Review & Swatches: Tarte Maracuja Blush & Glow Brightening Luminizer and Cheek Tint in “Candlelight”

Tarte Maracuja Blush & Glow Brightening Luminizer and Cheek Tint in Candlelight

Availability: Sephora & Tarte Online
Price: $32.00

Company’s Description

Transform into a glowing goddess with our new blush & glow maracuja infused luminizer and cheek tint. This innovative all-in-one is sure to get your complexion more glow per mile with its innovative 2-in-1 delivery system.

Tarte recently released 3 shades of its new Maracuja Blush & Glow Brightening Luminizer and Cheek Tint. This is a 2-in-1 product that includes a cheek tint and a luminizer. The shade Candlelight is reviewed below. Candlelight contains a champagne-colored luminizer and a slightly copper-toned champagne cheek tint.


Packaging: 8.5/10

This product has 2 main components: the plastic squeeze tube and the rounded cap. The squeeze tube contains the luminizer and the cap that attaches to the tube holds the cheek tint.

I find this packaging less than ideal. You have to remove the cap that contains the blush on it to access the luminizer and then put the blush-cap back on to use the blush.

Quality: 8.5/10

Like with Sunlight and Moonlight, this luminizer gives the skin a subtle sheen. The shimmers are tiny, so you don’t get a disco-ball effect. The luminizing effect will be too subtle for most people looking for a night-time highlighter, but it is very refined and appropriate for a conservative day-time look. Candlelight’s luminizer color is very similar to Sunlight’s, but has less of a peach tone. When blended out over the skin, though, it’s difficult to tell the difference between the colors.

The formula is very thin and blends out effortlessly. The product is versatile and works on the cheeks, under the brow bone, down the nose, and on the cupid’s bow. As Tarte suggests, you can also mix this with your foundation to give a very under-stated glow to the skin. Because of the thin and watery consistency, it should mix well with most liquid foundations.

The cheek tint is a more copper version of the luminizer. The color payoff once it’s applied to the cheeks is soft, so you won’t get as strong of a color on the face as you see in the swatch. Though the effect will be a bit stronger than the weak color payoff you get with Sunlight’s cheek tint. I found that the color was too subtle for my taste (and I’m pretty subtle when it comes to my everyday face makeup), so I applied a light layer of powder blush over the cheek tint.

Ease of Use: 8.5/10

The luminizer is extremely easy to use. The simplest way is to blend it over the skin with your fingers. It blends out smoothly and doesn’t leave any harsh lines.

The cheek tint form-factor makes application a bit awkward. You drag the rounded end over the cheeks and then blend out with your fingers. You get some patchiness that will need to be blended out and layered over.

Price: 8.5/10

For $32.00 you get about 1 ounce of product. There isn’t anything I know of like this product in other brands’ lines, but Anastasia also sells a highlighting and cream blush duo for $26.00; that product contains 1.07 ounces of product.

Final Grade

Tarte Maracuja Blush & Glow Brightening Luminizer and Cheek Tint Box Packaging

Tarte Maracuja Blush & Glow Brightening Luminizer and Cheek Tint in Candlelight

Tarte Maracuja Blush & Glow Brightening Luminizer and Cheek Tint in Candlelight

Tarte Maracuja Blush & Glow Brightening Luminizer and Cheek Tint in Candlelight

Tarte Maracuja Blush & Glow Brightening Luminizer and Cheek Tint in Candlelight

Tarte Maracuja Blush & Glow Brightening Luminizer and Cheek Tint in Candlelight:
Luminizer Swatch

Tarte Maracuja Blush & Glow Brightening Luminizer and Cheek Tint in Candlelight:
Cheek Tint Swatch


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