Friday, February 25, 2011
Tarte Provocateur Amazonian Clay Shimmering Powder Swatches and Review
Below, L-R: Tarte Amazonian clay shimmering powders in Rose, Champagne
I've had the chance to try one of Tarte's newest offerings, the provocateur Amazonian clay shimmering powders. Ever since I've tried the amazing, holy-grail status Tarte Amazonian Clay Brow Mousse, I have been hooked on anything from Tarte made from this rich clay extracted from the banks of the Amazon River, where the nutrients are at their highest concentration. I love the amazonian clay because it is all-natural: no parabens, mineral oil and petrolatum, not phthalates and sodium lauryl sulfate, no synthetic dyes or fragrances. Best of all, this stuff truly works for me (read my review on how much I loved the brow mousse).
Tarte claims that amazonian clay is a multi-tasking and total skin balancing clay that has been known to do the following:
-remove surface oil to mattify skin (yay for me since I have combination skin)
-hydrate dry skin
-nourish all skin types
-give skin an overall smooth and even appearance
-reduce the appearance of dryness and flakiness
-improve the appearance of skin clarity and texture.
I have not tried the shimmering powders long enough to see the above-mentioned effects, but I will definitely follow up this review with swatches of these products on the face.
For now, see the swatches under direct sunlight:
L-R: Champagne, Rose
While playing with these products, I did notice that the texture of the product in the pan is different from other products: it feels a bit silkier, more compact (like clay indeed), and has a chalky but satiny texture. Usually, when we describe a cosmetic product as chalky, it's not exactly a compliment, but my description of chalkiness here is different. It feels chalky when you touch the product with your fingertip, but when you apply it, it glides like butter. As you can also see, there's nothing chalky about the swatches.
Champagne describes itself and is a nice white-gold highlighter that Tarte says works best with bronzey looks, brown and neutral eyes. Rose is a slightly bronzey cousin of Champage; and Tarte suggests this for bold/bright looks, as well as smokey and pastel eyes.
These operate as glows or more commonly referred to as highlighters, so these work great with a stippling or duo-fiber brush applied on the cheekbones. The swatches look a bit heavy because they were indeed applied with a heavy hand. These glows look best when applied sparingly with the stippling brush for the perfect glow-from-within look.
All in all, I am glad that there are actually cosmetic products that are not filled with parabens, mineral oil and fillers, but actually contain natural products that are good for your skin. I am really glad Tarte decided to expand their Amazonian clay line. I am looking forward to more of this amazing ingredient in Tarte products.
To recap, the texture is wonderful, glides like a dream on the skin. This product works best with a stippling brush to avoid over-application. I like the neutral, universally-appealing shades of the shimmering powders. Everyone can surely wear either or both well. Best of all, the natural ingredient will nourish all skin types.
These products retail this month at tarte.com, Sephora/sephora.com, Ulta/Ulta.com, beauty.com, Henri Bendel and QVC.com for $30 US each.
The Shades Of U Rating: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Note: Media samples were provided by a representative of the company for consideration. All opinions are completely mine.