Review: Tarte Clean Slate Primer

By Voxy  

If you like silicone primers, and are interested in one that a) is colorless, and 2) purports to have skin-rejuvenating abilities to boot, then get thee out posthaste and trade thy chickens and goats for Tarte’s Clean Slate Primer. It costs $30, so I don’t know exactly how many chickens and goats that would be, but it can’t be very many.

In the “Voxy’s Favorite Primers” cagematch, this is proving an equal competitor to Too Faced’s Primed and Poreless primer in terms of performance. They are both silicone-based and leave a very smooth finish. Too Faced’s primer is also $30, or the equivalent number of chickens and goats, but it is only 1 oz. whereas the Tarte Clean Slate is 1.16 oz., so the Tarte is a little bit better value for the money. Performance-wise, they’re about equal; I don’t notice a significant difference between them.

If you are new to primers, they go on between moisturizer and foundation, and help your foundation, bronzer, and/or blush to last longer. I was anti-primer for a long time, since I hadn’t found any that made a difference for me, and then the Too Faced product won me over. (They are also the makers of Too Faced Shadow Insurance [TFSI], which is a great eyeshadow primer, and they’ve just come out with Lip Insurance, which is a primer for … well, I bet you can guess. I’m hoping the Lip Insurance will be in stock at Sephora next time I’m there so I can test it!) I also use them under tinted moisturizers, since I think of TMs as basically just a kind of foundation, and they really do make a difference. This product has a silicone base; they’ve just come out with a non-silicone primer as well (part of their ReCreate line), so if you are not a fan of silicone you might want to try that one instead.

Does it have “skin-rejuvenating” abilities? I can’t really say; I slather a lot of other products on my face every day and so it’s pretty hard to tell. It doesn’t seem to be doing me any harm, though, so I suppose that’s a step in the right direction.


Tarte Clean Slate Primer: $30

Provenance: Purchased.

Price/Value Ratio (high-end: poor/fair/good/excellent): Good. Of course things could always cost a little less in terms of chickens and goats, but this is acceptable, and I really like the product.

Purchase again? Yes, but this and Primed & Poreless are going to have to share the love.

(Have you used this product? Love it? Hate it? Want it? Give a holler in the comments!)

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  1. avatar marigolds
    Posted May 10, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I had just put Primed & Poreless on my list! I do like the slight tintedness of the P&P, though.


    • avatar Voxy
      Posted May 10, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Yeah, if you held a gun to my head and made me choose (please don’t), I’d probably pick the P&P myself. I also like the slight tint, and it comes in a pink package, and I really am that shallow.


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