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Tarte Smooth Operator™ Micronized Clay Finishing Powder

What it is:A multitasking Amazonian clay finishing powder.What it does:Smooth Operator™ Amazonian clay finishing powder in bronze perfects and mattifies while bronzing the skin, imparting a healthy, natural warmth. This silky powder sets makeup, minimizes pores and fine lines, and is ideal for someone who wants a natural-looking hint of sun without shimmer. It's perfect for all skin types and tones and never looks chalky. Amazonian clay, nature's most perfect ingredient, acts as a total skin balancer by reducing dryness and flakiness, improving clarity and texture, and removing surface oil for a soft focus and lit-from-within finish; all while replenishing and rehydrating skin. This skin-saving powder can even be used alone as a treatment to reap all the benefits of Amazonian clay. What it is formulated WITHOUT:- Parabens- Sulfates- Synthetic Fragrances- Synthetic Dyes- Petrochemicals- Phthalates- GMOs- Triclosan
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How does this look on fair skin?
I currently use the translucent finishing powder - which I like - but it washes me out a little. I am very fair skin and don't want to look orange-y with this. Can anyone review how this looks on fair skin used as an all-over finishing/setting powder?
asked 5 years, 2 months ago
on Smooth Operator™ Micronized Clay Finishing Powder
8 answers
answer 1
Hi there! I'm on the fair skin side but also can pass for light thanks to self tanner & have been using this Tarte product since it first launched a couple years back. In my opinion, as long as you don't over apply the product, it won't make you look orange. I watched Maureen Kelly (sp?), the creator of Tarte demonstrate the product on a shopping network. She advised to administer a tiny bit (about 1/8th of a dime) into the lid, swirl, tap, & then buff on with a fluffy brush. The bronzer is buildable. I would suggest starting with a small amount & reapply as needed. Please be careful around your hairline & blend well as all bronzers, in my opinion, seem to end up over-applied in that area. Have you tried the Too Faced Primed & Poreless Matte Bronzer? I just ordered it after reading numerous 5 star reviews indicating it was the perfect bronzer for fair to light skin. The medium skin toned women still gave it 4 stars but commented it was too, light for their coloring. Good luck to you :-)
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
(Chicago, IL)
answer 2
I have quite pale skin, during the summer it works well as a finishing powder and a bronzer, but sadly as soon as fall arrives it's to dark.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
(Ottawa, On)
answer 3
im darker skined and i know for a fact this will have you looking crazy if you put it all over your face it shows up on my dark skin. you can use this as a contour or just for a litlle glow, i think u need to find something else for an all over face powder nars and dior have great powders for fair skin i hope this helped
answered 4 years, 7 months ago
(Baltimore, MD)
answer 4
This product made my skin (medium-fair) look orange!
answered 4 years, 8 months ago
answer 5
I recommend mixing the bronzing powder w/ the white powder. the white was too white for me too, but the bronze is too dark on its own.
answered 4 years, 11 months ago
(san diego, ca)
answer 6
I have thin, pale skin, and I use this product as you described. With just a light dusting, it leaves a warm finish. With more product, it will look darker, so I occassionally use it as a natural-looking bronzer. I am very pleased with this product.
answered 5 years, 1 month ago
(Irvine, CA)
answer 7
Hi there lisalmu! It looks like you have found the perfect product for your fair skin! smooth operator micronized clay finishing powder in bronze is formulated to work on all skintones with its sheer, buildable formula. When applied with a fluffy powder brush, it will not only set whatever product you have beneath it (foundation, concealer, tinted moisturizer, or even just a primer or moisturizer), but also give you a gorgeous healthy glow with the added benefit of Vitamin C, which fights free radical damage and prevents premature signs of aging. The product is also buildable, meaning that if you wanted to use it to contour or bronze the highpoints of your face such as the bridge of your nose and your cheekbones, you could with a blush or bronzer brush. The matte finish ensures that it looks natural and never orange, and its 12-hour wear time means you won’t have to reapply and will continue to glow long after the sun sets. Let me know if you have any more questions about the product and I’d be happy to answer them.
answered 5 years, 1 month ago
(new york, ny)
answer 8
It's not orangey but I'm medium toned and it's way too dark for me. My son said "you look like a brownie".
answered 5 years, 1 month ago
(San Diego, CA)
where is the product size? so many of the items on this webiste do not show product size. c'mon, sephora, you can do better!
asked 4 years ago
on Smooth Operator™ Micronized Clay Finishing Powder
3 answers
answer 1
The diameter is about a inch and a half and about 3/4 of inch high.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
(Ottawa, On)
answer 2
The size is 0.32 oz
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
(Oklahoma City, OK)
answer 3
Mine says it is 8g, or 0.28 oz. depending on how you prefer to measure. It's a pretty decent sized jar, considering you really don't need much when applying.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
Does anyone have any tips to help prevent color transfer?
I'm not sure if I'm the only one, but I feel like this powder gets everywhere. Just a five minute phone call will end up with a film of powder all over my screen. Help?
asked 5 years ago
on Smooth Operator™ Micronized Clay Finishing Powder
1 answer
answer 1
I agree that during application a bit can get on your clothes and such, but any more than that might be a due to how you're applying it. Press down once and there should be more than enough makeup. I tend to use the stuff that sits on the lid and that tends to be good. But also try using a kabuki brush that can catch and evenly distribute your makeup during application. Hope that helps.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
(Hamilton, ON)
Your website states that the bronze Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder has a .32 oz weight, but the Tarte's website states that the bronze is a .28 oz weight and the regular Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder is the one that has a .32 oz weight. Please confirm.
asked 4 years, 10 months ago
(San Juan, PR)
on Smooth Operator™ Micronized Clay Finishing Powder
1 answer
answer 1
Sephora had a .28 oz also but is currently just selling this .32 oz
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
(Oklahoma City, OK)
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