tarte Empowered Hybrid Gel Foundation

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Smooth skin is in with this radiant, full-coverage foundation from tarte. Infused with hyaluronic acid, the unique oil-free blend of ingredients is wrapped in a luxurious, creamy gel to help moisturize and reduce the look of fine lines and pores. The cooling gel feels like a drink of water for your skin, while masking any redness, dark spots, and uneven skin tone across skin types. It's available in a range of shades to match any skin tone with a soft, rose scent and natural, radiant finish.

How do I use it: For seamless, mess-free application, apply using the custom foundation brush and spatula (not included). Scoop out a quarter size amount of foundation onto the back of your hand. Then, apply foundation in buffing, circular motions until even and full coverage is achieved.

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  • 1-fl oz Empowered Hybrid Gel Foundation

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tarte Empowered Hybrid Gel Foundation is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 11.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 70 yr grandma likes this foundation! Like this product. Covers nicely but you will need a concealer for dark spots. Creamy and easy to apply. Purchased the Medium Neutral shade and it works perfectly for me. Takes just a small amount to cover entire face.
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice for dry older skin with great coverage I am 51 years old. In my younger years I was a sun goddess and was always at the tanning booth. Unfortunately I developed Melasma because of this on my upper and lower cheeks and have textured skin on my cheeks and along my temples. This is a nice foundation. Yes it does smell like paint, but since I know it is not paint, I don't care lol It does what I need it to do. It is very cooling on my face during application. My face looks hydrated and subtle with this foundation. The packaging....well there must be a reason why they used a jar and not a pump. Maybe it's too thick or maybe it's just cheaper to put it in the jar. At least it's very easy to get all the product out and use it up. Plus the jar is reusable and pretty :) There is a TON of product that is under the cover that is between the jar and lid. What you can do is get a spare empty clean face cream jar and just scrape the excess into that. Put the lid cover back into the original Tarte jar and just set it aside until you use up the excess in the spare jar. I came close to dropping the lid. If I did, that would have been a huge waste since I would not scrape it up and reuse it. You do need to set the foundation. If not it will move and transfer. It's just too moist to not set. This foundation covers my Melasma about 99 percent with two layers. I do not buff it into my skin since I need the most coverage, so I just dot the foundation all over my face, not alot, just enough, and then I use my flat top dense brush and pat and lightly press into my skin. It overs up very nicely that way, and fast! I let it set for about 1 min and then do it again for a 2nd layer, but using less foundation, concentrating more on the Melasma areas but still patting in the remaining areas as well so it's balanced. Even with that my Melasma still shines through a tad, but since I use Tarte Shape Tape concealer for my under eyes, I bring it down to the Melasma, which works since I like to highlight doing the upside down triangle for highlight technique. I have backups of Tarte Shape Tape and if you haven't tried it, you need to! You can go without setting under your eyes as long as you prep the skin under your eyes with a good moisturizer and let it set for about 1 min before you use the Shape Tape. I use a dry sponge to tap Shape Tape into my under eyes and into my skin and it works great. If it cakes on you under your eyes it is because you used too much. Not much is needed, it's rich and creamy and a lot goes far. My face looks hydrated and dewy with both products and since the Tarte Hybrid stays damp, you have to set it with powder. Before I set it with powder I do go over my entire face (except my under eyes) with a VERY damp sponge, (it's almost dry), and I press the foundation and my highlight into my skin. It REALLY makes a difference when I do that. It looks more polished and smooth. After I do that I then powder. If I want a more bullet proof hold I go for powders that have the Zinc Stearate ingredient. The Tarte BB Powder Foundation has that ingredient I see however I have not tried it with the Hybrid Foundation to see if it gives a heavy look...being that you are putting a foundation powder on top of a creamy foundation. That Zinc Stearate ingredient helps to resist water/sweat and keeps your makeup looking fresh without having to re apply. I have used powder without that ingredient in order to get a glowy look to my skin and although the foundation holds up well, it doesn't hold up if i cry, sweat, etc. I end up with light streaks down my face and then my Melasma peeks through. Whichever powder I use, I do use a dry sponge (and sometimes a very damp almost dry sponge) to pat and press into skin and sometimes I use a flat top dense brush to pat the powder in skin too. You don't want to use a wet sponge or brush since your foundation is already damp. Maybe with a very thin layer it will dry completely but not with full coverage. It will move the foundation if you get the foundation wet. To get that extra security that my makeup will last as long as possible I use the All Nighter setting spray. I always use a primer and since now I want to be glowy, I am using an illuminating hydrating primer. If you have oily skin you may want to prep your skin wiith a mattifying face primer. Since you are oily you can use the primer to keep your oil at bay although you are using a hydrating foundation. Hydrating primer with hydrating foundation on oily skin will cause your makeup to just break up and not last. If you are combo you can use a hydrating primer in your dry areas and use a mattifying primer in your oily areas. I know, extra steps, but better results. :) If there is anyone that still needs the extra coverage that the Hybrid Gel Foundation or Shape Tape doesn't cover, try Kevyn Aucoin Skin Enhancer. It blends very well on top of the Hybrid Foundation and Shape Tape Concealer. I use just the size of a grain of rice on both cheeks. It's so opaque that just that teeny bit overs about a size of quarter on both cheeks! I just pat it in on top of the foundation and Shape Tape with a sponge and it melts right on in. Just trying to help those out there that STILL need that extra punch of coverage. And because you literally use a teeny teeny amount, it does NOT look cakey. The tiny pot that it comes in will last me about a year!!
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this foundation! I had my concerns about this foundation because of all the bad reviews but I decided to try it for myself and I'm hooked. The coverage is better than any other foundation I've tried,you have to only use a small amount to get the coverage you desire. I use a brush and a sponge to apply this foundation and it looks so flawless on my skin..
Date published: 2017-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Use the right tool, it is fabulous foundation Don't be put off by the bad reviews. It is a jar, it is full. You want to get what you pay for, right? Inside the lid is another plastic cover. KEEP IT. Gently lift this off when you are ready to use the foundation. Take the foundation you need from the bottom of the lid. It doesn't spill as it is a gel. I don't know if they are turning the container upside down, laying it on the side or what. I have never had an issue. I use the tart brush from the clay foundation I used to use. I had to switch to this foundation as I am older and my skin has changed. I have dryer skin now, this works better on skin that needs some moisture put into it. A little goes a long way. If you use too much, it will settle into lines as would any foundation. Start small, you can add more. It is a full coverage foundation, less is really more. I do agree, a loose powder is nice to add on top as the foundation is "dewy". However, it you use too much powder you will have a less than desirable result. Again, this is your face. You are not a movie star on tv, you don't need a lot. Look natural, use sparingly. Put the powder on the brush, tap it to take excess of and gently sweep over face once for a beautiful, fresh and flawless look. I love this foundation, if applied right, I think you will, too.
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Horrible One of the worst foundations I have ever tried. The packaging is horrible and so is the foundation. The foundation doesn't dry down all the way only on my dry spots making them flaky and noticeable. One of the cakeiest foundations ever too. Would never repurchase.
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice Foundation I have tried a ton of different foundations including expensive Gorgio Armani which is what I was using until I tried this foundation. It isn't perfect but so far I like it the best. If feels wonderful on the skin. I am 41 with aging dry skin and this foundation feels great and last the workday. You will need to set it with a very light dusting of powder otherwise it will stay sticky and will transfer. If you try to use a heavy coverage, you will not like it, go light as possible with application. Heavy application will settle in lines. I use a brush and then go over my face with a beauty blender. The packaging is not the best but I do like being able to get just a tad on my finger to apply to my face. I would prefer a pump, not sure why Tarte chose this packaging but it is doable. 4 stars because of the packaging
Date published: 2016-09-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Just Okay Not too impressed with this foundation. It's messy since it's a big container full of foundation. Sent it back.
Date published: 2016-07-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Hot Goopy Mess I bought this from Tarte, with very high hopes. I absolutely hate the packaging!! It is SO messy to get the product out of the jar, it is not a nice whipped consistency, it is wet fluid with a tad bit of firmness. Upon closing the product it goops around the lid where you screw it back to the base. I returned it immediately! I don't even care if it works or not, cant get past the packaging.
Date published: 2016-07-20
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