Tarte, Tarte, Tarte. Where have you been all my life? One thing that sucks about living in Australia is the restricted availability we have to certain brands. Sure, we could order from the U.S with a shipping forwarding company, but why can't there just be international shipping?
But back to the main topic (going off on tangents seem to be my thing at
the moment), Tarte blushes have been on my mind ever since I first heard about
the brand a year or two ago. If my memory serves right, I believe the person
who introduced me to Tarte was Estee from EssieButton. Now the time has finally
come for me to own/use a Tarte product (of course I chose blush) and the real
question is: Does the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush live up to the hype?
Packaging wise, I think these are one of the most convenient, stylish
and adorable blushes all rolled into one. I love the simple, clean cut
circle design Tarte has put in place and the best part about these blushes is
that they are colour coordinated to the actual shade. One thing I hate most
about packaging is when they don't display the actual shade inside, meaning you
have to sift through your entire collection to find that one particular shade.
But praise the lord, you'll never have this problem with these Tarte Blushes.
The blush also has a little mirror inside which is excellent for travelling or
bringing along with you to work/uni for touch-ups throughout the day. The only
gripe I had, and it's just specific to my blush, is that the pan is not
secured/glued down, so when I try to swatch the product the pan just spins
around. Ahh, definitely need to get this fixed ASAP.
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blushes claim to be "long-wearing,
supremely soft blush infused with Amazonian clay harvested from the banks of
the Amazon River and naturally baked by the sun". One thing I hate about
some blushes is that they fade so much throughout the day that there's no
colour left on your left. Leaving you looking like a zombie by the end of the
day - I mean work is stressful enough, you don't need a makeup crisis on your
As the name suggests, these blushes are not the ordinary 'buttery
smooth' texture that just melt into your fingertips, they are more of a hard,
clay-like consistency. Which I guess plays a helping hand in making them so
long-wearing, as it 'stains' your cheeks. I would say these are a hybrid
between a baked blush and a cream blush as the colour payoff is as strong as a
baked blush but it stains and is long wearing like a cream blush.
Despite the unique texture, they are very easy to apply/blend, with just
a simple sweep over the cheeks, you'll be looking fabulous! I just can't rave
about these blushes enough!
The Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blushes are available in 18 shades - I
picked up Flush (which used to be a dark berry-pink shade, but I guess they
have reformulated/renamed the shades) which is a cool, mid-tone pink. I don't
own that many lighter pink blushes (mostly darker, plum shades or the bold
fuchsias) so I thought I would give this one a try and I'm so glad I did. It
looks great on tanned/olive skin tones, especially during the winter as it
seems to stand out more, but I'm not quite sure how it would match up on darker
I'm definitely looking forward to trying out more Tarte products (I'm
thinking they're Lights, Camera, Flashes! Mascara next or the Amazonian Clay
Foundation) in the future. If you've tried any Tarte products, I would love to
hear your experiences with them!