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Tarte Sculpted Cheeks Amazonian Clay Blush Set & Brush

Tarte Sculpted Cheeks Deluxe Amazonian Clay Blush Set & Brush
Tarte Sculpted Cheeks Deluxe Amazonian Clay Blush Set & Brush

Tarte Sculpted Cheeks Deluxe Amazonian Clay Blush Set & Brush ($35.00 for 0.20 oz.) includes four, deluxe-sized blushes and a synthetic, blush brush.

The Amazonian Clay Blush formula is supposed to have 12-hour wear along with a “supremely soft” texture. There’s a lot to like about Tarte’s formula, as it is softer (sometimes dusty), blendable, and fairly smooth with good pigmentation, but for me, I rarely get 12-hour wear–I do get between 8 and 10-hour wear, though. Unfortunately, I didn’t feel that the blushes in the set were representative of the quality of the regular formula. The blushes are disappointing; two of the four were so stiff that I had to scrape off layers of product to get enough product to transfer and show on the skin as a swatch.

Value

  • Full-size cost: $28.00 for 0.20 oz., $140.00/oz.
  • Set cost: $35.00 for 0.20 oz., $175.00/oz., plus full-sized brush
  • Value: $28.00 worth of blush, $20-30 value for brush, $48 to $58 total value

Genius is a muted, medium rosy mauve with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was incredibly powdery and dry to the touch, which resulted in a color that sheered out too easily on the skin and did not want to stick to the skin evenly. It seemed to brighten on my cheeks, almost like when a matte powder darkens on the skin due to the natural oils. It lasted for seven hours on me (which is a far cry from 12).
Tarte Irreplaceable (LE, $28.00) is brighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Cruel Intentions (LE, $8.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Tarte Fetching (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Your Love is King (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Mistress (LE, ) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Icon (LE, $28.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Estee Lauder Pink Ingenue (P, $34.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). NARS Angel Pride IV (LE, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). By Terry Savannah Love #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). The Estee Edit Purr Pink (03) (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Amazed (LE, $28.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). theBalm Houndstooth (P, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Exhibitionist (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). NYX Dusty Rose (P, $5.00) is lighter (85% similar). Tarte Live (LE, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Crescendo (250) (LE, $45.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). NARS Out There (LE, $30.00) is warmer (85% similar). NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Royal is a muted, rosy brown with subtle, warm undertones and a satiny sheen. It had such a stiff texture that made it difficult to use at all; I could not get product to transfer on my brush, and I could barely get any color to transfer after jabbing a finger in the pan–I had to scrape off layers of product to loosen it from the pan, which is what I used for swatches (both on my arm and on my face). Without scraping and mangling the powder, it had next to nothing for color payoff and not enough product to blend or diffuse across my cheeks. It lasted for eight hours on me. LORAC Ray (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Unearthed (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Corol #2 (LE, $23.00) is warmer (90% similar). Surratt Beauty La Vie En Rose (P, $32.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Puppy Love (P, $10.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Plum Ombre (LE, $55.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Laura Geller Roseberry (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Ven Conmigo (LE, $23.00) is warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals The Guest List (LE, $22.00) is warmer (85% similar). KIKO 105 Dark Rose (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Animal Instincts (LE, $23.00) is darker (85% similar). Milani Bronze Burst #2 (P, ) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Vibrant is a bright pop of orange-coral with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. The consistency was soft, just a bit dusty, but blendable and sat well on the skin. It had more of a natural matte finish when blended on the skin, so it didn’t look dry or flat applied. It had good pigmentation as well. On me, the color wore well for just over eight hours. KIKO 108 Orange Coral (DC, $12.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (95% similar). Anastasia Desert (P, ) is darker, warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever B308 (P, $23.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Genuine (LE, $28.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Sideshow You (LE, $23.00) is cooler (90% similar). Dior Precious Rocks (864) (LE, $45.00) is lighter, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Milani Coral Cove (05) (P, $8.99) is darker (90% similar). Pretty Vulgar Hush Blush (P, $26.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (90% similar). MAC Lured to Love (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Oh You Pretty Things (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Coastline (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Passion for Colour (LE, $23.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Coco Code (LE, $70.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever B314 (P, $23.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Blush) (LE, ) is darker, more muted (90% similar). NARS Torrid (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals Swoon (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Mod (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Pretty Vulgar Sweet Revenge (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Peach Cobbler (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Pop is a bright cotton candy pink with neutral-to-cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. This was the other shade that had an incredibly stiff, firm texture; I had to scrape away at the surface of the pan to dislodge enough powder to show swatches or to use it, but what powder was dislodged was softer and more finely-milled than Royal, so I did not have any issues with applying or blending out the color once I was able to pick up product with my brush. It lasted for eight and a half hours on my cheeks. Tom Ford Beauty Flush (P, $60.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Surreal (LE, $28.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Whimsy (LE, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Temper (-, ) is lighter (90% similar). theBalm Argyle (P, $22.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Exhibitionist (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Flush (P, $28.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Too Faced Santa Baby (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Burberry First Love (LE, $68.00) is lighter (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Shadore (P, $37.00) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Wicked (P, $60.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Breathtaking (LE, $28.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sculpted Cheeks Brush is a larger cheek brush that flares from the ferrule to a rounded edge. It looked more like a highlighting brush than the average blush brush, but it definitely works for applying cheek color. It had a lot of spring, and I would say floppier than desired for precise cheek color application. I liked it more for blending or using with something very sheer than applying a pigmented blush, as it seemed to apply in a very large area. The brush itself was fairly soft and wasn’t prickly or scratchy when I tried to use. I didn’t experience any shedding or issues after washing it a few times, but my experience with is limited. The brush head was 24.28mm in width, 48.15mm in length, and 24.28mm in thickness. It had a total length of 6.50 inches / 16.5 centimeters.

[Please note: it is not possible to average the Sculpted Cheeks Brush scores with the blush scores as the things they are measuring are different, so I have only taken the Product rating for the brush to average a Product rating for the set.]

7
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
5.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4
Application
70%
Total
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Genius

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Royal

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B+

Vibrant

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D+

Pop

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Bite Beauty Creme Caramel Multistick

Bite Beauty Creme Caramel Multistick
Bite Beauty Creme Caramel Multistick

Bite Beauty Creme Caramel Multistick ($24.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a medium-dark peach with warm, orange undertones and a satin finish. MAC Yash (P, $17.50) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Givenchy Beige Mousseline (101) (P, $36.00) is brighter, glossier (90% similar). MAC Lady Be Good (P, $21.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). NARS Biscayne Park (P, $25.00) is glossier (90% similar). Too Faced Sorry Not Sorry (P, $22.00) is cooler (85% similar). Estee Lauder Covetous Nude (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Noble (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter, less glossy (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #225 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Melted Nude (P, $21.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Oxblood (LE, $17.50) is brighter (85% similar). Hourglass Dim Infusion (P, $35.00) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Platform (DC, $6.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Skinny Dip (P, $22.00) is brighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Stark Naked (DC, $22.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Doe (P, $21.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Nude Peach (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

For an in-depth look at what the formula is supposed to do and how it performs generally, please check the overview below the rating. Creme Caramel had buildable coverage from medium to fully opaque. The texture was smooth, velvety, and just creamy enough not to tug on the skin or lips when applied directly from the tube but was a bit less emollient compared to about half the range. It worked best as a cream blush when I tested it, as it emphasized and sunk into lip lines when worn as a lip product and creased like crazy as a cream eyeshadow.

On the cheeks, the color blended out beautifully on the skin, and it was easy to spread out the color without becoming uneven or patchy. I found it equally easy to apply on bare skin as well as over (liquid) foundation. The texture didn’t fully dry down, so it had a natural, skin-like sheen, but I didn’t have issues with it moving or settling over time. It wore well for eight and a half hours as a cream blush.

On the lips, it applied fairly evenly, though it wasn’t quite as even as the majority of the range. The texture, while comfortable, settled into lip lines early on and worsened over the four and a half hours the color lasted. It felt smooth going on, and it didn’t tug. The formula wasn’t drying nor was it hydrating.

On the eyes, the color applied well and blended out nicely with smooth, even coverage. The problem I had with it was how quickly it creased and pulled into lines on my lid, and while it did not seem to dry down, it also looked a little dry where it had creased (almost powdery).

Please note, the rating is an average across performance on eyes, cheeks, and lips.

7.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
5.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
79%
Total

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ColourPop Bardot Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Bardot Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Bardot Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Bardot Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “rusty red copper.” It’s a medium-dark, coppery red with warm, red-orange undertones and fine pinky-red and gold shimmer. Chanel Evening Beige (340) (P, $45.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Make You Mine (P, $23.50) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Stryke (LE, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NARS Fervor (Right) (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Becca Maui Nights (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Na Pali Coast (P, $39.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Taraji Glow (LE, $33.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Ambering Rose (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Pleasure Model (LE, $27.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Fenty Beauty Ginger Binge (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NARS Vengeful (Right) (LE, ) is darker, cooler (85% similar). NARS Cheek Studio III (LE, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NYX Rose Quartz (P, $6.99) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NARS Embruns (-, ) is lighter (80% similar). Maybelline Barely Pink (202) (LE, $8.99) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). MAC Margin (P, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Super Shock Cheek formula is supposed to be buildable with sheerer coverage when used with brushes and richer coverage when applied with fingertips. The texture of this was very smooth, and it felt wetter than past iterations of this formula. It was intensely pigmented when applied with fingertips, but it blended out easily and could be buffed out if over-applied. When I used a synthetic stippling brush with it, the color was definitely sheerer but blended better with fingertips than a synthetic brush. While it is a cream-based product, it dries down to a more powder-like finish and was never tacky or glossy on the skin. It wore well for over nine hours before starting to fade on me.

Bardot
Bardot
A

Limited Edition

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
96%
Total

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Laura Mercier Fall In Love Face Illuminator Collection

Laura Mercier Fall In Love Face Illuminator Palette
Laura Mercier Fall In Love Face Illuminator Palette

Laura Mercier Fall In Love Face Illuminator Palette ($58.00 for 0.44 oz.) includes four, miniature-sized versions of the permanent Face Illuminators. It’s pretty neat, as they have the same swirled, raised design, but everything is on a smaller scale. For someone who likes different highlighter shades (or highlighting blushes/bronzers) and would use two or three of them, it’s handy to have and would be good for traveling. Since the individual Illuminators are pricey, this is a good way to try them all for less than the cost of two full-sized shades. I think that the palette versions are fairly comparable to the permanent versions I have, though there are a few differences that I noticed. I don’t think that those differences really impact the overall look of the products applied, but they are there. This formula (and thus palette) is most suitable for someone who likes moderate highlights and some sparkle but not over-the-top metallic highlighters.

Formula Overview

According to the brand, Laura Mercier Face Illuminator ($44.00 for 0.30 oz.) supposed to be a “long-wearing, buildable” highlighter that gives a “natural-looking” glow. The formula is typically more buildable from medium to opaque coverage with a noticeable sheen that can get more frosted/metallic if applied heavily but doesn’t emphasize my pores. The texture is smooth and blendable, but there is a bit of dryness to it that seems common to this type of formula (think MAC Extra Dimension, NARS Dual-Intensity, Estee Lauder Gelee, etc.). On my normal-to-dry skin, the highlighter tends to last around eight hours.

Indiscretion is a light-medium, rosy copper with warm undertones and a soft, golden sheen. It had semi-sheer to mostly opaque pigmentation paired with a soft, lightly dry texture that was dry to the touch but did appear dry or dusty applied to the skin. The sheen became more refined as I buffed and worked the product on my skin, and while the full-size version seemed to be more likely to emphasize my pores a bit, this one didn’t. It wore well for seven and a half hours before fading. Laura Mercier Spellbound (LE, $44.00)(100% similar). Burberry No. 04 Rose Gold (P, $68.00) is lighter (95% similar). Anastasia Amber Gold (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). J. Cat Beauty Pink Goddess (-, $9.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Whipped (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Stride of Pride (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Hush (LE, $26.00) is cooler (90% similar). Jouer Topaz (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Daygleam (P, $28.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Pearl Sunshine (LE, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Superb (P, $33.00) is darker (90% similar). Becca Smoky Quartz (LE, $38.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Parasol (LE, $8.00) is warmer (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Crown of my Canopy (LE, $4.99) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Geller Ballerina (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Rosé (LE, $42.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Jouer Skinny Dip (LE, $24.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Cheeky Bronze (P, $33.00) is darker, warmer, lower quality (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Addiction is a medium, yellow gold with warm undertones and a lightly sparkly, metallic finish. It had semi-sheer to mostly opaque coverage, and it was easy to blend on the skin. The texture wasn’t too soft or too firm, and it didn’t emphasize my pores when applied. The color lasted for almost eight hours on me. Becca Prosecco Pop (P, $41.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Nightlight (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Cover FX Moonlight (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (95% similar). Dior #003 (P, $57.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Sunray (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Idol (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Milani Sunglow (P, $10.00) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Dior Transatlantique (LE, $58.00) is darker (95% similar). The Estee Edit 14K Glow (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever #02 (P, $39.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Becca Prosecco Pop (P, $38.00) is lighter (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Precious Petals (LE, $4.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Twilight (P, $23.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Electric Slide (DC, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition #17 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Laura Geller Gilded Honey (P, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NYX Daytime Halo (P, $6.99) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Dripping in Gold (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Anastasia 143 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dose of Colors Gold is the New Black (P, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Devotion is a light pink with warmer undertones and cooler, violet and light pink shimmer. It had sheer to medium coverage, so it was buildable to some degree, but it was never intense. The powder was a little dry, but it didn’t look dry and blended well in practice, so I don’t think I would have even noticed it had I not felt the powder with my fingertips. This shade wore well for eight hours on me. Make Up For Ever H102 (P, $23.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Love This Bitch (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Burberry No. 03 Pink Pearl (P, $68.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Worthy (LE, $28.00) is lighter (95% similar). Dior #002 (P, $57.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Spellbound Glow (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Gleam (P, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Upgrade (LE, $8.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Devotee (P, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Laura Geller Charming Pink (P, $26.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Make Up For Ever #01 (P, $39.00) is lighter (95% similar). Becca Rose Quartz (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 07 (P, $62.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Softly Does It (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Going Native (Highlighter) (P, ) is darker (90% similar). L'Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). Sephora Dusk (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Chanel Perles et Fantaisies (Right) (LE, $70.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Desert Explorations (LE, $2.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Afterglow (Highlighter) (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Seduction is a medium-dark bronze with warm, golden undertones and a frosted sheen. It was buildable from semi-sheer to fully opaque color payoff, if desired, and it had a soft, lightly dusty consistency. It was very easy to blend and diffuse across the skin, and it wore well for eight hours. Of the four shades, this one had the strongest sheen (and most pigmentation to begin with), so while I didn’t have issues with it emphasizing my skin’s natural texture, if there was a shade prone to it, my guess would be this is the potential troublemaker. By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #1 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon (LE, $42.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Divine (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Benefit 10 (Bronzer) (DC, $29.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Glorify (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Jolie (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Golden Age (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC I'll Hold My Breath #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition #21 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Santos (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Dior #004 (P, $57.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Poolside (P, $8.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Glo Up (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Magnetic Appeal (LE, $33.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Sunlight (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Gold Deposit (P, $33.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Bronze Glow (LE, $48.00) is lighter (90% similar). Cover FX Candlelight (P, $42.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Disney by Sephora Golden Sands (LE, $55.00) is warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Bobbi Brown Bobbi to Glow Shimmer Brick Trio

Bobbi Brown Bobbi to Glow Shimmer Brick Palette
Bobbi Brown Bobbi to Glow Shimmer Brick Palette

Bobbi Brown Bobbi to Glow Shimmer Brick Palette ($69.00 for 0.52 oz.) includes three Shimmer Bricks, which are very shimmery powders. Each Shimmer Brick has five shades, so the color that you get can vary depending on where you concentrate your brush. All three shades have been released before, though only Bronze is part of the permanent range from what I could tell! It’s a powder highlight that features five colors, which are designed to be used together (though you can concentrate your brush in areas as well, or if you have an eye brush, you can use them individually) and applied to the face to highlight.

The three included in the palette all highlight the skin and add noticeable color on my light-medium complexion, so they be even more blush-like on fairer complexion and will likely show up on deeper skin tones with subtler tints. The texture of Gold and Bronze was smoother and more finely-milled with less overt sparkle, whereas Wild Rose was drier and seemed to have larger chunks of sparkle, which were more prone to emphasizing the skin’s natural texture. They were easy to apply, wore for about eight hours, and are well-worth a look for someone who likes a more intense, noticeable highlight. They’re the type of highlighter where a little can go a long way to adding luminosity, so they can definitely be too intense for some people’s preferences.

Value

  • Cost of full-size: $46.00 for 0.40 oz., $115.00/oz.
  • Cost of palette: $69.00 for 0.52 oz., $132.69/oz.
  • Value: $59.80

Gold is a light-medium gold with warm, yellow undertones paired with a frosted, lightly metallic finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth texture that blended out easily on the skin. I did not find that it emphasized my skin’s natural texture, but it does have a strong sheen to its finish. This shade wore well for eight hours before starting to fade. Looxi Beauty Centerfold (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, warmer, lower quality (95% similar). Chanel Routes des Indes de Chanel Illuminating Powder (LE, $70.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Fenty Beauty Trophy Wife (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Anastasia Dripping in Gold (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Becca Champagne Gold (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Luxe (P, $7.50) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Addiction (P, $44.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Golden Dawn (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). L'Oreal Golden (P, $12.99) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Becca Prosecco Pop (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Anastasia White Sand (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Reflects Gilt (Top) (LE, ) is warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Butterscotch (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bronze is a medium-dark, coppery brown with warm, reddish undertones and a softer, light-medium golden bronze shimmer. The pigmentation was rich, but the texture was soft and blendable, so it could easily be applied in sheerer layers or diffused for less intense coverage if desired–a little did go a long way, though, and I’d recommend using a lighter hand initially. On me, the powder lasted eight hours before fading. Colour Pop Glo Up (LE, $8.00) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Candyman (P, $8.00) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia Bronzed (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Geek Ignite (P, $20.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Spotlight (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Sunkissed Glow (P, $48.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Do Not Disturb (P, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Cover FX Candlelight (P, $42.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Cover FX Candlelight (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Avalon (LE, $8.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition #21 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Dior #004 (P, $57.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Nude Glow (LE, $46.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). Stila Kitten (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Wild Rose is a slightly muted, medium-dark pink with warm undertones and cooler, frosty pink shimmer. The shimmer particles in this shade seemed larger with both finer and more obvious flecks of sparkle used, which gave it a bit of a drier, looser consistency that was sheerer in coverage. The texture and shimmer in this one did emphasize my pores a bit, making them seem larger than they were. I didn’t have any trouble blending out the color, though, and it still wore for eight hours like the other two. Makeup Revolution Peach Kiss (P, $9.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Sassy Grape (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (95% similar). Makeup Geek Starlight (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Botanic Dream (P, $4.99) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Sunrise Glow (P, $48.00) is cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever 10 Peach (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Becca Amethyst Flashes Geode (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $52.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Lilac Rose (LE, $46.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Full Service (LE, $8.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Huda Beauty Ibiza (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Looxi Beauty Venom (P, $7.50) is warmer (85% similar). Huda Beauty Zanzibar (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Huda Beauty Copacabana (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Tarte Color Wheel Amazonian Clay Blush Palette

Tarte Color Wheel Amazonian Clay Blush Palette
Tarte Color Wheel Amazonian Clay Blush Palette

Tarte Coor Wheel Amazonian Clay Blush Palette ($44.00 for 0.84 oz.) includes 10 blushes housed in a circular compact that opens and reveals five blushes on each side (there is no mirror as a result). Each pan is a decent size at 0.084 oz. a pop with a wide enough diameter that most blush brushes fit easily in them. The pans did not appear removable (I tried three pans with tweezers, and I didn’t feel any give). It would be a travel-friendly way to take so many blushes with you without taking up a lot of space.

The Amazonian Clay Blush formula is supposed to have 12-hour wear along with a “supremely soft” texture. There’s a lot to like about Tarte’s formula, as it is softer (sometimes dusty), blendable, and fairly smooth with good pigmentation, but for me, I rarely get 12-hour wear–I do get between 8 and 10-hour wear, though. Overall, the quality was consistent with the full-sized Tarte blushes I’ve tried with only one shade having a firmer, stiffer texture. I think they could have varied the colors used in the palette a bit more, but at least there is some variety in undertones and finishes. If you have a few blush palettes from Tarte, you may find that there is a lot of overlap, even if shades are not exact dupes, as the brand is prone to repeating itself each holiday! I think this a wish list worthy option for someone who is a big fan of Tarte’s formula or needs to have an instant blush stash.

Value

  • Full-size cost: $28.00 for 0.20 oz., $140.00/oz.
  • Palette cost: $44.00 for 0.84 oz., $52.38/oz.
  • Value: $117.60 worth of blush / $4.40 per shade

Crafty is a light peach with warm undertones and gold shimmer. This will work more as a highlighter than a blush for most skin tones, though it has a whiter base, so deeper skin tones may want to layer it over another cheek color. The texture was soft, blendable, and did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture when applied. It wore well for eight and a half hours. Cle de Peau Delicate Pink (14) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Blossom Glow (P, $4.99) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Tutu (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Viseart Highlight #1 (P, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Looxi Beauty Goddess (P, $7.50) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Radiant Lights (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Coloured Raine Luxurious Bling (P, $25.00) is cooler (90% similar). Laura Geller Peach Glow (P, $26.00) is cooler (90% similar). Laura Mercier Highlight 01 (P, $40.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Fenty Beauty Starstruck (P, $25.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Concept is a muted, medium-dark rosy coral with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had good pigmentation paired with a soft, blendable texture that was a bit thin and dusty, so it sheered out noticeably when applied to the cheeks. Luckily, it could be built up to greater intensity. This shade wore for nine hours before starting to fade on me. MAC I'll Hold My Breath #2 (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). NARS Illusive (LE, $30.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Parfait (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Angelique (190) (P, $45.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Mod (LE, $28.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Estee Lauder Sensuous Rose (P, $34.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). KIKO 108 Orange Coral (DC, $12.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #7 (LE, ) is darker, more muted (90% similar). bareMinerals Swoon (LE, $19.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Between the Sheets (P, $8.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Blush) (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). Essence Satin Love (P, $2.99) is warmer (85% similar). The Estee Edit Coy Coral (02) (P, $28.00) is warmer (80% similar). Make Up For Ever B314 (P, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Icon is a muted, medium rosy pink with subtle, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had the type of finish that seemed matte initially, but it had a more natural matte finish when blended and buffed on the skin–it didn’t look dry or flat. This shade had a soft, lightly dusty texture that was very blendable and easy to use, and it did not sheer out unduly like Concept did, so the dustiness wasn’t noticeable when I used it on the cheeks. I was able to wear this one for nine hours before it started to show signs of wear. Chanel Crescendo (250) (LE, $45.00) is brighter (95% similar). MAC Formal (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Genius (LE, $28.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). By Terry Savannah Love #3 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Jardin de Chanel (LE, $55.00) is lighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Pink Ingenue (P, $34.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Wicked (P, $60.00) is brighter (90% similar). NYX Dusty Rose (P, $5.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Stila Dusty Rose (LE, ) is more muted (90% similar). Tarte Amazed (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Blush (Original) (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Glamour (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Flush (P, $60.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Tarte Lovable (LE, $28.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Chanel Rose Tourbillon (67) (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Montage is a deep raspberry pink with neutral-to-cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. The pigmentation was good, while the consistency was smooth but too firm in the pan, so it was harder to blend out on the skin. It had more of a natural finish as it was blended on the skin. On me, this shade wore well for nine hours. MAC Red Water Lily (LE, $40.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Sunset Beach (LE, $32.00) is brighter (95% similar). Sephora Love Sick (22) (P, $14.00) is warmer (95% similar). Chanel Rosewood (350) (P, $45.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Ironic (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Stila Pink Rose Blush (LE, ) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Illamasqua Peaked (P, $26.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). MAC Peaches & Cream (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Pretty Pink (P, $26.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Wicked (P, $60.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Edward Bess Bed of Roses (P, $43.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Hysterical (LE, $8.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Flush (P, $60.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Ironic is a medium-dark, pinky plum with neutral-to-warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. This blush had excellent color payoff, while the texture was soft, just a smidgen powdery, and blended easily on the skin. I noticed the finish looked less matte and flat as I blended the product on my cheeks. The wear came in closer to nine hours on this particular color. Too Faced Your Love is King (P, $26.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Love Sick (22) (P, $14.00) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Colour Pop Cruel Intentions (LE, $8.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Fetching (LE, $28.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Chanel Rosewood (350) (P, $45.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Viseart Plum #3 (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Montage (LE, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). By Terry Savannah Love #3 (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Sand Pink (P, $26.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Clinique Black Honey Pop (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Flush (P, $60.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% similar). Becca Nightingale (P, $32.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). MAC Fever (P, $23.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Idol is a light-medium, yellowed gold with warm, orange undertones and a frosted sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a soft, lightly dusty texture–this one was prone to sheering out, but I imagine that for most this will be used as a highlighter and that sheerness will be more appreciated than not. The sheen is subtle on my skin, and the color didn’t seem to translate as noticeably as I had anticipated, but as always, this will likely have more color impact on fairer complexions. It wore well for eight hours on me. Laura Mercier Addiction (P, $44.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Illamasqua Rush (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Pyrite (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 02 (P, $62.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). theBalm Solid Gold (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Smashbox Glow (LE, ) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Culture is a bright pop of peony pink with warmer undertones (though not strongly warm) paired with warmer, golden shimmer. It had good color coverage with a powdery texture, though it was soft, finely-milled, and remained blendable on the skin. There seemed to be pigmentation to spare, as it did not sheer out noticeably in practice. This shade lasted for almost nine hours on me. Becca Hibiscus Bloom (LE, $34.00) is darker (95% similar). Benefit GALifornia (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Benefit Bella Bamba (DC, $29.00)(95% similar). Milani Bella Bellini (P, $8.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Rose Glacier (170) (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Parasol (P, $25.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Raindrops on Roses (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Sweets for My Sweet (P, $27.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Becca Flowerchild (P, $32.00) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Geller Peach Delight (P, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Laugh (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Becca Camellia (P, $34.00) is cooler (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Maui (P, $38.00) is cooler (85% similar). Becca Rose Spritz (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Laura Geller Rosewater (P, $26.00) is cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Something About Berry (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Laura Geller Fruit Punch (P, $28.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #2 (LE, ) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Surreal is a bright, medium pink with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. It was nicely pigmented, and I felt like a little went a long way, possibly due to the general brightness of it as well as the richness in pigment. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and a bit on the dusty side, but it did not appear dry or chalky applied to my skin. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading on me. Tarte Pop (LE, $28.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Above & Beyond (LE, ) is more muted, cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Temper (-, ) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Whimsy (LE, $28.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Native Blush (-, ) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). theBalm Argyle (P, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Flush (P, $28.00) is more muted (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Shadore (P, $37.00) is more muted (90% similar). Chanel Pink Explosion (LE, $45.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $23.00) is darker (90% similar). KIKO 110 Bright Pink (P, $12.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Tu Me Fais Rougir (P, $32.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Pink Swoon (P, $23.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Milani Pink Play #2 (P, ) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Nooner (Blush) (P, ) is darker (85% similar). Tarte Breathtaking (LE, $28.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Milani Pink Play #3 (P, ) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Deco is a medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. The pigmentation was mostly opaque, while the powder felt soft, smooth, and neither dusty nor too firm in the pan. This shade applied and blended out without trouble and lasted for nine hours. Tom Ford Beauty Wicked (P, $60.00) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). NYX Peach (P, $5.00) is brighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Exhibitionist (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). The Estee Edit Purr Pink (03) (P, $28.00) is more muted (95% similar). Estee Lauder Pink Ingenue (P, $34.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Fleur Power (P, $23.00) is warmer (95% similar). Sephora Flirt It Up (06) (P, $14.00) is brighter, warmer (95% similar). Tarte Lovable (LE, $28.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Irreplaceable (LE, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Hipness (LE, $23.00) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Mistress (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Crescendo (250) (LE, $45.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). NYX Summer Peach (P, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Vibration (270) (P, $45.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Disclosure (P, $60.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Revelation (63) (DC, $38.00) is glossier (90% similar). Tarte Smashing (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Milani Tea Rose (08) (P, $8.99) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Live (LE, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). NYX Rose Garden (P, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Mod is a brightened, medium peachy-coral with warm undertones and a satin finish. The blush was richly pigmented and applied true-to-color on my skin. It had a soft, smooth consistency, and wasn’t dusty or powdery. This shade lasted for just over eight and a half hours on me. Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Blush) (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). NYX Apricot (P, $5.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Anastasia Desert (P, ) is darker, warmer (95% similar). KIKO 108 Orange Coral (DC, $12.00) is more muted (95% similar). Colour Pop Ex (LE, $5.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Genuine (LE, $28.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Sideshow You (LE, $23.00) is lighter (95% similar). bareMinerals Swoon (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Concept (LE, $28.00) is lighter, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Becca Winter Berry (LE, $32.00) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Coco Code (LE, $70.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever B314 (P, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Coastline (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Electra (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever B308 (P, $23.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Torrid (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Warm (Winter 2016) Blush (LE, $60.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Dolline (P, $37.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Parfait (P, $32.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Skillful (LE, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Color Wheel
Color Wheel
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
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