Color Me Glad About Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush

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Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Tipsy on cheeks

Breathtaking is all I can say about Tarte’s new Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blushes ($25 each). I could tell right away that these powder blushes were something special. I mean, just look at them — the embossed leaf on the pan, how the compacts are color coordinated to match the blush inside? Beautiful.


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Clockwise from the lower left: Tipsy, Natural Beauty and Blushing Bride

The colors are based on existing shades from Tarte’s Cheek Stain and Lip Stain line, and Tarte says their not-so-secret ingredient, Amazonian clay, behaves differently depending on the wearer’s skin, by hydrating dry spots and/or absorbing oil in greasy areas at the same time.

That’s cool and all, but Tarte had me at hello with these. πŸ™‚ The colors are just so intense that I can hardly look away…but eventually I have to, because on top of everything else, they last throughout the day!

Yesterday I spent some quality me time with three of the eight blushes in the line — Tipsy (a matte coral), Blushing Bride (a shimmery rosy plum with golden glitter) and Natural Beauty (a matte red).

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tarte amazonian clay blush packaging

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Natural Beauty

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Blushing Bride

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Swatches from the left with the flash: Tipsy, Blushing Bride and Natural Beauty

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Swatches without the flash

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Natural Beauty

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Blushing Bride

Straight up, aren’t these blushes gorgeous? I think there’s a subtle but discernible divide between products that are good and products that are great, and I’d say these are absolutely the later. I’m hopelessly hooked. I think I need to pounce on Amused (a bright pink) and Blissful (a warm peach) next.


Speaking of pouncing, Tabs wanted me to add that they’re also cruelty free. WOOT!

PRICE: $25 each
AVAILABILITY: Available exclusively at Sephora stores and online

You might like the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushes ifÒ€¦

  • You’re looking for a blush that packs a lot of pigment
  • You prefer products that are cruelty-free
  • You want your blush to last all day long
  • You like to couple your skin care and beauty products in one

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Solangel says:

    So so pretty <3 Just wish they were a tad cheaper…maybe 20$ instead of 25$. But still, all three look so gorgeous! Hell even the compacts have me lusting, haha.

  2. gorgeous! natural beauty looks stunning on you, it’s my fave out of the 3. can’t wait to see amused & blissful next :).

    oh, & LOVE the packaging!
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  3. Amy M. says:

    Need these blushes… PS you look gorgeous!

  4. erica says:

    These look gorgeous on you Karen! I’ve been on the verge of trying these for a while and I think this review just sealed the deal. Thank you as always for the info! You amaze me with how dedicated you are to your blog-you never slack off!!

  5. Heidi says:

    Can’t wait to try these. Tipsy looks perfect for me!

    • Karen says:

      Yay! I hope you love Tipsy, Heidi!

      • Heidi says:

        I’m trying to be very careful with my spending these days, but I do have a birthday coming up in a month, and I can usually count on a friend or two to give me a gift certificate to Sephora, so I’ll look forward to getting some spring makeup!

  6. Chibu74 says:

    wow, love the packaging….natural beauty looks great on you. I’m your skin tone so I see myself buying it πŸ™‚

  7. wow, natural beauty gives you such a gorgeous, flushed look! Tipsy is my favorite out of the three based on that swatch πŸ™‚ Blissful sounds like it could be very pretty as well. I love the embossing on these too!
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  8. Amanda says:

    i have amused, and i love it! I feel for these hard at first site. i actually bought amused online before they arrived in stores, i was so excited about them i couldn’t wait! luckily i had a birthday gift card. πŸ™‚ i love natural beauty! i may have to check that one out soon. I love tipsy too, but i don’t think i need another coral blush.

  9. Suji says:

    You look beautiful! I love your eye makeup here. I think I may swatch these blushes next time I see thrum at Sephora…

  10. Janice says:

    I try not to check out your blog for fear of creating more lemmings but the Tarte Natural Beauty blush looks so awesome on you that I’ll have to try it out! I have a lot of their cheek stains including the one in Natural Beauty – would you happen to know how these two compare? Thanks for the great pictures!!
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    • Karen says:

      Hi Janice,

      I’ve tried the Cheekstains before and the big difference is pigmentation and wear time. The powders are richer in color and last longer. Plus, the finish is less dewy.

      Let me know if you have any other questions!

  11. Bitsey says:

    I think I need Tipsy now! The color is so pretty, and I love the name too. I wish I lived closer to a Sephora so I could try them all…

  12. Katrina says:

    Oooooh…..these are beautiful!

  13. Liz! says:

    Those look amazing!

  14. Rae says:

    These look SO cute, Karen! I totally don’t need anymore blushers, but I certainly want Natural Beauty πŸ˜›
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  15. Marian says:

    These look fantastic!

  16. Blovetbeauty says:

    That’s gorgeous blush

  17. Amber says:

    Super pretty!

    Karen, did you celebrate World Nutella Day?
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  18. gio says:

    The shades are beautiful and I love the natural flush they give your skin. The packaging is very pretty too.
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  19. Advah says:

    Karen, the whole thing (makeup and blush and hair and cute top/necklace) is SUCH a beautiful look!

    I might have to check out those blushes. I only ever wear Orgasm and am clueless as to what colour I should pick (I have pink cheeks all the time so go for the same colour), but I really, really like the look of these.

    • Karen says:

      Thanks, Advah! I was in the mood to try something different.

      I think if you like Orgasm Tipsy might be a good place to start. It’s got a similar sort of peachy/coral vibe, but with less gold.

  20. Chelsie says:

    As ever, I’m totally jealous of your skin tone. These blushes are gorgeous, but like other readers, I wish they were a little cheaper. I also wonder about their wearing time on really, really oily skin.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Chelsie,

      I’ve been having a decent run with my skin lately… thank goodness for benzoyl peroxide!

      My cheeks tend to be dry so if anybody else with oily skin has tried this I’d love to hear the wear time.

      • melanie says:

        These lasted until I took them off which was about 14 hours! I have super oily skin and even after blotting the blush stayed on! I got flush and it is such a beautiful color! Deep pink and you must use a light hand because it is very pigmented! But hands down my new fave blush!

  21. Lauren says:

    this product sounds amazing and the packaging is gorgeous. i’ll have to try these out and see how my oily cheeks like them

  22. Angel says:

    Tipsy looks great on you! I really like how the packaging matches the product, no going through your blush collection hunting for the color you want! Thanks for the review and hope you’re doing well.

  23. kalcedon says:

    I’m drooling. Period. I have to get one of these πŸ˜€ (I’m contemplating getting Blushing Bride, that color is just amazing).

  24. Jen W says:

    Loving ‘Natural Beauty’ the most, but they all look great!
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  25. Tiffany says:

    yay – these are awesome! I have tipsy, and natural beauty was the next one on my list, so I’m glad you have that one to show us! I love it and want it even more now.

    also, your skin looks freaking amazing. like, perfect. I may have to revisit your skincare/face makeup post and just buy everything listed on there πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      I had to go run errands right after I wrote this post so I used my regular, everyday combo — MAC Strobe Cream, Chanel Mat Lumiere and MAC Blot. I was kinda surprised it photographed so well… anywho, you gotta try it!

  26. stacie says:

    I love the packaging being the same colour as the product I imagine it would make it much easier to find what you want. well slightly depends on how much stuff you have to look through xoxox
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  27. Deb says:

    I am super excited about Tipsy! I don’t buy much blush, but I may have to try these at the store.
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  28. Lala says:

    The packaging is really cute and I also like the embossing on these. So pretty! I think that Tipsy will come with me next time I visit Sephora.

  29. Chris25 says:

    These shades look like they could work for a lot of people. I can’t wait to check them out!
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  30. Alka says:

    Oh I wish I wasn’t so picky when it comes to blush! These sound so cool and look so awesome on you that it almost makes me want to go for it. I don’t know what my hang-up is…I am working on breaking out of my blush rut.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Alka,

      I hear you. I went through a phase when all I wanted to wear was MAC Dollymix. What color(s) are you wearing right now?

      • Alka says:

        Unfortunately my phase started in 1998!

        Mac Prism is my go to everyday blush because I can’t mess it up. I sometimes add a little Orgasm on top to just the apples of my cheeks for a peachy glow (my attempt at breaking out of my rut).

  31. Tracy says:

    I knew these would be great! I can hardly wait ti get my hands on one!
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  32. Nina says:

    those are so pretty πŸ™‚

  33. Gigi says:

    OMG! Karen, you look so beautiful!

    These blushes look amazing, will have to pick up Tipsy for myself.

    Thank you for the swatches and wearing them on your lovely face for us to see.

  34. elwoods17 says:

    Love Natural Beauty! It reminds me of Tarte Powder Blush in Hottie (the old ones that were discontinued). I am so happy because I have scavenged for all the Hotties left out there in ebay and when I run out now I will get Natural Beauty! Interesting concept with the clay. I have oily skin and always have to reappy blush like 4 to 5 x a day. Btw, Karen, you look gorgeous in the Natural Beauty pics! Your skin! Amazing! Your eye-makeup! Ahh me want!

  35. Oh, so pretty packaging! Tipsy is my favorite<3
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  36. Meghan says:

    I absolutely postively LOVE “Natural Beauty”
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  37. eileen says:

    thanks for the review and swatches! i’ve been totally eyeing tipsy since i found out about it πŸ˜€

  38. Emma says:

    They sound lovely. I’m thinking about dollface and exposed as I have a natural ‘English Rose’ complexion and I don’t need much colour in blush (it’s already there!).

    • Karen says:

      Lucky you!

      I haven’t seen Dollface or Exposed in person yet but I’m betting they’ll be just as pigmented as these, so you might want to use a fan brush to apply them.

  39. Lucie says:

    Nice! I have always loved the colors of tarte cheekstains, but find the gel-ish formula and bulky packaging so bothersome I hardly ever wear mine. :/ A powder alternative sounds just up my alley!

  40. Ariel says:

    So natural and pretty!

  41. Instant Karma (formerly L) says:

    Oh my God, these look amazing! I really want to buy Tipsy. I originally phrased that as “I really want to get Tipsy,” but then I re-read what I wrote and realized it might come off wrong, lol.

    Also, this is unrelated, but your necklace is gorgeous!

  42. Trude says:

    These look gorgeous! Love Tarte, may have to try one of these instead of refilling my Nars Orgasm blush. πŸ™‚
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  43. Stephanie says:

    Tipsy looks good..
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  44. poinky says:

    thanks for the swatches Karen. I keep adding things into my beauty wish list because of your blog. I’m placing my order for natural beauty right now!
    Hope you’ll do swatches of the other blushes soon πŸ™‚

  45. monique says:

    OMG I am in love with these blushes, I got the one in flushed i think it’s called, and I love it! i have very oily skin and this styas in place all day, they are pigmented and I love to have them all now! πŸ™‚

  46. Nina #2 says:

    I am loving Tarte lately. Thanks for doing this post. I have Tipsy and will probably get Blissful, Flush, and Natural Beauty, and another one that’s coming out in a Sephora kit…Adored or Amused, or something pinky like that. LOL. Karen, what is your eye makeup in this look? Just a highlight shade?—I love it!

    PS I also ordered the Achiote set from qvc—-CAN’T WAIT.

  47. Hey Karen! Could you possibly post a tutorial on how to do your adorable hairstyle?! I love it!!!
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  48. Jada Lombard says:

    Hi ladies,

    As beautiful as these blushes are, I just wanted to point out that many of these blushes contain Carmine, which is derived from boiling Cochineal beetles while alive and then crushing their little bodies into a powder….thus creating Carmine. Carmine is a beautiful colour, used to colour many things from lipstick, blush, eyeshadow, yogurt, fruit juice, and many other products. For Vegan alternatives to this blush check out my website at


  49. Melanie says:

    I have heard amazing things about these blushes. The result looks amazing on you!!! You have inspired me to hit up Sephora and check these out. What color would you recommend for fair skin that gives a beautiful glow?

  50. natt says:

    dear karen
    they are really gorgeous color….where can i get in malaysia??

  51. cat says:

    Personally, I like the natural beauty best on you!
    Where did you buy this necklace??
    Would love to have this kind of necklace in silver or bronze πŸ˜€

  52. Lans says:

    hi karen. may i ask what shade would you recommend to an nc 30-35? thanks πŸ™‚

  53. Cheryl says:

    Hi Karen! I’m trying to decided between Tarte Tipsy and Nars Gilda. (I have similar colouring as you.) What would you recommend? Be blessed. <3

  54. blaise says:

    hi! between tarte and nars blushes which will you make a go to blush for someone who just want a little hint of color on the face..

  55. Yelena says:

    karen i love that u tell which ones are matte. do u know any other tarte blushes that are matte?

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