Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Tarte Amazonian Clay blushes

So, Tarte Amazonian Clay blushes are my FAVORITE THING EVER. Except maybe my kitten, Spock:


Seriously though. I've depotted all 19 of my Tarte blushes into two large freeform palettes for easy access, and I realized the other day that if there was a fire in my apartment, my 2 Tarte blush palettes would be among the armful of things I would grab before I ran out the door (along with Spock, my new laptop, and a scrapbook of letters from all my loved ones my mom made me for my high school graduation). I own many makeup items that are harder to come by and/or more valuable than these blushes, but these palettes are what I use and cherish the most.

Tarte Amazonian Clay blushes have varying pigmentation levels depending on the color, but all are smoothly pigmented (none apply patchily on me). They melt into my cheeks and never look powdery or chalky, and most importantly, they last ALL DAY on my skin. This is not something I can say for other blushes and it is what makes them top-notch in my opinion!

Unfortunately, I'm a little disappointed in how my swatches of these came out - they don't show the nuances and differences between some of the shades as well as I'd like. So, I'm going to accompany the pictures with shade descriptions and comparisons; hopefully that will help you out.

Natural light:


Ottlite:


Wonder is a bright peachy-pink with gold shimmer. Glisten is also peachy-pink with gold shimmer, but the base color is a softer pink than Wonder, and the gold shimmer in Glisten is more prominent. (Glisten is probably the closest in color to the famous NARS Orgasm.) Charisma is a vivid reddish rose with gold shimmer. Tipsy is a bright matte coral, similar in base color to Charisma but lighter and brighter. Frisky is a bright pink-red with tiny glitters. Natural Beauty is a matte magenta-red, similar in base color to Frisky but cooler-toned.

Natural light:


Ottlite:


Blissful is a matte rosy coral, softer and rosier than Tipsy. Achiote is a pure matte rose. Tickled is also a matte rose but redder and deeper than Achiote. (However, Blissful, Achiote, and Tickled might be hard for a "Muggle" to tell apart.) Dollface is a soft matte neutral pink, and my favorite of all 19 (I've already finished off one, have another one with a large dip that I keep in my desk at work, and have a small amount of pan winking at me from the one I'm currently working on at home). Adored is a bright cool pink with tiny silver glitters. Amused is a matte hot pink. Flush is a matte magenta - similar enough in my eyes to NARS Mata Hari that I purged the latter from my stash.

Natural light:



Ottlite:


Peaceful, another favorite of mine, is a gently shimmering and subdued warm rose. Passion is a natural berry with tiny silver glitters. Blushing Bride is a rich plum with tiny glitters. (It's not quite a dupe for NARS Sin, but I often find myself reaching for it over Sin.) Buff is a pure nude with tiny glitters, not truly as yellow as it appears in these pictures (I think that's just the contrast between Buff and the purple-y tones of Blushing Bride). Exposed is a matte rosy nude. Dazzled is similar to Exposed, but slightly less brown, more rose, and has very subtle (almost invisible) shimmer. Dazzled has a more muted and almost plummier base color than Peaceful.

I hope this was helpful. I love these immensely and I think this is all of the colors Tarte has ever made - most of these are sold at Sephora and on Tarte's website, but some of them I purchased from eBay as they came in QVC- or HSN-exclusive sets.

Do you own any Tarte Amazonian Clay blushes? Will you be rushing out to get any? What are your favorite colors?

OH, I ALMOST FORGOT! Tarte is running a 30% off Friends & Family sale from now through August 6th, with free shipping when you spend $40+. GO GO GO! :)

Disclaimer: I purchased the product(s) featured in this post myself.

8 comments:

  1. Blushing bride is a lovely colour - they all look gorgeous tho :)

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  2. Hi, I'm your new reader. Thank you for the swatches :) I think I'll be buying Dollface and Blushing bride!

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  3. You are killing me with these swatches! I can't even claim they won't look like that on me D:

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  4. These colors are so beautiful! I really have been thinking about buying amused and flush, and your swatches are making me want to buy them right now!

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  5. These swatches are amazing! Thank you for the awesome descriptions!

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  6. Absolutely wonderful, extremely helpful, detailed post. Thanks so much!

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  7. Do you know how dollface and/or blissful compare to Nars deep throat? Thanks!

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    1. Deep Throat is definitely not a dupe of either one. Dollface is much less peachy and cooler in tone. Blissful is closer to the color of Deep Throat, but slightly less pink. Both Dollface and Blissful are matte, while Deep Throat is very shimmery.

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