Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation Review

It’s about time for another review don’t you think? Today it’ll be the Tarte amazonian clay full coverage foundation – what a mouthful!

Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation

I must admit I picked up this foundation on a bit of a whim, which is very unlike me because I’m usually a bit obsessive about researching any makeup item before I invest good money in it. But I have an excuse! Let my story be a cautionary tale – always have a back up in mind. I’d headed to Sephora with the intention of trying out the Too Faced Born This Way foundation only to find they didn’t have my colour in stock. (Dubai Sephoras are just the worst!) Cue irrational panic! So, after what seemed to my boyfriend like hours, I finally settled on something else.

And as you might have guessed the lucky winner of my supermarket-sweep-style Sephora spree was the Tarte amazonian clay foundation. For no other reason than it was the cheapest foundation I could find in the shop. Eeek! So how is it, I hear you ask? Well as usual I’m going to break down the review into categories:

Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation


Probably the most important category – the product itself! I’ve got to admit when I first squeezed the tube to try this foundation I did recoil in horror. It has a really peculiar mousse like consistency which brought back Maybelline dream matte mousse memories. But despite my concerns of looking like a cake faced teenager I persevered – and actually I kinda like it!

As the name “Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation” would suggest it is indeed a full coverage foundation. But you can definitely sheer it out or build it up depending on how you apply it. Don’t get me wrong it’s never going to be a tinted moisturiser kind of coverage but I find using a brush gives a slightly sheerer look. If you want a full coverage, flawless base use a beauty blender. Because of the strange texture of the tarte amazonian clay foundation it will clog up your beauty blender quite quickly but it washes out easily, so don’t panic.

On the skin it’s very full coverage, but without looking cakey or heavy. It’s very smooth and conceals pores beautifully. The finish is very natural, not too matte and not too dewy – just very skin like. For my oily, blotchy skin it is perfect, I really enjoy using it. It lasts pretty well, doesn’t get too greasy and gives a super flawless appearance. I’ve not tried this foundation on drier skin though and it seems as if it could cling to dry patches. Maybe I’d avoid for dry skin though, or try a sample before committing.

I’ve tried it with flash photography too and it seems there is no flashback. However it does have an SPF 15 in it so to be totally safe I’d avoid using it for weddings or photo shoots. (A list of the products that I would recommend is available here)

One of the things I love the most about this foundation is that it’s cruelty free and vegan. Have a read of my post on cruelty free makeup here if you want to know more about exactly what that means.


The packaging, in my opinion, is perfect. It’s pretty without being over the top. I particularly like the wooden cap. But most importantly it’s really practical. It comes in a squeezey tube so you know you’re getting all of the product out, unlike with a glass jar. It’s also much more hygienic in a tube, so it’s great if you wanted to use it in your kit. The packaging is lightweight too so perfect for traveling.


As I mentioned earlier this was the cheapest foundation I could find in Sephora, other than Sephora’s own brand. It was 185dhs, which I think is quite reasonable for a high end product. Certainly not as affordable as a drug store foundation, but I think the product is worth the price.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation

I was really surprised with how much I liked this product! I would definitely recommend trying the Tarte amazonian clay if you’re in the market for a new foundation. The only downside I can see is that I might end up going through it quite quickly because when applying it feels as though I lose a lot of product to the beauty blender. Other than that though it’s a glowing review from me!

Let me know if you’ve tried the Tarte amazonian clay foundation or anything else from Tarte. I’m really intrigued by the Tarte Shape Tape concealer now – any of you guys tried it? Is it worth the hype? Let me know in the comments below what you’re favourite foundation is too, I really love trying new base products and I love hearing your recommendations.

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3 comments on “Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation Review
  1. Fenica says:

    I’ve heard a lot of good thing about that foundation.
    After I use up my foundation, maybe I should give this one a try.


  2. Marina Rosie says:

    I love Tarte’s amazonian clay range, I have the liner; it’s gorgeous! Loved this post,
    Lots of love,
    Marina Rosie xx

  3. Nailderella says:

    haha you made me laugh when I read about the maybelline dream matte mousse! I remember it and it looked aweful on me! 😀
    The tarte one seems nice though!

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