Review: Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder


I am always on the look out for the perfect finishing powder. I heard about Tarte’s Smooth Operator powder and thought that it would be amazing for my oily skin. Not only is this supposed to mattify, it also is expected to leave the skin with a soft, flawless finish.

Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder is said to be “A translucent, silky finishing powder with Amazonian clay that keeps makeup in place and diffuses imperfections. It mattifies skin by removing excess surface oil. This powder can even be used alone as a treatment to reap all the benefits of Amazonian clay.”

Tarte is famous for its Amazonian Clay ingredient. Amazonian Clay is supposed to act as a skin balancer by hydrating every skin type. It reduces both the appearance of flaky and oily skin. Even though my skin is very oily, I do have some dry patches on my cheeks and around my nose. I think this powder worked very well for my skin because it left my face oil-free for a good amount a time and did not emphasize any of my dry patches.

The only problem with this Smooth Operator powder is that the sifter is incredibly tiny. Even though the small hole is supposed to help to not waste any product, I thought that having more holes would be easier and more ideal. However, getting the powder out isn’t that much of a problem. I just have to turn the powder all the way upside down and tap on the back of it a few times to get a good amount.

I would highly recommend this product to those with oily skin. My skin was oil-free for a good 7 to 8 hours before I noticed any shine peaking through. I also wasn’t left with a white cast like most white, micronized powders (ELF HD Powder and MUFE HD Powder) tend to leave. I also noticed my face felt very soft and was left with a flawless finish. Even though 0.32 oz of powder for almost $30 seems very costly, I think it is worth it.


Silica, talc, polymethylsilsesquioxane, phenoxyethanol, dimethicone, kaolin.



Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder



Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder


Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder retails for $32 at Sephora (link is affiliate)





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