Tarte Smooth Operator Finishing Powder

I keep trying to write this post but all I end up doing is singing Sade’s “Smooth Operator” and dancing away from the computer. So I’m going to try to focus for a minute. 

I’ve been looking for a new setting powder since my beloved Jane Iredale one has been discontinued. After seeing favorable reviews across the web I decided to take the plunge and buy a container of Tarte’s Smooth Operator.

 This powder it touted to be “A translucent, silky finishing powder with Amazonian clay that keeps makeup in place and diffuses imperfections.” It’s comprised of silica, kaolin, lecithin, lysophosphatidic acid, lysolecithin. The silica and kaolin give the powder a very silky feel on the skin. When I opened the container, unlike other mineral powders this product only has one sifter hole. I was pretty confused at first. But I found that you need just the tiniest amount to set your whole face. 

I can say that I really didn’t love the feeling of this powder all over my face. Don’t get me wrong it did a great job and my makeup didn’t even think about moving but my face felt so silky that it was a little unnerving. I want my makeup to stay in place but I also want my face to feel like skin. 

So I’ve been using this on places where my makeup tends to slide. Under my eyes it’s kind of amazing. Around the nose and chin – fantastic! Now if you are a more oily person than myself you may love this all over but it just wasn’t for me. I’ll keep using it as spot setting powder. I do think this could be amazing for brides or theater though. 
You get just over 9 grams of powder for $29 which feels like it will last ages. 

This product was purchased by me and all opinions are my own. 

2 thoughts on “Tarte Smooth Operator Finishing Powder

  1. It's been a long time since I've used a mineral veil but what I remember of them they often had a cornstarch base. So it'd be different, but I feel Kaolin clay could replace the oil absorbing properties that the cornstarch had. It doesn't have any kind of color or sheen to it like some mineral veils do though. I think if you could find a smaller size of it in a kit it would be totally worth a shot. =)

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