March 27, 2013

Aqualillies for Tarte Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder Review & Swatches

This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

Aqualillies for Tarte Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder Summer 2013

You likely already have Tarte Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder in your stash but I know you’re going to want the Aqualillies for Tarte Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder anyway just for the packaging.

Who can resist such cute vintage-y packaging like this? Give your old pot to a friend and embrace this newly packaged version!

Tarte has teamed up with the Aqualillies, America’s most glamorous synchronized swimming group, to create their Summer 2013 Collection. These powerful, healthy, real women are the perfect (and first) muses for Tarte’s Summer launch!

Aqualillies for Tarte Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder

The Summer Collection including the newly packaged Aqualillies for Tarte Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder ($29) features a pale mint green lid with coral accents. The pot quite reminds me of a vintage 60’s powder jar, like something you’d find on Mad Men. The inner sifter does pop off so you can enjoy the packaging well after the contents are gone by simply refilling it! It also features a single hole to sift powder out which I love as this is a good way to get powder out without making too much of a mess. Typically sifters contain several holes and dispense too much product. This single hole is an excellent way to live the “more is less” philosophy when it comes to setting powders like this!

I’ve reviewed Tarte Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder in a past post or two however, here’s a re-brief…

This is a silky perfecting powder that can be buffed onto skin after foundation or BB Cream application. It blurs the appearances of pores, fine lines, and imperfections while setting makeup. I realize the white shade can be intimidating to some but no worries it does not appear chalky on skin and has a transparent finish that perfect as it absorbs excess oil.

Aqualillies Tarte Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder 4

Aqualillies for Tarte Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder Swatches

Tarte says it is powered by Amazonian Clay which acts as a skin balance by hydrating all skin types and mattifying while keeping skin looking flawless.

I also like using it to set my concealer by simply swirling a blending brush in it and swiping under my eyes. It gives a brightening appearance and sets my concealer for all day wear.

As Summer approaches this is the perfect way to keep your makeup fresh, long wearing, and beautiful!

The cute packaging is the cherry on top of this cake.


It’s available now at and launches shortly at major retailers.

Is it on your Summer wish list?

This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


  • Jane M.

    I own this in the traditional packaging and love it, but it has the same issue as every Tarte product I’ve tried, except the Gifted mascara: The packaging disintegrates – fast. My “Ten” cheek stain lost one of its gold beads within two weeks, and the remaining gold paint and all of the writing followed within months. This powder I’ve used since November, and all the writing on the lid is gone, with the design chipping badly. Even my “Clean Slate” tube is becoming unreadable. I don’t travel often with my makeup (and always use a cosmetic bag), and otherwise it sits in a basket on my dresser. I love the vintage look here but can’t imagine saving and reusing any Tarte packaging!

    • the Muse

      oh no sorry jane πŸ™ I don’t have the ten cheek stain tbh…and haven’t had this long enough to see any issues yet. I hope it keeps ok! thankfully my clean slate tube gets daily use but never had an issue with it ;-D

  • Michelle

    Muse, thanks for giving this a quick review! Glad to hear this powder is good for both oily and dry skin (I fall into the later myself). I’ll have to pick this up πŸ™‚

    • the Muse

      you’re most welcome πŸ™‚ you can def use on dry skin (i’m dry totally can relate) as it doesn’t accentuate flaky areas πŸ˜€

  • stef b

    ooh i have this (original packaging) and never thought to use it to set my under eye concealer. thanks for the tip!

    • the Muse

      TOO vastly different products honey! this is loose, nars is a pressed and does something stupid flawless with my skin ;-D this produces similiar effects as in blurring of pores, setting, etc..but the nars one just erases any imperfections and creates instant smoothness ;-D

      • carrie

        I’ll have to put the nars one on my list. It keeps.getting longer every day!

        • the Muse

          the nars one is incredible, possibly my fav break out product of the year!

          • carrie

            It sounds amazing. I am not really oily (little bit of shine in the tzone when its super hot and humid )but I like setting my makeup with powder and need something that won’t dry me out or accentuate my small wrinkles

          • the Muse

            i don’t really have fine lines yet (only under my eyes) nor larger pores, except on my nose and also drier skin but it works super for me. I’m not really oily either I have the same issue as you if it is hot I am def oily but otherwise no ;-D I don’t really use powder to set so it surprises me I like it…especially considering the application method (don’t like putting powder on with a sponge or anything)…it perfects beautifully ;-D so I def think you’ll like it, very soft and smooth finish. if you buy, get it at sephora, so you have the option to return if you hate πŸ™‚

          • carrie

            My mom was in town over the weekend and gave me a gift of some fun money… so I ended up getting the nars powder! Its amazing!

          • carrie

            Lol yeah she’s the best. That nars powder is amazeballs! My face feels so smooth after putting it onthat I have to fight the urge to keep putting more and more on. Lol

          • the Muse

            AW man happy to hear it girl! I love that powder so I’m always glad when someone says it is awesome ;-D

  • lena c.

    first off; love love you!! and secondly, it is 2 in the am and i freakin ordered their whole aqaulillies line (for a free tote and limited eduition aqualillies cosmetic bag) online due to insomnia lol!!! please swatch and review the lipstick when you have time. it says it is a bright coral, i am hoping not too bright…xoxo

    • the Muse

      lol I’m ashamed to admit I wanted to order just to get that tote, totally jealous lena! πŸ˜€ I def will, that’s upcoming Monday! πŸ™‚ enjoy your gorgeous haul! and love ya back <3! TGIF

  • Jen_m_sunshine

    SO I just made a nice haul at 20% off at Ulta! Got the Tarte Aqualillies palette, the new LORAC CC cream and some pretty spring nail polishes. LOVE when ulta has the 20% off presitge – they are quickly replacing sephora as my fave! Now, if they would just get NARS…..ooooh that would be dangerous!

    • the Muse

      w00000t nice jen! how’s the cc cream? lol that would be SWEET! nars at ulta, can totally dig that!

      • Jen_m_sunshine

        I haven’t tried it yet but am super excited as I struggle with my skin- as actually ordered online. ALso got some new skincare stuff too! Happy Spring to me?!?!?!
        BTW, did you see the new exclusive LORAC glowgetter palette for $20? Super bright eyeshadows with a few neutrals…i was tempted but didn’t order it.

        • the Muse

          wooot sounds like a nice haul hun! I did! funny you mentioned it, I ordered it last night and blogged it today, gonna review soon ;-D

  • Vickie

    I received my Tarte Aqualillies last week…but was n hospital due to having a badd case of flu….I opened up the powder, palatte, lipstick, and just love the packaging…..I have oily skin and can’t wait to try this one….Love you and love your reviews…it’s gotten now that I very seldom order anything unless I check it out on here…..great for me….

    • the Muse

      vickie hope you’re feeling better! <3! aw thank you so glad you enjoy Musings πŸ˜€ SO flattered thank YOU! I hope you're loving your goodies! <3!