Foundation Favs: Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Full Coverage Foundation SPF 15 Review

Hey beauties! If you have seen my latest tutorial called “Purplelicious Eyes” on youtube then you already know that I have been wearing a new foundation for this summer. The foundation I have been rocking for most of the summer is by Tarte Cosmetics and it is called the Amazonian Clay 12 hour full coverage foundation SPF15. Phew!! That is a long name for a foundation, lol. I truly did not pick this for the full coverage I was looking for a natural foundation that was some what water resistant, left me with a semi matte finish, and had skincare benefits in it as well. So as a result, my search lead me to the foundation I will be talking about in this post.

About Tarte Cosmetics:

Before I started tarte out of my one bedroom apartment in 1999, I was a total beauty addict like you but quickly became frustrated when I couldn’t find healthy, nourishing cosmetics – everything I found was full of unhealthy, synthetic formulas. And whether it was department store makeup or one of the very few ‘healthy’ makeup lines I was able to find, the packaging was so unglamorous I hardly wanted to buy it let alone take it out of my purse in public!

So I set out to create a line that would prove that glamour can be good for you by pioneering the use of high-performance naturals™ that bring clinical results to the everyday woman! Ten years later tarte is the leader in earth engineered™ beauty offering the widest selection of natural cosmetics full of skinvigorating™ ingredients including our proprietary t5 super fruit complex™ (a blend of the five most active, free-radical fighting super fruits), vitamins, minerals and natural fruit and plant extracts. But it’s not just about what’s in our healthy formulas; it’s what’s not in them that really sets us apart! Our products are formulated without parabens, phthalates and synthetic fragrances, just to name a few.

We don’t just stop at the formulas – our chic, runway-inspired cases and compacts are more than just pretty packaging. We’re helping reduce green house gas emissions one mascara at a time by creating components that are made from recyclable or post-consumer recycled material and can often be re-used to help reduce environmental waste. We like to say we’re doing the ‘leg work’ to help all of us minimize our carbon footprints.

I hope you enjoy your tarte purchase and remember:
be green, be smart, be tarte!

By Maureen Kelly, CEO/Founder


Product Details:

Amazonian clay-powered foundation. Whether your skin is oily, dry, or combination, skin-smart Amazonian clay will intuitively adjust to address your complexion concerns. This foundation is suppose to reduces the appearance of pores,  minimize discolorations and imperfections to ensure a perfectly flawless complexion. Get 12 hours of flawless coverage with this long-wearing UVA/UVB SPF 15 formula. With a weightless texture this buildable and blendable, everyone can achieve skin that looks healthy and natural.

The foundation is available is 8 shades with “deep” being the darkest shade available right now. This product sells for $38 and also available at Sephora and Ulta.

The ingredients:

  • Amazonian Clay
  • Mineral Pigments
  • Vitamin E
  • Water

Formulated without:

  • Mineral Oil
  • Parabens
  • phthalates
  • Cruelty Free
  • Sodium lauryl Salfate

 My Pro’s & Con’s:


  • The foundation applies very smoothly.
  • The finish is smooth and radiant. Not too matte and not too luminous either. Perfect balance!
  • With the vitamin E my skin feels very nourished and hydrated.
  • The foundation is long wear, so no touch up at all.
  • Since my skintone is warm/yellow surprisingly the shade I chose matched perfectly.
  • Price point is actually very good being that you get 1.7oz of foundation compared to most brands you only get 1oz.
  • Travel friendly packaging


  • This amazing foundation is only available in 8 shades. Tarte please widen your shade range for deeper skintones. This foundation is fab!
  • The foundation does come off slightly for being waterproof.

Overall, I really love this foundation and I will continue to wear this one until it decides to cool down here in central Texas because it is HOT!! Now, question for you! Have you tried this foundation? If so, what are your pro’s and con’s??? Leave your feedback by leaving a comment!, Inc.


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NARS Review: Sheer Glow & Sheer Matte Foundations

Today I will be talking about 2 of my newest favorite liquid foundations which are NARS Sheer Glow and Sheer Matte. As you may have noticed in the life update section of my blog I had a big haul of things I purchase before and after Christmas. I was so fortunate to receive gifts cards from my friends at work and they now I LOVE to shop for makeup, so with that said I decided to pick up both NARS foundations. You may be wondering why did you pickup both? Well, depending on my mood I love to have glowing skin at times and then I also like to sport a matte look too. I guess you can call me a chameleon in makeup, huh? Is NARS foundation new to you? Well you can find NARS cosmetics at Sephora and Nordstorms on and off-line.

Who or what is NARS Cosmetics? Click here to find out more about Nars and the genious behind the Brand Francois Nars. Now let's talk more about each foundations I picked up and the differences. The First foundation I would like to talk about is the NARS sheer Glow and the facts.

According to the brand NARS Sheer Glow Foundation does the following:

What it does: This Sheer Glow Foundation enhances, without masking, your overall natural complexion The weightless formula hydrates the skin while complexion brightening properties improve skin brightness, radiance, and texture, leaving skin with a luminous, sensual glow.

What else you need to know: Suitable for normal, normal-to-dry, dry, and very dry skin types.


My opinion on the Sheer Glow is awesome! For one thing if you have a yellow undertone this foundation is the best for that which I am! It is a struggle for me to find a foundation that is not too pink, orange, or red and NARS hands down was a perfect fit for me. As fair as the weight of the foundation it is light smooth and velvety to the touch. It is best to apply the foundation with you hands because the hands warm up the foundation and gives it the best blending possible. However at times I will use my stippling brush and blend in circular motion to get a light airbrush finish to the foundation. The coverage of the foundation is light and buildable, but be aware if you need a full coverage foundation this may no be the one to use for that unless you are using lots, and I mean A LOT of concealer. The finish is beautiful!! My skin was very luminous and healthy. Now mind you if you skin and skincare is not on point do not expect the same results. I truly stress that your foundation is only as good as you skin.  Let's move on to Sheer Matte.

According to the brand NARS Sheer Matte Foundation does the following:

What it does: This Sheer Glow Foundation enhances, without masking, your overall natural complexion. The weightless formula absorbs oil and keeps skin shine free all day long. The complexion brightening properties improve skin brightness, radiance, and texture, leaving the complexion with a luminous, fresh finish.

What else you need to know: Suitable for normal, normal-to-oily, oily, and very oily skins types.


What I like about this one is the fact that if you are experiencing oiliness in the skin this foundation is oil free and great for mattifying and absorbing oil throughout the day. So for my oily skin Chameleons out there you will love this foundation. The undertones are the same of the sheer glow, the texture is smooth and flawless. You can also apply the foundation in the same manner as the sheer glow. The coverage is about the same as the sheer glow too.

The one thing I did not point out is that both foundation have a complex in side that helps improves the texture and brightness of your skin while wearing it which is a plus. It's kind of like having foundation with skincare in it! So, that can be the reason why you will pay $42 for each foundation. Now you may be asking if there is a cheaper alternative to this foundation? I have been searching the web and the buzz right now is that Neutrogena Healthy Skin Foundation, $12.49 is the one for sheer glow, but. . . Just looking at the shade range of the Neutrogena everything looks to light for even my skin tone or too pink .  But if you have it let me know your thoughts on it.

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