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Tarte Bling It On Blush Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

Tarte Bling It On Amazonian Clay Blush Palette
Tarte Bling It On Amazonian Clay Blush Palette

Tarte Bling It On Amazonian Clay Blush Palette ($44.00 for 0.75 oz.) is a decent to good blush palette if you like your blushes mid-tone and warm-toned with more satin-like finishes–and 12-hour wear-time isn’t a must. Four of the five are new (as far as I can tell), with Dollface being a shade in the permanent line (but I think the one in this palette isn’t quite as blue-based). That being said, Tarte has released a lot of limited edition blushes in the same type of shades, so you may already have ones similar enough. I’m not a fan of the packaging, as the black glitter is quite chunky and flakes off the palette. Tarte’s full-sized, standalone blushes cost $28.00 and contain 0.20 oz. or $140.00/oz. This palette contains $105.00 worth of blush for those of you keeping track of value this year!

The Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush formula is supposed to last for twelve hours (shocker!) with “soft to vivid” colors. They are longer-wearing than the average blush, but the tend to wear between eight and ten hours on me. The coverage is semi-sheer to mostly opaque, while the finishes are usually semi-matte to satin. One issue I have with the blushes is that they tend to develop hardened surfaces as they seem particularly sensitive to any oil getting on the surface (e.g. oils from your face transfer to your blush brush, which is dipped into the pan).

Fetching is a muted, medium rosy pink with soft, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had a fairly soft, smooth texture that blended out easily on the skin while the color lasted for nine hours on me. Tarte Genius (LE, $29.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). theBalm Houndstooth (P, $22.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Blush (Original) (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Crescendo (250) (LE, $45.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Fleur Power (P, $24.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Rosewood (350) (P, $45.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Tarte True Love (P, $29.00) is warmer (90% similar). NYX Peach (DC, $5.00) is less shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Cruel Intentions (LE, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #310 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, darker, glossier (90% similar). Too Faced Your Love is King (P, $26.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Does This Thing Really Work? (LE, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Irreplaceable (LE, $29.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Happy-Go-Rosy (P, $29.00) is brighter (90% similar). Tarte Ironic (LE, $29.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Night Fever & Hot Stuff (508) (P, $42.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Fearless (P, $29.00) is cooler (85% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #8 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Laura Geller Rosewater (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). By Terry Savannah Love #3 (LE, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dollface is a soft, light-medium pink with cool, blue undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage. The texture was soft, a little dusty, but applied well and didn’t look dusty or dry on the skin. On me, the blush lasted for eight and a half hours. Anastasia Babe (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). KIKO 110 Bright Pink (P, $12.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Head Over Heels (DC, $9.99) is more muted (95% similar). Clinique Pink Pop (P, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). theBalm Argyle (P, $22.00) is cooler (95% similar). NARS Robotic (LE, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Lush & Libido (500) (P, $42.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Pink Sprinkles (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). NARS New Attitude (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Skyline (LE, ) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Bite Beauty Lotus (P, $24.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #210 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Naked on the Run Blush (-, ) is darker (90% similar). NYX Baby Doll (P, $6.50) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Cheeky Chic (LE, $24.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Nude Pink (P, $30.00) is more muted, cooler (85% similar). MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $24.00) is cooler (90% similar). Dior Floral Pink (844) (LE, $44.00) is lighter (90% similar). Dior My Lady (002) (LE, $60.00) is more muted (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Prim is a muted, rosy brown with warm undertones and a satin sheen. The texture on this shade was a little firmer, which made it harder to get color payoff out of it, so it was more semi-sheer to semi=opaque and needed two to three layers to be visible on my medium skin tone. This shade lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Tarte Impress (LE, $29.00) is darker (95% similar). LORAC See Beyond (LE, $23.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). bareMinerals Golden Gate Matte (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). CoverGirl Medium Rose (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). bareMinerals Golden Gate (LE, $22.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Clinique Pink Honey Pop (P, $21.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Blushbaby (P, $24.00)(90% similar). Estee Lauder Lover's Blush (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Sweet Enough (P, $29.00) is cooler (90% similar). Hourglass Euphoric Fusion (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). NARS Loves Me Not (LE, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Overexposed (-, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Becca Wisteria (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Smashbox Petunia (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Blasphemy (LE, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar). Shiseido Twilight Hour (02) (P, $29.00) is darker, brighter, cooler (90% similar). LORAC Wavelength (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Spell Bound (DC, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Chanel Rose Bronze (P, $45.00) is warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Smashing is a light-medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and a matte finish. This shade was very soft and silky, but it kicked up excess powder in the pan, so it was also more powdery to work with. Luckily, it didn’t read powdery on the skin. It had good pigmentation and blended out with ease. On me, this shade lasted for nine hours.
Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Exhilarating (LE, $29.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Hey, Coral, Hey (P, $29.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Sweet Sweet Fantasy (LE, $24.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Endless (LE, $29.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Crave (LE, $29.00) is brighter (95% similar). Too Faced Stardust (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte True Love (P, $29.00) is warmer (95% similar). NYX Summer Peach (DC, $5.00) is darker (95% similar). Dior My Lady (003) (LE, $60.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Live (LE, $29.00) is lighter (90% similar). Becca Winter Berry (LE, $32.00) is darker (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Summer (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #7 (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced How Deep is Your Love? (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Melt Into Spring (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Ciate Matchmaker (P, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Bashful (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Fleur Power (P, $24.00) is cooler (90% similar). Sephora Flirt It Up (06) (P, $14.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Beaming is a soft, light-medium peach with a hint of pink and silver sparkle and shimmer. The texture was somewhat dry and dusty to work with, and this is a shade that really sheered out when applied to bare skin. The sparkle/shimmer didn’t bind well with the base powder, so it actually looked quite matte applied. It wore for eight hours on me. Chanel Infiniment Chanel (P, $70.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Honeymoon (DC, $9.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Amber Glow (LE, $29.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Trickery (DC, $8.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Sunny Surprise (LE, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). NYX Soft Spoken (P, $6.50) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Nude Pink (LE, $35.50) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Clinique Nude Pop (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). LORAC Unimaginable (LE, ) is more shimmery (85% similar). Too Faced Papa Don't Peach (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Bling It On
Bling It On
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total
Fetching
Fetching
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total
Dollface
Dollface
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total
Prim
Prim
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
77%
Total
Smashing
Smashing
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total
Beaming
Beaming
7.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
76%
Total
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Tarte Bling It On Amazonian Clay Blush Palette
Tarte Bling It On Amazonian Clay Blush Palette

Tarte Bling It On Amazonian Clay Blush Palette
Tarte Bling It On Amazonian Clay Blush Palette

Tarte Bling It On Amazonian Clay Blush Palette
Tarte Bling It On Amazonian Clay Blush Palette

Tarte Bling It On Amazonian Clay Blush Palette
Tarte Bling It On Amazonian Clay Blush Palette

Tarte Bling It On Amazonian Clay Blush Palette
Tarte Bling It On Amazonian Clay Blush Palette

Tarte Fetching Amazonian Clay Blush
Tarte Fetching Amazonian Clay Blush

Tarte Fetching Amazonian Clay Blush
Tarte Fetching Amazonian Clay Blush

Tarte Fetching Amazonian Clay Blush
Tarte Fetching Amazonian Clay Blush

Tarte Dollface Amazonian Clay Blush
Tarte Dollface Amazonian Clay Blush

Tarte Dollface Amazonian Clay Blush
Tarte Dollface Amazonian Clay Blush

Tarte Dollface Amazonian Clay Blush
Tarte Dollface Amazonian Clay Blush

Tarte Prim Amazonian Clay Blush
Tarte Prim Amazonian Clay Blush

Tarte Prim Amazonian Clay Blush
Tarte Prim Amazonian Clay Blush

Tarte Prim Amazonian Clay Blush
Tarte Prim Amazonian Clay Blush

Tarte Smashing Amazonian Clay Blush
Tarte Smashing Amazonian Clay Blush

Tarte Smashing Amazonian Clay Blush
Tarte Smashing Amazonian Clay Blush

Tarte Smashing Amazonian Clay Blush
Tarte Smashing Amazonian Clay Blush

Tarte Beaming Amazonian Clay Blush
Tarte Beaming Amazonian Clay Blush

Tarte Beaming Amazonian Clay Blush
Tarte Beaming Amazonian Clay Blush

Tarte Beaming Amazonian Clay Blush
Tarte Beaming Amazonian Clay Blush

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On face:
  • Guerlain Parure Gold
  • Urban Decay Naked Loose Setting Powder
On lips:
  • Kat Von D Sexer Lipstick

Product Availability

Tarte Holiday 2015 Blush Palette $44.00/0.75 OZ.
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About the Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). (For more information, please check the FAQ.)

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I’ve kvetched about this formula before. It has no staying power on me. My skin gulps it up within a couple of hours regardless of base. Plus, these feel a little old school blush shades to me. Nothing wrong with that, just territory well loved and covered.

Try hunting thebalm instain blushes, they are great even without a sticky base like foundation. On hautelook.com they often go on sale for $10-13, well worth it in my opinion, I have all the shades I wish they would come out with more.

The blush colors are very pretty, but I wish they had included a nude/brown shade in there that could be used as blush, contour, bronzer. I have the Chic to Cheek holiday set from last year, 4 mini compacts of pink/ plum/peach/nude, and I love how you can pop one into your purse instead of carrying a bulky palette around. I’ve been using several times a week and still haven’t made a dent in them! I do have a full size one (think Dollface) and it did develop a crust, but I’ve had no issues with the smaller ones.

I have both the rectangle ones like these in palettes, the deluxe sample sizes, and regular sized, and I don’t have an issue with any of them getting a crust. I have apply mine over my foundation and setting powder because of my oily skin, so maybe that would help others.

Yeah, I’m definitely passing this year. I almost passed last year but in the end I picked it up. When I first really got into broadening my makeup horizon and got to know Tarte I really liked them and tried to pick up a lot of their limited edition stuff, but it didn’t take me long to realize they really release the same thing over and over again.

Shedding glitter is a definite deal breaker. 🙂

I can easily pass on this one. I have too many dupes for the two shades that appeal to me. Beaming would barely show up likely. That’s the problem with palettes and kits (it seems) that are catered to everyone. It seems impossible to fit everyone’s skin tone or skin type. So then you are stuck with some going to waste- so, your wasting your money. That’s why I like the sets that package separately. At least you can give what you aren’t using away.

Hi Christine. I’m so glad you address the problem of this blush having the tendency of trapping oil and getting a hardened surface. That’s exactly what happened to my Tarte amazonian clay blushes (single). I though I did it wrong and tried to scrape the surface to keep it clean. It’s good to know I’m not alone!

This formula does seem really inconsistent. I bought doll face a couple years ago after seeing good reviews, overall, for the formula….and thought the reviews were crazy!! Mine was so firm & stiff, making it difficult to apply and blend. Then I got a $10 Black Friday deal from sephora last year with a mini called magic in it, and it is suuuuuuper pigmented & very blendable, without being powdery at all. Then I have the energy palette from this year, and the blush in there is somewhere in between, but looks totally different from the color in your review–not just on, but in the pan. Mine is distinctly mauve-toned, while your version looks very earthy…..maybe they should invest in some better quality control???? Makes me very hesitant to invest in a palette, although this looks very pretty!!

I don’t know if you think the same Christine, but I feel like there is a difference in the quality of the blushes and packaging when it is made in China? I have noticed this with a tarte over again..during the holiday season.. I bought this and got it.. But I am not sure 🙁

WE don’t have Tarte here. I can see this palette as something that would be really good for someone who doesn’t have a gazillion blushes.
I wasn’t going to comment, but I had to, I have seen it before, but oh! That lipstick! Fantastic!

Prim was in last holiday seasons set of 4 minis – and it’s been my absolute favorite. I picked this up just so I would have a full size. This is actually the only palette I’ve seen so far this holiday season that’s interested me at all. It arrived today and I am really pleased with all of the shades except the glittery one – it’s nice but I’m too old for glitte.

I am lucky I guess, the Tarte blushes last well over 12 hours for me. Hope everyone who wants one is able to get one. There really are a nice variety of colors that are wearable all year round.

I love the colours in this palette, it’s perfect for my fair skin. It’s surprisingly hard to get decent blushers in this tone range in the UK, they’re either too warm or too cool whereas mine is quite neutral. Tarte only came to the UK this spring so it’s all new to me! I wish I could buy it here, but I’ll have to wait until it comes out here, don’t want to pay shipping or customs charges ?, but it’ll be worth the wait!

Wow, the first one is nice, but this palette is disappointing for the most part 🙁 I’ve got a few other Tarte blush palettes from previous holidays, which are really nice, but am not impressed with this one at all. And why Dollface again? Why not release a palette full of limited edition shades for this time of year, rather than inserting one or two that are available all year? Especially one that’s been done to death. Same thing that NARS does with Orgasm & Laguna (Deepthroat too), which is why I don’t buy any of their palettes anymore.

Oh well, I hope Chanel releases at least some decent products before the year is over or I’m gonna be buying very little. I suppose that *could* be considered a good thing, but I was really looking forward to getting some nice christmas sets.

They don’t look too bad, but quite basic color choices here. BUT: the oil issues are a deal breaker here! My skin can still get oily, and that would likely ruin these. And then there’s that issue of shedding glitter/sequins? Nope, not for me!

Yes, the Clay blushes getting hard! I just had to fight with a Tarte blush I hadn’t used in a while, the surface was SO hard that I couldn’t pickup any color at all. So annoying! What do you do in this case? I rubbed a tissue on it until the hardest layer was gone, but it’s inconvenient and wasteful…

I dont understand why you keep on reviewing Tarte blushes. You are just doing more harm than good. They would never get higher than B rating because their claim doesnt meet the real staying power, even though it’ higher than other blushes.

Is there a reason why I should be giving Tarte a pass? I’m not sure why they shouldn’t be held to the same standards as every other product I review. Readers are smart enough to decide for themselves whether eight hour wear is a deal-breaker or not for them. I have no idea how I’m harming anyone by sharing swatches, how a product works (there’s more to blush than just wear time), providing dupe options, and real life photos of a palette that several readers were interested in.

If you have better luck with the product, we built an entire user review system built so readers could add their own experiences to a product’s page so that other readers can get an even bigger picture/better overview of a particular product.

Information is important whichever way it is leaning towards. I have bought a lot of products that Christine graded B or lower; I still appreciate the reviews and swatches as comparison with others on the web, especially for brands that I are not present locally in my part of the world (including Tarte).

I used to be tempted when the Tarte blush palettes came out but I guess I’ve gotten a bit bored with them, even from just seeing them every year online and never purchasing. The shades, the finishes, the style and packaging aren’t as exciting as other brands and mostly feels too similar to the palettes before.

is the palette covering (the black fabric) just a black version of last year’s gold sparkly cover? i use last year’s all the time and i ALWAYS have about 3-5 pieces of glitter i have to fish off of my face. it would definitely be more annoying for those pieces to be black glitter instead of gold though!

Tarte 12hr clay blushes are the longest-wearing on me, and I’ve tried full sized and travel sized one, and the blush palettes; all of them are of similarly good quality. I really recommend these for oily-skinned ladies. The colors also generally work. There are repeats, but that’s a problem only if you buy sets again and again. I don’t seem to have any of the problems mentioned in the comments here – hardened surface, surface picking up oils, etc – but I mostly use my blushes on clean face in the morning, and don’t take these for touch-ups. I don’t even wash my brushes that often (about 2-3 times per month).

I bought this set! In my head, I had to get it because I missed last year’s palette. And to save money on blush for the future in theory… Haha!

I like Tarte’s blushes! I think they are really great for oily-skinned girls. And though I’m not super oily anymore (normal to dry cheeks; oily t-zone), I still think the blushes wear well. They last well beyond the full workday for me. I really love Blissful (not in this set).

No issues with hardening or crustiness. I apply after foundation and powder.

Though if this was my first blush palette, I might take the Nars palette. I like Nars blushes more. Seems to stay on my skin better and less “drying” if it makes sense.

Still glad I bought the set and I’m enjoying it!

Hi Christine! Thank you for sharing your opinions and experiences on this palette! I always enjoy reading your reviews and seeing your swatches. Definitely the best out there! I personally have always been a fan of Tarte… their products and formulas have USUALLY been a hit for me. Lately however, I’ve been getting a lot of “Deja Vu” when I purchase a palette or set from them and its starting to get really frustrating and disappointing. I feel that they are just getting lazy with colors and shades and sticking with what they know and not thinking about their loyal fans and followers that are buying their products consistently and could be potentially getting bored and/or feeling a bit scammed. Like this palette for example.. Yes, “Dollface” is already in their permanent range, but thats not what bothers me so much.. its the fact that it was ALSO in the first “Off The Cuff” holiday blush set the year before last! They would have to assume that people are collecting these holiday sets (especially) because they are so popular and limited edition/a great value, so I don’t know why they would feature a shade that you can still get in their permanent range, TWICE!! Maybe I could understand using it again a few years down the road, but it was just the year before last! Also, the shade “Prim” was just featured in their holiday set of 4 mini blushes at Ulta and Tarte.com last year!! So, again, what makes this palette so special and worth purchasing for a collector of Tarte? Maybe if “Prim” was one of the more “random” limited shades from collections maybe only featured on QVC or whatnot, I would understand the thought process behind using it again because most people might not have gotten a chance to get their hands on it before now. And again, it was in one of their holiday collections just last year!! Its not that I want/need every color to be a new limited edition shade, but the least they could do is mix up what colors they bring in from their permanent line and past collections. I just wish they would start shaking things up a bit! (I feel the same, maybe even more strongly about their eyeshadow collections!! Sooo many repeats/dupes! But I won’t even go there right now.. this novel I’ve written today is long enough as is! haha)
Sorry about the rant!! I just wonder if there is any one else who feels the same frustration with this company and I figured this would be one of the best platforms to voice my opinion on this issue. Thanks for reading and Have a great day! 🙂

Does anyone have thoughts on de-potting the blushes from the palette? I’ve never de-potted anything before. Cleaning up pieces of black glitter up every time I touch the palette is getting old. 🙂 I really like the product but I know that I won’t be using this due to the glitter.

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