Tarte Three Carats: Easy Blush, Light Flush

Published in: Makeup, Product Reviews


Today I came *this close* to chomping down on the cheek stains in Tarte’s Three Carats Set ($25) because they reminded me of Push-Ups pops. Nom, nom, nom! 🙂



One of three new limited-edition makeup gift sets from Tarte, Three Carats comes with three mini-gel blushes decorated in festive silver and rhinestones.

Don’t be fooled by how dark they look in their blingy outfits; they apply super-sheer and natural, despite appearances.

  • Cushion: A sheer and shimmery bronze
  • Brilliant: A sheer and creamy apricot
  • Princess: A sheer and shimmery pink

Like other Tarte cheek stains I’ve tried in the past, these are really easy to use — a lazy girl’s BFF, fo’ reals. I dab them directly onto my cheeks, blending with my fingers.

Ready to rumble in less than a minute flat!

In terms of color, I think there’s room for a little more. All Three Carats deliver a simply subtle shimmer — pretty, but more like highlighters than a blush.

Pale beauties better look out because these light, natural colors should sing sonnets on light skin. 🙂


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From left to right: Brilliant, Cushion, Princess without flash

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From left to right: Brilliant, Cushion, Princess with flash

If you like easy blush with a natural flush, these should get a big Santa stamp of approval. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B+

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Kate & Zena says:

    I really like Princess but the other two scare me a bit too much to plunk down $25 for the whole set. Apricot and brozey colors tend to look very, very bad on my ultra cool-toned fair skin.

    The packaging is super cute though!

  2. keerthamina says:

    I think the packaging on those is seriously cute… and you’re right, they’re totally like Push-Ups!
    .-= keerthamina’s last blog post… notd: zoya nova =-.

  3. Catherine says:

    These are sooo cute! They really do look like push up pops!
    .-= Catherine’s last blog post… NOTW – L.A. Girl Dark Purple =-.

  4. amy says:

    I am thinking about getting these babies because they are so cute with their bling bling. These might be a bit light for my skin tone, I am a NC 35. I wouldn’t mind carrying this around in my bag for touch ups or just to whip it out randomly to show it off. Those POP UPs are a classic! Do they still make them?
    .-= amy’s last blog post… FOTD Purples,Grays and Black: Dior Night Butterfly 173 Palette with Medusa’s Makeup Lipgloss in Gossip =-.

  5. Ashley says:

    They look more like highlighters than blush. I’m trying to stay away from anything with shimmer besides eyeshadow right now. My BB cream is loaded with shimmer so if I added this, I would be a human disco ball. I can’t quit using this BB cream either because I’d be guilty I put it to waste 🙁 Cute packaging though!
    .-= Ashley’s last blog post… A November To Remember =-.

  6. L says:

    Oh man, now I want a Push Up Pop! Also, Amy — pay attention in your check out aisle next time you’re at the grocery store, because they are still around! I bought one a few months ago for the hell of it 😀

  7. Sheila says:

    Hm… these are too light =( They looked like real blushers in the tube but I can’t believe they come out to be like highlighters. That is a huge disappointment.. *sigh*
    .-= Sheila’s last blog post… I love face masks! =-.

  8. Marce says:

    I reckon they look great, but the packaging is a bit too much for me. Though that’s not what counts, obviously! Cushion is my fave, it’s sooo pretty!
    .-= Marce’s last blog post… Tagged! Part Neuf – Mini Haul – Contest – Randomness =-.

  9. gio says:

    Th packaging is so cute! And I like the colors, I think they would look nice on my pale skin.
    .-= gio’s last blog post… 4 Weird Skincare Ingredients =-.

  10. lAUREN says:

    those packages look like tiny aliens!
    .-= lAUREN’s last blog post… Paddling the weirdo pool: Nivea For Men =-.

  11. i would buy this just for the packaging. it’s too pretty
    .-= Blovet Beauty’s last blog post… REVLON’S FANTASY LENGTHS REVIEW =-.

  12. Rae says:

    Pretty! I really wish the cheek stains had a little more stain to them though, y’know? But they’re so cute I almost can’t hold them at fault for anything 😛
    .-= Rae’s last blog post… Violet FOTD: still waiting to see the sun =-.

  13. maryinwonder says:

    Oh the packaging is beautiful! ANd the colors too…on your skin. I’m waaay paler, so these would look like clown cheeks on me. maybe.
    .-= maryinwonder’s last blog post… Winner of another giveaway! =-.

  14. I LOVE the packaging! Shiny and sleek…..oohhh so beautiful!
    .-= Kajal Couture’s last blog post… Gold and Glamorous – Stila Shadow Trio Gold Glow Review =-.

  15. Christy says:

    Cute, almost got these, but I opted for the NARS Multiple set instead.
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  16. Janet says:

    You are so cute! I love your commentary on the push up pops. That actually made me laugh out loud. Love your reviews, and your sense of humor. =)

  17. Packaging is really pretty.

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  18. Samantha says:

    I have these. I got them about a month ago when I went on an I-want-to-try-cheek-stains kick. I like them all well enough, but Brilliant is definitely my favorite. It wears really well on my fair skin. They smell nice, too.

  19. DonnaN says:

    Packaging – Awesomely CUTE.

    Beware though, as I got mine during Sephora’s F&F, and they are dry and scratchy….I’m returning my set this weekend and hoping to find the Nars set instead…..

    • Karen says:

      Hi DonnaN,

      Bummer about yours being dry and scratchy! Mine were super moist… maybe you got a junk set, hmm.

      Are you planning on getting some NARS multiples?

  20. DonnaN says:

    Hey Karen,

    I don’t know what happened….very dissappointing, that’s for sure. I have NOT had luck with cream blush. Maybe powder’s just my thing……

    I am gonna try to get the Nars trio as an exchange, if they have them in the store…..otherwise, I will have to include them in my December online order. Any suggestions on any other brands I should look at?

  21. Jess says:

    Thanks for swatching these! I saw them on sephora, but wasn’t sure I’d like them.
    .-= Jess’s last blog post… dirrtyxx: @GooberSnattch those cats are so ugly! =-.

  22. Marisol says:

    The packaging is so pretty. But I would want more color payoff.
    .-= Marisol’s last blog post… Wish they could all be 4 day work weeks =-.

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