18 May 2015

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blushes, worth the hype?



I remember the first time I got my hands on a Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush, and how my eyes lit up and it was like love at first sight. I didn't even need to take them out of their packaging and swatch them to know I was besotted.


I started lusting after Tarte blushes after Estee started featuring them both in blog reviews and YouTube videos, and I think it's safe the say the majority of the UK beauty blogging community was instantly in lust with this range of blushes which was impossible to get in the UK at the time. Luckily I had a friend who was off to America that offered to pick me up a couple of the shades I have been lusting after, and I also did a beauty swap with a Canadian beauty blogger, so I managed to get my hands on them quite easily; I've had Tarte blushes in my beauty stash for over 2 years now.

Dollface was the first one I added to my stash, a pretty pink with blue undertones that works well pretty much any time of year. Next I added Exposed and Tipsy to my collection; Exposed is a warm toned neutral blush that works well as a light contour too, whilst Tipsy is a really vivid and bright orange coral. I added Captivating, Fearless and Mirage to my Tarte blush collection when making Sephora orders; one of the main reasons I order from Sephora, actually. Fearless is a lovely vibrant pink that is bolder than Dollface and has slight berry undertones, Captivating is a peachy coral and Mirage is a super flattering and very subtle baby pink, probably my most used of all the Tarte blush shades that I have, and one I actually picked up super cheap in a set of Tarte miniatures. 

There's a couple of other Tarte blushes in my beauty stash, in a limited edition Tarte palettes, but I wanted to concentrate on the individual blushes for this 'worth the hype' post, as Tarte palettes are limited edition and pretty non-existent in the UK. You can check out individual and detailed reviews of the Tarte Amazon Escape Amazonian Clay Eye & Cheek Palette here and the Tarte Pin Up Girl Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Palette here.

So why is everyone so loved up with Tarte blushes? Infused with Amazonian Clay, harvested from the banks of the Amazon River and left to naturally bake in the sun, Tarte Amazonian Clay blushes are long-wearing and beautifully soft blushes which promise 12 hour wear. The Amazon Clay works to keep oil at bay, balance skin and keep the blush in place, whilst having the multi-purpose effect of hydrating the skin by naturally restoring moisture. 

Formula wise we're talking incredibly soft velvety powders which regardless of finish, feel absolutely heavenly to apply. I've never experienced fallout with Tarte blushes and they are so perfectly pressed, that there's little to no chance of overdoing it when you're applying; I use my EcoTools Blush Brush and find just lightly pressing into the blush gives me enough product to add a flatting flush of colour to my cheeks. They really, really do last as long as they say and I have never had to re-apply throughout the day when wearing a Tarte blush. Not only are they super easy to apply for a flattering and chic finish, but they blend really easily and leave a natural look to skin.

All of the Tarte blushes I have added to my collection over the past couple of years have been when buying them from America; Tarte is now available in the UK, but I personally think the prices are extortionate in comparison. You're looking at almost £10 more than American prices if you buy from QVC, which is the current UK retailer, whereas personally I'd prefer to make a Sephora order and indulge in American brands we struggle to get in the UK at the same time, paying £10 for postage opposed to practically £10 more for each blush. 

Do I think Tarte blushes are worth the hype? Hell yes! But I don't think they're an absolute necessity. If you can't get hold of them or don't want to splurge on the inflated UK price, it's no big beauty disaster. But if you can get hold of them? They are absolutely beautiful and worth every penny. 

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushes are available at QVC for £25, or Sephora for £17.79. Find out more about how to order from Sephora to the UK, including shipping costs, custom charges and taxes, here
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  1. I've been lusting over these for years now, they always look gorgeous and I've never heard a bad thing said about any of them. I think I will definitely have to treat myself to a few bits from Sephora at some point soon. I'm yet to make an order due to a few concerns about additional fees on delivery, but having checked the website again it's now stating that there won't be. Definitely excited to make an order now!

    Heather, porcelainbeautyx

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    1. I've made two orders with Sephora now, and they've both been absolutely fine with no issues! Got here super quick, too.xo

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  2. I really want to try a few of these, they look as though they have some gorgeous shades!
    xprincessjas | ♥

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  3. I have really wanting to to try a few of these blushers but they are so expensive here in Hong Kong so I am waiting for my trip to the USA to get a few

    Nashia | MakeupandBeautyMayhem

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    1. Sorry to hear they're so expensive in Hong Kong! I hope you manage to pick some up on your America trip :) xo

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  4. I still haven't manage to try anything from Tarte, like you said, the prices on QVC are way to high :( But I might finally place that long awaited Sephora order :) x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

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    1. I personally wouldn't pay the QVC prices. I understand there will be a price difference when an American brand comes to the UK, but almost £10 is ridiculous in my opinion. xo

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  5. I really want to try Tarte, these look really nice and their foundation I heard is nice too xx

    Zoe Mountford x

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    1. Heard amazing things about their foundation and concealer! xo

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  6. I'd really love to try one of these some day. They're definitely top of my list of items to buy if I ever go to America!
    Megan x
    London Callings

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    1. If only Sephora would open up in the UK again! xo

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  7. I have Tispy and it’s beautiful. I need to get my hands on a couple more.

    www.britishbeautyaddict.com

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    1. Such a gorgeous and bold shade, isn't it? xo

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  8. I have been dying to try these blushes for a long time, i need to get my hands on some x
    Emma | Emmys Blog

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    1. They're worth the wait, trust me! xo

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  9. I have Captivating and really love it! I definitely want some more shades as I struggle to find blushers that apply nicely and last on my skin type so it's well worth the price for me :) xx

    Magpie Jasmine

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    1. Captivating is such a pretty shade! xo

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  10. I have a love hate relationship with these blushes. once you hit pan, they don't seem to be as good, but i do like them before you run low. exposed is next on my list.

    brooke | brooke elise

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    1. I've not hit pan on any of them yet, so I'll be interested to see if the same happens for me! xo

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  11. I couldn't agree more, I only have two but I'll definitely be purchasing more in the future. So far, flush is definitely my favourite I can't stop using it. -S
    www.youmeandwhatever.com

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    1. It's great when you find a shade you love so much you can't stop using it! xo

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  12. These are a product I have wanted to try for what feels like forever, but Tarte isn't stocked here! They all seem so lovely and the colours are incredible. x

    nueyork.blogspot.com

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    1. I hope they will stock Tarte in your Country soon! xo

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  13. I've only tried one Tarte blush but I really liked it. They're just so beautiful. I've wanted Doll Face forever. Thanks for the review!

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    1. You're welcome Natalie, I hope you'll add Dollface to your beauty stash soon! xo

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  14. I really want to try these! Along with the foundation they look amazing :)

    Life As Lissy

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    1. I really want to try their base products! xo

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