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Tarte Foundation & Brush


I know I've been going on about Tarte a lot recently but I've only got a handful of the products from the brand and I love them all so much. Which brings me on to today's post, I received the Amazonian Clay 12-hour Full Coverage Foundation along with the Buffer Airbrush Finish Foundation Brush (jeez Louise they have long names) and I thought I would do a first impression/review on them both.

I've been wanting the Amazonian Clay 12-hour Full Coverage Foundation for ages now and although I have plenty of foundations to work through already, I just had to get this when I saw the amazing deal for this and the brush on QVCUK.com for £36.45 (including P&P). 

My first impression on the foundation and the brush was that there was barely any coverage with just a light layer and when I tried to build it up, it looked cakey, uneven and generally pretty pants. But after using it a few times I came to realise it is actually a great foundation. 

There's no heavy mask-like feel and no sign of cakey-ness or streaks and although it is a satin-matte finish, it doesn't look dry on my skin. Whether you want a light coverage or a full coverage, this does both. I find that this is great as a light base, maybe mix in an illuminating base or moisturiser. But for a more full coverage look, just use on it's own and it covers freckles, blemishes and redness pretty easily, which means you don't have to go and pile on the concealer afterwards, so there's not layers and layers of product on your face. Great for any time of the year and it prevents the dreaded cake-face.

It is marketed as a long wearing foundation, 12 hours to be exact and I have to say the longevity is incredible. Even through the recent heatwave in the UK last week, this hung around pretty well and at the 12 hour line, it was still providing coverage and my skin hadn't completely eaten up like it tends to with most other foundations.
I only tend to set the foundation in the areas it tends to disappear first which is mainly the centre of my face, without picking up any more product, I also like to quickly sweep my brush over the perimeters of my face which is a trick I have found to make applying and blending in bronzer and blush much easier and more natural - the same way you would set an eyeshadow base with a cream/white coloured eyeshadow to make the blending process for your transition colours etc. much more effortless and natural.

The shade range isn't the best, I am in the lightest shade they do (as always) which is fair sand I believe and it is slightly too dark for my skin so I can only normally wear it when I have self tanner, although if blended well down my neck etc I can make it work when I am slightly paler. This shade comes up quite yellow but as I have a neutral skin tone I can get away with it or even a pink tone but on QVC there are only limited shades available, not the full range unfortunately.

It has a similar texture to Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation as its quite a thick cream consistency but after using it a few times and trying different brushes to apply it and blend it out, it actually blends out so effortlessly with a more dense brush which makes the Buffer Airbrush Finish Foundation Brush perfect, however some cheaper and more accessible alternatives has to be the Real Techniques Multi Task Brush or the Buffing BrushMy preferred application however is with the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush as it just blends out seamlessly and gives me the perfect coverage that I want. I have tried to apply this with a Beauty Blender however I find it just works better with a brush, although a last blend with the Beauty Blender is always something I do regardless of what foundation I am wearing.

The Brush:
The Buffer Airbrush Finish Foundation Brush brush makes little work of applying the foundation. It's a very big brush so you can blend product onto your cheek in seconds and it's flawless, no lines or cakey-ness or anything. The brush is very dense, yet has very soft bristles so when using it on the skin it feels heavenly. As I said above, I find the more dense brushes work best with this product and I have tried this brush with the Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation (the original formula) and it works great with that too.  


The packaging makes it suitable for travel as it's in a squeezy tube which is much better than it being in a glass bottle or a pot as they're heavy and awkward to carry. But I love the wooden effect lid and what I consider the classic Tarte purple packaging with a colour indicator on so you can match it to your skin without having to open it and try it as then you aren't normally able to return it. 

After using it for a couple of months, I am really loving this and I love the finish it gives to my complexion, the longevity, the packaging, how it applies, I love it all, the only frustrating thing about this brand is that I wish their products were more widely available in the UK as everything I have tried from Tarte has been amazing and I am keen to try even more - like the primers, concealer and I have my eye on the CC Under-eye Corrector, and some of the other foundations and BB creams too.

I know that was a lot of information but I hope you have managed to get to the end. 

Have you tried anything from Tarte? 

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