Friday, 11 January 2008

Tarte Cosmetics Clean Slate Primer

RRP: $27 for 34ml

--What does the promo say?--
"tarte is here to help you on your road to re-invention: just a pea-sized amount of our new clean slate foundation primer smoothed onto clean skin is enough to provide the fresh start you deserve. The silicon-based formula is packed with avocado oil to moisturize and echinacea, rosemary & hibiscus oils to soothe - so even if you’re not totally hangover-free yet, no one will know but you!"

All very convenient. Tapered nozzle, chunky lid that clicks shut and is easy to grip for opening and closing, and a transparent plastic bottle that has the product information and brand name on it in clear easy-to-read purple font.

Just squeeze some out and apply with your fingers to clean dry skin, either as a base for makeup or on its own.

A nutty smell which I thought initially to be almonds. In fact it's safflower seed oil, and there's echinacea, hibiscus and avocado oils in there too, along with rosemary. Nice.

A thick, stiff gel which takes the shape it has when it's squeezed out of the bottle. On the skin it feels a little too greasy for my liking, but it absorbs well and the greasiness doesn't last all day.

The gel is white and translucent. On the face it is invisible.

--Does it do what it says it will?--
It might if you have clear skin, but if you don't then it's virtually ineffective for use on its own. For me, with my flawed skin, it definitely doesn't serve as a 'clean slate'. As a makeup primer, I prefer non oil based formulas (while the oils used in this are natural, they are still oils) that are creams rather than gels, so this was never going to sit well with me anyway. It seems to do the job, but I think there are other primers that are better and have added qualities such as shine-free/anti-redness formulas and SPFs.

--Value for money--
Not in my lifetime.

perfect partner
Tarte Smooth Operator SPF20 Foundation, $35

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