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”.

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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.

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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 | http://www.maddiesbeautyspot.com

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