Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Eye Base

This pretty pink primer (say THAT three times) is just what the makeup doctor ordered for oily, crepey eye lids.  Launched on QVC in December, Tarte Smooth Operator is a heavy duty primer that acts to cement eye shadow on your lids–really it’s THAT strong! The two other eye primers I regularly use–Urban Decay Primer Potion and Too Faced Shadow Insurance are more neutral in  color (although the Urban Decay Eden primer is decidedly yellow) and just a wee bit thinner in consistency.

Tarte  Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Base ($22) is packaged in a tube with a easy-to-apply doe foot applicator–no problems getting the product out like with Urban Decay Primer Potion. It performs as it should, making eye shadow last longer, not crease, budge or fade but it falls behind in the intensifying department. I find Urban Decay Primer Potion and Too Faced Shadow Insurance to do a better job of bringing out the pigment in my eye shadows. However, Smooth Operator does brighten better with it’s soft pink tone.

Okay so what makes Tarte Smooth Operator different? I thought you’d never ask! It’s the clay. The “intuitive” power of the Amazonian clay balances oily lids and hydrates dry areas around the eye. That where Tarte  Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Base really shines–as an undereye brightener. It’s not too dry, doesn’t look cakey, thick, or settle into lines. Yipee! I do use eye cream first of course and you need to go easy–only a few taps with the doe foot, but on my fair skin it brightens without accentuating my bags and lines. Speaking of fair skin, Karen from Makeup and Beauty Blog has darker skin and says this turns gray on her, so darker skinned beauties beware.

As with all Tarte products, it’s cruelty-free and  formulated without parabens, sodium laurel sulfate, mineral oil, petrolatum, synthetic fragrance, or phthalates. I’m starting to really like all the Tarte products made with Amazonian Clay.

Prime Beauty Grade: B+ the only reason this is not getting an A is because it seems to be suited more for fair skin

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  1. Valerie C. says:

    This looks nice! Thanks for the review. I’m fair too and can’t find the correct primer. I’m going to buy this one soon 🙂


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