Ok, bear with me, I’m going to post a few Tarte reviews. Not because I am sponsored by Tarte, although I would love to be so I can stop spending some much money on their products, but because a few of these are new additions to my makeup collection. I recently had a little bit of a Tarte spending spree, but one of the things that I recently picked up that I was the most excited to play with was one of the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushes. I have heard nothing but amazing things about these blushes and was so excited when the color that I’ve been pining over was finally back in stock at my Sephora.
This is from TarteCosmetics.com:
For those who want an alternative blush to tarte’s award-winning gel and cream cheek stains, we’re now offering Amazonian clay 12-hour blush in 8 shades. Inspired by our best-selling cheek and lip stains, shades range from soft pink (dollface) to deep berry (flush). Used alone or with our best-selling natural cheek stains, this blush is sure to give you that natural glow.
These solar-baked blushes are infused with Amazonian Clay, natures most perfect ingredient. These nutrient rich and skin-nourishing Amazonian clay blushes restore harmony for a flawless finish that lasts all day. The soft blush is great for all skin types:
Oily skin: Amazonian clay minimizes oil in and around pores to balance skin and keep product in place
Dry skin: Amazonian clay hydrates skin naturally to restore moisture so your blush wears better & longer
Dull skin: Amazonian clay improves the appearance of skin clarity and skin texture
Combination skin: Amazonian clay is completely intuitive; gives skin an overall smooth & even appearance
As you can see, Tarte has embossed the surface of the blush with the amazon river and their logo at the bottom. How freaking adorable is that? I’m sorry, but I am from the Millennium Generation and advertising and packaging does sway my opinion, and in this case it is just icing on the cake.
Now, onto addressing the claims Tarte makes about this blush. The website says that this is an 12 hour blush. I can’t comment on whether or not it really does last 12 hours because I haven’t left my makeup on for that long, but what I can say is that as long as my foundation lasts, this stuff lasts. I have never had a blush last as long as this blush lasts on my face. Most of the time my blush seems to fade or come up after a little while because I have a tendency to rest my face on my hands during class. No matter what, when I’m tired or when I’m alert and paying close attention to what the professor has to say, I am always leaning my check against my hand or fist. It’s a habit from when I was younger and doesn’t do well for keeping your face products on all day. But even with me touching my face, this blush doesn’t budge. The only time I’ve had an issue with this blush not staying on my face was when a new foundation I was trying out wouldn’t stay. So because blush sits on top of foundation, that is the only time I haven’t had this blush last for as long as I need it to. Some days that’s 4 hours and other days it’s 8 but either way I notice that my blush is still on throughout the day. I have noticed that it has a tendency to fade just a little, but nothing too drastic to notice.
The other major claim is that this blush is good for all skin types. I kind of thought that blush was already supposed to be good for all skin types, but this blush goes as far as telling the user exactly how it helps each skin type. I have combination to dry skin, and according to the website this blush is supposed to hydrate my skin as well as give it an even appearance. Well, I can’t report back that it does that. Those are some pretty lofty claims and I never ACTUALLY expected my blush to hydrate my skin. That seemed a little like over advertising to me, but it does stay on and it definitely looks extremely natural. All and all, the claims of long wear are definite true but I can’t say I noticed any difference in how my skin looks with this blush.
These blushes come in 8 shades and are available on the Tarte website, Ulta or Sephora for $25. I’m not a huge fan of that price, but the positive reviews and the remarkable claims from the website had me so intrigued I had to give these blushes a shot. All the blushes are a matte finish, with the exception of one which is Blushing Bride. I have my eye on 4 different shades but I ended up going with a color that was unlike anything else I own.
I picked up the color “Exposed” because it is a nude/brown blush. I don’t own all brown blushes and I had seen this color swatched online and I knew I had to have this color. This is a matte finish brown blush that has enough warmth to make it a blush rather than a bronzer. I have wanted this color for the longest time and every time I went to my Sephora or Ulta it was always the only one sold out! Which, of course, made me want it more. But as you can see from the blurry picture, it is so natural and pigmented. I am in love with the color but after trying out this blush I now want 3 other colors.
Overall, I love these blushes. They are in enough crazy colors to make them unique and special. And the fact that the Amazonian Clay Blush line is a matte line, all but one shade is a matte finish, makes it unique as well. The staying power is remarkable and if you have a foundation that will last you all day then you will have a perfectly flushed face all day with these blushes. The only negative I can say is the price, $25. And I can’t comment on whether or not they actually are amazing for all skin types because I didn’t see any vast difference between these blushes and other blushes in terms of what it does for my skin or the appearance of my skin.
Grade: A, and I now have flush (a deep berry), blissful (a warm peach) and tipsy (bright coral) on my makeup wish list!
What do you guys think? Does anyone have any of these blushes? If anyone has any of the 3 colors I now am saving up for please let me know what you think!