tarte amazonian clay foundation review

What it does

Tarte’s Amazonian Clay 12-hour full coverage foundation is meant to be, like the name implies, long-lasting and full-coverage. It has a matte yet natural finish and a thick consistency. It’s comparable to Laura Mercier’s Silk Cream foundation, but looks more like skin and less like you’re wearing foundation. Because it’s water-based, it’s much lighter. Between the two, Tarte is objectively my pick, and not only because it’s cruelty-free. You also get 25% more product for the same price.


  • Medium to full coverage yet looks like skin.
  • Good shade selection. Both warm and cool tones for the same shade.
  • Good price compared to other high-end foundations.
  • Does not oxidize/change color over time.
  • Paraben-free.
  • SPF 15.


  • Doesn’t last particularly long for a “12-hour” foundation.
  • The coverage is closer to medium than full.


Very good overall foundation. If you’re looking for something that has decent coverage, a matte finish, and looks natural, this foundation’s for you!

Score: B+

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.
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Suzana Rose
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