Tarte's Amazonian Clay Foundation distances itself from others by the brand by delivering full coverage. You are likely to find a shade that matches your skin tone, as it comes in 40 shades. Contains SPF 15. Wears for 12 hours.
Can look cakey and settle in pores and fine lines if you apply it with a heavy hand. The thick consistency takes a little extra work to blend in thoroughly.
Lightweight powder foundation that provides medium to full coverage. Doesn't contain talc but is formulated with powdered Amazonian clay that feels silky on the face. Mattifies skin by absorbing oil. Available in 12 shades.
Finding the perfect shade can be challenging. Twelve-hour wear claim is questionable.
Does a good job moisturizing skin without feeling heavy thanks to the water-based formula. Amazonian clay provides a smooth finish and good wear. Contains marine plant extracts and antioxidants that nourish skin and smooth fine lines. Available in more than 20 shades. SPF 15.
Isn't very buildable because it has the tendency to cake if you apply too much. May not wear for 12 hours if you have oily skin.
Provides light to medium coverage that is buildable without feeling heavy on the skin. Blends easily. Contains vitamins and Amazonian clay that nourish skin. Works well for all types of skin and doesn't contain oil. SPF 20 is a bonus.
Has some tiny reflective particles that resemble glitter, which some users may not like. Only available in ten shades.
Tarte's stick foundation is infused with rich nutrients and Amazonian clay. Medium to full coverage. Minimizes the appearance of blemishes and discoloration and gives skin a healthy-looking glow. Stick form isn't messy. Available in 12 shades.
Tends to cake after several hours of wear, especially on dry skin. If you have oily skin, you'll get best results if you set it with powder.
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True to its name, foundation makeup provides a base for other cosmetics by evening out the complexion. But just as important as the pigments that hide imperfections are the ingredients and whether they suit your skin type. Tarte foundation is available in a wide selection of shades and various formulas, including liquid, powder, stick, and cream.
Tarte makes makeup and skincare products that are free of harsh ingredients, and the brand’s foundation is no exception. In addition to being made without chemicals that could cause irritation, Tarte foundation is formulated with ingredients like plant extracts, vitamins, minerals, and Amazonian clay that are beneficial to the skin. What’s more, some Tarte foundation provides the added benefit of sun protection.
Our buying guide has everything you need to know about Tarte foundation to make an informed choice. When you’re ready to buy, you’ll find our five favorite Tarte bases in the matrix above.
The best foundation for your skin type will blend well without looking heavy on the skin. The goal is to look like you have beautiful skin, not like you are wearing a lot of makeup.
Dry skin responds well to hydrating foundation that moisturizes as it covers. This type of foundation tends to include oils or other moisturizing ingredients. Liquid and stick foundation formulas work well for dry skin.
If you have oily skin, foundation that contains added moisturizers may look greasy on the skin or cause breakouts. Those with oily skin usually fare best with oil-free liquid or powder foundation.
Full-coverage or powder foundation can settle in lines and make dry patches more obvious, so it isn’t the best option for mature skin or dry skin. Stick to liquid foundation with a radiant finish if you have mature skin.
If you have normal skin and few concerns, just about any Tarte foundation will work for your skin. Choose a formula with a finish that you find most flattering.
It doesn’t matter if your skin is light, medium, or deep because Tarte foundation is available in a wide range of color options. Some formulas have fewer shades, about 10 to 12, but many Tarte foundation formulas are available in 30 to 50 shades to help each customer find a perfect match.
Don’t forget to consider your skin’s undertone with selecting a shade. Tarte foundation is available with neutral, warm, and cool undertones.
Tarte makes foundation in liquid, powder, stick, and cream formulas. Liquid foundation is lightweight and easy to blend. Powder foundation can be good for oily skin or for adding extra coverage when setting liquid foundation. Stick foundation offers good coverage for dry skin and is convenient for travel. Cream foundation offers the most coverage for a truly flawless face. Tarte also makes tinted moisturizers for those who prefer sheer coverage with SPF.
Tarte makes foundations that offer sheer, light, medium, or full coverage. While some formulas like tinted moisturizers and powder foundations are best for sheer to light coverage, keep in mind that Tarte foundations are also buildable, which means you can adjust the coverage level to suit your needs.
It’s Tarte’s natural ingredient that make the brand’s foundation formulas stand out. Here are some of the key ingredients and what they can do for your skin:
Do you prefer a foundation with SPF? Several Tarte foundation products contain sun protection ranging from SPF 15 to 20.
Makeup sponges: Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge
Applying and blending foundation is easier with a quality makeup sponge. These sponges from Real Techniques earn praise for how evenly they smooth on foundation without soaking up too much product.
Concealers: Tarte Shape Tape Concealer
Foundation doesn’t always cover up every flaw, making it necessary to apply a concealer. Tarte’s Shape Tape blends easily to cover difficult imperfections like dark circles and breakouts. With 30 shade options, there’s a color for everyone.
Setting powders: Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Tinted Pressed Setting Powder
From setting makeup in place to absorbing oil throughout the day, a setting powder is often a necessary step in your foundation routine. Tarte’s Smooth Operator is a pressed powder that comes in four shades and is made with nourishing ingredients and minerals that never feel heavy on the skin.
Tarte is a high-end beauty brand, meaning you can find it at specialty beauty retailers like Ulta and Sephora, rather than at the drugstore. All of Tarte’s foundation formulas are priced between $36 and $39.
The brand’s most popular liquid, stick, and cream foundation products typically cost $39. Formulas with SPF and extra moisturizers typically cost $39 as well. You’ll save a few dollars on powder formulas and tinted moisturizers, which offer lighter coverage and usually cost $36.
The Tarte Face Tape Foundation was inspired by the brand’s top-selling Shape Tape concealer. Like the concealer, this liquid foundation offers full coverage that wears all day, contains nourishing ingredients, and hides most skin imperfections. We also love that it comes in 50 shades. Not everyone needs a full-coverage foundation.
For lighter coverage that feels weightless on the skin, try the Tarte Babassu Foundcealer Skincare Foundation. In addition to providing light to medium coverage, this liquid foundation delivers SPF 20 and is enriched with highly nourishing babassu oil for a radiant finish that’s ideal for dry or mature skin.
Q. Does Tarte use animal ingredients in their products?
A. Not all of Tarte’s products can be classified as vegan because some contain animal-based ingredients like carmine, beeswax, and lanolin. However, the company does make a number of foundation products that meet vegan standards.
Q. Can I use stick foundation as a concealer?
A. For mild imperfections, stick foundation works well as a concealer. Stick foundation is also easy to build up for more coverage. However, you may need an additional concealer for darker skin imperfections or undereye circles.
Q. If I choose a Tarte foundation with SPF, do I need to use an additional sunscreen?
A. An SPF rating indicates how long you can stay in the sun without burning. If you don’t spend a lot of time outdoors, a Tarte foundation with an SPF of 15 to 20 may be all you need to protect your skin. However, if you spend hours in the sun, you’ll need to apply a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more for optimal protection.