Tarte Sculpted Cheeks Amazonian Clay Blush Set & Brush Review, Photos, Swatches

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, $29.00) is brighter (95% similar). ColourPop Cruel Intentions (LE, $8.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Tarte Fetching (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). ColourPop Mistress (LE, $8.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Too Faced Your Love is King (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). theBalm Houndstooth (P, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Estee Lauder Pink Ingenue (P, $34.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). ColourPop Parakeet (P, $8.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Icon (LE, $29.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Kosas Longitude Zero (Blush) (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Angel Pride IV (LE, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). The Estee Edit Purr Pink (03) (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Amazed (LE, $29.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). By Terry Savannah Love #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Happy-Go-Rosy (P, $29.00) is brighter (90% similar). ColourPop Glass Slipper (P, $8.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Tantalize Glo (Blush) (LE, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Exhibitionist (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). Tarte Live (LE, $29.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). ColourPop Coast to Coast (P, $8.00) is lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. 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. Tarte Unearthed (LE, $29.00) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Ray (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Corol #2 (LE, $24.00) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Puppy Love (P, $10.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Surratt Beauty La Vie En Rose (P, $32.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Plum Ombre (LE, $55.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Ven Conmigo (LE, $24.00) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Geller Roseberry (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, cooler (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). Milani Cocoa Felicita (P, $7.99) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Animal Instincts (LE, $24.00) is darker (85% similar). NARS Body Talk (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Milani Bronze Burst #2 (PiP, ) 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. Cover FX Pink Dahlia (Left) (PiP, ) is more muted (95% similar). Make Up For Ever B308 (P, $23.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Genuine (LE, $29.00) is lighter (95% similar). Chanel Blush Camelia Peche (LE, $45.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Mistletoe (LE, ) is darker, more muted (95% similar). KIKO 108 Orange Coral (DC, $12.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (95% similar). Anastasia Desert (PiP, ) is darker, warmer (95% similar). LYS Beauty Kindness (P, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Torrid (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever B314 (P, $23.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Lethal Cosmetics Nectar (P, $14.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Mod (LE, $29.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Coastline (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Swoon (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Pretty Vulgar Sweet Revenge (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cherry Blaze (Right) (PiP, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). ColourPop Count Me In (P, $8.00) is cooler (90% similar). Laura Mercier Southbound (P, $28.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Sideshow You (LE, $24.00) is cooler (90% similar). Pretty Vulgar Hush Blush (P, $26.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (90% 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. Tarte Surreal (LE, $29.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Flush (P, $60.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). theBalm Argyle (P, $22.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). ColourPop Take the Cake (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Happy-Go-Rosy (P, $29.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Flush (P, $29.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Too Faced Pink Wink (PiP, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Whimsy (LE, $29.00) is lighter (90% similar). Coloured Raine Damage Control (Blush) (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). NARS Exposed (LE, $30.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). ColourPop Whistle While You Werk (LE, $8.00) is lighter (90% similar). Jouer Kiss Me (PiP, ) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Temper (-, ) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Hot Pursuit (LE, $30.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Exhibitionist (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Natasha Denona Pink (PiP, ) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Tweed Evanescent (130) (LE, $45.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Santa Baby (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Breathtaking (LE, $29.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Burberry First Love (LE, $68.00) is lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. 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.]

Sculpted Cheeks

LELimited Edition. $35.00.
C-
C-
7
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
5.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4
Application
70%
Total

Genius

LELimited Edition. $29.00.
C-
C-
7
Product
9
Pigmentation
7
Texture
6
Longevity
3
Application
71%
Total

Royal

LELimited Edition. $29.00.
F
F
4
Product
5
Pigmentation
3
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
51%
Total

Vibrant

LELimited Edition. $29.00.
B+
B+
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
6.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

Pop

LELimited Edition. $29.00.
D+
D+
6
Product
9
Pigmentation
4
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
67%
Total

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

Tarte Sculpted Cheeks Deluxe Amazonian Clay Blush Set & Brush

Tarte Genius Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush

Tarte Genius Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush

Tarte Genius Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush

Tarte Genius Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush

Tarte Genius Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush

Tarte Royal Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush

Tarte Royal Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush

Tarte Royal Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush

Tarte Royal Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush

Tarte Royal Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush

Tarte Vibrant Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush

Tarte Vibrant Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush

Tarte Vibrant Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush

Tarte Vibrant Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush

Tarte Vibrant Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush

Tarte Pop Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush

Tarte Pop Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush

Tarte Pop Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush

Tarte Pop Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush

Tarte Pop Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush


Tarte Sculpted Cheeks Brush  

Tarte Sculpted Cheeks Brush  

Tarte Sculpted Cheeks Brush  

Makeup Look
On face:
  • Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Foundation
  • Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder
On eyes:
  • Makeup Geek Lucky Penny Eyeshadow
  • Makeup Geek Pocket Change Eyeshadow
  • Makeup Geek Tan Lines Eyeshadow
  • Makeup Geek Sidekick Eyeshadow
  • Makeup Geek Bake Sale Eyeshadow
  • Sephora Black Lace Contour Eye Pencil
On lips:
  • Chanel Rouge Angelique (174) Rouge Allure Lipstick

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Katherine T. Avatar

Oh dear. I got a holiday set of 4 from 2014 (the Chic to Cheek set) , and really love it. The quality is good, and the colors very wearable. I love to pop one into my purse, as they are light. I don’t need any more blush, but sad this year’s isn’t up to par 🙁 And it looks like that 10 pan blush wheel is a much better deal anyway, although less purse-friendly

kjh Avatar

Thank for the save. I had considered this…for a minute. Better go recheck the dupes for the first two. Sorry I missed animal instincts. Liked a lot of that collection and didn’t get any. These are pretty abysmal.

Mary Avatar

Is is just me or are the holiday releases this year just below par and dissapointing? I haven’t seen one thing that I have to have and the reviews are all just meh. I’m depressed because I ususally buya lot for gifts but this year I just can’t give people things that are so poor in quality.

kjh Avatar

Oh, yeah, that side has me thumping, too. And the purple shadow…her purple. But I won’t go to craziness to get it. Better recheck the puce side dupes. Fresh had a slew of decent puce lipsticks and NARS had Tangier, that started the whole multiple thing. He used tangier as a single product for eyes, lips, cheeks on the runway….Evolution….jump to all the multisticks. I’d kill for a new tangier. Puce is one of my all time favorite shades. Bring it back, everybody who did it well

Nancy T Avatar

KJH, my comment yesterday *really* reveals how poorly my brain functions on only 4 hours of sleep: it won’t be instore tomorrow. Oh dear me! And yet, I am setting my alarm tonight for 6 a.m.
Obviously, this old gal didn’t learn from walking around in a zombie-like have all of Wednesday, did I? Yes, puce is a good shade for my rather bizarre, mismatched coloring. Heck, it’s just a good shade period!

Marlee Stiteler Avatar

Besides the shape tape I feel like Tarte hasn’t put out anything very interesting, unique, or “must try” for me. Nothing from them ever catches my eye anymore. And I really don’t like that they have started catering to an almost “juvenile” market with the silly names and things. I know they want to make money but I just don’t really like that. And the blushes, they have so many colors that at this point it is all very very repetitive. Not trying to be a whiner here, just a little disappointed because I used to love them so much as a brand and now they are just kind of mediocre to me.

kjh Avatar

Since Tarte sold out to the parent company of Kose, they do seem to have targeted a younger market. Please correct me, everybody, if I am making a misassumption. It seems that Asian companies are even more youth driven than American ones. The models in the print cosmetics ads, both color and skincare, look prepubescent. I’m not thrilled with the pseudo trendy names that are passé before the product is d/c’d, but the metal shadows, esp since they are available as singles, seems to assuage some of the older buyers. By older, I mean over 25! Lol.

Trina Avatar

I have the mini sets from ulta, sephora, & qvc from last year. This set the blushes were made in Taiwan! The others were china. I’m willing to bet that’s why these are awful! I’m already not a fan of the holiday eyeshadow palettes because they are cheaply made in china. Even though the blushes are too the formula was ok. If they are changing to Taiwan and products are going to be awful this then i guess I’m gonna have to stop buying tarte. Very disappointing!

Trina Avatar

Something is definitely cheaper about production in Taiwan because these are the worst blushes I’ve ever received from tarte. I own a lot of tarte blush and mini sets and this is literally the worst. I’m thinking they had to make up cost for the brush in the set because it’s actually really nice. Sadly this was a fail

Domi Avatar

I am so sad that this rated poorly. All the colors would be very wearable to me and I prefer the mini size so it is easy and light to bring with me. The color wheel is just to big for my need. At home I have more than enough blush but I don’t have so many to pack when I need to pack light or to bring with me in my purse. I hope the Too Faced mini blushes are of a better quality!

Kirsten Avatar

Oh, is it bad of me that I’m kind of glad this got a poor rating? I was thinking of buying it for a hot minute, but then I ended up getting a couple of the UD afterglow ones at the Ulta 21-day sale instead.

Mariella Avatar

One of my all time “holy grail” blushes is from Tarte and I know from experience that they are capable of making really superior blushes so why they’d come out with something this mediocre has me shaking my head. Again, even if this were A’s on all counts, for people with my colouring, two of the blushes are complete “no’s” so why package 4 of them together? Why not sell the 2 cool ones in a set and the 2 warmer ones in a set? I’m surprised the brush scored so well – it doesn’t look like it would be very good so I guess you can’t judge a book (or a brush)….

Katy Avatar

I bought this and was quite surprised of the poor reviews! I’m nc15 and I really like this set! I use very little and they look really pretty!

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