The Tarte Naughty Nudes Blushes Are Taking Me Back to the ’90s

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Badly behaved blushes, FTW!


Let’s get into some mischief with the new Fall 2016 Tarte Naughty Nudes blushes, shall we? Because, c’mon, if they’d been named the “Well-Behaved Nudes,” it would have sounded like a snooze-fest. Plus, what’s the point of being nude if you can’t also be naughty, hello?!

I swear on my plaid pleated mini skirt, my favorite flannel, my Timbs *and* my hoop earring with the key dangling from it that these four new fall shades of Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush ($28) are channeling so much ’90s realness!

Throughout much of that decade, I wore matte blushes in similar colors to these subtle shades of peach and pink.

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The $28 Tarte Fall 2016 Naughty Nudes Amazonian Clay Blushes (the four shades on the far left), and a new $28 Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Highlighter (far right)

Nude pink Exposed, golden nude Sensual, rosy nude Seduce and peachy nude Risque remind me of the color of bare lips when they don’t have any product on them…except captured and placed in a pan.

I like wearing them with a sheer tinted moisturizer for a no-makeup makeup look, and my favorite one is Seduce because it matches the color of my bare lips.

For some reason, matching bare lips with a nude blush really seems to work…

Anywho, I like that it’s sheer and takes zero effort to blend. I also like that the Amazonian clay formula hangs in there for about 10 hours on my combo skin.

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Tarte Naughty Nudes from the left in Seduce, Risque, Sensual and Exposed

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Tarte Exposed Highlight

Oh, and because we’re living in a world currently obsessed with highlighting and contouring, there’s also a fall 2016 highlighter up in the mix. Tarte Amazonian Clay Highlighter in Exposed Highlight is a fabulously soft, beautiful beige with a hint of pink.

The finish is a frosty high-shine shimmer…which isn’t very ’90s (unless you’re wearing it on your lips as a lipstick with a dark plum pencil liner, oy!), but it’s lovely. I’ll take it.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Chris25 says:

    Exposed is on my list! I may get it come September when I need a nude blush.
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  2. Rebecc says:

    I also can remember wearing a dark nude blush every day in the late 90’s. It was either no blush at all or only that one, and it was from an order by mail cosmetic company. Anyhow, it went with everything and was matte. To this day I compare all blushes to it. 🙂

    • Karen says:

      LOL, I have memories of ’90s makeup like that. Mine is with MAC’s Paramount lipstick, a dark brown. I wore that practically every day for years!

  3. Joyce says:

    Love all the nude shades, so wearable and definitely will get alot of use out of them! I already have Exposed and may get Sensual next. =)
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  4. CrystalCandy says:

    Ohhh I love the 4 blushes, I can’t choose!!
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  5. Eesha says:

    I also liked Seduce most from your swatches.
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  6. I think all the nude shades look lovely! On your swatches they seem to have more color than in the pan. I thought they would be more muted and similar. I love Sensual the most!

    xx Laura |

  7. Sarah says:

    Sensual lools lovely for pale girls. Great post, thanks for sharing 🙂

  8. Agata says:

    I don’t have a whole lot of nude blushes. I usually like to wear some more color on my cheeks but these shades are extremely pretty, Seduce in particular.
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  9. angie says:

    i have & love Exposed. I think i am gonna grab seduce/risque next

  10. Rachel R. says:

    I own and love Exposed. I’ve worn it most of this month. The new shades all look really nice.

  11. Erin says:

    I’m loving the shades on you! I’d have to swatch to make sure it wasn’t a brown mess!
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  12. I’ve had my eye on Exposed for a while now since I’ve heard such rave reviews about it. Now after seeing the swatches, I want ALL of them! What a great selection of natural colors.
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  13. Bea says:

    It seems Risqué is a must! Haha I need help–been absolutely digging these 90sctrends resurfacing, and always been one for the 90s lip– but can’t find too many…any suggestions Karen or anyone? Much appreciated😉

  14. Chelsea says:

    I own so many blushes and will never use them up! I have a few Tarte ones I really like.

  15. Kim says:

    I love your 90s reminiscings. 🙂 And speaking of highlighting, I’m sure you saw the new leg highlighting kits. I think my head popped, like in Scanners. I know there are people who will love the idea and take the time to do that. Those will be the people with great looking legs. HAHA! I can’t even work up the desire to highlight my face, though.

  16. Jessy says:

    That highlighter looks sooo beautiful!! soo my type 😉 hehe
    The blushes kind of look like bronzers… no? maybe im just going colourblind haha

    Xoxo Jessy

  17. Pamela Haddad says:

    Those are beautiful blush shades!

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