 sets of swatches were taken outdoors in full sun and is where my problem with this foundation lies. It's sparkly! My swatches really don't do it justice because it is much, much more visible in person. I don't understand why companies continue to add inordinate amounts of mica in foundations and then call it natural looking. It is really too bad because aside from the sparkles, the powder blended pretty darn nicely and didn't accentuate dry areas. Although in my opinion, the coverage is light-medium at best.
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