There are a few things in life that excite me: Twinkie, photography, smoked meats, Japanese ramen…and make up, which is what I’m going to talk a bit about today. I recently picked up Tarte Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20, and I’m sooooo in love with it. FYI, this is really just Tarte’s rebranding/repackaging of their Smooth Operator Amazonian Tinted Moisturizer, and it is different from their BB Primer, which I have as well but I’m not impressed by the primer. I also want to say these are just my initial impressions on this tinted moisturizer, so I may have to update this later on.
I love the finish of this tinted moisturizer because it’s neither matte nor shiny. It’s a very natural kind of dewy, imo. It does dry down and it leaves a slightly tacky feel, reminiscent of long-wearing foundations, like MAC Pro Longwear Foundations. The tinted moisturizer does apply sheer, as expected, but I’m able to layer it to build coverage as long as I let the previous layer dry completely. There are tiny shiny mica particles in it, which don’t bother me personally because they’re not very obvious. I think it helps to give the tinted moisturizer a more realistic skin-like finish while blurring out imperfections.
It’s very comfortable on my skin and is relatively moisturizing, but I still apply a dedicated moisturizer under. It doesn’t feel heavy at all, and it doesn’t pick up on any dry patches on my skin. I wouldn't say it does a fantastic job on controlling the oil in my T-zone, but it definitely doesn't make my T-zone oilier than normal.
I have the shade light, formerly agent 06, which is for light skin with yellow undertones. And in case this will help someone else color match: In MAC, I’m NC 20-25. In Dior, I’m 021 Linen.
I'm so glad Tarte seals their products with a little silver tab on the opening (see above image). It reassures me that no one else has touched it...I'm a bit of a germaphobe. x_x
When I was shopping for this product, I wasn’t really clear on how this was different from Tarte’s BB Primer, which is a newer, possibly better known product, so I’m going to give my thoughts on the Primer, which I’ve used for pretty much the past year. Hopefully this will be helpful to at least one person out there! The Primer has a very strong silicone feel — almost like a weird very fine powder in cream form that is very slippery. The Primer can be worn alone, basically as a tinted moisturizer or BB cream, or as a primer, under foundation. I don’t know how great it is as a primer under foundation since I haven't worn foundation in forever, so I can only vouch for what it’s like as a tinted moisturizer/BB cream. I don’t particularly like how the Primer feels on my skin because it just feels very slippery to me and it never really sets or absorbs into my skin. It’s not buildable either — the more I put, the streakier it gets. It also transfers way too easily for my comfort, although it does last long if you never accidentally brush your hand or anything along your face. It’s one of those products where if I lightly pushed the tip of my finger nail onto my face, any product that came in contact would all come off (does that make any sense?). I do appreciate that it has a higher SPF, at 30, but I always wear a dedicated sun protection under my makeup anyway.
Anyway, that’s my thoughts on…well…two different products. It started off as more of a review on the tinted moisturizer, but I figured I should talk about the primer as well. Oh, and btw, Tarte is cruelty-free, which makes me very happy!