Thursday, January 16, 2014

A Rosier Cousin to Exposed: Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Dazzled

I like to think I have a generous spirit and give products second (and third... and fourth) chances; you know, that, or I just can't stop acquiring things. Anyway, the blush lemming struck again around the Sephora VIB sale season, and I caved in and gave the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blushes ($26 for 0.2 oz) another chance; my first shade purchase, Dollface (reviewed here) turned out to be extremely similar to another shade I owned and so went back. This time, I opted for a natural rosey brown hue: Dazzled.
I don't think I need to introduce the product to you or comment on the packaging too much, as I'm pretty sure all of you own at least one of these Amazonian Clay blushes. Well, this post would be completely superfluous if not for the following points: 1) Dazzled seems like a less popular shade, and I wanted to give it a proper shout out, 2) I just can't stop rambling about my new blushy friends. Thank you, I now feel justified.

Oh-oh, gold sparkle alert... (but it looks purdy in the photo!) Worry not, the gold shimmer running through the blush mostly disappears when blended onto the cheeks; I would say the overall finish of Dazzled is satin.
L-R: Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Dazzled, Inglot Face Blush no.72, NARS Douceur, NARS Sin, Stila CC in Lillium
Compared to other neutral/ rosey brown blush options in my collection, Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush is the most similar to Stila's Convertible Color in Lillium - Dazzled is maybe a touch cooler, and obviously there's a difference in finish. NARS Sin is deeper, plummier and more shimmery, NARS Douceur is lighter, more brown and flat. Inglot Face Blush no. 72 (dupe of Tarte Dollface) is lighter, cooler, a lot more pink.
Can you spot the Driveller Kate inspired eyeshadow tweak? (Stila In The Moment eyeshadow palette in action here, lips are Revlon Lip Butter in Peach Parfait) I'm so proud of myself, you guyz.
Here it is on my face: the sheen you can see on my cheekbone mostly comes from Hourglass Ambient Powder in Luminous Light (sorry if that's misleading!). I feel that Dazzled is a very user-friedly shade that would be universally flattering on many different skintones - it seems to pull the whole make-up look together, be it cool or warm-toned, or schizophrenically mixed. You don't absolutely have to run out and buy it, but if you're looking for a pretty rose blush, Dazzled is your man.

Have you tried Tarte's Dazzled? What are your favorite Amazonian Clay Blush shades?

22 comments:

  1. This blush looks beautiful on you! I love these reddish/natural shades of blush. I think they look just amazing on everyone.

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    1. Thank you Natalie! Yes, these shades are so universal - everyone should have at least one!

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  2. PRETTY! Blush is always worth gushing over. You look wonderful!

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  3. I love buying so many blushes! Its like we need every color!

    I love Tarte Blissful and Exposed, and runner up would have to be Blushing Bride

    Des Simple Charm Beauty

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    1. I've been looking at those three too, such pretty shades! Des, you might be a fellow blush fiend :)

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  4. O HAI inner socket accent :DDDDDDD
    I lovelovelove these soft rosy and peachy tones on you! And lady, I don't know what happened on your trip but is it possible your photos are EVEN more exquisite than they were last year?

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    1. <3 I think peach is having its moment for me; I'm sure I'll be completely over it once the warmer season gets here, how very typical of me. Thank you for noticing the photos, Kate! Well, some of them are a mix of pre-trip shoots but these I took this week, I had very good natural light for once.

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  5. Love it on you! Great review too. How do you like those Stila CCs? Been wanting to try one for ages now.

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  6. Not sure if my comment posted - apologies if this is second one! But love this blush on you. Great review too, very thorough. How do you like the Stila CCs? Been wanting to try one for ages now

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    1. No problem dear - it seems like people have trouble posting comments here sometimes, although on my end everything goes through just fine. I only have this one Stila CC and it's alright; it blends well and has a pretty, dewy finish on the cheeks, although it doesn't set completely and so I found it to transfer sometimes (maybe I just prefer cream to powder/ gel formulas more). I also don't use on the lips because I find it too drying there. Hope that helps! Also, I've heard amazing things about Face Stockholm cream blushes, that's next on my list of things to try.

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  7. Interesting ... I didn't think Lillium swatched like that! It does look quite similar to this Tarte one. I do like Exposed but I also have Dollface and I'm really not as enthused with that one, primarily for the same reasons as you - too many similar colours (which I'm in turn not thrilled with either). Dazzled looks super pretty on you though!

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    1. It might be my lighting and skintone doing its work here - I guess on warmer skintones Lillium probably looks more pink. I actually really enjoy colors like Dollface, but I didn't feel that Tarte's formula was any better than Inglot's. Thank you, darling!

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  8. Oh my this is pretty and gorgeous on you! For some reason I always pass on Tarte but I know the reputation of their blushes is worth a stop! Enabler!!! :)

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  9. Oh if only Tarte was so readily available here in Australia!

    I've always wanted to try their blushes because I've heard so many raves about them but alas... Australia fails me on the beauty purchasing front!

    Thanks for the review though and you look beautiful with it on :)

    x
    Phoebe
    www.eatliveloverepeat.com

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  10. i haven't tried dazzled but i agree that its just a rosier shimmery version of exposed which i have. i LOVE your eyeshadow combo here!!! i really need to do soemthing similar and it works so well with the peach lipstick!

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    1. Thank you, Jenn! I was playing around with this palette and thought it'd be a nice change to try peach and lilac together :)

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  11. Hello! Do you know any Inglot blush dupe for Tarte Exposed? Thank you for your time.

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    1. Hi dear, I don't really know, especially that I don't own Exposed; but Jessica at Getting Cheeky did a post a while ago comparing Exposed to a NYX Blush in Raisin for a less expensive option. Hope that helps!

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  12. I think I'm the only person in the world who doesn't own one of these blushes––I guess I've just not found one in a color I can't live without. (That, and all my extra money goes towards lipsticks, ha!) I really like this shade, but I must say, your comparison swatches have made me NEED NARS SIN AAAAAH. So, um, thanks? And also your look is really pretty-–I love the eyes!!

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