I have had a new obsession. BLUSH. Now, my whole beauty life, my mom and grandma always told me that we don't need blush. Because we are naturally fair and flushed. I remember when I first started wearing makeup and experimenting with blush, my mom had asked me if I had a fever. So since then, I've been careful. But more and more, I'm picking blush up! It just ties the look together and gives me some color!
The other day while in Sephora, I picked up one of Tarte's new long wear Amazonian clay blushes. Only because the MUA raved about it. And I am SO glad she did!
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour blushes are blushes that are natural and long wearing blushes named after some of their most sought after cheek and lip stains.
Here is the real dealio, according to Tarte (ok I really wanted to write Tart-eo):
"Infused with natural clay harvested from the banks of the Amazon River and naturally baked by the sun, this nutrient-rich blush benefits all skin types for a fade-free flawless finish for an amazing 12 hours. Inspired by Tarte's best-selling shades of cheek stains and lip tints, the colors range from soft to vivid to suit a wide variety of skintones. For oily skin types, Amazonian clay minimizes oil in and around pores to balance skin and keep product in place. Those with dry skin will benefit from the clay's nourishing and hydrating properties, which naturally restore skin's moisture. Combination skin types can rely on its ability to zero in on skin concerns and deliver benefits to restore complexion harmony. The result? Blush that wears better, longer, and truer!"
Dayuum, that's a lot!
How about we just stick with super pigmented-long wearing-good for you-blushes?
("Flush" on left and "Amused" on right)
The formula on this is very soft and richly pigmented. They're quite easy to apply, but just the tinniest bit harder to blend. I only say this because the rich pigmentation will just stay wherever you put it.
I have two colors, "Flush" and "Amused" and I have to admit something. The color range is pretty typical, with the exception of "Blushing Bride" and maybe "Flush", there is nothing unique. But that's fine! I think we get so used to glittery-shimmery-multi-dimensional blushes that we forget the basics. Most of them are vivid, matte colors.
"Flush" is a GORGEOUS deep plum color and somehow, it works on me! I honestly think this could work on anyone. I'm as pale as paper and it works and looks amazeballs, but the MUA who showed it to me, was very, very deep and beautiful and looked wonderful on her too! It looks super scary but it is just so damn pretty!
"Amused" is a classic vibrant-blue-pink. Not a "OMG I'VE NEVER SEEN THAT BEFORE!" color but its a staple. And it LASTS all day. You're other vibrant-blue-pink can't do that!
Speaking of lasting color, this seriously lasts ALL day! I was running all over Manhattan yesterday and it didn't fade! Even the swatches I made from Sephora (when I was picking up "Amused"!) stayed on my hands, through multiple hand sanitizer applications and hand washings (seriously, a must when you ride the subway).
("Amused" on left and "Flush" on right)
("Flush" on left and "Amused" on right, this photo does no justice!)
The packaging is sleek and cute. The case matches the blush inside, which is a huge help when trying to find one of these! The front features the Tarte logo and a pretty leafy-scroll design.
Inside is a BIG mirror and the blush itself is quite pretty! Etched in (I think that's the right term, since it isn't an overlay design and is actually a part of the blush) is scene-scape of the Amazon river surrounded by jungle awesomeness. Super pretty and I love companies that make extra effort to make something extra special!
("Flush" on left and "Amused" on right)
Overall, you're gonna be hearing A LOT more about these little beauties! Because I'm sure they're gonna be a hit! Its not just a vibrant blush but also a blush that really will push the 12 hour mark.
If you don't believe me, swatch one. You'll see that its not going anywhere! While these are a little on the pricey side, they're beyond worth it because of the fact that a little goes a loooooong way! Just a small swirl on the brush (I love Sigma's F40) and you're good!
Final Grade: A!
I just wish they had more colors!
These retail for $25 and can be found at Sephora and Sephora.com ! They're currently not up on the Tarte website.
Have you checked these out? Or now going to?! Let me know!