|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|
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.