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/ August 4, 2014

Tarte Cosmetics Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation | Review + Swatches

I follow about 5 million beauty accounts on Instagram and have to force myself not to check it 10 times a day because I love looking at new makeup.  And hair.  And products. Which is how I stumbled upon the Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation.

This foundation claims to be a 12 hour wear, full coverage foundation, with amazonian clay to improve skin over time. I wanted to do a full review of the product and swatches of the shades I tried.


  • 40 shades available
  • lightweight, mousse formula
  • contains SPF 15
  • 1.7 oz – that’s almost TWICE the size of most foundations.  The average foundation size is 1 oz
  • retails | $39
  • available at Tarte . Sephora . Ulta


The finish is flawless.  This is what initially attracted me to the foundation and it does not disappoint in real life.  It makes your skin look so flawless, but somehow still natural and like skin-like.

Every time I wear it, people ask me what my skin care routine is.  That is a winning foundation, my friends.  I feel like I could end the review right there, if I didn’t have so many other nice things to say about it.

As I’ve gotten older, I have found this foundation accentuates my forehead lines if I apply too heavily. I still think it’s a great foundation for days I know I’ll be outside in hotter weather, so I apply sparingly over my forehead and make sure to finish blending the foundation with my beautyblender pro.

It’s a great year-round foundation for oily skin.


The texture is a lightweight mousse.  It blends so easily and in 1 to 2 layers, I achieve full coverage on my skin.  This is a very unique foundation texture.

The mousse feels lightweight on and blends easily.


The foundation really does last the 12 hours that it claims, even without a primer or setting spray and it lasts even longer with both.

The ingredients are very skin friendly, which is why it’s a summer, hot weather favorite foundation for me.  Because of the clay in the formula, my skin and pores always feel more fresh and clear the day after wearing this foundation.

Related Post | The Best Foundations for Dry + Mature Skin


This foundation is also vegan, meaning it has no animal products in it, for people leading a totally vegan lifestyle (not eating or using any products from animals on your skin or clothing).  I ate vegan for 3 months and I felt like a million bucks, but then missed pizza so much!


This foundation is a great deal-per-ounce, made with high quality, skin improving ingredients.  It’s lightweight, but full coverage.  I am totally in love with it and can not recommend it more highly.  It became a favorite so quickly!


They have 40 shades available.  I tried Light Neutral, but since they’ve expanded their range (from 16 to 40 shades) I think I’d be better in Fair-Light Honey.  They do an amazing job online of explaining the undertones of each shade, which is rare and amazing to find.  It makes buying online much easier.

Light Beige.  Love this full coverage! Scars are totally covered and the edges blend perfectly with a beautyblender.  No harsh foundation lines!


Tarte . Sephora . Ulta

As always, I really hope these product reviews help save you time and money.   I love recommending products that really work for me.


Thank you for reading and being a part of the blog!  – Molly



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  1. Im currently wearing Revlon color stay foundation in sand beige its great best shade match iv ever had it might could b just a lil wee wee bit lighter im debating on the light Neutral or fair sand or light sand, if you could please recommend id greatly appreciate it!!! I also wear cover girl aqua smoooth in shade buff beige 725 but its a bit dark.

    • Hi Heletha!

      Hmm, it’s really hard to tell without seeing you, but I googled those foundations you’ve been using and my best guess is the Light Neutral. Light Neutral is a really good blend of both undertones. Then if that doesn’t seem to work you could try the Light Sand next.

      Also, if you have a Sephora near you, you can ask for samples of each shade. Just let them know that you need enough to cover your whole face in each shade so you can try each one. Let me know how it goes for you!

      xo Molly

    • Thank you, Kailey, just now seeing this somehow!! I swear by a ton of water, sleep, and I def splurge when it comes to eye cream, whereas I can be pretty frugal everywhere else. I notice a huge difference when I don’t sleep enough, I look so different!

  2. I feel like I need to leave immediately to purchase this foundation. I do not even wear foundation, nor own any for the mere fact that foundation ALWAYS looks caked on my pale face. Sold.

    • So glad this post helped! I swear this foundation is also making my skin better. The foundation, bb cream, and beauty blender combo have been a game changer for me.

  3. You are talking me into this except it looks a bit dewy which might not work for me. Is it kind of a dewy finish? Also I only realized last week that all my foundations were 1 oz. and my mind was blown. Also, pizza 4 ever.

    • This foundation has what they call a “satin matte” finish. It’s matte but not flat or fake looking. I think you might like it! And yes, when I realized this was almost twice the size my mind was blown. #pizza4ever

  4. Agreed on the tarter foundation! Been in my lineup a while now. Long lasting my skin improves and it is full finish and I find it color forgiving on my medium skin tone. Thanks for the sale heads up! Looking forward to receiving some tried and true and some “new friends” 🙂

    • I think this was their best sale yet! Good to know the foundation keeps improving your skin over time. I’m loving it so much so far. Did you get anything else fun from the sale?