In my quest to make life on the weekends (and work days when I'm running late) a little bit easier and simpler makeup-wise, I set out to find a nice powder/mineral foundation that would be quick to apply and speed up my foundation routine. Enter Tarte's
. I also picked up the accompanying
since I didn't already own a dense brush like it (I really haven't tried many mineral or powder foundations). After trying it out both last weekend and a couple of days this week, I can truly say that I love this product.
First off, the packaging is very sleek and travel friendly. The mesh cover over the product and built-in stopper on the lid prevents the foundation from spilling out and getting everywhere if this were to be tumbling around in your bag. You don't have to worry about opening this and being covered in a cloud of powder. The mesh lining also works well at controlling the amount of product that is dispensed. You just have to press the brush onto the mesh and it picks up the powder.
As far as the application, I found this very easy to blend and build the coverage to your liking. You'll still need to use concealer on blemishes and imperfections, but overall I thought this gave great, natural coverage. It is especially great if you are running errands and just want to even things out, but not necessarily put on a full face of makeup. The wide shade selection will help you achieve the results you want, too.
I found that this foundation really lasted on my skin and stayed in place all day, even during the work week when I have my makeup on for a good 15 hours or more. If anything, my concealer broke down a bit but the foundation itself looked great on the places where I had only applied that. I did use my Urban Decay De-Slick Setting Spray for work, but even without it this foundation still looked nice at the end of the day.
The only downside I can really see, and it's more about the brush itself, is that if you have dry skin the brush can be a bit abrasive if you blend a lot and cause your skin to flake. I've got combo skin, with dry areas on my chin and forehead, and I did see this happen in those areas. Perhaps this could be remedied with a less-dense brush, but then you might be losing blend-ability. Overall, it wouldn't prevent me from using this product.
I think I can safely say that this will have a place on my vanity for a long time. It will be my go-to for feeling put together on lazy weekends and mornings when I hit the snooze one to many times. Plus, for travel it's one less liquid you have to squeeze into that teeny-tiny quart size bag.
If you've tried this foundation, what are your thoughts on it? And if not, what's your go-to foundation for when you're in a pinch?