Thursday, October 25, 2012

Cosmetics Review: Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder

The ProductTarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder

The Review: Whoooo, it's been a long hiatus there, guys. Sorry about that, but I got super busy at work for the summer months. Now, I'm back to being bored and am super enthusiastic about makeup again, due to all the phenomenal Christmas palettes and limited edition stuff coming out. Right now, Sephora is basically my idea of expensive makeup heaven. So many pretties! Omg.

Anyway, to kick off my foray back into blogland, I figured I would give you all a review of this nifty little product. It got it in a Tarte set not too long ago and never really used it because my skin is never all that oily after applying my mineral foundation. However, I decided to try it on a no makeup day after applying one of my more oily moisturizers. Shabam! Matte face! No shininess remained, so I was quite impressed. I thought it made my skin feel a little like I'd just put chalk powder on it, but if I was a person who regularly struggled with oily skin, I think it wouldn't bother me. Decent product, did what it was supposed to, but since my skin's not that oily, it got thrown on my pile of "products I will never use."

Then, one day, my side bangs were super greasy, due to my not washing out an oil treatment well enough the night before. I had just run out of dry shampoo and I was in a hurry to get to work, so I thought, "Eh. What the hell. This  Tarte stuff absorbed oil on my face, I'ma stick in on my bangs!" I didn't have high hopes. Really, all I was expecting was a slight improvement that would keep my coworkers from noticing. Instead, just a little bit of this powder applied at the roots and brushed through made my hair look as thought I'd just taken a shower. Mind. Blown. No, my hair wasn't as shiny, but that's easily fixable and honestly, I haven't run into a dry shampoo product that worked better on my hair (for reference, I have dry, dark, fine hair). Use a little shine serum/spray and poof! Good as new.

Now, I've officially sworn off normal dry shampoos and have devoted my greasy hair days (I try not to shampoo every day, because it's supposed to be better for your hair) to this product. I figure if it's safe enough for my face, it's definitely better for my scalp. Plus, it's unscented so it doesn't clash with my other hair products. Lastly, even though it's $28, a little goes a loooooong way. That little sample I got in that Tarte set has lasted me almost 2 months, (I use it once or twice a week), and I definitely plan on buying the full size product after I run out.

Long story short, it rids both your face and hair of the greasies. Hooray, multipurpose!!!

Rated Beauty Grade: For face, A-. As a dry shampoo powder, A

Price: $28

Where to Purchase: Sephora