Tarte Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 -- formerly Tarte Smooth Operator Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 -- provides moisture, sun protection and light tinted coverage. It comes in nine shades, but the tint dries to a darker shade than what initially appears on the skin. (Users say the color you see in the bottle is very close to what it dries to on skin.) The formula doesn't contain any parabens, phthalates or synthetic dyes or fragrances. If you prefer a separate facial moisturizer, experts recommend Olay Complete All Day Moisturizer SPF 15, Normal (*Est. $10 for 6 oz.).
Three products in one. Reviewers say that Tarte Tinted Moisturizer is unlike other tinted moisturizers in that it can cover minor imperfections while still allowing natural skin to show through. It also provides all of the benefits of a daytime moisturizer, including several antioxidants -- namely vitamins A, C and E -- and broad spectrum sun protection. Tarte Smooth Operator uses natural ingredients, including several minerals and plant extracts, as well as physical sun blockers titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. The downside of this tinted moisturizer is that it is packaged in a translucent container that cannot protect the antioxidants it contains. Experts say that it is best to store the tube in a dark place to maintain the maximum efficacy.
Sheer, lightweight coverage. Experts say that Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer is an excellent option for those who don't like the heavy feel of a foundation. Skin care expert Paula Begoun says the lightweight formula goes on smoothly, blends easily into the skin and "doesn't feel oily or appear obvious." Users at MakeupAlley.com and Sephora.com say that it feels great on the skin, and it lasts all day. Many say they are pleasantly surprised that this tinted moisturizer offers more coverage than most tinted moisturizers. Reviewers say it can cover up minor flaws but won't cover everything, including acne.
Review Credibility: Excellent Paula Begoun praises Tarte Smooth Operator for its lightweight texture that blends easily and wears well for hours at a time. Furthermore, she says that the formula is moisturizing and loaded with antioxidants. The only downfall is that it comes in translucent bottle that cannot protect the antioxidants from exposure to light.
Review: Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20 by Tarte Cosmetics, Paula Begoun, Oct. 18, 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good More than 1200 reviewers at Sephora.com give Tarte tinted moisturizer an overall rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars. Users are generally pleased with the moisturizer. Most say that it provides sheer-to-medium coverage that lasts all day and feels light on the skin. A few, however, say they wish that it provided more coverage, but that is common complaint with all tinted moisturizers.
Review: Tarte Smooth Operator SPF 20, Contributors to Sephora.com, As of November 2012
Review Credibility: Good More than 40 reviewers at MakeupAlley.com give Tarte Smooth Operator a high overall rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars. Most like the coverage, which is better than most tinted moisturizers but still looks natural. Many also appreciate the high level of sun protection and natural ingredients. A few point out that it dries to a darker shade than what appears with initial application.
Review: Tarte Smooth Operator, Contributors to MakeupAlley.com, As of November 2012