Is tarte’s Amazonian Clay Foundation Worth the Splurge?
I’ve mentioned before my skin color changes every two weeks; so as you can guess I’m on a never ending quest to find “the right” foundation. This mission is even harder as I factor in my sensitive, deep skin and my current commitment to vegan, cruelty-free makeup. With an ever-changing complexion, Sephora’s skincare IQ has become my best friend. Its not always perfect, but it gives me a good idea of where to start in finding the right foundation.
Skincare IQ matched me with taste Cosmetic’s Amazonian Clay 12-hour Full Coverage Foundation in Deep Sand but it turned out to be way too pale so I went with the next darkest option – Deep Honey. Deep Honey was a PERFECT match so I was happy to not only have found a vegan foundation that works for me; but a brand that has more than one vegan option for brown skin!
After about two weeks of use my undertones started to lean more golden than neutral, so I also bought Deep Sand and started mixing the two hoping for a more appropriate color. This didn’t work out like I’d planned. Maybe it’s because the formula contains SPF 15 but sometimes I looked fine and other days I looked a bit ashy. My undertones were still slightly off but I was convinced I’d eventually figure out the right formula and kept using both.
After more than a month not only had I failed to nail the right color but I encountered my biggest makeup fear- it started to break me out! All the progress I’d made with my vegan diet, nightly Clarisonic commitment and bomb-ass affordable moisturizer was set back when acne started popping up all over my face – particularly close to my hairline!
tarte claim’s their Amazonian Clay Foundation lasts 12 hours which would be cool; if my day rarely exceeded twelve hours and/or if the claim were true. Most days I’m out of the house by 6:30am and might not have time to refresh before night. Even though my skin looked smooth as I walked out of the house, I found that on most days my face was already starting to look cakey by noon. Not cool.
So I ended up returning both. I’m trying to stay dedicated to this vegan lifestyle but not if it means damaging my sensitive skin! I still think tarte has great tools and lip colors, but at $39 the Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation isn’t worth the splurge; even if it is vegan.