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Monday Morning Must Haves: Tarte Smooth Operator™ Amazonian Clay Pressed Finishing Powder

Monday Morning Must Haves: Tarte Smooth Operator™ Amazonian Clay Pressed Finishing Powder

Staying shine-free from morning until noon has always been an issue for me.  I don’t even think about going to the end of day without having an oil slick show up on my face.  But I discovered Tarte Smooth Operator™ Amazonian Clay Pressed Finishing Powder — A(n oily) girl’s best friend. Tarte Smooth Operator™ Amazonian Clay Pressed Finishing Powder is not just a Monday Morning Must Have, but an every morning must have.

For those of us that have oily or combination skin, getting a full day of shine-free beauty is a challenge. There are many ways around this, but the quickest and longest lasting fix of them all is Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Pressed Powder by tarte cosmetics. This white pressed powder goes on very sheer and melts into skin almost instantly for all day matte skin.  It keeps skin from getting oily and shiny during the day, so your face always feels and looks fresh and beautiful.

About Tarte Smooth Operator™ Amazonian Clay Pressed Finishing Powder:

TARTE Smooth Operator™ Amazonian Clay Pressed Finishing PowderWhat it is:
A complexion-perfecting powder. 

What it does:
Set makeup in place all day with this lightweight powder formula. Amazonian clay helps mattify skin, minimize the appearance of pores, and reduce excess oil, leaving skin with a soft-focus finish. 

Here is why I love Smooth Operator Pressed Finishing Powder:

Results: I applied Smooth Operator around 8 am. I am currently in cosmetology school, which is like being in a big salon all day, and my makeup survived! I didn’t get oily or shiny, or see any fading of my makeup. In fact, when I got ready to take off my makeup around 9 pm, my makeup was still pretty close to flawless.  My eye shadow hadn’t creased, and my blush was still bright.

Packaging: I love this slim, light weight compact. It fits perfectly in my to-go makeup bag, and in my clutch for an evening out. It also has an excellent mirror, and applicator brush

Application: this product is so easy to apply and comes with its own brush. The product quickly blends into skin, leaving a soft matte finish. The powder lasts forever too! I have been using my Smooth Operator almost daily for the last month or so, and I still haven’t run out.

I give Tarte’s Smooth Operator a total 5 blings, it’s a well packaged, long lasting product that gives excellent results.

Bling Factor:

Pro: Sheer, works on dark skin, prevents shine for hours

Con: None

Price: $34

Buy Again: Yes

Packaging: 5 Blings

Overall: 5 Blings

Hero Ingredient: Amazonian clay

Natural/Organic/Vegan:  Yes, Vegan

Cruelty Free: Yes

Before applying : Shine on forehead, cheeks and nose.

 Before using Tarte Smooth Operator Pressed Finishing powder use
After applying : No more shine on forehead, cheeks and nose

After using Tarte Smooth Operator Pressed Finishing powder


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  • Maria J.

    I have the loose version and it leaves me matte my whole shift at work, best high-end powder out there that I will re-purchase every chance that I can. I would love to try this version since it’s in a compact and seems to be more purse/travel friendly, but I’m also scared if they changed the formulation and won’t work as good as the loose version.

    • Well, Chelsea who is very oily wore hers for over 12 hours without breakthrough! I think it’s a winner!