Tarte Confidence Creamy Powder Foundation ($35) is a new full coverage powder foundation that promises a 2-in-1 formula that acts as not only a makeup but also a skincare with a formula that’s moisturizing and that contains anti-aging ingredients.
Ok, so, brief pause.
I don’t like powder foundation. Sorry!? I have dry skin and I tend to avoid powder foundations, setting powders, etc…it’s just not something I really love using. Although I admit, at times, in the Summer, when my skin allows, I can get away with a little dusting of powder and cheek stain. Those are the days I look all of 16 years old but hey, minimal makeup is kinda nice in the warmer weather.
With much skepticism in place, I decided to give Tarte Confidence Creamy Powder Foundation a little tryout.
Here are my thoughts!
Tarte Confidence Creamy Powder Foundation comes housed in a purple sleeve with “make today beautiful” in gold scribbled on the front. They include a rubberized sponge with this compact but it doesn’t fit into the actual compact thus the addition of the purple sleeve/slip cover to hold both the sponge and compact for travel. The actual compact is a gold (yes, it is a magnet for fingerprints) which holds a generously sized mirror and 0.39 oz of powder. It’s very pretty but it does attract fingerprints easily.
Tarte launched the powder in ten shade selections and also launched the Powder Foundation Brush & Removable Blending Sponge to use especially with this formula. I’ll have a review of the double-ended brush for you in a post scheduled for later tonight so stay tuned.
Tarte Confidence Creamy Powder Foundation isn’t as creamy as they promise nor as moisturizing as I thought it would be but it doesn’t adhere to drier areas and it has a very smooth, even finish on my skin. It can be worn wet or dry but I prefer using it dry. The sponge they include with this compact has two sides one of which is a rubberized one and the other has more of a soft fleece. I find the rubberized side is good for sheerer touch ups where as the softer side picks up and builds color more easily. I wouldn’t say this was full coverage but you can customize it for sheerer to nearly medium coverage. There’s enough pigment to hide imperfections such as darkness, redness, and blemishes and also plenty enough coverage to brighten and even out skin tone.
The most impressive part of the foundation is it looks very good on my dry skin. I also had my friend Mattie try it out, he also has drier skin, and it looked amazing on him as well. He also has visible pores where as I do not and it really created a smooth finish on his skin while blurring his pores. Yeah, we sit in bed, try out makeup, and watch Star Trek Generation reruns at 2 AM, this is my makeup life. Losers! No but seriously, it actually looked very smooth on my skin and didn’t adhere to flakier areas. The most impressive part was the fact that although satiny in finish it never looked cakey, dry, or like I had powder on. Because, let’s face it, no matter how much you prep, powder always has that really dull, suck the moisture out of your complexion, cakey appearance. This did not have that “HEY!!!! I have makeup on!” look.
I’m wearing Light-Medium Neutral below.
Honestly, I likely wouldn’t use it in the Winter as my skin does need something more moisturizing. But I can see myself reaching for this during the warmer, Summer weather to not only keep shine and oil at bay but also because it’s very light and looks very natural.
Tarte Confidence Creamy Powder Foundation doesn’t quite live up to the “creamy” or “moist” marketing but it doesn’t adhere to drier skin and it looks pretty darn incredible on dry skin!
Tried it already?