Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blushes | Review & Swatches [Captivating, Exposed, Mirage]

Hey guys! Welcome to the weekend! 🙂 This week has been so rough with working and taking care of a baby, I’m so fortunate to be working from home, but with 30 hours a week, it definitely still gets stressful. That’s why I love to use beauty as an outlet to just release emotion and be able to focus on something I really truly enjoy. Sometimes, even if I’m only leaving the house to run errands, I appreciate the time (when I do have the time!) to sit down and get ready, because getting out of the house or making yourself not look like a zombie is such an accomplishment when you’re a new mom! Who’s with me?

Alrighty, let’s get into the review. I will be reviewing these three blushes today: Captivating, Exposed, and Mirage. Tarte Cosmetics claims their Amazonian Clay 12-hour blushes to be “A long-wearing, supremely soft blush infused with Amazonian clay harvested from the banks of the Amazon River and naturally baked by the sun.

Product Performance: This 12-hour blush universally benefits all skin types for a fade-free, flawless finish in shades ranging from soft to vivid and matte to shimmer to suit a wide variety of skin tones.”

You can purchase a wide range of their Amazonian Clay 12-hour blushes from Tarte’s website, here. They retail for $26 except for Tarte’s holiday set where I purchased the mini limited edition blush Mirage, which was $10.

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I really like Tarte’s blush packaging. The color on the packaging resembles how the color really shows up on the skin, and although it is a simple casing, I feel it is clean and classy. The back of each blush has a little hole where you can insert a pin or needle, and pop out the magnetic pan for quick and easy de-potting uses.

Captivating is a matte warm peach and a permanent shade. It was pigmented and really compliments a medium skin tone. This shade wore for about 9-10 hours before fading.

Exposed is a matte pinky nude and a permanent shade. This shade was also pretty pigmented, and I feel will compliment a variety of skin tones. Exposed can double up as a bronzer or worn right above a contour shade to really amplify the cheekbones. This shade wore for 9 hours before fading.

Mirage is a satin peachy pink and can be found in the limited edition Pigment of Imagination holiday set. Very tiny flecks of shimmer are seen when swatched, but cannot be seen when worn on the cheeks. I felt this shade was more pigmented than both Exposed and Captivating. This shade wore for nearly 10 hours before fading.

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Captivating, Exposed, Mirage (indoor lighting)

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Captivating, Exposed, Mirage (natural lighting)

All in all, the color payoff as well as the wear time for all these shades were very impressive. Although they may not live up to the 12-hour claim, that personally didn’t bother me because I normally only wear makeup for a few hours because I am not going out very often. But 10 hours is impressive and I have not used a blush that has worn for even half as long, so I am not disappointed in the least.

> Beauty tip: If you want to make your blush last even longer, apply a cream blush or cheek stain of a similar shade and set it with a powder blush to ensure longevity.

Have you tried any Tarte blushes? Which ones are your favorites?


3 thoughts on “Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blushes | Review & Swatches [Captivating, Exposed, Mirage]

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