Review: Tarte Clay Stick Foundation

Hello beauties,

Disclaimer, before I share this review I want to be very clear that I don’t agree with Tarte’s approach to their new Shape Tape Foundation. As a woman of colour, I can honestly say I’m so sick of brands not creating foundation shades that match my skin. I’m not anti Tarte but I’m disappointed. So with the review below, I wrote it a couple of weeks ago. It honest, its in the moment and if you don’t want to read it I won’t get offended.

Not gonna lie, but I was pretty excited when Tarte launched their Clay Stick Foundation. I think its because I loved the idea of their Full Coverage foundation but I’ve heard some mixed reviews and it seemed a bit hard to work with. So when I saw they launched their famous foundation but in a stick form I thought this looks easy!

About the Tarte Clay Stick Foundation:

  • Retails for $54 AUD from the Tarte website or $57 AUD from Sephora Australia
  • Available in 12 shades so a bit limiting
  • Tarte states it is, “a 12-hour wear, creamy matte clay foundation stick that delivers weightless, natural-looking coverage and nutrients”.


Overall Thoughts:

  • At first I thought the shade Tan-Deep Honey was going to be too dark but was a pretty spot on match for me.
  • I’ve found that Tarte shade names are not consistent. In one foundation I’m Tan Sand, then in another Tan Sand was too light hence why with this foundation I went darker with Tan-Deep Honey. So basically, see if you can try it in store before you buy.
  • The foundation glides on beautifully, but not oily.
  • My skin has been really good and clear so I haven’t needed much foundation. I tend to apply 3-4 stripes on each cheek, 1 down my nose, forehead and chin. Below  there’s a photo with the foundation on so you can see that you barely need anything to even out your skin tone.
  • To blend out the foundation I use a damp beauty blender.
  • If you want more coverage its easy to apply more and blend out.
  • With no powder, the foundation looks quite luminous.
  • But with my oily/ combo skin I always set my foundation with a powder. But even with a powder it still has a somewhat luminous finish. I would say demi matte.
  • For coverage, I tend to stop at medium however it is buildable. I also noticed I barely needed any concealer because the coverage of the foundation was so good. I think if you bought a lighter and darker shade of this foundation you could use it to highlight and contour.
  • Around the 5-6 hour mark I noticed a bit of oils around my t-zone. Honestly it was so faint that I didn’t even feel the need to blot.
  • At the 8 hour mark I was at my normal oily stage that I needed to blot my t-zone. From far away my foundation looked great, a little bit oily in the t-zone. But upon closer inspection I noticed it broke up a little bit- but that’s my knit picking.
  • I’ve also used it with my favourite Cover FX Setting Spray, but found that when I used the setting spray it made me look oilier sooner. So with this foundation you’re better off skipping the setting powder and sticking with powder.
  • Below I share a before and after. As you can see my skin is pretty good, so its a bit hard for me to judge coverage.


Overall I’m very happy with this foundation. I’ve received so many compliments as well, so it makes it even better. As someone that has oily/ combination skin and having put this to the test in summer, I can say this is a great foundation! I’m so impressed with the coverage, longevity and finish.

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*This product has been provided for reviewing purposes, all views and opinions are 100% honest.

**Disclaimer: All opinions are based on personal experiences, and are not sponsored. rachelbeautystyle is not a make up artist, beauty or skincare specialist and will not be held liable for any recommendations. Therefore try at your own risk.

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2 thoughts on “Review: Tarte Clay Stick Foundation

  1. I remember you recommending this to me because I liked the other foundation sticks awhile ago. I also hate that Tarte shades aren’t consistent. I am fair neutral in ROTS and fair beige in Amazonian Clay. And my shape tape concealer shade is light, even though I’m fair in everything else! So frustrating.

    I do love the finish on you Rach. I went a bit foundation crazy last year, and I have a few to use up before purchasing more!

    Maddie |


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