Yes, I am doing yet another foundation review. I consider myself something of not only a makeup junkie, but a foundation junkie. I am always on the hunt for the perfect foundation. Since I am so pale it is so hard to find good foundations. Lately I have noticed that companies are coming out with lighter colors though, likely because women are not tanning as much as they used to do.
Yesterday I reviewed the wonderful Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation (http://iamthemakeupjunkie.blogspot.com/2012/09/review-giorgio-armani-maestro-fusion.html). It is going to be hard to top that one. I feel as it that foundation is just about perfection on my skin. The tarte maracuja miracle foundation is $42.00 and comes in ten shades. I tried the lightest, fair. This foundation is supposed to wear 12 hours and is waterproof like their Amazonian Clay 12-hour waterproof foundation, which I also reviewed (http://iamthemakeupjunkie.blogspot.com/2012/03/review-tartes-amazonian-clay-12-hour.html). What is so special about this one is that it contains maracuja oil, which is known to reduce redness and inflammation. The product also contains Vitamin C, to boost radiance; mineral pigments, to soothe and soften the skin and beeswax, which acts as a waterproofing agent and also stimulates collagen production. It has an SPF of 15 BUT the sunscreens come from chemical sources such as avobenzone 3%, octinoxate 7.5%, octisalate 4% and oxybenzone 2%. If you are allergic to any of these ingredients you will not be able to use this foundation. That disappoints me because I do think that tarte could have used natural mineral sunscreens for this foundation. They work just as well and that way more people could have used the product.
The first thing I noticed when applying this foundation is that it is very heavy in pigments. I used two small pumps and applied with a sponge. It was WAY too much!!!! One small pump is more than enough for the face. I had to remove most of the product with a tissue before it set. I found that it didn’t set too fast, which is good. The coverage is very heavy. I mean it covers extremely well. The same can be said for the Amazonian clay foundation. I used it over a sunscreen and I did have to use a powder because after it set there was a lot of shine. Maybe I feel spoiled because of the Giorgio Armani Maestro foundation and how with it you need so little product and no powder. This is completely different. The color is okay, slightly yellow, as you can see from the photograph above. Once it is dissipated the yellow doesn’t show. I tried the product on my hand and it did not budge with water and soap, so it really is waterproof.
The verdict: this foundation is good for those that are looking for excellent coverage, heavy coverage really. It is waterproof and wears well. You don’t need a lot of product, which is great. It’s not good for those who are allergic to chemical sunscreens. Even though tarte debuted the product in their fall lineup, I feel it would make a great summer foundation. If you are looking for skincare benefits, don’t look in your foundation. It really needs to come from a good skincare regimen.