The Powder Foundation That Complements My Dry Skin

Looks like my liquid bases will be taking a backseat for a while.
Kaleigh F.
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Looks like my liquid bases will be taking a backseat for a while.

If you’re anything like me, you’ve always been a die-hard liquid foundation kind of gal, probably due to the popular belief that dry skin types should stick to liquid or cream bases. 

Fearing flaky skin (and the dreaded "cake face"), I’ve long steered far, far away from powder foundations, even the cult-y Bare Minerals. But after hearing rave reviews of Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation, I got a beauty itch that I couldn't shake. Finally, I knew it was time to give in.

Cue a romantic song about finding your long lost soulmate…

bare face with out makeup

Starting with clean and well-moisturized skin is always key!

First Impression

tarte airbrush foundation inside

Gently push your brush into the netted area to get the foundation onto your brush

My honest first thought when opening this foundation was, How the hell do I get the product out? Then I read the directions like a normal person and proceeded to push the miniature kabuki brush (a suggested but annoyingly separate purchase) into the netted area where the product lies. 

Starting with a patting motion and then transitioning to buffing in circles, the product applied seamlessly, blurring all of my imperfections almost instantly. One thing that I noticed right off the bat was that this particular powder felt almost creamy, which intrigued me since I wasn’t aware this could be a thing. 

Overall, I was really happy with the semi-matte finish and medium coverage it provided. The effect seemed to reflect the name, as my complexion appeared quite “airbrushed” while still remaining natural and skin-like.

tarte airbrush foundation

Unlike traditional loose powder foundations, this one is completely mess-proof.


applying foundation to face

Tap and buff into your skin until you’re happy with the coverage.

I’ll admit, I’m not typically one to peruse ingredient labels, but this particular product interested me since it seemed to be formulated to carefully fit all skin types. Clearly the main ingredient is Amazonian clay, but what exactly are its magical powers? Well, Amazonian clay is enriched with light-reflecting gemstones from the earth that make our complexions look radiant and youthful as opposed to flat. 

Other components are pearl powder, which contains anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, and camellia leaf extract, which provides antioxidants to fight free radicals. This foundation is also free of parabens and phthalates, so basically Tarte is killin’ it in the ingredient category.

tarte airbrush foundation after

It literally stays like this ALL DAY.


I never thought I could feel this way about a powder foundation, but I’m smitten. The effects of this flawless yet natural complexion perfector are incredibly long lasting and comfortable on the skin. I didn’t need any touchups throughout the day, and the need for concealing was almost nonexistent. Furthermore (wow, that sounds proper), it felt weightless and didn’t cling to any of the dry spots on my face. Even though it’s dubbed a powder foundation, I’d definitely say that it’s moisturizing on the skin.


Honestly? None. Except maybe the fact that you have to buy the recommended kabuki brush separately, but it’s well worth it since it buffs the product in so effortlessly.


At $36 (before the $26 foundation brush) Tarte’s Amazonian clay airbrush foundation isn’t cheap, but this stuff will definitely last you a long time. And at least for me, the results have been life-changing. Yes, I said it, life-changing. 

  • Have you tried this powder foundation before?  
  • Dry skin peeps: Do you steer clear of powder foundation formulas? 
  • What foundation (liquid or powder) do you swear by?