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Tarte Colored Clay CC Primer Review

Tarte Colored Clay CC Primer in Fair Review Swatches

When the Tarte Colored Clay CC Primer was released for Spring 2014, I was very excited over it. I seem to have a fixation on stick foundations lately, and since it promised to color correct and blur imperfections, I was hopeful that I would fall head over heels for the CC Primer.

Tarte Colored Clay CC Primer Review

About Tarte Colored Clay CC Primer
Buff your way to complexion perfection with this revolutionary correcting stick. Infused with Tarte’s new color-correcting Amazonian colored clay, this powerful, skinvigorating™ primer blends easily to help brighten skin, even skintone, blur imperfections, and neutralize redness and discoloration. Use this multitasking corrector before foundation as a color-correcting primer or alone as light coverage for an allover flawless look. Its antioxidant-rich formula delivers the perfect balance of color correction and coverage with a soft, matte finish.

  • Apply the convenient stick applicator directly to your face starting at the center and blending outward.
  • Buff into skin using fingertips or a foundation brush to blend pigments together for a flawless finish.
  • Vegan
  • Cruelty free

Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Dimethicone, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Silica, Candelilla Cera/Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax/Cire De Candelilla, Polyethylene, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Polysilicone-11, Barium Sulfate, Hydrogenated Castor Oil Hydroxystearate, Cera Carnauba/Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax/Cire De Carnauba, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Punica Granatum Sterols, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Lipids, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Kaolin, Montmorillonite, Mica. May Contain(+/-): Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850).

$34 for .51 oz

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Tarte Colored Clay CC Primer in Fair Review Swatches

Here’s the Fair Colored Clay CC Primer. You can see that Fair looks sort of peachy. The light green is for color correcting and the light lavender is for skin brightening.

Phyrra Naked Face

Here’s my bare face with all of its imperfections.

Tarte Colored Clay CC Primer in Fair Swatch

Here’s the Tate Colored Clay CC Primer swatched down my cheek. The center strip is where the lavender and green went, while the outsides are sort of peachy.

Tarte Colored Clay CC Primer in Fair

Here’s me wearing the Tate Colored Clay CC Primer all over. It’s supposed to brighten skin, even skintone, blur imperfections, neutralize redness and discoloration. You can see it’s darker than my natural skin tone. It sort of evens things out, but doesn’t cover any of my hyperpigmentation. It doesn’t brighten my skintone. I don’t really feel it blurs imperfections. It does neutralize a tiny bit of my redness. It does seem to oxidize a bit (get darker) after I’d had it on for about an hour.

I was initially really excited by this product. I thought it would be a HG for me. I love the fact that it comes in a stick form. I’m not sure why I’m so obsessed with stick foundations, but I was hoping this would be awesome. Unfortunately, it’s just ok. I thought the shade match initially worked, but after wearing it a few times decided it was too dark and peachy for me.

It doesn’t live up to the hype. It had a lot of potential but it just sort of falls flat because it doesn’t really live up to its claims. It works for me as a primer, sort of, and I wore it from 8:30 am until 11 pm by setting it with NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting powder. I say sort of because I dislike the color and the fact that it changes on me as I wear it.

Overall, I would not recommend this product unless you’re ok with it not being able to blur imperfections or even out skintone. It wasn’t a good color match for me. It didn’t really cover my hyperpigmentation, brighten my skintone or blur any imperfections. I wanted to love this colored clay cc primer but it let me down.

Have you tried the Tarte Colored Clay CC Primer? What are your thoughts on it?


  • Vegan
  • Cruelty free


  • Fair shade is really too dark / peachy for me
  • Did not cover hyperpigmentation, brighten skintone, blur imperfections
  • Did not fully neutralize redness
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