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smooth operator™ Amazonian clay pressed finishing powder

smooth operator™ Amazonian clay
pressed finishing powder

tarte cosmetics smooth operator™ Amazonian clay pressed finishing powder smooth operator™ Amazonian clay pressed finishing powder tarte’s best-selling Amazonian clay finishing powder in an easy-to-apply pressed powder compact to help fight excess oil and shine for a fresh complexion all day long.  Category: Cosmetics Product #: 529 $34.00 In Stock
4.8 out of 5 based on 24 ratings


0.25 oz.

tarte’s best-selling Amazonian clay finishing powder in an easy-to-apply pressed powder compact to help fight excess oil and shine for a fresh complexion all day long. 

Product Performance: This convenient compact and included brush applicator deliver tarte’s best-selling smooth operator™ Amazonian clay finishing powder in a pressed format for an effortless application that never looks heavy or chalky. Set your makeup in place all day with this easy-to-apply formula infused with Amazonian clay to help mattify skin, minimize the appearance of pores and reduce excess oil, for a soft focus finish even when you’re on-the-go.

Powered By: Amazonian clay: nature’s most perfect ingredient for better, longer, truer wear 


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(4.8 of 5, 24 reviews)

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location: TX
would buy again? YES
about 1 week ago

This is a nice light powder that takes care of any excess oils I might have throughout the day. I'd like to try Tarte's new tinted pressed finishing powder!

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location: CA
would buy again? YES
on 12/29/2014

I love the original of this and now its a pressed powder. Love it!

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location: NJ
would buy again? YES
on 12/24/2014

Oh my goodness... where has this product been all my life? For ages I have been using loose finishing powder. It gets everywhere and to be honest, I don't think it always does the trick. This is the answer I have been looking for. The compact and the accompanying brush are the perfect solution for the final step of my makeup regimen. As to whether the powder moves in the compact, (as mentioned in other reviews) I do not place it in my purse. However, I have continued to use the plastic disc that came with it to maintain the consistency and quality of the powder.

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location: LA
would buy again? YES
on 10/03/2014

Smooth Operator is my favorite finishing powder of all time. The only problem I had was I couldn't take it with me when I went out because of how it was packaged. Then I saw that Tarte came out with a pressed powder version of it. Now I'm in heaven. I now can take my favorite must have face powder out with me. Thank you Tarte for making my must have face powder in a pressed powder form. You answered my prayers. I love this powder. It's my holy grail of face powders. I highly recommend this face powder to everyone who wants a fantastic finishing face powder that in my opinion out performs any face powder that I have come across.

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location: CA
would buy again? YES
on 08/26/2014

5 = product. 0= packaging. This powder in pressed form is superb. I've got skin oily as sin. The powder works insane. I favor it over the loose Amazonian Clay powder for both setting & touch ups.

But the compact is ugly as sin. The 70's brown plastic with gold foiling is bad enough but the gold then wears off banging around in a purse & then looks really cheap! But cheap?! $34/compact ladies is anything but cheap!

I need to tote along a 2nd compact just to house a sponge I can use with this. If you use the provided brush you need to keep the disposable liner to keep it separated from ruining or contaminating the powder. I tried that for a while. But the product truly works better with a sponge for touch ups. Pressing it into the product then onto your skin to mattify as needed. Then using a brush for setting makeup is ideal.

I really love Tarte. Their products are excellent but sadly some of the packaging looks are questionable.

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location: VA
would buy again? YES
on 08/17/2014

This is my first experience using this product so I opted for the pressed version because it will better suit my needs. YES THE BRUSH WILL FIT! Just leave the plastic shield in place and the included brush fits right on top. The case will still close. Also, the product is finely milled so I have been using a large kabuki brush. YES IT TAKES A LOT TO SUCCESSFULLY WORK. If I apply liberally and blend well, I have not needed touch ups (at least not yet). Another tip, if you use a large kabuki brush you can turn the brush right side up and lightly "tap" some the powder into the brush. This will help to minimize any waste from the powder going all over the place but your face. Make sense?

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location: TX
would buy again? YES
on 08/10/2014

This is a great setting powder. I use compressed as opposed to loose leaf so that I don't pick up as much powder on my brush to avoid a cakey look. This powder doesn't leave you looking cake-faced, is light, and provides an extremely subtle glow that makes your skin look dewy. I use it set my Tarte BB Cream (the one with SPF 30 of course!) and then mist some hydration spray and my skin looks flawless. You can barely tell I'm wearing makeup! Not to mention it lasts all day. Highly recommend!

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location: AB
would buy again? YES
on 08/09/2014

I love the new packaging, it is so much easier to travel with and makes it less messy compared to the old one. I bought the aqua lily? collection version of this and love it just as much but this new packing is so easy and works just as great. I love the flat brush that it comes with. I wish it had a compartment where I can store the brush though.

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location: MD
would buy again? YES
on 08/04/2014

This is a great product! It eliminates shine and sets your make up without leaving a powdery look on your face. Very fine texture. I love it!

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Natalie Rae

location: CA
would buy again? YES
on 07/30/2014

This really does the job! I have two of the loose powder, one I had in my purse before..that's why I'm so glad they made this compact! Makes it easier to take one of my fave tarte products on the go!

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location: MA
would buy again? YES
on 07/29/2014

The BEST finishing powder I've used! I have tried multiple finishing powders this by far is my favorite, it goes on so smooth and has great staying power. Great way to make lip color last longer by sweeping a tad on the lips after applying lipstick.

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location: SC
would buy again? YES
on 07/25/2014

This is one of my favorite tarte products. I was already a fan of the loose powder and this is perfect for throwing in your purse. I never want to be without this. Now I can take it any wear without worrying about making a mess.

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location: NY
would buy again? YES
on 07/23/2014

I have oily skin and am always looking for products that help combat shine (and are portable too). This works amazingly well and is perfect for quick touch-ups on the go. Packaging is sleek and very easy to slip into even the smallest purse. Thanks Tarte!!!

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location: AB
would buy again? YES
on 07/16/2014

This is a beautiful powder! It goes on like silk and is great for setting my under-eye concealer and mattifying my face in general. The only con is that the included brush is not the greatest tool to use, and it's kind of a bummer that it doesn't fit into the compact for on-the-go use (I don't like carrying huge powder brushes around if I'm taking this in my purse for an evening out). But that's just a minor detail - the product itself is awesome! Try it!

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location: TX
would buy again? YES
on 06/30/2014

Works perfectly! True to it's name, the product is transparent and it doesn't cake up my makeup when I apply it. I'm not a total fan of the included powder brush but still works fine.

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