Tarte is one of my favorite brands for beauty. Have you had your eye on the new Tarte Clay Stick Foundation like me? I ordered one and have swatched, worn and tested it out. Keep reading for my recap and if I would recommend or not!
Testing the Tarte Clay Stick Foundation
I absolutely love stick foundations. The MUFE Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick is one of my all time favorite formulas and coverage. So when I saw Tarte coming out with a stick foundation of their own, I knew I had to try it. I typically love all of Tarte’s products, and I have recently been obsessing over their amazing Shape Tape Concealer. Tarte boasts the majority of their products to be vegan, cruelty free, and sulfate free. As I am getting older (I know, I’m ancient) these are things that are becoming more important to me, especially what I am putting on my skin and body.
The packaging is in a sleek, matte, plumy-brown tube. A huge benefit to stick foundations is their compact shape for easy packing and even travel. No one wants a big ass bottle of foundation leaking all over their Pony-Hair bag, am I right? It’s lightweight, with a gold roll-up of the product (.32 Oz).
Swatching and Application
At first swipe, the product looks pretty pigmented and creamy. I chose the color Light-Medium-Neutral and it was a perfect match for my face. I typically choose a neutral undertone foundation to balance some of the redness in my face, rather than a pink-toned. This may not be an “exact” match for my skin, but I prefer the color balanced with some yellow. I am going to do a post soon on choosing the right foundation, and basics of Cool, Warm and Neutral undertones.
When blending, however, I really struggled with this product. I used a Beauty Blender, a Morphe foundation brush and even my fingers. Nothing gave me the even finish I desired, and to be honest, the product seemed to disappear and absorb in the brush or sponge more than it stayed on my skin. What appeared as a full coverage swipe, quickly turned light to medium coverage with a natural but drying finish.
I have to admit, I was disappointed as the product claims and reviews initially said it was a good choice for dry skin. Instead, it clung to my dry spots in a weird, whitish patchy way. I did like the finish somewhat, it was really skin-like, which is usually my goal in choosing a foundation. I like a sheer or glowy coverage to look natural and radiant. The Tarte Clay Stick Foundation did not leave me radiant though- it fell flat.
Some pros of the Tarte Clay Stick Foundation I will include are;
-Full of Vitamin E
-Cream to powder finish for more oil-prone skin (I’d assume)
-“Micro encapsulated powders absorb excess oil”
-Vegan, Talc/Paraben/Gluten free. (incase you want to take a bite of it?)
Here I show it worn on the right side of my face, versus the left which has no foundation. It definitely did help balance the redness in my skin. I also have a decent amount of freckles which it toned down. The wear throughout the day was decent, but not extremely long-lasting coverage. Unfortunately, it ended up looking more cakey and sitting on top of my skin rather than melding into it. For dry skin, I do not recommend the Tarte Clay Stick Foundation. I will be returning this to try something new. Do you guys have any top picks for dry skin? Let me know in the comments!