Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in “Flush” & “Fearless”

Ok, I’m super late on the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush wagon, but I’m onboard and thinking, “What took me so long to get obsessed with these blushes?” With the holiday season approaching, there’s 20% off coupons at Ulta and Sephora so I snagged the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in “Flush” and “Fearless” before it was too late! There’s a ton of colors and tones available, so I’m sure you’ll find one that’s suitable for you and your skintone. For me, however, I stuck with my pink and peachy-pink faves.

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These blushes are “long-wearing, solar-baked…that lasts up to 12 hours.” I love how the packaging correlates with the colors inside; and, it’s compact with a sturdy mirror inside so that’s a bonus too. Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Blushes are “infused with natural clay harvested from the banks of the Amazon River.” As products that contain clay that is “naturally baked by the sun, this nutrient-rich blush benefits all skin types for a fade-free flawless finish that lasts an amazing 12 hours.” The available “colors range from soft to vivid to suit a wide variety of skintones. For oily skin types, Amazonian clay minimizes oil in and around pores to balance skin and keep product in place. Those with dry skin will benefit from the clay’s nourishing and hydrating properties, which naturally restore skin’s moisture. Combination skin types can rely on its ability to zero in on skin concerns and deliver benefits to restore complexion harmony.”

I know, it’s a lot of fancy claims. And, while I can’t say for sure if the clay within these blushes are “from the banks of the Amazon River” and contain clay that is “naturally baked by the sun,” they do have long-lasting power on the skin. They’re pigmented and can be built if you’re going for a stronger look. They don’t apply streaky or dry on the skin, so it looks natural and the blush is really easy to apply. Lasting power is superb; pretty all-day with no touch ups, fading, or getting blotchy like some power blushes.

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I got the shades “Flush” and “Fearless” and they’re absolutely divine. “Flush” is a “pinkish berry” shade, while “Fearless” is the most perfect “coral pink” — according to Sephora’s website. Again, the color pay-off is outstanding, and they translate fantastically on the skin. Both “Flush” and “Fearless” are a semi-matte/matte finish without looking cakey or dry. They still impart a subtle glow without glitters and shimmers, which I prefer most days. If you haven’t started collecting the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushes, I suggest you start! With the holiday season just around the corner, they’re perfect for giving and receiving; and, with holiday sets available, you can get a great deal on multiple shades.

Made in USA.
Retails for $26.00 USD each.

Tarte Colored Clay Tinted Brow Gel

Ok, I’m not sure how many brow gel one needs in their life, but I just had to have the new Tarte Colored Clay Tinted Brow Gel. As a “tinted brow gel with colored clay that enhances, defines, and shapes brows,” I was a bit wary at first because there’s only three color choices. However, the shade “Rich Brown” turned out to be the perfect dark, warm brown that doesn’t lean too gray or too orange-y.

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So the wand is really special because it’s super tiny, thin, and has bristles that are tightly compact. The wand applicator “features tiny, hair-like bristles to create precise, filled-in brows.” It catches all the brow hairs without getting product onto the skin, which is a common problem I have with nearly all brow gels like this. The “infused colored clay” and an “exclusive peptide blend” allows the color to hold onto the hairs without getting sticky or too hard. It’s nice that the “gel formula naturally conditions and smooths the brows, reducing surface oil to lock in pigment for up to 12 hours.” This product is waterproof and removes easily with regular eye makeup remover.

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So far, I really like this for the wand. It really brushes my brow hairs into place, but in a natural way — not slicked back or stuck down on the skin. The pigment is nice and I like how the product isn’t just laid on real thick. I still like to fill in sparse areas of my brow with a brow pencil; however, for the hairs itself I think this product is really great. As for all the fancy clay ingredients…it sounds nice, but I can’t say it’s made drastic changes in how my eyebrow grows. I think it does condition, however, but my brows feel so soft at the end of the night when I’m removing my makeup.

Other brow gel related posts are here: NARS Brow Gel in “Kinshasa” and Benefit Gimme Brow (Medium/Deep) + Brow Mascara Comparisons.

Retails for $21.00 USD.

REVIEW: Tarte Clean Slate Timeless Smoothing Primer

The Tarte Clean Slate Timeless Smoothing Primer was recently mentioned in Claire Marshall’s recent video featuring her June & July Favorites. The product is a “smoothing, makeup application primer that supports a youthful appearance,” and is designed to “prep skin for makeup application with [the] new timeless smoothing and filling primer.” It is “formulated to reduce the appearance of large pores, fine lines, and wrinkles. The antioxidant-rich formula is infused with vitamins C and E, and green bean extract gently absorbs into the skin, delivering a surge of moisture, peptides, and other naturally-derived elixirs so that skin has a firmer and smoother look.”

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With “a lightweight texture, the fresh powder scent provides the perfect blank canvas to enhance the look and wear time of makeup. Wear it under makeup or alone as part of your skincare regimen for a flawless, soft-focus finish.” This primer is great and I can see why it’s already generating rave reviews. A little bit of product goes a long way and don’t be scared by the moussey-clumpy consistency! I dab my finger in the pot and get some product onto my fingertips. I apply to areas of my face where I know pores are an issue — mainly my nose, chin, and inner cheeks. It sets instantly feeling soft and smooth, but not oily and greasy like some primers. This stuff seriously fills in lines and pores and blurs even discolored imperfections really well. I’ve noticed that my foundation applies super smooth afterwards; and, I swear I need less foundation than I did before using this product.

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The scent is powderly and light and hardly noticeable. It looks great alone on the skin too if you’re going for a really natural-no-makeup look. However, I really like it for its ability to really plug in pores and blur imperfections instantly. It’s a great way to fake perfect skin! I predict this pot will last me a long time since you need very little product. Again, don’t be frightened by the clumpy appearance — it will smooth itself out wonderfully, trust me. Because of the texture of the product, I don’t see how it could ever come in a tube or a bottle with a pump. So, while it’s not all that great that the product comes in a pot, I’m okay with it. Makeup longevity was decent but nothing spectacular. I just really like this product for its ability to get rid of pores temporarily, and the finish is gives the skin after foundation application.

Made in Italy.
Retails for $39.00 USD.

REVIEW: Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation SPF 15

Speaking of summer products, I’ve been trying the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation SPF 15 ever since I was compelled to purchase it after watching Essiebutton’s video called “Holy Grail Round-Up with Claire.” Described as a “long-lasting foundation powered by Amazonian clay,” it sounded gimmicky which is why I’ve overlooked the product for so long. This foundation claims to provide 12 hours of flawless coverage.” Designed to be long-wearing, Tarte’s “skin-perfecting formula with UVA/UVB SPF 15” protection is a good combination especially for the summer months.

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This foundation is marketed as a “full coverage with a weightless texture,” and “with a broad range of shades available, [this foundation is] supremely blendable [with] a buildable formula.” The texture of the product is whipped and moussey. Because of this, it may feel thicker than a traditional liquid foundation. However, it spreads easily and blends flawlessy very quickly into the skin. Once applied, it feels light and fluffy on the skin. The effects of the foundation are lovely — your skin looks healthy and even, pores and redness are concealed, and it looks so light on the skin despite the fact that it’s full coverage. With this foundation, I don’t need additional concealer. Packed with “skin-smart” Amazonian clay, the product claims to “intuitively adjust to meet and address your skin concerns for makeup that wears better, longer, and truer.

This revolutionary foundation reduces the appearance of pores, discolorations, and imperfections and ensures a perfectly flawless complexion every time.” I agree that the tone of the foundation is adjustable — on me, it seemed to warm up a bit, but it’s subtle so I wouldn’t say that it oxidizes. It applies very smoothly and I like how it feels and sits on the skin throughout the day. My shade is “Ivory” which has some pink tones in it. I’d say that it’s a good, comfortable match.

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My only gripe is that this foundation has ZERO oil-controlling abilities. For that reason, I can’t say that it’s true to its claim to being long-wearing. It looks lovely on the skin and there’s no denying that. However, even on my normal-combo skin, oil broke way faster than when I use other foundations. I looked greasy and oily nearly instantly — especially in the Texas summer heat. Once I blotted the excess oil, I liked how my skin looked again. However, the oil, of course, returned.

I like this foundation, but it’s truly not long-wearing. And with constant blotting, re-powdering, and touching up, I find that this foundation is high maintenance. I think I’ll see how it wears when the weather is cooler in the fall and winter months, but I wouldn’t suggest wearing this on a long, hot day.

Made in USA.
Retails for $38.00 USD.

REVIEW: Tarte Amazonian Clay Airbrush Foundation in “Fair Honey”

Mineral makeup in general isn’t really my cup of tea unless I’m in the mood for the application process. I’ve seen the Tarte Amazonian Clay Airbrush Foundation around, but never gave it any attention until Essiebutton’s blog post here. She also has a video to go with the post, so it’s been helpful to see the product in action. This foundation was also featured in her January 2014 Favorites blog post as well.

For other videos featuring this product, check out leighannsays and MakeupByLeinaBaaaby.

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This mineral foundation is a “talc-free, 12-hour medium-coverage, weightless powder foundation” that claims to deliver “flawless, natural-looking coverage that lasts, while the skintuitive™ formula invigorates skintone and texture for a youthful complexion.” Described to be “powered by Amazonian clay enriched with the earth’s natural, light-reflecting gemstones,” this airbrush foundation is “moisture-rich” and “buffs on smoothly for waterproof, 12-hour coverage that won’t settle into fine lines and wrinkles.” Unique to this range of powder foundations is that the availability of shades and undertones is quite impressive, and is sure to “also employ a custom mesh delivery system for a fool-proof, mess-free application every time.”

Also sold alongside this foundation is the Airbuki Bamboo Powder Foundation Brush ($26.00 USD) which I skipped since I already own a variety of kabuki-style brushes.

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My shade in this foundation is “Fair Honey,” which is for fair skins with peach undertones. It’s a warm, fair shade that works well with my slightly cool skintone. It neutralizes redness and unevenness remarkably; and, it applies smoothly, blends easily, and doesn’t settle into lines and pores on the face. Coverage is impressive for a powder foundation and the formula is build-able — even though it’s light and airy. The finish is smooth and natural without looking too powdery, matte, or caked on. As indicated by Essiebutton, this foundation gets better and better as the day wears on with pretty good oil-control. It also feels like my skin is able to breathe, which is nice. The glowiness is maintained throughout the day and I love that this foundation looks and feels so natural.

I like the packaging — with a net to release the foundation and a built-in stopper on the lid so the messiness is quite minimal. The net is handy since you can ‘bounce’ your brush into it without having to swirl the product in the cap like traditional mineral makeup. For me, the foundation is pretty long-wearing, controls oil nicely, and maintains a natural glow throughout the day. To that end, this product is low-maintenance with high results! I recommend this powder foundation and it deserves all the rave reviews it has received.

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Contains 0.247 oz.
Retails for $36.00 USD.
Made in USA.

REVIEW: Tarte Cheek Stain in “Tipsy”

On a whim, I decided to try the Tarte Cheek Stain because I liked the idea of it being a “natural-looking gel blush,” and “a water-based gel cheek tint that gives you a natural flush.” This alcohol-free and oil-free glue-stick-like product is unique — in that it’s a cheek stain that differs from other well-known cheek stains like the Benefit Benetint or Benefit Posietint.

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Tarte claims that this cheek stain “contains Skinvigorating™ ingredients like a T5 Super Fruit Complex™—pure water to help skin retain moisture, and mineral-derived pigments known for their soothing and softening properties.” According to Sephora’s website, the “Tarte T5 Super Fruit Complex™ is a proprietary blend of the five most active superfruits: goji, açaí, maracuja, acerola, and pomegranate. The first blend of its kind, it is loaded with naturally occurring, antioxidant-rich nutrients, and vitamins that have been known to deliver refining, antiaging, and skin-restorative benefits with each application.”

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I was disappointed that I didn’t like this product, even though it received good reviews. While summer is coming to an end, I thought this would be perfect for a “glowy summer look” — with glossy lips and dewy cheeks. However, I had a number of issues with this product: first, you have to swipe the blush a number of times on your cheeks to get the color to apply. I found that this would actually remove base makeup applied prior. Second, even a stippling brush didn’t blend the color well once applied; I had to use my fingers and I didn’t like how sticky the texture was. Third, the packaging requires you to push from the bottom to reveal more product on top. But it would slide down when I would be busy swiping this on my cheeks.

My biggest complaint is that this product is sticky and it takes forever to dry on the cheeks. While it does create a stain and the finish is natural, my hair would get stuck on my face because of this product. Also, because this is a gel-type blush, it would blend unevenly — meaning, it would blend more in some places and not enough in others. I was horrified to find that my face looked splotchy when I used this blush. Most stain products risk drying/setting too quickly, and it’s strange that these cheek stains stay sticky for so long.

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The color “Tipsy” is pretty and is described to be a “sheer coral-pink with a hint of white shimmer,” and as you can see, it’s really nice swatched by itself. The apricot scent was nice as well. But the product is so high maintenance — ironically, it was designed to be an easy “on-the-go” product. I prefer powder blushes in general, but cream textures that are easy to work that are my favorite are Illamasqua Cream Blushers in “Laid” and “Promise.” Also, on the high-end of the spectrum, the Le Blush Creme de Chanel in 63 “Revelation” and 64 “Inspiration” are noteworthy as well.

Made in USA.
Retails for $30.00 USD.
1 oz.

Haul: Makeup Retail Therapy

Every day is a “haul-iday” in makeup land. What do you guys think? :)

It’s a modest haul and nothing extravagant. But my excuse to myself was: I need to pick up things I need (and while I’m out and about, I’ll just have a look around). In my defense, I really did need more of my trusty Neutrogena eye makeup remover and I really did need my Cetaphil soap. Recently, I randomly switched over from their liquid cleanser to the bar soap one and I’m totally loving Cetaphil in a whole ‘nother way.

My old eyelash curler was the Shu Uemura one – which I’ve been dedicated to for the past 10 years. It’s held up well because I just replaced the rubber pads and I was too stingy to pay the $20 for a stupid eyelash curler, haha. And FINALLY, it was time to part with it because it was just old and I’m ashamed to admit that I hadn’t replaced it this whole time. So after going back and forth with what I wanted to do, I gave into purchasing and new eyelash curler for yet another $20. But I do have to say that I like that it’s a dark gray (but shiny) color; and it’s just nice to have a new tool.

My favorite purchase is the NARS tinted moisturizer. I’ve been drooling over pictures of this product online for months, and even though that sounds totally creepy, I’ve been waiting for it be available in stores. When I was innocently “picking things up that I ‘needed,'” I saw the Sephora sales associate putting them out on display. The testers weren’t even put out yet, so I creeped around the corner pretending to look at other things. When she asked if I needed help with anything, I asked to play with the testers, lol. I know that sounds so obsessive, but she was nice enough to let me color-swatch and I was instantly sold. :)

And, the best part of today is FREE stuff. Actually, it wasn’t totally free since it takes some dollars spent to rack up some major reward points.

I scored the Tarte set for my 500-points Beauty Insider reward. I’ve been saving my points because nothing had appealed to me for months. But I’m glad I saved because I love everything in this set!

This was my free gift at Ulta for the quarterly reward thing. This retails for $20 so it’s not too shabby. I haven’t tried this brand and normally I don’t gofor leave-intreatments. But I’m eager to try it since my hair has been getting super long, so I’ll report back soon.

Here is everything unpackaged and looking pretty. Oh yea, I got a nail polish too. It’s taken me awhile to purchase Butter London polishes because of the price. But I bought the color “Trout Pout” from the Spring line because YouTube made me do it. I’m going to take this baby with me to the nail salon when I go in for a pedicure – woohoo!

Review on the tinted moisturizer will be coming up soon. I’m going to be trying it out for the next few weeks; however, let me just forewarn you that I have ridiculously high expectations for base makeup and I normally don’t even stick with wearing tinted moisturizers unless they totally wow me. I will be comparing this to the famoulsy popular Laura Mercier one. We shall see.

What did you guys buy this weekend?

*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)