To be honest, I don’t think I’ve really met a blush that I didn’t like—some, I liked less, sure—but it was love at first swipe with these blushes from Tarte. I’ve amassed quite a collection of four shades over an embarrassingly short amount of time, but these are just so awesome that I couldn’t resist. Let me tell you about my small but heavy-duty collection.
First, here’s the description for the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush For Cheeks:
A long-wearing, supremely soft blush infused with Amazonian clay harvested from the banks of the Amazon River and naturally baked by the sun.
Product Performance: This 12-hour blush universally benefits all skin types for a fade-free, flawless finish in shades ranging from soft to vivid and matte to shimmer to suit a wide variety of skin tones.
Powered By: Amazonian clay minimizes oil in and around pores to balance skin and keep product in place while also hydrating the skin naturally to restore moisture, reducing the appearance of dry, flaky skin.
Wow, that’s a mouthful and then some! Normally, I would be all MEH at product descriptions this promising, but that’s a whole other story if they deliver and these do. One other thing I like about them is that they are formulated without parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, petrochemicals, pthalates, GMOs, and triclosan. Phew! Are you excited yet?
Since it is a very deep and bright strawberry red matte shade, Natural Beauty isn’t really the first shade I would reach out for when I plan to test out a product. I believe I saw it on Estée of Essie Button, and I wanted one for myself, pretty much just like that. I am very impressionable, I’m discovering.
When I dipped a blush brush and swiped it on my cheek, my eyes widened at the amount of color that was deposited. I really couldn’t quite believe it. It looks very scary in the pan, but it’s very wearable. It’s easy to sheer out and to layer as the formula is very blendable. Though they don’t last a full 12 hours (at least, not in my experience), they do last quite a while.
Tarte Natural Beauty, Swatch
The next shade I got was also not “in character.” Like, if I was a fictional character and I wore Flush, I think the public would definitely decry that move as OOC! Alas, I love this one, too. I find myself reaching for it more than Natural Beauty, to be honest. It’s a matte berry shade that leans a bit bright pink, but I promise that it’s very wearable.
Tarte Flush, swatch
I searched high and low for this color, since the seller I get the Tarte blushes from didn’t have this in stock. It’s beautiful and natural. Definitely a blush that easily pairs with other colors. It’s a matte nude shade that, I believe, would also be good for either an all over or contouring bronzer. It’s a definite bestseller and I can see why.
I have to apply a lot for it to show up, though. I don’t know why that is. Also, I find that it doesn’t stay on as long as my other Tarte blushes. I love its understatedness, though. Sometimes you just want a “quiet” face, and this blush is perfect for those days.
Tarte Exposed, swatch
Ah, how could I forget about my plums? Blushing Bride is a plummy rose that is CHOCK-FULL of shimmer, which is what deterred me from buying it. It was the first shade I wanted, next to Exposed, but I do not like glitter on my face. However, further reading has shown that the shimmer doesn’t really show up. I took my chances, and thankfully, all those people were telling the truth!
Tarte Blushing Bride, heavy swatch. Swirl your brush, tap, then apply to cheeks for dispersal of pesky glitter!
All of my Tarte Blushes, swatched. L-R: Natural Beauty, Flush, Exposed, Blushing Bride
All of the blushes have a fine-milled consistency. They’re not chalky or a pain to apply. I don’t think you would have a problem with them, either, if you’re a bit heavy-handed when it comes to blush application, since they are so easy to blend out. They stay on for a long time, too, so that’s good. I love the thought of these being made with “Amazonian Clay.” Other ingredients include vitamins A, C, and E. To learn more about these ingredients, click here.
The blush pans are quite large (0.20oz. or 5.6g, a little more than NARS, but a little less than Shiseido) and you really need a small dip with your brush to get such a powerful pop of color on your cheeks. It’s quite insane. They’re not that pocket-friendly, though I would argue that if you favor a blush color (i.e. corals, reds, pinks, nudes), it would be such a great idea to invest in one blush that you can count on everyday, 100%. I personally like to
collect rotate products, which is why I have a few of them here.
The compacts are made of plastic and are colored according to their shade, which is both cute and efficient. There is a large mirror on the inside of the cover, which has a pretty embossing on the top. It is quite cutesy but it doesn’t look cheap or kiddie. You can transfer these to Z-Palettes easily as well.
The Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blushes retail for $25 or around Php 1,200+ through online retailers. They get an A+ from me, which I know doesn’t mean much but they get it anyway!
I ordered a bunch of NYX blushes, a Tom Ford blush, and an Illamasqua Blusher Duo before I got my hands on these, but I think I’m pretty set. In the business of blushes anyway.
I was trying to take some swatches on my hand, and look who showed up! 🙂
Now that we’ve got this obsession out of the way, what are some of your favorite finds lately?