Tarte Pin Up Girl Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

Tarte Pin Up Girl Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Palette
Tarte Pin Up Girl Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Palette

Tarte Pin Up Girl Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Palette ($42.00 for 0.79 oz.) includes five shades of blush ranging from brown to peach to plum. Each blush is 0.158 oz. and a full-sized blush is 0.20 oz. for $26. The palette contains $102.70 worth of blush, and more subjectively, for less than the price of two full-sized blushes, you’ll get to try five shades. I liked that there was a variety of finishes, and a decent spectrum of shades from beige to plum to coral. Tarte’s blushes don’t wear as long as twelve hours on me, which is a claim that is repeated over and over again for the formula. The texture of a few of these leaned powdery, and it seemed like the wear time was less than I’ve had with other Tarte shades as a result. If I set aside the 12-hour wear time claim, then the rating would bump up to B+.

Breathless is described as a “pinky beige.” It’s a rosy beige with subtle, warm undertones and a satin-matte finish. There’s a smidgen of “glow” the more you buff and blend out the powder on the skin, but it’s primarily a matte finish. It wore well for eight and a half hours (which is significantly short of 12!). The powder was soft once applied to the skin, but it was a little stiffer in the pan and not quite as pigmented as the other shades. Too Faced Papa Don’t Peach (LE) is darker, more shimmery. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless (220) (P, $30.00) is warmer. MAC Corol #1 (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Hourglass Dim Infusion (P, $35.00) is warmer. Estee Lauder Sensuous Rose (LE, $28.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Embraced is described as a “plummy rose.” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned berry pink with a frosted finish. It had great color payoff, though the texture of the powder was slightly powdery. The more shimmery finish did emphasize pores. The color lasted for eight and a half hours before fading. Clinique Plum Pop (04) (P, $21.00) is brighter, less shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Wicked (P, $55.00) is darker. NYX English Rose (P, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Pink Tea (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. MAC Divine Desire (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Subtle Breeze (LE, $27.00) is less shimmery, not quite as cool-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Whimsy is described as a “light pink.” It’s a cool-toned, light-medium pink with a semi-matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft but powdery texture. The blush wore well for eight hours before fading on me. Makeup Geek Rendezvous (P, $9.99) is darker. Makeup Geek Head Over Heels (P, $9.99) is lighter. MAC Young at Heart (LE, $20.00) is darker, brighter. Urban Decay Blush (P) is similar. Tarte Flush (P, $26.00) is a touch lighter. Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is cooler-toned, lighter. Tarte Dollface (P, $26.00) is more shimmery. MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $20.00) is similar. theBalm Argyle (P, $22.00) is warmer. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is similar. MAC Lovecloud (P, $21.00) is warmer, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bashful is described as a “rosy peach.” It’s a medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and a soft, golden shimmer-sheen. It had nice color payoff that sat well on the skin, and it was the only shade in the palette that wasn’t powdery–well-balanced between soft, pigmented, and blendable. It wore well for nine hours before fading. Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is lighter. Surratt Beauty Ponceau (P, $32.00) is brighter, warmer. Guerlain Coral Blush (LE) is darker. IT Cosmetics Pretty in Peony (P, $24.00) is brighter, darker. MAC Petal Power (LE, $27.00) is lighter. Clinique Peach Pop (02) (P, $21.00) is darker. Tarte True Love (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. Tarte Crave (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery. NARS Day Dream (LE, $29.00) is similar. Too Faced Melt Into Spring (LE) is less sihmmery. NARS Realm of the Senses (Together) (LE, $29.00) is darker. theBalm Frat Boy (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. NYX Summer Peach (P, $5.00) is less shimmery. NYX Pinched (P, $5.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Irreplaceable is described as a “mauve rose.” It’s a medium-dark, rosy pink with subtle, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. Applied to my skin, it does take on a warmer look overall, though it is a cool-toned shade that I think will show up more plum-like on cooler complexions. It had great color payoff, and the texture was just a smidgen powdery but fairly blendable. This shade wore well for almost nine hours. Makeup Geek Love Affair (P, $9.99) is warmer, more shimmery. MAC Peaches & Cream (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Sunset Beach (LE, $30.00) is cooler-toned. NARS 413 BLKR (P, $29.00) is darker. Milani Tea Rose (08) (LE, $7.99) is similar. Tarte Fearless (P, $26.00) is lighter. NYX Desert Rose (P, $5.00) is brighter, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tarte Pin Up Girl Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

B
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total
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Tarte Pin Up Girl Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Palette
Tarte Pin Up Girl Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Palette

Tarte Pin Up Girl Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Palette
Tarte Pin Up Girl Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Palette

Tarte Pin Up Girl Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Palette
Tarte Pin Up Girl Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Palette

Tarte Pin Up Girl Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Palette
Tarte Pin Up Girl Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Palette

Tarte Pin Up Girl Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Palette
Tarte Pin Up Girl Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Palette

Tarte Pin Up Girl Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Palette
Tarte Pin Up Girl Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Palette

Tarte Pin Up Girl Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Palette
Tarte Pin Up Girl Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Palette

Tarte Pin Up Girl Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Palette
Tarte Pin Up Girl Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Palette

Tarte Breathless Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush
Tarte Breathless Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush

Tarte Breathless Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush
Tarte Breathless Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush

Tarte Breathless Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush
Tarte Breathless Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush

Tarte Embraced Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush
Tarte Embraced Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush

Tarte Embraced Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush
Tarte Embraced Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush

Tarte Embraced Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush
Tarte Embraced Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush

Tarte Whimsy Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush
Tarte Whimsy Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush

Tarte Whimsy Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush
Tarte Whimsy Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush

Tarte Whimsy Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush
Tarte Whimsy Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush

Tarte Bashful Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush
Tarte Bashful Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush

Tarte Bashful Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush
Tarte Bashful Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush

Tarte Bashful Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush
Tarte Bashful Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush

Tarte Irreplaceable Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush
Tarte Irreplaceable Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush

Tarte Irreplaceable Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush
Tarte Irreplaceable Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush

Tarte Irreplaceable Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush
Tarte Irreplaceable Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush

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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Guerlain Parure de Lumiere Foundation
  • Urban Decay Naked Loose Finishing Powder
On lips:
  • MAC Nouvelle Vogue Lipstick

About the Reviewer

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 matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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I really like Breathless and Bashful, but those other too would look a hot mess on me. I thought I was going to want this, but I think I’m going to pass. Thanks for the review Christine!

I do think the texture of these is slightly off compared to the FS. but ive never had their palettes to compare, only the FS & Minis. I do think the holiday minis had a smoother texture tho, but i found them to apply the same and wear as usual for me. I have my makeup on for 10hrs and they have lasted all throughout. My favorite from the palette are the right 2, i was slightly disappointed with embraced & breathless

Their full-sized range has been off for me for the past few releases, and I felt like these were better than the last ones I bought!

The brand was picked up by a large Japanese compan a while back, so things may have changed. I haven’t purchased anything since the takeover, but I’ve noticed several changes in terms of marketing & actual products. I’m also not sure how much Maureen is still involved with the brand…

All so pretty on you! Though Embraced did look a little metallic…
I got the four blush set on the Tarte site so am skipping this. I do like Tarte’s holiday stuff this year…and at least they aren’t repeating the same shades over and over again (like some brands!).

Bashful and Irreplaceable remind me of the original Blissful and Natural Beauty (somewhat!) I though Breathless was too light but it does show up and really pretty! Also Nouvelle Vogue is really pretty on you! Like the perfect rose petal pink πŸ™‚

I already commented this on the preview post, but I ordered this the moment it hit online, and I already returned it. Three of the shades were nearly identical or very similar to last year’s Off the Cuff palette. I fell in love with Breathless, but that didn’t not justify keeping the palette IMO.

Before I returned the palette, I swatched Breathless on my arm and took the arm swatch to the girls at Sephora and MAC. At Sephora, the closest dupe I found was NARS Olympia. It was a tad browner but extremely close. At MAC, the girls gave me several suggestions including Tenderling. Tenderling was in the same family but more pigmented (if I’m not mistaken since I didn’t write it down).

It looks like I’ll be picking up Olympia to use as a blush, even though it’s the same price for that as this whole palette. πŸ™‚ Ah well!

The blushes are definitely similar to a lot of Tarte shades I’ve seen in the past, and I, by no means, have the majority of them, so they have a tendency to overlap, unfortunately.

I will get this just because of the 1st and 4th shade!!! I’m glad the 4th one performed well!! I cannot wait to get my hands on this!! Thanks Christine for the swatches!!

This looks fabulous! Do you plan on picking up or reviewing the Tarte Chic To Cheek Blush set? I’m debating which one to get! Thanks for another awesome review! πŸ˜€

I was hoping that Tarte would come out with a new blush palette for the holiday’s this year, because last year’s is great. IMO, I’m not impressed in the least by this year’s blush palette. A couple of the blushes look like they apply patchy & are honestly not flattering. I hope Bashful will eventually become a single blush. Breathless is pretty, but doesn’t look like it will show up on me like I’d like it to. I hope everyone that likes it enjoys it.

It’s okay, as I was shocked to stumble upon Chanel’s Jersey at Neiman’s when I only went there to purchase TF’s Deeper- literally 20 min. & a few hundred $s of retail therapy later, I’m not running short on blushes. Plus, I already have Chanel’s holiday offerings coming to me, including another JC for my collection.

I appreciate the time & effort of your swatching & thourough reviews & dupes. I certainly can afford to back I off the blush binge I’ve been on for the past year and a half, as I stopped wearing blush after middle school & even when I got really involved in MU I wasn’t interested in blushes, what was I thinking?!? More Tarte Blush Palettes for everyone else. I’m still eyeing Tarte’s mini blush set will be a better fit for me. Happy (early) holidays, good health, peace & happiness to you Christine, your family & to all the family of MU obsessed hoarders, lovers & collectors out there.

I really like this palette, but with sooo many things to choose from this time of year, I have to *love* something… Besides, my blush stash has grown exponentially this year alone, and now the benefit palette which has all the shades I’ve been contemplating is being released tomorrow…

Thank you for the very thorough review! I think I’ll pass on this one – I have the Off the Cuff blush palette from last year, which I love. Are you planning on reviewing the eyeshadow palette in the Tarte Bon Voyage Holiday set? I don’t own any Tarte eye shadows, so I’m a bit curious LOL!

This would be a blush jackpot to anyone who is looking to build their blush wardrobe since every color seems wearable and there is a nice variety of shades. I am at the point where something needs to really jump out at me in terms of color, finish, and even packaging. I generally like the Amazonian Clay formula, but I don’t find myself reaching for it over others in my collection for some reason.

That said, these all look really lovely applied. Irreplaceable is my favorite here and I would seek it out as a single shade.

Clinique Pop Blushes, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes, and Dolce & Gabbana Luminous Cheek Colors seem to be in constant rotation, which are all more silky and seem to have a more complex finish (like I’ve used more than one product). I think I’m getting lazy in my old age and don’t want to have to fuss with lots of blending or layering.

I really, really want to try a Tom Ford Blush (Wicked makes me swoon), but I’m afraid I’ll be spoiled and never give my other blushes any love. Tom Ford tortures me with his refined elegance. But, he and my husband are not friends, at all.

Thanks for the review, Christine! They are all very pretty, but Embraced looks especially good on you! I don’t mind that it won’t last 12 hours…it’s still on my wish list! I love all the colors. πŸ™‚

The shades look very pretty, but the one Tarte blush that I have from my Matte palette is quite powdery and it definitely doesn’t last on me for 12 hours, though maybe this is a new formula? I love the look of the shades and the inside of the palette packaging, but the outside not so much. I have so many blushes now, in spite of this good deal, I’ll pass.

Any idea if these would work on lighter skin? Bashful and Irreplaceable look really bright in the swatches but I’m not sure if that is built up a lot or not. Thanks!

Sigh…as I feared, the words “Subtle Breeze” appeared in this review. But I think I’m really going to try very hard to resist this…I do have some of the dupes listed there along with Subtle Breeze but the thing is, they’re NOT Subtle Breeze. How I wish MAC would repromote that one.

I was considering grabbing this palette but it looks a lot lighter than I expected. The last 2 shades are beautiful but the rest I can live without.

Everyone talks so much about Exposed Im surprised its not on there. I personally didn’t like the texture of it when I swatched it in store..at all, so I passed on it even though it’s a gorgeous colour. Embraced is calling out to me here but all the rest are passable so I can skip this one. Thanks for the great review!

Tarte’s blushes are pretty finicky — they absorb oil very easily, so if the tester was already heavily swatched in store, I wouldn’t be surprised if it had hardened on the top layer!

I ordered this the second I saw it and I love love love it! Tarte blushes are some of the best I’ve tried and I have pretty good success with them lasting as long as I need. It’s rare I need makeup to last more than 8-10 hours and I expect fading with most makeup because of my my exceptionally oily skin. I can see how a claim of 12 hours not panning out would be frustrating, especially since that is something you see on every piece of marketing for these blushes. I think docking the score for that reason is fair. Overall I think this is still a superb deal and good way to build a lovely range of finishes and shades at an affordable price.

P.S. I just LOVE you Christine!!!

Yay! So glad you’re loving your set πŸ™‚ I’m always a bit sad when I see brands make really long-wear claims (like 12 hours, which is quite long), because it’s rare that they live up to them!

I like the variety of shades and the whole design of the palette overall, but I wish this palette was an A. I need blushes to last a whole workday too.

I can’t help myself i hate the packaing. If i won’t a clutch i’ll buy it. This is not the thing i would bring to a job. I’m a little sad because after last years palette i realy wanted this one…

This set is nice, but I don’t think it’s quite as pretty as the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette for Holiday 2014 you reviewed, Christine. I really love that Hourglass set!

Love your looks with the blushes. I’m on the fence about this one. I was thinking about the tarte blush palette last year and skipped it. I keep thinking I should get this or I should get the Hourglass one, but the Hourglass one I want for the LE shade.

I think whimsy would look great on my super pale, neutral-to-yellow undertone skin! The color looks beautiful. The whole palette does, actually!

Will definitely be picking this blush palette up. That seems to be the focus of my holiday shopping this year, although it’s not going to save me any money…..between Hourglass, Chanel, Tarte & a few more, all these new blushes are going to add up to quite a bit!

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