Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Natural Beauty

If you saw my Sephora VIB haul back in November, you would have seen that I picked up my first two blushes from Tarte - Natural Beauty and Exposed. These blushes have been so hyped up, I just needed to try them out for myself!


Natural Beauty first caught my attention when I saw Essie Button review it (link). Since that review, Natural Beauty seems to be all over beauty blogs! Tarte describes Natural Beauty as a "muted strawberry red", which I think is accurate. The packaging of the Amazonian Clay Blushes is really cute, as they are all colour coordinated to match the actual shade of blush! This makes finding the right shade in the morning so much easier. Also, if you are a fan of deppotting, Tarte included a tiny hole on the bottom of the packaging. You can just slide a pin in the hole, and push out the magnetic plate that holds the blush. I think this is such a great idea, and more companies should start doing this!


See the hole at the top in the middle?!

When I first started using this blush, I have to admit that I wasn't impressed. I found that I had to swirl my brush around in the pan for ages before any product transferred to my cheeks! However, after about 4-5 uses, this isn't the case any more. Has anyone else had this problem? Is there a less pigmented layer on the top of these blushes? Anyways, now I just have to dip my brush in slightly to get the right amount of product. I like using a Sigma F40 to apply my powder blushes.  


Natural Beauty adds such a lovely flush to your cheeks, almost like a natural blush. Imagine you just came in from a brisk walk on a crisp Autumn day. This is the colour that Natural Beauty reminds me of! This blush is also buildable, if you wanted a stronger colour. I like to layer this over top of NARS' Cactus Flower Cream Blush, since it keeps the colour looking great all day. I also like layering Dior's Amber Diamond over top of this blush as a highlight. Amber Diamond looks amazing over red-toned blushes!


 Tarte claims that the Amazonian Clay Blushes wear for a full 12 hours, but I don't feel as though this is the case for me. These blushes seem to wear off throughout the day, and are gone by the 8 hour mark. I don't even have oily skin, so this really surprised me! The blushes are $33 for 5.6g, so they are on the more pricey side. I think I'll stick to my beloved NARS blushes from now on, since I love the colours, how they apply to my cheeks, and how long-wearing they are. It was nice to try out the Tarte blushes, but unfortunately they didn't quite live up to the hype for me. I'll still use the ones I bought, but they just didn't wow me! 

Have you tried the Amazonian Clay Blushes from Tarte? What are your thoughts on them? :) What are your favourite blushes?


  1. Oh my goodness this looks divine <3 I've heard so many amazing things about tarte blushes. I have a few Nars blushes too so probably shouldnt fork out if you think they are slightly better.

    Great Blog :)
    Kirsty-Anne x x
    5feet10 Modelling & Beauty Blog

    1. I just adore NARS blushes - I don't think I'll ever find something better! But I do think you should at least test these out in Sephora to see how well you get on with them :)

  2. I know what you mean about swirling your brush in it a lot. I have 2 of these (Exposed and Blushing Bride) and I've experience the same thing (especially with Exposed which is a light color). I think it's because these blushes are formulated as sheer and buildable. Just like MAC Sheertones. On medium skin tones they do show up but after a lot of layering. It's something you get used to but it's aimed for people with very fair skin. I personally prefer opaque & very pigmented formulas because sometimes I'm quite tan and I feel like I spend too much time building it up.
    Hahaha sorry for the long comment!

    1. Ok well I'm glad it's not just mine that work that way! I also prefer more pigmented blushes, I find NARS ones have the perfect amount of pigment for my liking.
      Thanks for the lovely comment! :)

  3. I thought the same thing when I initially started using them but after I wore off that initial "not-so-pigmented layer" , as it seems, I have really come to like the pigmentation and natural flush you can achieve with them. Nice review ;)

    1. Ok so at least mine wasn't the only one to do that!
      Thank you for the lovely comment! :)

  4. so gorgeous! I have had Natural Beauty and Amber Diamonds for quite some time, I don't know if I'll pull the trigger to buy either of them! A bit expensive for my wallet :) great review

    1. Thank you! I think these are definitely worth splurging on, or they make fabulous gifts :)


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