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Tarte Clean Slate Poreless 12-Hr Perfecting Primer

What it is: A skin-perfecting mattifying base and pore refiner. What it does: This primer not only helps keep your makeup in place for up to 12 hours of perfect wear time, but also refines the appearance of pores and diffuses fine lines and imperfections while delivering natural fruit- and plant-derived extracts to deliver antiaging and skin-restorative benefits to your skin. It refines the appearance of pores and diffuses fine lines and masks imperfections. Just one application leaves skin looking instantly smoother, softer, and refined. What it is formulated WITHOUT:- Parabens- Sulfates- Phthalates What else you need to know:-T5 Super Fruit Complex™: Loaded with naturally occurring, antioxidant rich nutrients and vitamins that have been known to deliver refining, antiaging, and skin-restorative benefits with each application. This product is vegan.
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Questions & Answers for Tarte Clean Slate Poreless 12-Hr Perfecting Primer

Question
Does this control oil well?
I have very oily skin and am still searching for a mattifying primer that will help control shine throughout the day. How has this product preformed for you?
asked 4 years, 3 months ago
Anonymous
(San Diego, CA)
on Clean Slate Poreless 12-Hr Perfecting Primer
10 answers
Answers
answer 1
This product is incredible at controlling oil. I have very oily skin and for the longest time I only used oil free moisturizers. I've recently switched to Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream and found that the combination of the two work wonders. When your skin isn't getting enough hydration it produces more oil. Applies beautifully under makeup and lasts the entire day!
answered 1 month ago
tdot123
answer 2
This did not control oil for me; rather it made my face feel oilier. It did refine the look of pores and give the appearance of a matte finish (before foundation). It had a greasy texture in comparison to other primers I've used, which I didn't like.
answered 6 months ago
ellie50
(Cary, NC)
answer 3
yes, I use it every day and it works well for controling oil.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
snow83
(Pasco, Wa)
answer 4
So far, my skin seems less oily to me. I normally need to powder my face halfway through the day, but with this product I haven't had to. I am really impressed with it!!!
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
kwilhite
(Burlington, VT)
answer 5
I tend to get oily skin after a few hours and this primer really did the trick for me. It lasts for quite a while (6-8 hours) before you need to touch it up with powder.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
JillRP
(Chesterton, IN)
answer 6
I have oily skin also and this really keeps the oil in check. I used to have to blot by lunch and now there are days I don't have to blot at all or at least not until late afternoon!!! Love it.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
jamierb
(Nazareth, PA)
answer 7
NARS has an oil-free, non-comedogenic primer that will help keep oil at bay.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
desireevmv
(Austin, TX)
answer 8
I have very oily skin and this did nothing to absorb oil. It actually made my makeup slide off of my face. To be perfectly honest, ladies with oily skin shouldn't be using primers. Sometimes I just put a thin layer of Milk of Magnesia on before applying makeup, and that helps - google it! Sounds crazy but worth a shot...much cheaper than this $30 primer that won't work for oily skin. I am going to return this primer.
answered 4 years ago
missc25
(Saint Louis, MO)
answer 9
I have found this primer to significantly reduce the amount of oil that builds up on my face throughout the day. I would give it a shot if I were you; if you don't like it, Sephora will return or exchange it!
answered 4 years ago
naturaleffects
(Cleveland, OH)
answer 10
Sadly, its not a primer that controls and absorbs oil. Theres a makeup setting spray from urban decay that controls oil, maybe try using that. Hope this helps :)
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
dreamyeyed
(Billings, MT)
Question
Does it work well with other foundation brands?
I use Naked skin by UD by the way.
asked 3 years, 3 months ago
janncast
(Kapolei, HI)
on Clean Slate Poreless 12-Hr Perfecting Primer
9 answers
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answer 1
I use it with NARS All-Day Luminous and it works amazing! Stays all day long ( and i have difficult skin ) and it looks good!
answered 2 months, 4 weeks ago
Charmichael8
answer 2
Yes. I have used other brand name foundations with this primer and it works perfectly!
answered 3 months ago
BraysMommy
answer 3
It "pilled" under my foundations, which Lancome Teint Idole 24 Hr and Bobbi Brown Skin. My face is also very oily. I used it with/without moisturizer with the same pilling result. I have other primers that don't do this, so I will stick with my foundations and use a different primer.
answered 6 months ago
ellie50
(Cary, NC)
answer 4
I use this with Clinique stay-matte and it works fine
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
KaytlynV
(San Diego, CA)
answer 5
Yes, I use this primer under anything I put on my face wether that be just concealer and powder for the day, or any brand foundation, concealer and powder. I love it so much it works flawlessly.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
beautybbb
(Seattle, WA)
answer 6
I use it with Clinique's Redness Solutions, and it holds it in place and even helps give it a dewier finish!
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
ellatyler
(Portland, OR)
answer 7
Yes. I use it under "No Foundation Foundation" a Perricone product and the improvement is amazing!.
answered 3 years ago
suzyz40
(Miami, Fl)
answer 8
I truly love this primer and yes it does work well with other makeup brands. I use Clinique Foundation over this primer. My skin looks flawless. Try it I don't think you will be disappointed. Make sure you let it dry before applying your makeup.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
alstongirl
(Chardon, OH)
answer 9
No I do not think it does. I only use it when i am having a powder only kind of day. it tends to get flaky or sluffs off with some products.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
liljbunny22
(Olympia, WA)
Question
After applying, does it feel smooth and "powdery?"
I am currently using a sample of HourGlass Primer which I love but I am not going to pay $54 for a full-size of it! Anyway, I like the way it feels when I apply it and makes my skin powdery smooth. Does this kinda feel like that?
asked 3 years, 4 months ago
kris08
(Forest, VA)
on Clean Slate Poreless 12-Hr Perfecting Primer
9 answers
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answer 1
This has a creamier texture, more like a moisturizer or lotion. BareMinerals Prime Time Foundation Primer is a great alternative to the Hourglass primer; it's similarly soft, light, and silky.
answered 2 weeks, 3 days ago
taymar
(Portland, OR)
answer 2
It's a very lightweight primer. I think you'll get the same feeling with this primer.
answered 3 months ago
BraysMommy
answer 3
yeah, i guess you could say that. It just feels super soft. I love the way it makes my skin feel.
answered 3 months, 2 weeks ago
oopb1
(Riverside, CA)
answer 4
Yes this one feels soft and powdery! I love it!
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
kattalack195
(Edmonton Alberta)
answer 5
you have to let this product sit for couple/few minutes and then it feels smooth -- best to have a light touch when applying (little goes a long way) --i use approx the size of a dime/penny
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
dawnmhg
(lafayette, in)
answer 6
I would say it is powdery after you apply it. It's mattifying, so it has a kind of powdery, soft feel. The texture of it is also odd, but i love it.
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
KaytlynV
(San Diego, CA)
answer 7
Yes! It feels exactly like that.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
makeuplady0302
answer 8
This primer doesn't apply like other primers I've tried. It doesn't "glide" on as smoothly as I expected... But once it's evenly applied, it does feel smooth and matte.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
k1mmyyy
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 9
I did try Hourglass Primer and was impressed at first. Then I tried Tarte's Clean Slate. It does not feel powdery at all when it is applied. I truly do not think primer should feel powdery when applied to a freshly washed face. This feels smooth and so soft once it dries.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
alstongirl
(Chardon, OH)
Question
Similar to Benefit's POREfessional?
I am currently using POREfessional and love how it seems to conceal my pores, but I'm not completely satisfied with how I feel it works to help my foundation stay put. Anyone know how this compares to Benefit's?
asked 3 years, 7 months ago
blueberries
(Carlinville, IL)
on Clean Slate Poreless 12-Hr Perfecting Primer
7 answers
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answer 1
I prefer Benefit Porefessional as I prefer the skin tint. Benefit has a more perfume-like smell and the Tarte a more chemical like smell (to me). Tarte did not work well for me, sat on my skin and left it greasy feeling. It also pilled under my foundation (Lancome Teint Idole 24Hr). I used very little. I can use a lot of Benefit without the greasy feeling or pilling.
answered 6 months ago
ellie50
(Cary, NC)
answer 2
They both have dimethicone (silicone) so I don't see how this one is any better than porefessional. And porefessional evens out my skin tone better too!
answered 7 months ago
SephoraBee
answer 3
I opt for this one because its a cancer causing chemicals free brand. I support TARTE so they can grow and make more healthier products.
as far as the quality, this one gives me the BEST matte finish for hours.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
RN2002
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 4
I've used both and I found Benefit's to be more drying and pore-clogging than this one. I also like how Tarte's doesn't change your skin tone; sometimes I felt like Porefessional would dull my skin. This product tends to just smooth out your lines, fill in your pores and bring out the best in your natural skin tone.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
ellatyler
(Portland, OR)
answer 5
They both have relatively the same functions but I feel that the Benefit primer refines pores better and is easier to apply, while this one has longer lasting power. I like both and know someone that actually uses both for different parts of their face. That's too much work (and money) for me though :-P
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
k1mmyyy
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 6
I prefer the Porefessional a million times more.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
leslmacl
answer 7
I find the two very similar, almost identical. I have tested the two out myself, actually. One thing that is different is that the Tarte one comes out clear and the Benefit one doesn't. But if I were to buy one, I would go with the Tarte one because it works just a tad better for my skin type (oily). Hope this helped a little.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
hannahr26
(New Orleans, LA)
Question
Did this mask fine lines?
I have fine smile lines and was wondering if this fills them in. Thanks♥
asked 4 years, 2 months ago
forevergreta
on Clean Slate Poreless 12-Hr Perfecting Primer
6 answers
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answer 1
honestly not as great as i expected. I have laugh lines that aren't very noticeable without foundation but with foundation they tend to stand out. I expected this primer to aid in concealing this but foundation still seemed to settle into the lines and stand out.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
Asita
(Pompano Beach, FL)
answer 2
yes, I use it for that reason and it works well.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
snow83
(Pasco, Wa)
answer 3
I totally get those too! My conceler gets kind of cakey in my smile lines and on a little scar I have. However, I have not had this issue with this product - and thats with powder on my face too (which normally makes it worse)!
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
kwilhite
(Burlington, VT)
answer 4
I have fine lines as well and though nothing seems to hide them as much as I would like I feel as though this product prevents my makeup from settling into those lines making them less noticeable then when I don't wear the primer.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
Missy57
(Indianapolis, IN)
answer 5
I dont have fine lines, but my pores disappear. So I'm assuming that if my pores disappear, then your fine lines will as well. Hope this helps :)
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
dreamyeyed
(Billings, MT)
answer 6
I have huge problems with my laugh lines near my mouth and I'm only twenty! I have had almost every foundation/primer imaginable settle into the lines but this really primer really minimizes settling. It did finally settle into the about six hours after I had originally put on the makeup, but it was very little and I hadn't touched up at all. All in all I'm very impressed with it and I love how smooth my makeup went on. I also have not had any adverse effects while using it and I have extremely acne prone skin! It's a must have.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
horseblessed
(Meridian, ID)
Question
I have dry skin and am deciding between tartes primers. Does this primer tend to be more moisturizing or drying?
asked 2 years, 8 months ago
my3girls5713
(Mitchell sd)
on Clean Slate Poreless 12-Hr Perfecting Primer
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
This primer has no moisturizing effect on your skin, you will still need to apply a good moisturizer in order for your ski not to dry.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
luvkoto
(Toronto, ON)
answer 2
i've found it to be good as a light moisturizer (i've stopped using moisturizer all together)
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
dawnmhg
(lafayette, in)
answer 3
I have dry skin and found it to be moisturizing!
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
creativepup
answer 4
I wouldn't go as far to say that it is not moisturizing because I use it after I apply my face moisturizer and it locks the moisture in. I tend to get dry patches on my skin and this completely smooths over them, it's insane.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
beautybbb
(Seattle, WA)
answer 5
I've tried the tarte and wasn't impressed - I would recommend the serum primer by hourglass it leaves a silky finish to your skin and you only need to apply a thin layer of makeup if any, on top.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
jcgs
(brooklyn ny)
answer 6
I have very oily skin and it made the oil worse. This is not a drying primer, even when it is first applied.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
Stefstuff19
(Detroit, MI)
Question
Is it OK for oily skin?
asked 2 years, 3 months ago
LizRoberts
on Clean Slate Poreless 12-Hr Perfecting Primer
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
I have pretty normal skin sometimes dry, but when I used this primer my face was an oily mess by the end of the day.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
Tatay21
(Redwood City, CA)
answer 2
Yes this product is ok for oily skin. Did not cause break outs for me.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
Shansgal
(Philadelphia, PA)
answer 3
works GREAT!
I use it everyday without fearing chemicals and parabens on my skin.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
RN2002
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 4
may not be great for oily skin
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
dawnmhg
(lafayette, in)
answer 5
I have oily skin and I think this product is not only OK, but ideal for oily skin. It is one of the few primers that really helps keep my foundation from melting away throughout the day.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
krtty1125
(Granby, CT)
answer 6
This primer works great for oily skin! It really helps fill in the pores and control oil production in the skin.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
RandeeBT
Question
How does the pore component work?
I have normal skin (not too oily or too dry) but I have large pores on my nose and chin. I recently bought this product and I have been using it for about a week. It works great but I haven't noticed much of a difference in my pores. Does this product actually reduce the size of your pores? Or does it just fill in your pores so your makeup goes on smoother?

I love this product! I just wish it did more for my pores! I use pore strips every other week or so! Any other advice? Thanks
asked 3 years, 6 months ago
hannah416
(Austin, TX)
on Clean Slate Poreless 12-Hr Perfecting Primer
5 answers
Answers
answer 1
it did not cover are hide my pores
answered 8 months ago
gia25
(PA)
answer 2
it is just as a fill in to help makeup go on smoothier -- it doesn't actually change your pore size
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
dawnmhg
(lafayette, in)
answer 3
My cheeks are very dry and this tends to get rid of those dry spots. I was recommend you try a sample first.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
bebedos
(Ventura, CA)
answer 4
I've been using it for over four months and haven't noticed a change in my pores. I think it just fills in pores to help make-up go on more smoothly.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
beebeebeebee
(Miami, FL)
answer 5
It doesn't reduce the size of your pores. It just fills them in with the primer so that the pores are less noticeable when you put your foundation on.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
MyDerniereDanse
(Grand Rapids, MI)
Question
Can I use this in combination with moisturizers?
I tried this without anything else on my skin and it was terrific. My makeup lasted all day! Then I tried this with argan oil first, then a moisturizer, then this product, and then my powder foundation. This helped hide my fine lines more, but my face got oily only after a couple of hours. How can I use this product in combination with a moisturizer? Or is a moisturizer not required?
asked 3 years, 9 months ago
4777
(San Francisco, CA)
on Clean Slate Poreless 12-Hr Perfecting Primer
5 answers
Answers
answer 1
I suggest you use the Argon Oil as a deep moisturizer in the evening before you sleep. Unless you have extremely dry skin, your face should feel very moisturized already in the morning. After you wash your face, use a LIGHT moisturizer, LET IT SIT for at least a minute or two instead of applying the primer immediately after. Then once that sets, apply your primer and proceed with your regular make-up routine. This is what I do and I have oily/combo skin. This primer keeps your make-up on for a long time, and the oil-control it provides is probably the main reason :-)
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
k1mmyyy
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 2
select one
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
dptguess
answer 3
yes i do it every day
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
snow83
(Pasco, Wa)
answer 4
it sounds like you used too many products- argan oil from what I read can be used as your moisturizer so you don't need both
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
jcgs
(brooklyn ny)
answer 5
I have super oily skin. I use a mattifying moisturizer from Lush thats great for oily skin types then the primer on top then my foundation. It holds up great but because my skin does gets so oily i keep transluscent powder or blotting papers handy to soak up the little excess.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
zuleika
(houston tx)
Question
Is this noncomedogenic?
I have sensitive, acneic skin and was wondering if this product won't cause breakouts.
asked 4 years, 3 months ago
sunrise09
(CA)
on Clean Slate Poreless 12-Hr Perfecting Primer
4 answers
Answers
answer 1
No, it's perfect for you. Never had a problem with it and i'm prone to breakouts also.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
gem18
answer 2
I definitely agree with the other reviewers. I also have sensitive and breakout-prone skin and if anything, this primer has actually helped keep my breakouts in check.
answered 4 years ago
naturaleffects
(Cleveland, OH)
answer 3
I was concerned about a breakout too, as every primer I've ever used has cause me to break out with extended use, but this has good and mostly natural ingredients and has yet to cause a breakout for me!
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
AshleyTank
answer 4
I have very sensitive and acne prone skin too and so far this hasn't caused any break outs. Just make sure to use a good cleanser to get it off at night because it has a tendency to be a little thicker than others but that's what makes it such an amazing primer. If you do by some miracle break out from it, Sephora has an amazing return policy, but I think this is one of the best primers on the market for acne prone skin.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
horseblessed
(Meridian, ID)
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