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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.  529 $35.00 In Stock
4.6 out of 5 based on 38 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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location: TN
would buy again? YES
on 06/30/2015

I use this powder to set my foundation. It helps to absorb oil.

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location: AB
would buy again? YES
on 06/24/2015

I love this powder, it sets everything really well and never makes my makeup look chalky. I love that it is a compact with a mirror, though I do wish the brush 'clipped' into the lid or something so it isn't constantly touching the powder. It fits in the compact but I usually keep it separate (for hygienic reasons and also because I'd rather not have it rub/chip away at the powder).

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location: ON
would buy again? YES
on 06/10/2015

This finely milled pressed powder is Talc free & thus very appropriate for my aged, dry, sun damaged skin. It produces a soft focus matte finish yet doesn't look cakey, patchy or settle into fine lines & wrinkles...although it's important to use sparingly under the eye area & around the mouth for those with crepe like or mature, dry skin.It holds my dry skin for several hours without requiring touch up...If the day is especially humid, I have touched up my forehead & T-Zone & there is no caking. Although it is white, it leaves an invisible, transparent finish ( even in sunlight ), with a sort of brightened, smooth, ethereal effect The texture is solid & the brush provided is perfect for application on mature skin because it is unlikely to pick up too much product...though it can be built up by layering if desired. It is somewhat drying in my under eye area, so I use it very sparingly there, as well as around my mouth because of the lines present, but otherwise, on the rest of my face, I don't find it to be dehydrating even after several hours of wear. I use Glominerals pressed foundation with a hydrating mist that I can reapply as needed if I want more hydration...this doesn't disturb the Tarte Smooth Operator. This is a terrific product for older women ( I'm 57 ). It is very difficult to find a suitable finishing powder that's talc free ... this is it if that's what you're looking for!

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location: LA
would buy again? YES
on 05/14/2015

I have this powder in both the loose form and compact form. This powder is by far my favorite of all the finishing powders I have tried. The only thing I don't like about the compact powder is the application brush. I don't feel that it gets enough product on the brush to use on my face. I recently replaced the brush with a sponge applicator and we'll see how that works. I haven't tried using the sponge yet. I'll update this review once I use the sponge to apply the powder.

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location: GA
would buy again? YES
on 04/22/2015

Got this as a free gift with my last purchase. Amazing finish and makes my face look smooth and airbrushed

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location: FL
would buy again? YES
on 04/14/2015

I love the loose powder so this is great to keep in purse for use on the go! LOVE it! Absolutely no cakey finish.

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location: WA
would buy again? YES
on 03/25/2015

Powder is very light and doesn't cake. The brush isn't one they just stuffed in there as a filler, it's a really nice, soft one.

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location: OH
would buy again? YES
on 03/18/2015

This is a good powder for setting makeup, but I am not a fan of the brush that comes with it. I much prefer the loose version of this powder because it is easier to apply and seems to stay in place.

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location: CA
would buy again? NO
on 03/16/2015

This product did not work for me AT ALL. I really wanted to like it because of all the great reviews, but this product did nothing for me. I have to reapply every few hours. In addition, because the powder breaks up so easily when I put a brush to it, I am too scared to bring it anywhere.

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location: MA
would buy again? YES
on 03/12/2015

I got this as a sample with my purchase and absolutely love it. It helps in preventing creasing under my eyes where I have used concealer and is super light weight.

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location: CO
would buy again? YES
on 03/02/2015

I have dry skin and this does not make my skin look even more dry or chalky. It's silky smooth and lightweight.

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location: ID
would buy again? YES
on 02/27/2015

I received a sample of this in the loose powder and I loved it!! I decided to try the compact because I thought it would be easier and not so messy. My face is so smooth and shine free.... They only thing I wish for this compact is a place to put the brush.

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location: MI
would buy again? YES
on 02/10/2015

Such a great product. It gets rid of shine and sets my makeup.

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location: GA
would buy again? YES
on 02/09/2015

I love this powder and it's ease on the go. The brush doesn't fit perfect inside the compact so I leave mine out inside my make up bag. Love this for touch ups on the go!

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location: TX
would buy again? YES
on 01/24/2015

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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