Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Tarte Glisten Amazonian 12-Hour Clay Blush
Tarte Glisten Amazonian 12-Hour Clay Blush

Tarte Glisten Amazonian 12-Hour Clay Blush ($25.00) is a pop of medium pink with a hint of warm coral and a golden shimmer-sheen. Tom Ford Lovelust is more orange. Tarina Tarantino Parasol is pinker, less golden. NARS Orgasm is very similar. Guerlain Blush G is also similar. Rock & Republic Call Me is more coral. theBalm Frat Boy is similar in the base color but lacks the golden shimmer and sheen.

It’s lovely and all things pretty, but at the end of the day, it’s one of those shades that every brand seems to have some iteration of. Some are pinker, some are more coral, and others are more orange. They’re often more universally flattering, and coral blushes are always sought after. I like having options, and there is always room for another coral blush in my heart, I can tell you that! Tarte’s variation is gorgeous on the skin, though it wears seven to eight hours on me, which is about average for blushes (definitely not the 12 hours the brand claims).  The texture is fairly soft, though not quite as soft as their non-shimmery shades.  It has nice blendability, and the way it lies on the skin looks natural.

P.S. — The blush arrived the way it was photographed–since I really just needed the color, it still served its purpose!

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Glisten

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It's lovely and all things pretty, but at the end of the day, it's one of those shades that every brand seems to have some iteration of. Some are pinker, some are more coral, and others are more orange. They're often more universally flattering, and coral blushes are always sought after.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tarte Glisten Amazonian 12-Hour Clay Blush
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Tarte Glisten Amazonian 12-Hour Clay Blush
Tarte Glisten Amazonian 12-Hour Clay Blush

Tarte Glisten Amazonian 12-Hour Clay Blush
Tarte Glisten Amazonian 12-Hour Clay Blush

Tarte Glisten Amazonian 12-Hour Clay Blush
Tarte Glisten Amazonian 12-Hour Clay Blush (Diffused/Bounced Flash)

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Sephora, $25.

Is it limited edition?

No.

Any dupes?

Tom Ford Lovelust is more orange. Tarina Tarantino Parasol is pinker, less golden. NARS Orgasm is very similar. Guerlain Blush G is also similar. Rock & Republic Call Me is more coral. theBalm Frat Boy is similar in the base color but lacks the golden shimmer and sheen.

What makeup are you wearing?

On eyes: Estee Lauder Bronze Sands Five Color Gelee Powder Eyeshadow Palette, Tarina Tarantino Spark of Envy Hyper Dream Eyeliner, Urban Decay Eldorado Eyeliner, Burberry Trench Eyeshadow, and Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Stretch Mascara. On face: Bare Escentuals The One Ready Blush, Make Up For Ever Lift Foundation, Guerlain Voilettes. On Lips: Bobbi Brown Pink Lilac Lipgloss.

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53 thoughts on “Tarte Glisten Amazonian 12-Hour Clay Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Since Nars Orgasm came out there has been a multitude of brands that tried to dupe it. How does this compare to Sleek Blusher in Rose Gold or NYX Blusher in Pinched or Tickled?

  2. Nina

    first off, sad face abt the broken blush :-(

    but …. the blush look awesome on you! and youre totally right about tarte’s matte (or their version of it) blushes — theyre a bit more difficult to apply and blend. i also get less wear time from these formula as compared to the shimmer ones.

    i also think there is alway room in my heart (and cheeks) for coral blushes. :-)

  3. Looks very similar to Orgasm as you’ve menioned. Very pretty but wont be needing this when I already have orgasm! Thanks for the review and swatches Christine!

  4. Stephanie t-p

    Are you going to exchange it? It looks beautiful on you!

  5. Pang

    It’s gorgeous but it just makes me want to buy Tom Ford Love Lust even more. I’m on the search for a makeup brand that will give me the “wow” factor.

  6. Oh my gosh!! it’s so pretty!! There are some blushes which make you glow and it looks like the one. Sad!! Tarte is not available to India. At all!!

  7. Amandale

    Murder! Haha! Poor blush =(

  8. kat

    Very pretty, not very unique tho. I’ve found cheaper, local alternatives with the same color. Also, I’ve heard that humidity greatly affects the longevity (or lack thereof)of these blushes.

    Nice pictures btw. I love the natural lighting! :)

  9. You know, I would not mind owning this. :)

  10. Chelle

    Visually it seems very similar to Tarte’s Blissful. How would you compare it Christine?

  11. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Rachel Rachel

    I don’t care if it is easily duped, I love this blush!

  12. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Jessica Jessica M.

    Weird. I got a small size of this before they released the new collection of colors in this blush line.

    It was in the Radiant & Rested kit, but my version is SUPER glittery. I mean chunks of gold glitter that could rival UD’s Midnight Cowboy. Though, it’s easy to knock off with a tap of a brush.

    Glad to see they changed the color a bit for the official release.

    • Glisten was fine (definitely more of a shimmer-sheen) – but the other three shimmery shades had chunkier glitter to me (reviews to come). A lot of it seems to disappear between the brush and your face… which is a good thing overall.

  13. BiancaCA

    You are glowing! I love this blush! It’s one of my favorites! I bought this off eBay a long time ago because it was not sold in stores yet. Yes its dupable but the texture is so different than others… BTW I purchased TT spark of envy & UD el dorado because of u… I love them!

  14. Lucia

    Pretty, I may need to try this. Wearing NYX Grinding Blush in Menage A Trois today, similar beautiful color, but zero staying power! The Tarte one looks much better.

  15. ann

    The blush might be smashed, but it still looks GREAT in the photograph :D

    • Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Amy amy

      I totally thought the photo of the blush was actually a press photo from Tarte! The color is absolutely stunning on you. Perhaps there is something about the blush, though, that causes them to break easily, as someone else stated; if you drop them a line, maybe they’ll send you another, as a “thank you” for pointing it out, as it may be a flaw in the formula.

  16. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of tzwiggy t_zwiggy

    Love it!

  17. Sarah Lynn

    There is something wrong with Tarte Amazonian blushes in that they crumble and break easily. The same thing happened to my Tarte Amazonian blush in Exposed after carrying it around in my make up bag. :/

  18. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Cat Cat

    So glad you’re reviewing Tarte’s blushes, I think they are worth the attention!

  19. I am wearing this today for the first time. I like the soft flushed look it gives me. I love how their blushes last forever on my skin and I don’t have too many corals in my collection as I lean more to soft pinks, so this was a fun purchase for me!

  20. beachgal

    My fav shade of all the Tarte Amazonian Clay blushes…and was the first one I got when it was exclusive to QVC in a kit only.

  21. yasmine

    You know that I love you soo much, I’ve been hooked on your blog ever since I found out about it and I appriciate your reviews so much ! But girl I think you need to darken the color that you fill your eyebrows with, it’s wayy too light for you ! I hope you don’t take this the wrong way and THANK YOU ! Love ya :) <3

  22. Alicia

    like the photo. pretty color on you!

  23. amanda

    do you think this would fair up and deeper skin tones?

  24. Liz

    It looks really nice on you. Orgasm just didn’t work for me, so I’ll pass on this.

  25. Saffy

    I wore Glisten today, coincidentally. I love it, it’s prefect for summer and looks great with a coral lipgloss. The packaging is so cute, too.

  26. Meena

    I own this blush and love it. Please review Tarte Frisky blush. I really want to hear your opinion on it.Thanks

  27. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Jessica Jessica

    Hey, just wanted to say I love the lighting in this photo. Is it natural light? If so, I think it’d be nice if you used it more often. Keep up the good work.

  28. Looks good, I love the gold shine that gives to youe cheeks.

  29. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Agata Agata

    I absolutely love this blush. My new favorite!

  30. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Holly holly

    that looks so pretty on you! i like the gold shimmer. couldn’t you re-press it?

  31. Beautiful color, but I have to agree with you its not a unique color and I dont find these blushes to last any longer than other blushes so I think ill pass

  32. chitown082007

    I love the color! I’ve been debating on trying the powder blush since I’ve been a long time fan of Tarte’s cheek stain sticks.
    *Also I don’t know if you’ve ever tried this but you can crush up the powder and mix it with a little rubbing alcohol to make a paste, put it back into the container and the alcohol will evaporate leaving the blush complete again. I’ve done it with eye shadows that I’ve dropped and it works really well!

  33. Marie

    It looks like E.L.F.’s candid coral

  34. Adelita

    Yup, the old one that comes in a kit from Sephora is a GLITTER BOMB, but I saw few swatches of Glisten that comes in a kit from QVC, those has more subtle shimmer.
    Don’t get me wrong, I love Glisten because it really similar to R&R Call Me, but honestly I’m a bit hesitant to repurchase this new full size-version because of my previous disco ball-Glisten. :(

  35. Ja K.

    this color looks realllllllly cute >_<