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Friday, May 17, 2013

Tarte Exposed Blush Review and Swatches




Today I am very excited to review the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed. This has been my go-to blush ever since I purchased it!
HERE is an older post where I went over my Tarte blush collection... at that time I had only tried Exposed on in Ulta with those heinous fluorescent lights, so I thought I would never purchase it.  I couldn't have been more wrong about my new best friend -- Exposed.
As I'm sure you know, Tarte is nice enough to match the outside packaging with the color of the blush... well in most cases. Exposed is actually a mauve/rose color which confused me because they have it in brown packaging. Regardless, this blush is BEAUTIFUL! I think it bests suits fair, light, and some medium skin tones... I don't think it would show up well on anyone NC45 and up.
Exposed has fabulous pigmentation and lasting power. I'm not sure about Tarte's 12 hour claim, but I can wear it 8 hours with little to no fading. On my NC15 skin, this blush looks like the most natural rosy flush, but still on the neutral side of things. It can be worn with just about any makeup look I put together, which is another reason why I love it so much.
The other day my mother complimented my blush so I felt compelled to apply it on her -- she is much tanner than I am -- around NC30. Exposed looked equally beautiful on her! I think this blush is a *MUST HAVE* ladies! Out of all my blushes, if I had to choose just one to wear for the rest of my days it would be between Tarte Exposed and MAC Cubic... thankfully I will never have to make that decision!
DUPES: Tarte Exposed is very similar to MAC Tenderling and somewhat similar to MAC Cubic. Unfortunately I don't own Tenderling anymore so I can't do a comparison swatch, but hopefully you'll just take my word on it ;)
Have you tried Exposed? What is your favorite blush?
Exposed vs Cubic, Exposed vs Buff, Exposed vs Tenderling

Sunday, January 27, 2013


Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blushes have become extremely popular, as I'm sure you know! With any product that is hyped to heaven there is usually some truth in all the exaggeration. These blushes are definitely a great product, and worth looking into! A lot of us makeup addicts went a little crazy and wanted to buy them ALL!

I prefer matte blushes because I think they are much more versatile, and a good majority of Tarte blushes have shimmer. The four I have are the most useful for my collection, and I will only be reviewing the ones I own.

Tarte claims that amazonian clay has numerous benefits for the skin such as balancing skin moisture and oil control -- making it suitable for all skin types. I'm not sure if all that is completely true, but I do know that they do not get patchy or greasy like some blushes, and the staying power is outstanding!

HERE is a link to my review of Exposed -- which I purchased after writing this post.


I must admit I had to edit this page to reflect my change in opinion. I absolutely love this baby pink blush, especially when I have a strong contour. Dollface is in the same color family as MAC Well Dressed but definitely not a dupe. Click HERE for swatch comparisons of the two.


Tarte's online description is a bit off... I would definitely consider this a warm pink rather than a peach. Blissful has a drier texture, so you have to dig a little more with your brush in the pan. Texture aside, it looks gorgeous on the skin and is probably my favorite!

FLUSH (Matte)

Flush is a berry-purple. This is the most pigmented blush I have ever used in my life! I love the way this looks on my fair skin -- it's a perfect "just in from the cold" flush. I think it would look amazing on any skin tone, especially dark skin! Because it is so pigmented, I like to use a fan brush to apply.


This is a gorgeous warm nude with glitter. I personally hate the glitter but not to worry -- when you tap your brush before applying, 95% of the glitter falls off and never makes it to your face. There is no shimmer so it ends up applying nearly matte. Fair skin tones can even use this as a bronzer.

(Right to left: Dollface, Blissful, Flush, Buff)
I did lighter swatches and blended them out to get a more realistic portrayal of what the blushes would look like on the cheek. Although they appear a little patchy in the picture, I can assure you that they won't apply like that on your cheeks. My favorite brush to use is the MAC 168 -- goat hair large angled contour brush. I would try to avoid synthetic hair brushes when using such pigmented blushes because they tend to grab and deposit more color -- easy to look like a clown with these blushes :)
Overall I really like them and I can't wait to pick up my next and final Tarte Blush -- TIPSY! I will let ya'll know how I like it!
Do you own any Tarte Blushes? How do you like them?