6.18.2012

Tarte Clean Slate Poreless 12-Hr Perfecting Primer Review

Tarte Clean Slate Poreless 12-Hr Perfecting Primer
Tarte Clean Slate Poreless 12-Hr Perfecting Primer

I have mixed feelings about Tarte Clean Slate Poreless 12-Hr Perfecting Primer ($30).

My friend Tammy over at Make-Up Wishes gave me a deluxe sample that I used all last week. I've given it a fair run and I like aspects of this primer, but I am sufficiently unimpressed overall that I've decided not to continue wearing it.

But first, what are the good things about this product? Tarte Clean Slate Poreless 12-Hr Perfecting Primer is a clear, silicone-based gel. The array of 'cones in this means that Tarte Clean Slate Poreless 12-Hr Perfecting Primer has TONS of slip and does a good job of filling in pores, especially if you add more product in places where they're enlarged. Plus, even though Tarte Clean Slate Poreless 12-Hr Perfecting Primer feels slippery and a bit greasy when first applied, it sets to a powdery finish that controls oil well and makes skin feel super soft.

Tarte Clean Slate Poreless 12-Hr Perfecting Primer also contains a host of natural ingredients that are great for your skin. It includes Malpighia Punicifolia Extract (Acai Berry) and Grape Seed Oil, which are powerful antioxidants, and Avocado Oil for moisture.

Tarte Clean Slate Poreless 12-Hr Perfecting Primer Swatch
Tarte Clean Slate Poreless 12-Hr Perfecting Primer Swatch

So what's not to like about this product? Unfortunately, the ultra-slippery gel texture of Tarte Clean Slate Poreless 12-Hr Perfecting Primer has a tendency to ball up terribly. I ended up with quite a few balls even when using a very small amount of product. You can blend the balls out, but it's annoying and feels unpleasant.

Further, Tarte Clean Slate Poreless 12-Hr Perfecting Primer contains Rosemary Extract, which can irritate skin or cause allergic reactions when applied topically. It's such a shame that Tarte included this potentially damaging extract in an otherwise impeccable list of ingredients.

I'm not sure if the Rosemary Extract is the problem, but Tarte Clean Slate Poreless 12-Hr Perfecting Primer made me break out pretty badly. I haven't had a whitehead in months (thanks in large part to Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel!), but I had two the day after I first used this. It could be a coincidence, but I'm doubtful -- these new zits all but disappeared the day after I switched back to Too Faced Primed and Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer.

Bottom Line: This silicone-rich primer does a good job of minimizing pores and keeping oily skin at bay, but the gel texture balls up more than any other primer I've tried. And while Tarte Clean Slate Poreless 12-Hr Perfecting Primer includes a bunch of healthy, natural ingredients, the formula is marred by the inclusion of irritating Rosemary Extract. Try this primer at your own risk.


9 comments:

  1. Im happy im not the only one that found it balled up on..after I wrote my review I was wondering if maybe it was only happening on me:)
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    1. Yeah, for a second there I wondered if maybe I got a bum tube, but it looks like it's just the formula! Not my fav...

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  2. really nice
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  3. I have tried so many different primers in the past and all of them have never worked on me so I gave up. They all ball up on me no matter if I apply a little or a lot. Glad you got a chance to use the sample I sent you but sad it broke you out. Oh well onto the next product right? :)

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    1. Yes, thank you so much for sending it to me! Pursuit of knowledge :)

      Have you tried Too Faced Primed and Poreless? That one rarely balls up on me. Or Hourglass No 28 Primer Serum? That has an oil consistency so it's impossible for it to ball up. It's quite quite pricey though. I've reviewed them both if you want more info ;)

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  4. Thank you for this review. I was thinking about buying this primer, but I don't think I'm too crazy about something silicone-based. Since you went back to the Too Faced primer, do you prefer it? Also, what is your skin type? I am trying to get recommendations for a good primer and I have combination skin. Thank you!

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    1. Hey there! I definitely prefer Too Faced Primed and Poreless. I have oily skin & it's one of my staple products. I wrote about it here:
      http://www.nicolereviewsbeauty.com/2012/04/too-faced-primed-and-poreless-skin.html

      If you don't like silicone, you might prefer one of Hourglass' primers, which have a more fluid consistency. They are pretty expensive though. I wrote about Hourglass No 28 Primer Serum here:
      http://www.nicolereviewsbeauty.com/2012/04/hourglass-no-28-primer-serum-review.html

      Hope that helps! Best of luck to you in your search for a good primer :)

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  5. tried this because MAC Prep and Prime Skin Visage did not give me excellent result. my powder foundation slides off after hours of wearing it. I thought I will be satisfied with this because of the raves of other users but unfortunately it didn't reached my expectations or maybe I really have oily skin. My large pores are not that covered by this primer. AFter 5 hours of wearing MAC studio fix powder foundation, I noticed that the powder slides off my face and gives creases under my eyes. The good thing about this Tarte Primer is that it does not give a heavy feeling on your face and face becomes so smooth after the application. I'm still in search of an excellent primer that will provide me perfect coverage and hold for my powder foundation.

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    1. Yeah, I was disappointed with this product as well. My favorites are Too Faced Primed and Poreless, Hourglass No 28 Primer Serum, and Prestige Primed & Ready. Have you tried any of those?

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