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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 $35.00 In Stock
4.6 out of 5 based on 34 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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(4.6 of 5, 34 reviews)

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location: GA
would buy again? YES
about 4 days, 17 hours ago

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
about 1 week, 6 days ago

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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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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