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May 3, 2016

Tarte Tarteist Blush Palette 

As part of their Spring/Summer 2016 collection, Tarte released the Tarteist Blush Palette ($38) – a warm-toned, limited edition blush palette containing 4 shades of their award-winning Amazonian Clay 12-hour blush formula which are pigment packed and last up to 12 hours. Housed in a medium-sized slim, sturdy, not to mention travel-friendly packaging accompanied by a large interior mirror, each pan of blush contains 0.158 oz of product. Which makes the overall palette retailing for $38 a true value deal. I love Tarte products, but it’s been a hot minute since I owned one of their blushes because I decided to venture out and try other brands. Also, I’ve had my eye on their limited edition blush palettes since the holidays and each time I missed out because they sold out so quickly. Needless to say that when I saw this palette back in stock at Ulta I immediately jumped to the opportunity to pick it up. And it has definitely not disappointed so far.

Can we just take a moment and look at the unbelievably gorgeous packaging? Okay, now that that’s out of the way, let’s discuss why this has been one of my go-to blushes since I purchased it.

The overall tone of the each blush shade teeters on the warm, neutral side. The colors when swatched directly onto the arm using a finger are of high impact pigment, but when picked up by a brush they have medium but buildable pigment with a semi-opaque satin finish depending on how much you layer on the product. For me, one liberal swipe will do just fine. Each shade has a smooth and buttery texture that were not powdery whatsoever and blended really well on the skin. Despite being medium coverage in nature, each color definitely did not lack in color payoff and wore for about 9 hours each before I started to see a lag in actual intensity. Albeit, the colors did not wear off all-together.

I do not have a specific favorite color, each is unique in their own way and brings life and color to the complexion hinting towards a subtle sheen that was not overly shimmery or glittery. The latter is something I always seek out from blushes because it makes you look the most natural way possible even while wearing makeup. While the nature of the palette is warm-toned, the 4 shades provided gives the user a good mix of options to play with and can be used on various skin types and tones. The colors layer so nicely and go on so smooth, decoding the effort it takes to apply these blushes to a very easy level. It should also be noted that none of the colors emphasized pores.

In terms of performance, this cheek set works beyond expectations (because sometimes not all Tarte products raise to the claim of being fully packed with long-lasting pigment). The quality is exactly where I hoped it was going to be, ranging in the excellence spectrum. When I first got the palette I was excited but kind of did not know what to expect since these colors are limited edition as well and I had never tried them from the individual compacts. Turns out that this specific product is an absolute winner currently in my collection. If you are looking to try or experiment with the Tarte Amazonian Clay blushes, and there’s quite a selection to choose from, I’d say opt for this palette first instead because it gives you 4 different color options to work with for $38 (that’s an amazing deal, to be honest), and while they are neutral in tone they still are extremely versatile since they range quite well in shade and hue from one another. Plus, they come in one convenient package. You seriously can’t beat it.  Overall, for the Spring and Summer seasons, this palette is an absolute must for me. And while I don’t say this too often about a lot of products, I’m totally obsessed with this palette.

Here are some up-close images of each individual colors, plus swatches, and color descriptions.

Live – a poppy coral
Laugh – a peachy coral
Love – a nude mauve
Dream – a soft fuchsia

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