Review & Swatches: Tarte Airblush Maracuja Blush in “Shimmering Pink”

Tarte Airblush Maracuja Blush in Shimmering Pink

Availability: ULTA, Tarte
Price: $25.00

Company’s Description

A first of its kind! This creamy, long-wearing blush fuses the ease and blendability of a cream blush with the soft-focus and long-wear finish of a blush that has been airbrushed on the skin. The airsprun formula melts into skin, delivering a powerful dose of skinvigorating™ maracuja oil, and then dries down to a feather-light, long-wear flush with a subtle dewy finish. Awaken your complexion with a pop of maracuja-infused color on the cheeks and treat your skin to the repairing and hydrating properties of maracuja for a brighter and smoother complexion.

Tarte’s new line of cream blushes incorporate Maracuja oil as a key ingredient and are said to be long-wearing, light-weight, and hydrating. This blush currently comes in 3 shades. This review is for the shade Shimmering Pink–a bright, bubblegum pink with silver shimmer.

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Packaging: 9.25/10

This blush comes in a round, flat compact with a snap-shut lid that has a full-sized mirror inside.

Quality: 8.75/10

In the pan, Shimmering Pink is a bright, bubbly pink color with tiny silver shimmer particles. The color applies in a translucent manner on the skin, but still has pretty strong color payoff. Even though the pan has shimmer in it, the color doesn’t leave a shimmery finish and you don’t really see any shimmer particles, even up close, unless you really pack on the color. For my personal taste, I found Shimmering Pink to be too true of a bubblegum pink color, making it look fake or doll-like, but this is completely personal preference.

Tarte says this is a cream blush and it has the consistency of a pressed, whipped mousse. The pan in soft and deformable if you put pressure on it (sort of like the Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blushes).

The best part about this blush is the way it looks on the skin. The color sinks into the skin so that it looks seamless, as opposed to sitting on top of the skin the way most powder blushes do. The finish is not shiny, oily, powdery, cakey or dry. The formula isn’t necessarily hydrating, but it certainly isn’t drying. The formula is also very light, so you don’t feel like you’re wearing anything on your cheeks.

Unfortunately, this color does not maintain its vibrancy as well as Shimmering Poppy and Shimmering Peach do. I found this color faded after about 3.5 hours of wear and was not as vibrant at the end of the day.

Ease of Use: 8.75/10

You can leave the color in a very sheer layer on the skin, or apply subsequent layers to build up the color intensity. I usually use a short stippling brush to apply. The color can show patchiness on the first layer because of the cream/mousse formulation, so make sure to dab and blend enough to get a smooth surface of color.

Price: 9/10

For $25.00 you get 0.19 ounces (5.3 grams) of product. When you compare the amount of product and price to equivalent brands, you’ll see that this is a pretty typical amount for the price.

Final Grade

Tarte Airblush Maracuja Blush Box Packaging

Tarte Airblush Maracuja Blush Packaging

Tarte Airblush Maracuja Blush in Shimmering Pink

Tarte Airblush Maracuja Blush in Shimmering Pink

Tarte Airblush Maracuja Blush in Shimmering Pink

Tarte Airblush Maracuja Blush in Shimmering Pink Swatch

Tarte Airblush Maracuja Blush in Shimmering Pink Swatch Blended


Mica, dimethicone, ethylhexyl isononanoate, octyldodecanol, boron nitride, phenyl dimethicone, isopropyl palmitate, ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, isopropyl myristate, poly(C30-45 Olefin), cetyl dimethicone, phenoxyethanol, persea gratissima (avocado) oil, stearalkonium hectorite, tocopheryl acetate, ethylhexylglycerin, glycine soja (soybean) lipids, propylene carbonate, cera alba/beeswax/cire d’abeille, passiflora edulis seed oil, red 7 lake (CI 15850), titanium dioxide (CI 77891), red 30 lake (CI 73360), iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), carmine (CI 75470)

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