Foundation Matrix. It's a nifty tool, though of course you wouldn't want to use it as a primary source - it's much better to swatch and try foundations in store. This was only a tinted moisturizer, though, and I figured it was good enough since the same column contained most of my other foundations. And it was the perfect match! Another win for Temptalia. (For reference, I wear Guerlain's Lingerie de Peau in 02 Beige Clair, and I used to wear Chanel's Teint Innocence in Cameo. I've never been matched to a MAC foundation, though I may do that at some point just to know what it would be).
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And it does. It's not the most coverage in the world, but it is just a tinted moisturizer, so that's to be expected. It also has SPF 20, which is good. I always wear Clinique moisturizer underneath all makeup so I'm not relying solely on this as skincare - and I also wouldn't advise that. It does seem to neutralize any red in my skin very nicely, and it wears very comfortably. It also lasts all day, though I sometimes feel like my skin's yellow tones are slightly too enhanced with this one. It does even out my skin tone though, and is great for days when I don't feel like wearing a full liquid foundation. Its finish isn't exactly matte or dewy - more natural, I think, though it does banish dullness. Think natural!
Still, despite all of this, I think I'm just going to use it up and not repurchase. I liked Clinique's TM better than this one, and even though there's nothing bad about Smooth Operator, it just doesn't wow me. Also, it runs $36 for 1.7 oz. The tube is hefty, but I think other tinted moisturizers may be cheaper in the long run. I do appreciate Tarte's commitment to more natural, good-for-you ingredients (and the fact that all of their products are thus paraben-free), but I don't think I'll be coming back to this one.