A few months ago I won a giveaway hosted by Chaitra from the blog Pink Pot. The prize was a Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush ($26) in the color of my choice. I chose Blissful and the sweet Chaitra sent it to me right away. Go visit her blog, now! This is actually my third Amazonian Clay Blush but also my only one. I sold my first two in a blog sale last year. So, have my feelings about the formula changed?
In a nutshell, I think the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushes are good but there's room for improvement. They are very soft in texture. The texture is very good, it isn't powdery or chalky. The pigmentation is semi-opaque and you can build them up to get a true-to-pan color. I can tell why a lot of fair skinned women love this blush formula. It goes on like a whisper, never too much and it's very hard to overdo. However, anyone with a tan to deep skin tone will have to spend time layering this. Alternatively, you can use a very dense blush to apply this with more concentration.
My biggest issue with this blush formula is that it develops a film on top after several uses. All of my previous Amazonian Clay Blushes had it and this one has it too. The blush becomes difficult to swatch once this film has formed and you need to swirl your brush around a few more times to get product on it. I don't know what causes this, something in the formula I suppose. I keep my brushes very clean so I know that isn't a factor, plus my other blushes don't behave this way. I've seen fellow beauty lovers experience this with the Tarte Blushes as well as Bourjois and Sleek blushes. The common solution is to scrape off the top layer periodically, but this is tedious and wastes product.
I adore the color Blissful and enjoy the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushes but I consider NARS, MAC Mineralize, and Illamasqua blushes to be better.
What has been your experience with the Tarte 12-Hour Amazonian Clay Blushes?
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