Review & Swatches: Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Shimmering Blushes

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Shimmering Blushes

Availability: Tarte, Sephora, ULTA
Price: $25.00 each

Company’s Description

As a follow up to tarte’s best-selling Amazonian clay 12-hour blushes, tarte introduces the same award-winning formula in four, brand-new shimmering shades. Spiked with tiny, finely-milled specks of gold and silver, one swipe will add the perfect amount of sheen to your cheeks.

Tarte has added 4 shimmering shades to its already-existing line of 8 Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush shades. All 4 of the shimmering shades are reviewed, below.

You can also check out the video overview for the shimmering shades here, and the video for the original 8 shades here.

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Packaging: 9.25/10

Each blush comes in a snap-shut compact in the color that matches the actual product. There is a magnet under the pan to keep it in place, but the pan does spin around in the well when you slide your brush over it. Each compact has a mirror and the pans have a pressed river/ferns design.

Quality: 8.5/10

Buff is a medium tan with silver shimmers. Adored is a bright, cool-toned pink with silver shimmers. Frisky is a bright coral with gold shimmers. Glisten is a peachy pink with a golden sheen and doesn’t have the distinct shimmers the other colors do. Glisten does remind me of NARS Orgasm, but has a stronger gold sheen.

This formula is more dusty than the original formula, most likely due to the inclusion of shimmers in the powder. The shimmers also fly into the air very easily and then stick to the packaging, your fingers, etc.

These colors have good pigmentation, but the formula forces more layering to get the same color payoff as the original colors.

Again, due to the formula, these blushes don’t last as long and don’t stain the skin the way the non-shimmery blushes do. Some of the shimmer also initially falls off the skin.

There’s nothing terrible about these blushes. But they just don’t have the refinement of the original versions.

Ease of Use: 8.25/10

These take more layering to get the same color payoff as the original Amazonian Clay Blushes. The formula is also much more dusty, so you will end up with shimmer everywhere.

Price: 8.5/10

You pay $25.00 for 5.6 g of product. For comparison, MAC powder blushes cost $19.50 each and contain 6 g of product.

Final Grade

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Shimmering Blushes

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Shimmering Blush Swatches: Buff, Adored, Frisky, Glisten

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Shimmering Blush in Buff

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Shimmering Blush in Buff

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Shimmering Blush in Buff

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Shimmering Blush in Buff Swatch

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Shimmering Blush in Buff Swatch

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Shimmering Blush in Adored

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Shimmering Blush in Adored

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Shimmering Blush in Adored

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Shimmering Blush in Adored Swatch

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Shimmering Blush in Adored Swatch

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Shimmering Blush in Frisky

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Shimmering Blush in Frisky

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Shimmering Blush in Frisky

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Shimmering Blush in Frisky Swatch

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Shimmering Blush in Frisky Swatch

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Shimmering Blush in Glisten

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Shimmering Blush in Glisten

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Shimmering Blush in Glisten

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Shimmering Blush in Glisten Swatch

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Shimmering Blush in Glisten Swatch

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2 Responses to Review & Swatches: Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Shimmering Blushes

  1. sthobbie says:

    I prefer sheen blushes not glitter in them, I think it looks nicer to add a highlight to the blush than glitters in a blush….

  2. Lisa B. says:

    Wow…I’m sorry, but that’s incredibly frustrating, that they’d add more — worse-quality — colors, to an excellent line. Though I suppose lighter pigmentation makes it a bit harder too over do, and some people do like shimmer in their blushes…Glisten does look pretty similar to Orgasm.

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