Monday, November 14th, 2011

Tarte Exposed Amazonian Clay Blush
Tarte Exposed Amazonian Clay Blush

Tarte Exposed Amazonian Clay Blush ($25.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “nude.” The color is like a neutral plum–it’s soft but definitely plummy with a hint of pink. The overall color is muted, so it should never be too much on the skin. It can be built up to look more like the color in the pan or sheered out for just a hint of color. This is a great color for everyday or to round out a look that you just don’t know what blush to use.

Tarte purports that the Amazonian Clay makes it suitable for all skin types, because it minimizes oil, hydrates skin, improves the skin, and gives the skin an overall smoother and more even appearance. I’m not going to comment on whether it improves the skin in the long-term, because in order to do that, one would need to wear it for six to eight weeks everyday (like skincare). I have normal-to-dry skin, though for the past month and at present, it’s normal with no dryness or dry patches. The weather is crisp and autumnal, no humidity or the like, so I would generally expect long-wearing products to perform to their best, given the conditions.

This blush does not wear 12 hours on me; it wears a good eight hours, but by ten, it has disappeared. I’m fine with my blush wearing for eight to ten hours, but I will note that several blushes last around eight hours or so on me (Burberry, Dior, Guerlain, Illamasqua, NARS, theBalm–just naming some of the ones off the top of my head). The wear is good but falls short of its 12-hour claim. The texture is very, very soft to the point where there is some powderiness if you go heavily, and I find that a blush brush kicks more product loose than you actually need for a single application. You might find that a stippling brush works better, because it will disturb the pressed powder less and waste less product that way.

Thankfully, it’s not powdery when worn, because I was initially fearful that it would be, after seeing how it swatched. It’s very pretty and soft on, and with the nearly matte finish, it looks natural on. The softness of the powder makes for effortless blending. The texture and feel of these reminded me a lot of Burberry’s Light Glow, actually. As far as the color goes, theBalm Cabana Boy is a pinker, shimmery version, while Chanel Rose Temptation is a touch darker. NARS Oasis is similar, too, but it also has shimmer.

The Glossover




It's a good blush, but it just doesn't wear the full 12 hours that Tarte claims, which is really where this product lost the most points from. It wears well (eight to ten hours on me), looks natural when applied, and has good pigmentation.











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Tarte Exposed Amazonian Clay Blush
Tarte Exposed Amazonian Clay Blush

Tarte Exposed Amazonian Clay Blush
Tarte Exposed Amazonian Clay Blush

Tarte Exposed Amazonian Clay Blush
Tarte Exposed Amazonian Clay Blush

Tarte Exposed Amazonian Clay Blush
Tarte Exposed Amazonian Clay Blush

Tarte Exposed Amazonian Clay Blush
Tarte Exposed Amazonian Clay Blush

Tarte Exposed Amazonian Clay Blush
Tarte Exposed Amazonian Clay Blush

Tarte Exposed Amazonian Clay Blush
Tarte Exposed Amazonian Clay Blush

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Any dupes?

As far as the color goes, theBalm Cabana Boy is a pinker, shimmery version, while Chanel Rose Temptation is a touch darker. NARS Oasis is similar, too, but it also has shimmer.

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193 thoughts on “Tarte Exposed Amazonian Clay Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. AnnaMei

    I’ve been wanting this for a while and I think you have just sealed the deal for me Christine! What lip product are you wearing? If I may ask.

  2. This is one of my favorite blushes of ALL TIME. I love the formula and how it blends, as well as the near-matte finish. I have it in Exposed, Dollfaced, and Amused, but Exposed is definitely my favorite.

  3. I’ve heard a lot of people talking positive about this on youtube but somehow I don’t think this product is that special.

    • Have you tried it? What didn’t you like about it?

    • Nancy

      Same here.. I bought exposed, dollface, amused, and tippy afetr hearing so many raving reviews on youtube but I find it doesn’t live up to the hype at all.. I find them quite powdery and hard to blend no matter what brush I use weather it be a MAC 187 or 129 or 168.. I also find exposed muddy when blended out..

  4. Carrie Ann

    I just got this blush during Sephora’s F&F sale and was wondering to myself this morning why you haven’t reviewed these yet. I’ve heard so many good things about them and I think this particular shade is so gorgeous. :)

    • Has yours arrived yet? If so, how are you liking it?

      • Carrie Ann

        Yes. It’s really pigmented. I agree that a stippling brush is probably best. That’s what I was going to try next. I find that it blends very easily and I think this shade is very natural-looking. I’m not sure if it lasts 12 hours on me. So far, I’ve only worn the blush for maybe 6 hrs. and there was no fading.

  5. Sam Schweinsberg

    Ooooh! This is really pretty, Christine :) definitely going on the xmas list…

  6. Ooh this look is VERY pretty! Has the lip product been reviewed already? :)

    I really like this blush. I love this part here:

    “…or to round out a look that you just don’t know what blush to use.”

    because that’s exactly how I would describe this blush. Whenever I can’t figure out how to complete a look, I’ll just reach for Tarte Exposed.

    When it first came out and people were sacrificing limbs for it because of the amazing wear, I was kind of suckered in. But I found the same result–wears less than 12 hours, actually less than 8 hours! But that’s okay…I rarely need blush to last that long these days xP

  7. Ashley Sarah

    I’ve heard such amazing things about these blushes. This particular color looks very nice on you. I hope one day to have one of these blushes; I have been wanting to try it for awhile!

  8. Joyce

    Christine, what r u wearing on ur lips? its pretty

  9. Lucy

    I think this blush looks amazing on you.

  10. Francesca

    Hey Christine! What are you wearing on your lips? I love it!

  11. Amy

    Your lips looks so natural? Are you using anything? πŸ˜€

  12. Cat

    One of my (nearly) matte favorites!

  13. this is my go to HG natural blush. LOVE it!

  14. I can’t wait to buy this! I like Tarte’s Amazonian Clay blushes but none of the colors really look good with my fair skin tone. Plus I’m not a big fan of color, so this shade is perfect for me!

  15. I like that it omits shimmer. Sometimes there are days when I’ve had enough of shimmer!

  16. Megan

    I have several of these blushes, including this one. I wore it today in fact. It wasn’t originally a color I thought I’d love, but honestly it’s really grown on me. I use it all the time. My skin is quite oily but I get great wear out of these blushes and I like that so many of them are matte. I don’t need unneccessary accents to my pores, so these are a staple for me now many days.

  17. Janelle

    My exposed doesn’t look like that at all =/ In some of these photos it looks like Blissful!

  18. Thanks for this review! I’ve been thinking of picking up one of these blushes (even though I was always suspicious of the 12 hour claim). That shade is absolutely lovely on you. The whole look is fresh and pretty.

    • Thanks a lot, Kate! I was, too, and it’s par for the course for me, but maybe those with oilier skin types will see more of a difference in wear (or perhaps not). The consensus is quite positive on these!

  19. Nice color… I’m forever looking for a dupe for MAC’s Superdupernatural Mineralize Blush BTW (poke, poke, poke if you know of any Haha!) I remember swatching these in Sephora awhile back and thinking that the color Tipsy was really pretty… Haven’t picked it up yet though.

  20. leah

    I have Exposed and Blushing Bride. Love them both! I want to buy more colors soon.

  21. Danika

    I love these blushes! Mac blushes just do not last on my skin, so I often use these. Christine, what foundation are you wearing in this photo? I know you mentioned it on different review awhile ago, but I can’t find it. It looks really lovely!

  22. Tiffany

    I LOVE this blush!! I have all of the Tarte blushes except Dollface and I wear Exposed the most. Looks great on darker skin too… I am about an NC45 and it shows up beautifully.

    • Happy to hear it shows up well on NC45! I was a little concerned it might not!

      • Nichole

        Me too! I’m NC45 and own four of Tarte’s blushes. I stayed away from Exposed thinking it wouldn’t show up. Mmmm Sephora’s VIB has been extended until tomorrow. Might pick it up.

  23. Nayeli

    I have this blush but in the shade tipsy, to be honest I was very disappointed with it, because like you said it doesn’t last 12 hours on me, it actually doesn’t last long. I do have oily skin but I use a primer and everything, and this blush is supposed to control oil and it doesn’t do for me, so overall i wouldn’t repurchase it.

  24. Wenz

    OMG LOOOVEE these Tarte Blushes! I got one in a sample set I ordered on QVC & loved it. Then, I sampled this one & bought it in the Sephora F&F sale….. I love that its matte & lasts for my work day. This is my new everyday blush!
    I always wait for your blessing Christine…but couldn’t pass up the sale! SSOOO glad were on the same page :)

  25. Angela

    I agree. This blush definitely does not last 12 hours on me. However, I still love it because it makes my pores appear smaller. I usually put this blush over a cream blush to make it last longer.

  26. Taylor

    GREAT color, looks really beautiful on you, Christine!

  27. Victoria

    I got this for Sephora FF and it has become my 2nd favorite blush after R&R Call me :)

  28. Alexis

    I have owned this blush for a few months now and I love it. I wear it almost on a daily basis. It’s a great everyday blush. I find the color similar to Mac Creamblend blush Brit Whit. The color is prefect for fall and it wears well throughout the day

  29. Pappetee

    Great swatches, Christine! I love the last photo… it looks softly pigmented and very feminine. If I didn’t own Chanel’s Rose Temptation, I would surely be purchasing this blush.

  30. Jill

    Gorgeous!!! I love the whole look you did with this. I’m definitely going to pick this one up.

  31. Brittany

    If I could marry this blush I would, I use it more often than any other in my collection, I have a few of these blushes and they’re all AMAZING! Tipsy is a really great coral too, you have to try that one it would look great on you Christine!

  32. Leah


    What are you wearing on your lips? It’s beautiful.

  33. I bought this during Sephora’s friends and family sale. I was worried that it would be too dark on me since I have such fair skin, but with a light hand it is beautiful!

  34. StellarStace

    what else are you wearing in these photos? you look lovely!

  35. Krystle

    This blush looks very pretty on you Christine! Thanks for the thorough review!

  36. I own all of Tarte blushes and I absolutely love them!!! One of my favourite shades and it looks amazing on your skin tone Christine!

  37. Pamela M

    Ha I’ve been wondering if you were going to review these blushes. I have two of them…I like them but they don’t last 12 hours on me either, I would say they last five to six hours on me but I have oily skin and blot all day. I still love my mac blushes.

  38. Christine

    Christine, you look amazing! What lip product are you wearing?

  39. Christina

    Would you recommend trying this blush for oily skin? If not, which other brands would be more suitable and work the best in your opinion?

  40. Claudia

    That is a really beautiful, natural blush on you! I’ve always been interested in these blushes but have never noticed the’s amazing!

  41. I own two of the Tarte Amazonian clay blushers: exposed and amused.

    I had high hopes for them – but I too found that they were not particularly long-wearing – just as long as most of my other blushes. The main reason I purchased them was because of their 12 hour claim.

    Still – there is something lovely about the 2 colors I own, so I decided to keep them. And some days they are more long-wearing than others – which is very odd because my skincare and make-up remain the same!

    I bought and returned Blissful – it gave me the worst sunburnt look ever LOL!

  42. Morgan

    I’ve tried 4 or so of Tarte’s Amazonian Clay blushes, and this one is by far my favorite for day to day wear. The way people describe “your lips, but better!” lipsticks is how I describe this blush on my cheeks. It’s such a natural glow and I feel like it looks good on every skin tone.

  43. Sandy

    Bought this awhile ago, def a great blush for everyday, totally agree with you on that Christine. I love the whole look you have with this, can you tell me what eyeshadow you’re wearing in the full face photo? Or give a quick breakdown of what you’re wearing in the pic, foundation and eyeshadow wise. Thanks

  44. Catttt.

    how would this compare to nars douceur and mac blushbaby? i’d love to know if its worth getting all three. thanks, christine!

  45. fabiola

    I have a lot of the tarte’s blushes, and this is my everyday blush. I goes with almost every look. I love them all, but I looks even better on your skin than it does in the pan. Once you try it, you won’t stop using it.

  46. Adelita

    Yaayyy… you finally did the review of this blush!
    This is my to go blush (this or NARS Luster).
    I think Exposed kinda reminds me of Benefit Dallas on my cheeks (and a wee bit similar to La Femme Glow-On Rouge Golden Dew Amber), how do you think?

  47. Holman

    It looks so beautiful on you, in fact I love your whole look! What are you wearing on your lips?

  48. Amanda

    Tarte Amazonian Clay blushes are my favorites! MAC and NARS powder blushes only last 2-3 hours on me (tops), and the Tarte ones last about 6-8 hours. I have Tipsy, Dollface, Blissful and Exposed, and I love them equally. I also like how easily they pop out of the case and into a palette (no de-potting required!). Just open the compact, give it a little pat on your hand, and the blush pan comes right out. It’s held in there by a magnet.

  49. Jenny

    I have a couple of these I got with QVC kits, and you are right, they do not last 12 hours. In fact they fade rather quickly on my skin. Possibly because I have oily skin, but that’s still disappointing since that is one of the big selling points. Glad I didn’t purchase them on their own, so I didn’t really pay full price.

  50. Shannon

    I agree 100% w/the person who said they didn’t find these blushes that special. I have “Exposed” & “Tipsy”. I love the colors, but find the texture chalky. Doesn’t matter what kind of brush I use either. My cheeks are dry, so that would be somewhat expected if it didn’t claim to hydrate dry skin, which it doesn’t at all for me. I also found this lasted only a few hours on me (3-4) before completely disappearing, which I don’t usually have at all. Most of my blushes are NARS & they are still vibrant even after I get home from work (& I have a very physical job where it’s super hot & I sweat). I think for the price there’s much better out there. But what doesn’t work for one works for another, which is definitely the case here. I wish I was enthusiastic as everyone else.

  51. sugarbear

    I definitely need this blush in my life! is it available at Ulta? πŸ˜‰

  52. Ginnia

    Pretty pic!

  53. AmyD

    oh my, this is pretty! i love natural makeup, and i’ve been lucky to have good results with all-natural brands of makeup such as aubrey organics and 100% pure. i’ve been hesitant, therefore, to experiment much with “natural” brands that nevertheless add silicones and other synthetic ingredients to their products, such as tarte and korres – that being said, i’ve had good results with the korres b5/rice bran mascara (got it as a gift) as well as several tarte lip glosses and waterproof mascara. this looks verrrry pretty – might have to consider as a xmas gift! :)

  54. Jane

    Never tried Tarte blush before. But seeing your review, I’m sure I’m going to get it soon. So pretty! Looks like it’s going to be a good everyday blush for me.

  55. Ludwig

    Boy am I kicking myself for not getting this during the Sephora VIB sale! It looks gorgeous on you Christine! Btw, what are you wearing on your lips in the photo?

  56. Cedes

    This is my absolute favorite blush at the moment. Exposed looks absolutely gorgeous when applied on my cheeks. I love it so much, I just purchased another shade, Dollface. Plus, 20% off was the best time to get it.

  57. Jasmijn

    Soo pretty! It looks amazing on you
    I would want this one but i live in the netherlands and we don’t have tarte:(

  58. Kristina

    What is on your lips in this picture it’s beautiful

  59. i really need a neutral long lasting blush. How do you think that would wear on nc 47/nars macao skin? I’m wondering if it would show up. Love your reviews!!!!

  60. Nancy

    However it looks really good on you Christine! May I ask what brush you use? and what makeup are you wearing on your eyes and lips? It looks amazing!

  61. Michelle B

    i love the look you’ve put together here! what is your lip colour?! i must know~

  62. love this shade! oh Tarte, please come to Sephora Singapore already!!!

  63. kelly

    Love this! Really wanted to purchase it for a long time. :) love the color on you. What are you wearing on your lips? So gorgeous!

  64. zuhaCheema

    Please review other amazonian clay blushes too.. love this one on you.. what are you wearing on your lips.. looks amazing :)

  65. my

    I have this blush too, it wore well for four to five hours on my combination/oily skin (it wore up to six hours when I used MakeUp Forever’s Mist and Fix)…have to give props to tarte, since I also live in a tropical country. I think it’s overall an above average blush for me. I also love nars blushes in Amour, Deep Throat, Dolce Vita and Orgasm. :)

  66. Ang

    I have several colors of this blush, but Exposed is definitely my favorite! It looks so great on my skin, and a little swipe gives me a nice natural glow, or I can build it up for something more dramatic. Also, it lasts quite awhile without having to touch up! I made it through a whole day’s worth of wedding activities (10am to midnight), and this was still on by the end of the night! Definitely worth the money in my opinion :) Thanks for the review and swatches!

  67. Nina

    im def not a blush girl, but got one of these blushes on a whim and fell in love.

    id say it wears around 10 hours on me, but i think thats because i always layer it over cream blush. i have yet to test how long it will wear w/o the extra layer of cream blush.

    this is one of my faves, along w/ natural beauty and maybe dollface. :-)

  68. I have Blissful and I think it’s a gorgeous color! :) Love the packaging. Sucks that it did not last 12 hrs though..

  69. Karen

    I’ve heard so much good stuff about this blush! And have ordered it through eBay as Singapore doesn’t sell Tarte. Unfortunately my package didn’t arrive after one month plus, it’s probably lost :( if not I would have tried it and is able to give my 2 cents worth about this blush .. Sigh ..

  70. asha

    Ok believe me or not, I was looking for this review on temptalia yesterday morning, couldn’t find it and was thinking of writing to u.. U read my mind gal :)

  71. Wonderful, in my opinion: the best blush ever, i want to get this

  72. Krystal

    i LOVE this blush!!! it wears great and if i’m in a hurry and just don’t want to think about anything i grab this blush every time! It really is my go-to blush! All of there blushes are nice but this color is awesome, everyone should have it. :)

  73. Nia

    Would you recommend this for an NW35?

  74. Katie

    This is my HG blush! I have a few other Amazonian Clay blushes, and while I love all of them the color of this one is just perfect! It’s definitely what I reach for when I’m not sure how to finish a look. It’s funny because I was initially reluctant to buy it. I didn’t think it looked very pretty in the pan compared to some of the other colors offered. But once I put in on, I fell in love. Glad to see so many other people love this magnificent blush as much as I do!

  75. TouchyRogue

    Are you sure the shade on your lips is Dollroom and not Showroom? I cant find Dollroom anywhere but the shade Showroom looks remarkably similar.

  76. Rachel

    Hi Christine! Would you be able to do a review on the Tarte Amazonian Clay blush in the shade “flush”. It looks like a great berry shade but wanted to hear your thoughts on it. Thanks!

  77. lm

    this looks a lot like korres natural and dallas. is it nude enough for contouring or too pink? (vs korres sunglow light bronzer for contouring which may be DC’d)

    • Korres Natural is definitely a LOT browner – I wouldn’t say these are similar; it’s lighter than Dallas on me. I think it’d be too plum to contour with!

  78. Jennifer

    Christine, I am so glad you finally had the opportunity to review an Amazonian Clay blush! These are by far my favorite blushes; I completely stopped using my MAC ones. Moreover they made me discover the Tarte amazonian clay finishing powder (my HG powder–I stay matte all day long). Exposed is my go-to color but I did find the wear time to be around 8 hours as well. That being said, the two others I own (amused and blissful) stick like glue. The strangest of all is that when I wear amused it sticks longer to my bare skin (just washed and moisturized) than it does if wearing any foundation. I hope you have the opportunity to review more shades. I think you’ll find that the wear time for the brighter colors is much longer! :)

  79. Nina

    i have this, and love it…. but it broke during my summer travels… still use it and love it

  80. Annnabrll

    I have this blush but in this blog its not showing true to color but temptalia has a good color desription though

  81. This is one of my favorite blushes, though I never really placed it in the plum family. On me, it is much more nude/brown/pink.

  82. This is my favorite one so far. I wear it every day with a more neutral lip color. Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Blushes are wonderful. The only ones I don’t like are the ones with glitter in it. I’m not a fan of chunky glitter in my blushes.

  83. sarah

    honestly this didn’t catch my eye at all when i saw it but it looks soo soo pretty on you

  84. I really want this and after I saw your post, I was like OMG I need to save up my money an get this! I totally love the way it looks on you! You are so beautiful!

  85. aditi

    I just got this yesterday, and although it is pretty, I thought it had just a tad bit more redness in it than I would have ideally liked. Do you think Douceur or Blushbaby would work better? I have a medium olive skintone.

  86. Katherine

    Ive always been curious about this blush but Im about an NC 42 and I dont know if this will show up on my skin tone….. can anyone help me with this thanks!!!!