tarte | amazonian clay 12-hour full coverage foundation

kimberlyloc without makeup

I’ve gone (face) naked twice before on the blog (here and here), but for today’s review, I’m less conscientious about baring my skin because I’ve been having a great skin week.

As mentioned in yesterday’s review of La Bella Figura’s Modern Radiance Concentrate, I’ve noticed a brighter appearance on the apples of my cheeks and part of my forehead. My skin has been so clear and smooth lately that I even felt confident enough to run errands sans makeup!

But, in the interest of playing with makeup and writing this review, I went ahead and applied my Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation to show just how well this natural foundation evens out the spottiness in my skin.

kimberlyloc without makeup

{Here you go, a full-sized picture of my makeup-free mug!}

kimberlyloc wearing tarte amazonian clay 12-hour full coverage foundation

{And here I am all evened-out and ready for color.}

It’s a subtle change when you’re working with a pretty-clean slate to begin with, but Tarte’s Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation is my go-to when I’m having a skin crisis.

Because it offers full coverage without feeling heavy or thick, it’s one of my top choices for feeling more comfortable in my own skin during breakout time.

I’m wearing “Light-Medium,” which seems to no longer exist, replaced by “Light-Medium Sand,” “Light-Medium Beige” and “Light-Medium Honey.” I would probably be a “Light-Medium Sand” because I have yellow undertones.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation isn’t daily-use makeup for me, though it does provide superior coverage. I break this baby out when I’m truly in need (and for this review) because I do prefer to let my skin breathe through mineral makeup as much as possible.

I’m hoping that with continued use of superior natural skin care, I won’t have to repurchase this foundation, but it’s definitely one I would repurchase.

If you’re more of a purist when it comes to natural makeup and cosmetics, though, this may not be for you. I use the phrase “natural foundation” in an extremely liberal fashion with Tarte; “cleaner cosmetics” is probably a better term.

Let’s look at the ingredients list and you’ll see why:

Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate Butylene Glycol, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Mica, Dimethicone, Silica, Phenoxyethanol, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Stearic Acid, Aluminum Hydroxide, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Caprylyl Glycol, Phytantriol, Hexyl Laurate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Sodium Chloride, Hexylene Glycol, Lysine, Tocopherol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Nylon-12 Fluorescent Brightener 230 Salt, Polyvinylalcohol Crosspolymer, Kaolin, Magnesium Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Zinc Chloride, Sodium Hyaluronate, Potassium Sorbate, Iron Oxides

So, yeah. It has dimethicone, PEGs and phenoxyethanol … and a bunch of other stuff. No bueno.

But, as with a few dirty mascaras and a Revlon lipstick, we all have a few things that we just can’t kick. Tarte will always be my backup “better” cosmetics line when I’m in a pinch and want something that I know works.

Here’s to hoping, though, that I won’t need something that “works” like this for much longer. Cheers to natural skincare and getting to a foundation-free life!

What are your favorite natural foundations that offer full coverage? How ofter are you able to go naked-faced and feel completely comfortable in your skin? Tell me in the comments section!


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