Tarte Exposed Amazonian Clay Highlighter Review, Photos, Swatches

Tarte Exposed Amazonian Clay Highlighter
Tarte Exposed Amazonian Clay Highlighter

Tarte Exposed Amazonian Clay Blush ($26.00 for 0.20 oz.) is muted, medium rosy mauve with warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. This shade has been part of the permanent range for awhile, but it is being repromoted alongside the three new shades, and I thought it was a good excuse to update photos/swatches of it as well as pull new dupes. The Amazonian Clay Blush formula is supposed to have 12-hour wear along with a “supremely soft” texture. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage (up to semi-opaque) with a dusty, lightly powdery consistency that does kick up a noticeable amount of powder in the pan, but it didn’t appear dry or chalky on the skin. The color wore well for eight hours, which is in line with most formulas for me, but it is below the length claimed. MAC Blushbaby (P, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Cinematic (P, $23.00) is warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek Puppy Love (P, $10.00) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Plum Ombre (LE, $55.00) is warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals The Love Letter (LE, $22.00) is cooler (85% similar). bareMinerals Golden Gate Matte (LE, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Seduce (P, $29.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). KIKO 105 Dark Rose (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Prim (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Capri (P, $58.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Risque (P, $29.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Surratt Beauty La Vie En Rose (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Kat Von D Piaf (Shade) (DC, ) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Estee Lauder Alluring Rose (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Unearthed (LE, $29.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Impress (LE, $29.00) is cooler (85% similar). Chanel Rose Bronze (02) (P, $45.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Laura Geller Roseberry (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Fetish (DC, $26.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Tarte Elevated (LE, $29.00) is lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tarte Exposed Amazonian Clay Highlighter ($26.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a light gold with warm, yellow undertones and a luminous sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth, and blendable texture that wasn’t too firm or too loose in the pan, while it didn’t kick up powder like most of the Blush range, which was a nice surprise. I think the texture is more refined and smoother with this highlighter formula than the blush formula. It produced a nice glow to the skin without looking metallic or overtly shimmery, so I think anyone who likes a light to moderate sheen may find this to their liking. The highlighter lasted for eight and a half hours on me (but not the 12 promised!). Clinique Gold Celebration Pop (LE, $25.00) is darker (95% similar). Melt Cosmetics Stargazer (P, $39.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Camelia de Chanel (LE, $70.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Dior Precious Rocks (001) (DC, $56.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS RΓͺve SalΓ© II (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Incandescent (Top) (PiP, $75.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Beach Babe (P, $36.00) is less shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (DC, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). rms beauty Grande Dame (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Glowing Nude (002) (LE, $58.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Liquid Champagne (P, $9.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). ColourPop Mistress of All Evil (LE, $10.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Huda Beauty Capri (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). ColourPop Chisme (LE, $7.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Cover FX Celestial (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Stunner (LE, $29.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Ray of Light (P, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (PiP, $24.00) is warmer (95% similar). Dior #001 (DC, $56.00) is darker (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty The Afternooner (Highlighter) (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Exposed

PPermanent. $29.00.
C+
C+
8.5
Product
7
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
5
Application
79%
Total

Exposed

PPermanent. $28.00.
A-
A-
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
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Tarte Exposed Amazonian Clay Blush
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Tarte Exposed Amazonian Clay Highlighter
Tarte Exposed Amazonian Clay Highlighter

Tarte Exposed Amazonian Clay Highlighter
Tarte Exposed Amazonian Clay Highlighter

Tarte Exposed Amazonian Clay Highlighter
Tarte Exposed Amazonian Clay Highlighter

Tarte Exposed Amazonian Clay Highlighter
Tarte Exposed Amazonian Clay Highlighter

Tarte Exposed Amazonian Clay Highlighter
Tarte Exposed Amazonian Clay Highlighter

Tarte Exposed Amazonian Clay Highlighter
Tarte Exposed Amazonian Clay Highlighter

Tarte Exposed Amazonian Clay Highlighter
Tarte Exposed Amazonian Clay Highlighter

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I love the shade of Exposed, but I’ve had mine for a while and the surface has become so hard that it’s difficult to pick up color. I never used it with a wet brush or kept it in a humid room like the bathroom, so I don’t know what happened πŸ™

As far as I can tell, it’s caused by the oils from your skin getting onto your brush and then getting onto the product’s top layer.

I read on a Fb makeup group that you could try using sticky tape to lift off the top layer of a blusher so that the hard bit comes off. I don’t know how successful that is with Tarte blushes but you could give it a try before resorting to sharp implements!

I’ve had that happen with a few pressed powder foundations and I agree with Christine – it’s oils from your skin (or moisturizer) transferring via your brush. I have a PUR Minerals brush that is quite scratchy and I use that to sort of “sand” off the top layer of the product, exposing the better stuff underneath. You could also try gently scraping with your fingernail.

I use disposable mascara wands (one-time use disposable wands) to remove the hardened outer layer of products. Works very well, and more hygienic than scratching powder off with your fingernails if you use a clean wand each time.

Exposed is one of my all-time favorite blushes. It’s such a great color that goes with everything. The highlighter is pretty, but I have Mary Lou-Manizer, so I don’t need it.

As much as I like the Exposed Blush, when I pulled up the dupes I noticed that Seduce would probably show up much better for me than Exposed would. Fingers x’d that Seduce does really well!

The highlighter looks beautiful!!! Although I feel well stocked on highlighters ATM.

The blush got the same grade as in 2011. At least they didn’t mess with it. I find Tarte’s regular blushes to be a bit drier than I would prefer, and never had that buy it in every color sensation. Also, never sprang for a blush palette. Only have 4: this, blushing bride, naturally pretty, and elevated, or whatever came in Mattnificent. They don’t get as much rotation as they deserve, though. Now MUFE, I started to gobble up right away, once I started….and I TRIED to resist. Tarte’s formula isn’t for everyone, but what is?

Mine is the same as the one in 2011 – I was just re-swatching since you had mentioned I did not have face swatches in my review πŸ™‚

This is kind of obnoxious, but I really love the exposed blush.It’s one of my holy grails and I got it in a set that rI paid basically retail of the blush for the whole package. I don’t totally feel like I would pay 26$ for the highlighter, because it’s so obnoxiously sheer. It looks like I would have to pack this on for days to get any sort of color pay off compared to my ofra highlighter or benefit watts up

The highlighter isn’t sheer – it is actually quite pigmented, as in fully opaque… For cheek products, I provide a separate, blended out/diffused swatch on the right side of the regular swatch. Did you mean that it isn’t shimmery enough for your tastes? I don’t have Ofra products, but it is just as pigmented as Watt’s Up.

Exposed is such a cult classic shade, but every time I swatch in store, I don’t know what to make of it. It doesn’t look too exciting on my hand, but I think I need to get over my germ phobia, and put it on my cheeks to see how it looks. The highlighter is pretty, but I have enough dupes.

LOL! Try it and then immediately go home and wash your face πŸ˜‰

With powders, it shouldn’t be as much of a concern, though, compared to anything liquid/cream!

That lipstick you are wearing is gorgeous! I have the Exposed Highlighter being delivered today, I am excited to try it out. Great post!

Interesting to see what Exposed blush looks like on the skin, it’s so popular. I love the highlighter, but not getting it though!

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