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Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation

16th February 2017
Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation

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.

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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.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation

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.

Wotsit Orange

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.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation

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.

Plot Twist!

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.

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  • Candice Petersen
    16th February 2017 at 1:36 pm

    I’ve heard so many great things about this foundation

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

    • Amy
      16th February 2017 at 1:56 pm

      Really? I hadn’t heard many reviews which should have made me wary but it was truly awful!

  • Gemma (Miss Makeup Magpie)
    16th February 2017 at 1:57 pm

    Oh no what a massive shame but you’ve got to love the QVC return policy xx

    • Amy
      16th February 2017 at 2:03 pm

      Yes! What a life saver!

  • Caked To The Nines
    16th February 2017 at 2:56 pm

    I remember liking this foundation years ago. I wonder if I would like it now because tastes change, and I do remember it looked pretty orange on me too haha. Love the review and your writing, babe!

    Nida | Caked To The Nines

    • Amy
      16th February 2017 at 3:01 pm

      It’s funny how our tastes evolve over time! Glad it’s not just me haha. Thank you so much Nida <3

  • Katie M
    16th February 2017 at 3:03 pm

    I’ve heard so many good things about this that I got a sample at Sephora. I loved the coverage but I took a step down and went for their BB cream instead of buying this. At the time needed more a BB cream than a heavy foundation, I received half a bottle from a friend and I love this stuff. I find using a damp beauty blender helps blend it out more. It oxidize a little on me but nothing I can’t cover with powders find it sits well on my skin.

    I’m sorry your thought’s weren’t as good sometimes you get those “off” products, i love TARTE company though. I would try another face product from them you may have a different thoughts, at QVC is great on customer service.

    Katie |

    • Amy
      17th February 2017 at 9:06 am

      Thanks for your comment Katie! I can imagine the BB cream would be an improvement. I use a beauty blender to blend it but sadly it was a bit of a lost cause for me.

      I love Tarte, they’re one of my top 3 brands for eyeshadow. It was risky as this was imported from the US and ordered via QVC, being able to pop into Sephora and try it would have been a lot better. Their concealer is next on my hit list so fingers crossed I’ll like that more, although I’m holding off until I can get it in person!

  • Makeup Musings
    16th February 2017 at 3:35 pm

    I really want to try it just for the sake of trying, however… I haven’t read good reviews either. Their rainforest of the sea foundation is suppose to be really good though, so you could try that?

    Annie xx |

    • Amy
      17th February 2017 at 9:07 am

      That was the one I originally ordered and I got this as a kind of back up, but sadly it never arrived! I’m hoping to try it at some point as it does sound better, but for now I’m going to look elsewhere X

  • Karen Williams
    16th February 2017 at 4:58 pm

    Haha. Love the feel of this post. Such a shame about the product.

    Karen x

    • Amy
      17th February 2017 at 9:07 am

      Thanks Karen! x

  • Yiotou_La
    16th February 2017 at 5:10 pm

    I love how detailed this post is Amy, too bad about the product though. Thank god you can return it anytime and buy something else that has great reviews and you will be pleased with it 🙂


    • Amy
      17th February 2017 at 9:08 am

      Thank you Yiota! Yes it’s rare to be able to do that so I’m relieved! x

  • Allure La Vie
    16th February 2017 at 5:41 pm

    Oh no there really is no redeeming qualities about it is there? I am so glad you got your money back though. X

    • Amy
      17th February 2017 at 9:08 am

      Sadly not for me no. Definitely! x

  • TheStyleRawr
    16th February 2017 at 6:12 pm

    OH NO! Here’s me thinking Tarte are awesome at everything. The Maybelline comment made me laugh, I remember buying that once as a teen and scrubbing my face as soon as I looked in the mirror! HA! Good shout, I always trust Gemma’s honest reviews!

    T x

    • Amy
      17th February 2017 at 9:09 am

      I was gutted! I used to abuse it and think it looked fantastic at the time haha. The more orange the better! x

  • Katherine Tran
    16th February 2017 at 8:23 pm

    Sucks to hear it wasn’t great, but thanks for a detailed review!

    • Amy
      17th February 2017 at 9:09 am

      Thanks for your comment Katherine x

  • Laura Louise
    16th February 2017 at 9:08 pm

    That’s a shame – I have heard good things about Tarte in general, I haven’t tried much from them but very good about the QVC returns policy! x

    • Amy
      17th February 2017 at 9:09 am

      I think it’s like all things, there will be products which suck amongst the great! x

  • Rachel Stinson
    16th February 2017 at 9:11 pm

    Awh waow this foundation sounds like my idea of hell! I do like the dream matte mouse but the super thick consistency isn’t nice at all. Love how detailed your review is. xxx

    Rach |

    • Amy
      17th February 2017 at 9:10 am

      It wasn’t the best haha. Do they still make it? Wow, that makes me nostalgic. I bet they’re changed the formula dramatically from the early 2000s though x

  • Cassandra Myee
    16th February 2017 at 10:28 pm

    I have heard a few good reviews of this foundation, but it doesn’t sounds really good at all! Dream Matte Mousse though, what a classic ha! At least you could return it. I hope your foundation search works out.

    Cass | CassandraMyee

    • Amy
      17th February 2017 at 9:10 am

      Maybe it’s just me, I know these things are subjective but for me it was definitely a miss. Haha, so nostalgic! Thanks Cass x

  • leah rachel
    16th February 2017 at 11:25 pm

    This really does sound like a nightmare product, it’s a shame it really didn’t go well for you but there are plenty more foundations to try! Good luck with your next purchases 🙂

    Cyber Mermaids | Alternative beauty, fashion and lifestyle blog

    • Amy
      17th February 2017 at 9:10 am

      Thank you 🙂 x

  • Ela
    16th February 2017 at 11:58 pm

    I’m sorry this didn’t work out well for you! Good thing QVC has a returns policy – here in the Philippines makeup products can’t get returned, so I hate wasting money and research as much as I can before buying.
    Ela |

    • Amy
      17th February 2017 at 9:11 am

      In the UK they can’t either generally, it’s a rare policy from QVC which is useful for me in this instance! I usually do the same but we don’t get a lot of American products so occassionally I risk ordering them online (with mixed success). x

  • Alice Howarth
    17th February 2017 at 11:44 am

    Ah how I love an honest review!! Haha, thank you for posting this, I think I’ll give the foundation a miss. I didn’t know about the returns policy, that’s so handy! However if they’re not great to order from I might have to be careful. Have you tried Maybelline – Fit Me? That’s my favourite at the moment – and so cheap.

    Alice x

    • Amy
      21st February 2017 at 11:43 am

      I need to check that out, thanks for the recommendation! x

  • Bellissa Femaleadda
    17th February 2017 at 12:35 pm

    I need to get this one .This looks perfect for application of foundation.

    • Amy
      21st February 2017 at 11:43 am

      The brush wasn’t bad in fairness.

  • Roxie Ferguson
    17th February 2017 at 1:12 pm

    I ordered this too and it’s incredibly cakey. It’s a shame because I had high expectations considering everyone on You Tube is always banging on about the brand!

    • Amy
      21st February 2017 at 11:43 am

      Ah no! I had really high expectations too, such a shame.

  • fannyanddailybeauty
    17th February 2017 at 1:32 pm

    I find this review so interesting because, as you said, this foundation is a rather well-loved one in the beauty community. Since I’m not really a full coverage foundation (strange that it didn’t cover your imperfections) girl, I don’t think I would have picked this one up yet, it’s still really nice to read such an honest opinion!

    • Amy
      21st February 2017 at 11:44 am

      I don’t tend to wear full coverage most of the time but wanted a lightweight foundation and heavy duty alternative. Annoyingly it was a bit useless. Thank you!

  • Mammafulzo
    17th February 2017 at 3:32 pm

    Oh no what a shame it wasn’t good 🙁 I hate it when that happens, at least you can send it back though (phew!) would have been pricey otherwise. Have you tried Illamasqua skin base? Or The MAC studio Sculpt? I like both of those and I love the CT light wonder too, and for drug store I really like the L’oreal true match since they have re formulated 🙂 Great post as always xxx

    Zoe ♥ MammafulZo

    • Amy
      21st February 2017 at 11:45 am

      Agreed! I haven’t tried a MAC foundation in a while as I used to love them but was gutted when they changed, so I’ll have to see what they’re like now. I just got the True Match 🙂 Thanks Zoe x

  • Kenzie Harvey
    18th February 2017 at 8:57 am

    Oh no! What a shame, I love their products normally but haven’t tried this!

    Kenzie x
    Kenzie | LemonaidLies – Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle

    • Amy
      21st February 2017 at 11:45 am

      Same here 🙁 x

  • Jacquard Flower
    19th February 2017 at 2:48 pm

    Thanks for an honest review. What a shame it wasn’t good for you.

    Gemma x

    • Amy
      21st February 2017 at 11:45 am

      Thanks Gemma! x

  • Katie
    24th February 2017 at 8:49 pm

    This sounds like a great big mess, I hate ordering foundations online! Luckily you got a refund on the second and can return the first. I really want to try the Rainforest of the Sea foundation but I wouldn’t like a thick foundation that doesn’t give great coverage x

    Beauty From Katie

  • Sophia Meola
    26th February 2017 at 8:54 pm

    Thank you for your honest review – such a shame things didn’t run smoothly but at least you got to return it. I feel like other retailers should have a policy like QVC too!

    Sophia Meola | A Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog


    • Amy
      13th March 2017 at 12:59 pm

      Thanks Sophia x

  • Georgia Hathaway
    1st March 2017 at 4:28 pm

    It’s such a shame that this wasn’t the best. I do like your honest review though!

    Georgia x

    • Amy
      13th March 2017 at 12:59 pm

      Thanks Georgia! x

  • ✨Rachieface✨
    3rd March 2017 at 1:12 pm

    It’s lucky you’re able to send this back, doesn’t sound great. I never order foundation online because I always struggle to get the correct shade for my skintone!

    Rachel | Hey Rachieface x

    • Amy
      13th March 2017 at 12:59 pm

      Same here, I took a punt on this but in retrospect will be sticking to buying in-store!