Cult Favorite: Tarte Knockout Daily Exfoliating Cleanser and Knockout Tingling Treatment

My face has been through some dark times and receiving the Knockout Daily Exfoliating Cleanser and the Knockout Tingling Treatment from Tarte brought back some memories I’d really like to forget. It made me with these products were available when I was in high school.

Using a AHA and BHA acid complex with lactic, glycolic, and salicylic acids, the Knockout Daily Exfoliating Cleanser promises to remove dead skin, refine pores, improve texture, brighten, and balance the skin. It also contains apple extract to hydrate and peppermint and eucalyptus to soothe, and eucalyptus to soothe the skin. Its gel texture emulsifies into a creamy milk-like lather.

It smells very clinical, which I don’t really mind but it’s worth noting for those who are sensitive. It feels cooling to the skin, which I enjoy. It can be a bit stripping for some but for my oily and clog-prone skin, I like it. This claims to be okay for everyday use but for me, I prefer to use twice a week and when my skin is feeling irritated and clogged. It wipes my face clean and devoid of any oil. I follow this with hydrating serums to balance my skin and makeup for the intense cleansing I just went through. This was especially helpful when I had a lot of blemishes a few weeks back as it helps keep my face clean and clear.

To treat, the Knockout Tingling Treatment promises to resurface, balance, control oil, minimize pores, and clarify the skin using niacinamide, salicylic acid, lactic acid, and sulfur.

I’ve heard a lot of people say that the BR P50 smells like vinegar and I think this toner took it as a challenge. This has a strong sour smell and, consistently, it also has a strong tingling feeling to the skin. Fortunately, both the tingle and the smell dissipate after a few seconds. I have used treatments like this before and by far, this felt the most intense. However, results are as intense as it felt. I used this thrice a week when my skin was irritated and after week, I noticed a lot of changes. It cleared up my skin and zapped all my whiteheads and pimples. I would definitely recommend this if you want some intense treatment for your irritated skin and clogged pores.

Using this combo made me get out of skincare hell but even if my skin isn’t that sensitive, I would recommend using this sparingly and when you do, pile on soothing and moisturizing products to support these.

The Tarte Knockout Daily Exfoliating Cleanser and Knockout Tingling Treatment were provided by @tartecosmetics. Available at tartecosmetics.com

Current Foundations for My Oily Skin

Aside from me loving sleeping more than going out, I never liked staying out too late, or at least getting my picture taken while I do. No, not because of my inherent need for proper lighting, it’s just that I always look like a grease ball in them. It’s not just about having a shiny forehead. I have been witness to foundation missing each other too much that they decided to get together on the middle of my forehead at the end of the night or my mascara, suddenly contacting the dark circles under my eyes making me looking more and more like a raccoon as each hour passes. It’s not a pretty sight. Hence, my goal to share some products that have complimented my oily skin perfectly.

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For that, I just woke up like this coverage. The Chanel Vitalumière Aqua is the only foundation that can make me glow, not oily, without the help of a highlighter. Whenever I use this, my skin just looks so healthy. It’s super light and gets that your-skin-but-better look down pat. I still blot midday to get some oil out but it was never excessive. It has a sheer coverage so; you will need concealer for more coverage.

For every day. The Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint is lightweight and sheer, which offers more coverage than the Vitalumiere. It provides a breathable coverage and a natural, even skin tone after application. Also, it has SPF 30 so, if you woke up late, this does two of you makeup routines already. It doesn’t slip after a few hours and stays crease-free, perfect for those long meetings where you don’t want to people to see you crack – literally and figuratively.

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For every day, but you’re meeting someone. The Tarte Amazonian Clay  Foundation gives good coverage and contains Amazonian Clay that absorbs excess oil. It mattifies the skin but doesn’t dry out the skin. It lasts my whole office day up until dinner with friends. It might give full coverage but it doesn’t feel like it. It feels like a medium coverage foundation and blends like a dream. I can go home the same person I went out the door – only with a wine stain on my lips.

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For when you are meeting someone and you know it’s going to be a long night. The Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Foundation is easily blendable and has a powder-like finish. It removes redness and shine in an oil-free formula so it can’t be messed with by sweat, breakouts, or humidity. It would take me 8 hours before I have to blot and I don’t have to retouch for the whole day. There are a lot of raves about this foundation and I think it lives up to the hype.

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For when you think you’re going to have the best night of your life. The M.A.C. Studio Fix Fluid Foundation offers those with oily types 24 hours of smooth, shine-free skin. It has a buildable coverage that provides a flawless finish. It has a natural matte finish that makes your skin look flawless. Whenever I use this, people ask me if I had my makeup done professionally. By the end of the night, or morning, my makeup still looks together. Walk of shame is not a concept for this one.

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For the midday touch-up. The Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation is always in my purse. Best suited for oily and combination skin types, this cream product provides a full coverage. I’ve used it on its own or as a retoucher in the middle of the day. It’s so compact so it’s great for last-minute appointments. Perfect for the lazy ones, I sometimes use this on areas where I need coverage and I’m good to go.

**published in puropulence.com last February 2018.