Price: $38 for 1.7 ounce
Approx $22 an ounce
Tarte Full Cover Foundation is made with miracle ingredient Amazonian Clay and promises a whopping 12 hour wear-time. Does it live up to its claim? Well we put it to the test and you can see the results for yourself if you keep reading!
I want to mention quickly, that this is not my original review for Tarte Amazonian Clay 15 Hour Full Coverage Foundation. I had the original version and then I somehow managed to delete the whole post when I was adding a photo at the request of a reader. I am re-writing it now to the best of my memory's ability, but if I forgot anything, please let me know!
Tarte's Full Cover Foundation has quickly become a cult favorite in recent years and with good reason- it's great. It's sadly very rare nowadays to come across a product which is truly innovational, yet Tarte's Full Coverage 12 Hour Foundation manages to carve themselves out a nice little "one of a kind" hole in the cosmetic industry which is absolutely fabulous.
Paula's Choice rated this foundation only a "Good" rating. The reason that it failed to earn their Best rating is because it has a tendancy to "ball up" they say. Anyone who has ever used this foundation will know precisely what they are refering to, but I personally look at the "balling up
as a positive feature because I have a tendancy to over-do it with foundation application and the balling up, which completely disapates with further blending, let's me know exactly when I have finished blending the foundation it.
The formula itself is long-lasting, and by that I mean that it will have a matte finish and will successfully control oil on normal to slightly oily skin and it will also have a transfer resistent, water proof finish.
Where Tarte Full Cover Foundation differs greatly from your average long-wearing formula, (like Estee Lauder Double Wear or Mac Pro Longwear), is that Tarte's version doesn't have the "sit on top of your skin" tendancy which often accompanies such formulas. Instead, Tarte Full Coverage Foundation meshes with your skin in a lovely, natural looking way and instead of the flat, one sized fits all finish most long wearing formulas have, it has a powdery (but not drying), adjustable, breathable finish that is absolutely divine.
While the full coverage claim is most certainly true, many people will find the coverage to be more on the medium-full coverage level- it will depend on how you apply it. I would like to note that for those who only need light coverage, it sheers out absolutely beautifully which is another key differentiating factor.
If you have ever used a silicone primer, you will have some idea of what to expect as far as the texture goes, although that's a slight comparison at best and the only commonality is probably the main ingredient of Cyclopentasiloxane which is a great oil absorbing silicone.
The addition of Amazonian Clay is especially helpful if you have very oily skin. Clay has long been used as an oil absorber and will only help the silicones in the formula while delivering a healthy does of anti-oxidants, all without being too drying for those with drier skin!
The SPF 15 has an in part titanium dioxide base, so you will be getting adequate sun protection from bother UVA and UVB rays, but you will need to apply it to the full coverage level if this is your only source of sun protection. Personally, especially for summer, I would recommend layering it with at least an additional SPF of 20, but that's just me.
The 16 shades are wonderful and will suit fair to deep skintones. I wear Fair, formerly called Fair Sand, (wait, that may be vice-versa?) but its the lightest shade. I also have worn it in Ivory, Sand/Light Sand, and Fair/Light Honey and I have to say, I can pretty much get away with any of them. The amazing thing is for a long wearing formula, or any silicone based foundation for that matter, that there is next to zero oxidation and the color purity 12 hours in is near flawless while the coverage is virtually the same, but don't take my word for it; just check out the pictures below!
This is absolutely a must try foundation for those of us who want to try the next big thing and the great news is, its already here!
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Full Coverage Foundation Shade SwatchesFair/Fair Sand, Ivory, Fair Beige, Fair/Light Honey, Light Sand, Light Beige*, Light Neutral,
Light/Medium Sand, Light/Medium Honey, Light/Medium Beige,* Medium Sand, Medium Honey,
Medium/Tan Honey, Tan Honey, Tan/Deep Honey, Deep Sand*
*not available to swatch
|Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Full Coverage Foundation Shade Swatches|
Top: 1. Fair/Fair Sand, 2. Ivory, 3. Fair/Light Honey, 4. Light Sand, 5. Light Beige,
6. Light Neutral, 8. Light/Medium Honey, 7. Light/Medium Sand,
Bottom: 9. Light/Medium Beige, 10. Medium Sand, 11. Medium Honey, 12. Medium/Tan Honey,
13. Tan Honey, 14. Tan/Deep Honey, 15. Deep Sand
|Tarte Full Coverage Foundation Swatches of Shades|
Fair Sand, Fair Beige, Ivory, Fair/Light Honey