I've read so many positive reviews about Tarte blushes that I just had to get one when Windy asked if I wanted to review anything from her store. I chose the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Blushing Bride (P1,100 from Stuff in Style) because I don't think I have anything like it in my stash! It's a plummy-berry blush that's touted to have a long-wearing formula.
Texture and staying power. Blushing Bride is very pigmented and smooth, with a liberal sprinkle of golden sparkle mixed with the color. The shimmer doesn't look tacky or thick so it shouldn't show on your skin. You'll just get this golden glow which I think is a nice add-on.
The color can look clownish if you don't take care, so make sure to wipe most of it off on the back your hand before applying it on your cheeks. This way you get a perfect natural flush with no streaks! ;)
This blush does last long. Not twelve hours though - more like six to eight hours, depending on how oily you are and how hot it is. That's still a pretty good number, if you ask me.
Packaging. The compact is absolutely gorgeous. I own many pretty blush compacts but this one takes the cake. There's the Tarte logo embossed in front, and the smooth, glossy plastic feels weighted and expensive. The powder itself has an Amazonian river design that looks very shala.
I really like that the color of the compact is the same solid shade at the blush inside. That makes it easier to find in a sea of black or printed cases, I think.
Color. Blushing Bride is predominantly plum, with a lot of berry and some rose mixed in. I imagine that it would look fantastic on darker girls, but for me, it just doesn't work. Well it looks okay on me but it's off. This shade is also very picky with lipsticks. Mauve, purplish lippies look best with it.
Recommendations. If you're oily and love a good-looking compact, the Tarte 12-Hour Amazonian Clay Blush is a great find. It stays put and looks super natural when applied sparingly. A little goes a long way! It's kinda expensive for a blush, but you get 5.6 grams of pigmented powder so you get your money's worth.
Blushing Bride is best for morena girls, so if you're medium to light it's best to choose a more flattering shade. Thankfully, Stuff In Style has 11 other shades in stock! There's a dolly pink, coral, bronze, fuchsia - well, I'm sure you'll find something you like. ;)
I love this blush's formula, just not the shade. That's a revelation - plum is not my color. I think I look best in peach, reddish, and apricot shades. How about you, what's your most flattering blush?
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