You know that saying of if you spend $10 at the drugstore it’s considered too expensive, but if you spend $10 at Sephora it’s cheap? Well, 2 hauls ago I purchased this Tarte Pigment of Imagination Deluxe Cheek Set for $10, and I can honestly say that it has been the best 10 bucks I’ve spent in quite some time. The set comes with a 0.05 oz Amazonian Clay blush in Mirage, and a 0.17 oz Cheek Stain in Fantasy, perfectly sized for on-the-go application, touch-up or for the girl that travels.
This was the first time for me trying Tarte’s Cheek Stain. Fantasy is a limited-edition champagne shade (looks dark but goes on lighter) that promises a natural, just-pinched look. The shade itself is a metallic-looking champagne color that deposits quite sheer and has a strong surge of shimmer running through it – which that turned me off initially because the degree of shimmer is quite severe but that is mainly due to the fact that it is a metallic color. Metallics tend to do that. When I started playing around with the product I found a workable butter-zone where I can get the more natural and light reflecting look as opposed to the disco ball effect it gave me at first. It’s a creamy stick so a little goes a long way and I advise to not directly apply the stick to the top of your cheekbone but rather take your ring finger and dab it into the product, proceeding to apply and blend out the product. This gave me the most natural-looking tint that I could get out of it. One word of caution, it is sticky but it does dry so no need to stress over that, however is was quite annoying to keep my hair out of it. Overall staying power came fairly close to that of their Amazonian Clay blushes, lasted well over 7-8 hours before color started fading and I ended up with nothing but shimmer on my cheekbones. Shimmer aside, I really do love the color and all-in-all I’m quite happy to have finally tried one of their cheek stains.
The Amazonian Clay blush is a gorgeous peachy/pink shade with a satin-matte finish that has warm undertones. It’s a very versatile shade that sits gorgeously on the skin for about 8-10 hours before it started fading, which the wear is quite normal for good quality blushes in general. As with most of the Amazonian Clay blushes I have previously tried, the texture is super soft and blends immaculately which contributes to the overall natural, healthy glow the blushes deliver on. Beautifully pigmented and you get a lot of deposit out of the pan. That being said, unlike some of their blushes this one does not contain the chunky glitter, it is not shimmery by any means but yet gives that glow everyone craves. I never use this word but this blush is simply very pretty.
In fact, it has kind of rekindled my love for Tarte’s blushes again.
This set is currently not available on Sephora anymore nor on their official website, which is too bad because this is actually a really great stocking stuffer. Although, I’d keep it for myself anyway.