Thursday, 7 August 2014

Tarte Amazonian Clay Airbrush Foundation

Tarte Airbuki Bamboo Brush 
Tarte Amazonian Clay Airbrush Foundation - Rich Sand
£34 bought from QVC UK

Back in March 2014 Tarte a US cosmetics brand was released in the UK on QVC. Prior to this Tarte wasn't available in the UK so I never paid much attention to the brand apart from seeing reviews that their Amazonian Clay Blushers were apparently really good. As soon as I saw that Tarte was available in the UK I began to do some research on the brand and I became really interested in the Amazonian Clay Airbrush Foundation and I eventually bought it in June. I have always used MAC's MSF mineral powder which works well for me so I thought this one would be a great alternative to try especially with it being marketed as having Amazonian Clay in it. I bought it online from QVC for £34 for both the Amazonian Clay Airbrush Foundation and the Aibuki Bamboo brush which is a great deal because when I have looked at it being sold in the US they are both sold separately and it would cost approximately $62 (£38) to buy both. If you buy this foundation I insist you get the Airbuki brush too, it works so well with the foundation and it is so soft to touch.  


Tarte describe the Amazonian Clay Airbrush Foundation as 'A 12-hour full coverage, weightless powder foundation...The skintuitive™ formula invigorates skin tone and texture for a youthful complexion. Powered by Amazonian clay enriched with the Earth’s natural, light-reflecting gemstones, this moisture-rich powder buffs on smoothly for waterproof, 12-hour coverage that won’t settle into fine lines and wrinkles.' The foundation is available in 11 shades however I feel that only three of those shades are suitable for women of colour which are Medium-Tan Sand, Tan Sand and Rich Sand. I bought the darkest shade available which is Rich Sand, it is described as being for deeper skin with yellow undertones. That description sounded perfect for me because I have very yellow undertone to my skin. I couldn't find many swatches of the Rich Sand foundation shade on darker skin tones online so  I decided to buy it and hope for the best, luckily for me it is perfect for me. I think the Rich Sand shade would work with a lot of skin tones similar to mine even slightly darker. Unfortunately, it is the darkest shade they have at the moment so it won't work for everyone especially if you have red undertones to your skin.

The foundation feels very light to touch and on my skin, it is also very finely milled and even creamy feel to it when applied to my skin. It blended in very well when I buffed it in with the Airbuki brush and it did not feel like I had foundation on my face after application and throughout the day. The mesh net on the foundation stops too much product coming out when the brush is pushed against it. With all powder foundations I prep my skin before applying it. I made sure I moisturised any dry patches I have (powder foundations tend to emphasise dry patches), then I used a primer for my oily t-zone area and once that all had time to settle into my skin I then used my liquid concealer under my eyes and on a few blemishes on my forehead. I still have quite a tan from my holiday so I am using a concealer just a shade darker than my skin tone to blend any patches I have. Once I finished prepping my face I then applied the foundation by buffing it into my face in circular motions. I have quite an oily t-zone in the summer and I found that this foundation was good on these areas, as long as I primed it before hand. I did find that after maybe 6 hours of wear I needed t use a very little amount of blot powder for the shine that came through.

Tarte Airbuki Bamboo Brush - The Amazonian Clay Airbrush Foundation Powder on my hand

Wearing the Tarte Amazonian Clay Airbrush Foundation - Rich Sand
The Rich Sand shade blends in well with my skin even with my holiday tan. Can we just talk about my "radioactive" tan that refuses to leave 7 weeks after my holiday?

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