A Tarte-ful Obsession

Tarte Blushes
From L – R: Tarte Dollface, Natural Beauty, Dazzled, Exposed, Blissful, Tipsy. The center two are from the limited edition set from last year

I came across Tarte some time early last year, during a quest for a natural everyday blush, and I was constantly hitting a “Tarte-Exposed” colored wall wherever I looked!. So, a few million (a bit inflated) shining reviews later I ordered what I fondly call Tarposed!, no wait.. Exposed!.


Now that I have greedily grabbed most of the colors from this line I thought I’ll review it for you here. Before I begin, heads up on the Tarte website. If you reside in the US, Tarte does some amazing sales twice or thrice a year, when they have either 20% or 30% site wide discount. That I think is the best time to indulge in the brand if you can hold up for that long. Most of my purchases were during the sale and I have never paid full price for any of the items! Moreover, For new members, they have a welcome offer of 20% discount site wide. You can get more details here: Tarte Cosmetics

Tarte Exposed Blush: This is probably the most popular color from the Tarte Amazonian clay 12-hr blush lineup. Exposed is a mauve nude pink blush, which looks incredibly natural on the skin. Its soft and not powdery at all. People with fair skin can use it as both contour and blush while on medium skin tones (NC 35-45) it will add a hint of color. I think it leans warm or cool depending on your undertones.

I am not putting up swatches of the blushes as they are widely available on the web. The picture above depicts the color very accurately!

Lipsticks to pair with this: I usually wear pinkish browns like MAC Hug Me or lip stains like the Dior Lip Glow with this, if I want the  look to be natural.
I have worn this with pinky red lipsticks like the Chanel Pirate and it complements them really well.

My Rating: 8/10

Tarte Blissful and Tarte Tipsy: Corals! Come spring-summer; corals, oranges and bright pinks are out and about! I love wearing corals all year round, and if I had to have one blush for the rest of my life this would be it! Blissful lifts my complexion everytime I wear it, imagine something adding prettiness to a dull face! A close dupe of Blissful is theBalm Frat boy blush. Nars Deep Throat is a shimmery version of it and much less pigmented. For me Blissful wins over both.

I call Tipsy the bolder version of Blissful, as you can see in the picture. While Blissful might be a little pale for deeper skin tones, Tipsy works really well for both fair and darker damsels!

Lipsticks to wear with these: Pinks, corals reds whatever you fancy!

My Rating: 9/10 (Blissful); 7/10 (Tipsy)

Tarte Natural Beauty: This is described as rosy-red by Tarte and I think its pretty accurate. Its a very deep pink blush and follows a “less is more” aesthetic! A light hand makes it look natural and pretty on the face. Its one of those vintage colors which look amazing with red lipsticks. I don’t wear this blush too often but in warmer weather and with deeper skin it may find a permanent home!

Lipsticks to pair with this: deep berry reds, light pinks and true reds. Try it with Chanel Pirate, beautiful!

My Rating: 7/10

Tarte Dollface: This is my least used blush as it looks very pale on my face. This is meant for very fair skin tones and looks great on them! I can see it being paired with light pink lipsticks like MAC Angel. This one has a very specific clientele.

My Rating: 6/10

Tarte Dazzled: This is a new blush in my stash. Its a darker and more mauve version of Tarte Exposed. This also has obvious shimmer as opposed to Exposed which is matte. This is one of those colors from the same family as Nars Sin blush.

This blush is also one of the less pigmented of the Tarte blushes. It takes multiple swipes of the brush to build up the color, or even show up on my face. This looks more pink in the picture above than it really is. Its almost lavender-pink in real life. Medium skin tones can skip this one.

My Rating: 4/10

Tarte also does some amazing bronzers like, Park Ave Princess I think it was called. They seem to have changed the names and/or formula, because I don’t see these on their website anymore! If you get your hands on these – GRAB!

I hope you find this review helpful, let me know what your picks from Tarte are!

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