Whilst browsing QVC, I came across the Tarte Amazonian Clay foundation. I’ve been loving Tarte lately. After vowing to stop buying eyeshadow palettes, Tarte ‘In Bloom’ found its way into my life. ‘In Bloom’ just so happened to be one of the best palettes I’ve used (hear that? It’s the sound of the resolve, slipping away).
I needed a new foundation, a replacement bottle of my trusty Charlotte Tilbury Magic. I wear shade 6 and I’ll tell you what’s magic about it, I managed to pick that from the website using their swatches and it’s a perfect match … Witchcraft.
Somewhere within me the little blogger voice pipes up: “Buy a different one!” “Branch out.” “Look at all the posts and videos where people are saying they’ve got a new favourite.” “JUST THINK how many foundations have come out since you last looked.”
A New Tarte Foundation
So off I go in search of a new foundation to replace the perfectly good one I’ve been using. Having fallen in love with my Tarte palette and having heard good things about their foundations, Tarte seemed like a logical starting point.
When I say ‘good things’ I mean I’ve seen them featured in lots of videos by big Youtubers and in plenty of blog posts. Although come to think of it I’ve not seen the Tarte Amazonian Clay foundation featured anywhere. It was somewhat of a nervous backup purchase, as I originally went to buy the Rainforest Of The Sea foundation, which is currently lost in the ether, despite being part of the same order. Worried I wasn’t ready for a sheer foundation, when toying with a more natural base I obviously panicked and thought “clay, that’s more like it” and added it to my basket.
Bad First Impressions
Before I even opened the Tarte Amazonian Clay foundation it had rubbed me up the wrong way. The packaging bears the tag line ‘High performance naturals’. A quick glance at the ingredients on the back shows this is little more than a marketing ploy. I wasn’t looking for a natural foundation specifically but it annoys me when brands make unsubstantiated claims.
The outer packaging looked quite cheap. The accompanying brush was shoved unceremoniously in the envelope with it. What struck me instantly however wasn’t the lack of presentation on QVCs part, but the size of the bottle. I had seemingly paid £37 for an ant’s weekly supply.
Dream Matte Moose
I squeezed out a small amount to inspect and noticed it bore an uncanny resemblance to Maybeline’s Dream Matte Moose. As thick as pollyfiller and with a strong orange undertone America’s
new evil overlord president would feel quite at home with. Standing there blending it into my hand gave me serious nostalgia, remembering trying to leave the house as a teenager with my mum aggressively trying to blend the thick orange line out from under my jaw.
Already sensing this was a lost cause, I applied it to my face using the provided stippling brush. My first observation was that a lot of this product would be needed. It’s thick consistency stopping it from blending out well.
Whilst the foundation looked heavy and caked on the skin, it only really deposited colour (wotsit orange to be specific). It didn’t hide any blemishes or discolouration. When I think of a sheer foundation I think dewy and watery, but this was neither. If I have to have that much product on my face it needs to look flawless and unfortunately this did not.
The closest thing I’ve used to this previously would be a cheap BB cream. It made everything orange but didn’t offer any evenness. This is positioned as a full coverage foundation. To achieve that result I think you would need the entire tube and a trowel to apply it with.
Picking tones online isn’t without its risks. Jokes aside I do appreciate that the orange hue not matching my skin tone is my fault and not theirs. With that said there’s something distinctly unnatural about it. Like the aforementioned BB cream where it feels as though it’s more pigmented than it should be.
I think Tarte Amazonian Clay foundation would be ideal for my former teenage self. It’s got that orange colour I seemed to like and is cakey enough everyone will know I’m rebelliously wearing makeup to school. Whilst I no longer own a white polo shirt I dare say this would transfer onto the collar nicely to complete the look.
So Would I recommend The Tarte Amazonian Clay foundation?
Unfortunately no. This is going back (thank you QVC returns policy!) and my other option is a few days shy of appearing on the back of a milk carton.
In stark contrast to the Tarte Amazonian Clay foundation, my second choice was the Rainforest Of The Sea. The latter is sheer as I wanted to try a lighter formula for Summer. The shades don’t correlate between foundations so I opted for a colour which I found lots of swatches of. I’m quietly optimistic this will be a better match for me.
My Next Foundation
My search for a new everyday foundation continues. Likely taking me to the Dior stand on MissMakeupMagpie’s recommendation, because let’s face it, when is she wrong? There I’ll be able to try before I buy and mitigate this from happening again.
Or I could just stick with my original foundation (which has done nothing wrong), although then what would I moan about?
Whilst the Tarte Amazonian Clay foundation wasn’t for me, as always these are just my -opinionated- opinions. It’s so subjective, don’t let me put you if this is your idea of foundation nirvana. I’m not holding it against Tarte too badly. I still have my beloved palette, although I think an expenses paid trip to Bora Bora and a drone would help the healing process considerably.
Since writing this post, I’ve received an email to say I’ve been refunded for the Rainforest Of The Sea foundation I returned. I didn’t return it. It never arrived. I’m not sure if this was an error on their part or perhaps a lucky escape.
EDIT: QVC were absolutely fantastic with this return and even let me keep the brush (which is amazing for applying foundation). Whilst this didn’t work out, I would certainly order from QVC again in future.