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Tarte Flush Cheek Stain - Tarte Blush Review and Swatches

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Tarte Flush Cheek Stain Review - Mini Blush

Back in October, my sister purchased the Sephora in the Glow Kit (review here) and offered me the Tarte Flush blush to try out (sisterly love and sharing right there!).  Tarte has a great reputation and in recent months, their products have become favorites and have gotten great reviews. While I was excited to wear this best-seller Tarte Cheek Stain, I was disappointed in the actual product.  I’ve had this mini blush since last year and have put off the review in order to keep trying the product, but alas, my impressions are the same as the first time around.

The Tarte gel stick is wet and glossy to achieve a brightening effect

The color of this blush is a lovely mix between a red and pink - think summer berries or barely ripe cherries. The color should suit all skin tones as it really does give a flush look (see below swatch).  The gel consistency of the blush is also perfect for achieving the glowing, dewy skin look without being greasy or watery.  Tarte blushes do have a slight scent that I actually enjoy and while Tarte Flush is citrus-y, the smell disappears soon after application. I did do my research a bit before writing this review, and have noticed several girls with sensitive skin who had reactions to the product so I recommend swatching first on your hand.  The blush did not break out my skin or irritate it so the actual natural ingredients were great for my skin.
Hmm, notice how short my pros were? Aside from the color, everything else is a headache.  I wish I could take the flush color and bright look of the blush and transfer it to a powder or another gel blush.  Tarte Flush Cheek Stain does not last long at all - approximately an hour or so before it fades completely - and it actually fades in patches so that’s another big no-no.  The biggest issue I had with this blush (as I am sure I’ll have with all other gel stick Tarte blushes) is the difficult application. The blush applies like a lipstick and is difficult to blend in so I end up with two doll-like circles on my cheeks.  I actually had to research tips to apply (as a beauty blogger nonetheless!) because I kept thinking I was not putting it on correctly.  Tarte recommends that you apply the Cheek Stain over a powdered, finished cheek - so after you apply foundation and setting powder.  This did help a bit but the Tarte Flush Cheek Stain longevity was still short and the blush still rubbed all over my face.  If you also do contouring or highlighting, I’m assuming you’ll have even more problems with this cheek stain.  In conclusion, the Tarte Flush Cheek Stain is difficult to blend in evenly, does not stay on for more than an hour, and has little color pay off.

Despite the dark tube color, Tarte Flush comes off as a pinkish red (swatch taken in light to show the wet shine); also notice how difficult it is to build up the color because streaks form
Benefits of Tarte blush - the pomegranate extract gives the lemon-like fresh scent

Reader’s Recommendations: Have you had more success with these blushes or have you had the same experience? The Tarte colors are beautiful but would love to know if I can do anything to improve application.

Stay Pretty, Miranda M.
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17203899757128581331 Betzy’s Makeup

    It looks so pretty

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01096905878778239160 Miranda M.

      the color is universally flattering definitely agree

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14853681649655675645 aly7

    Wow, sorry this didn’t work out for you too well! I have a tiny of True Love, and I had one called Tipsy. i liked them both, but I don’t think they are worth the full price!

    xo aly

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01096905878778239160 Miranda M.

      after all the recommendations, I hope to try some new application techniques and hopefully the color works out better

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11161189047882208037 Small Town Gal

    I have this and I usually use this as a base and top it up with a similar color blush. Totally agree with you with the staying power of this. It does not stay.

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    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01096905878778239160 Miranda M.

      oh, great idea! I have a similar powdered blush color so I’ll try that as well - a way of setting it

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04958329145338124293 Chantel

    Very pretty color, surprised this product didn’t workout.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01096905878778239160 Miranda M.

      I sometimes carry it in my purse to reapply just because the color is pretty. Thank you for all your lovely comments Chantel, you always comment on our posts, makes us feel special!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14236602901223400396 Coco

    I’m surprised Tarte recommends applying this over a powdered cheek considering creams go patchy over powders. They blend best over bare skin or foundation xx

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01096905878778239160 Miranda M.

      Tarte also recommends over foundation but it didn’t work for me as the foundation was smearing haha hot mess I’ll give it a try over a more “blank canvas” thanks for your comment!

  • Melanie

    I was actually interested to read your review because Tarte Flush is my all time favorite blush, believe it or not! I have very pale skin and the color really livens it up. I also have extremely dry skin, which is why I think I don’t have any problems with it not lasting long enough. On me, it usually lasts all day, especially in winter. (On really hot summer days I switch to Smashbox O Glow because it’s more sheer and light.) I also don’t use foundation and powder- just Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer- so maybe if I wore foundation I would notice a problem with the foundation smearing when I put the blush on. Interesting to read someone else’s (completely different) take on it though!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01096905878778239160 Miranda M.

      I do think it livens up the skin (perfect way of saying it haha!) but I wish it stayed like that throughout.

      Ohh some good ideas, true I haven’t just tried it with a bb cream or tinted moisturizer base. Maybe because of all the layers - foundation, concelear, powder, the blush doesn’t apply correctly - will give it a try, thanks for the recommendation!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14197030375886782110 Melissa B

    I haven’t used this, but I have used the Benefit Benetint cheek stain. I find it very difficult to apply to a finished face. Instead, for easy blending, I apply after moisturizing or foundation- something to help move the stain around to blend.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01096905878778239160 Miranda M.

      I also swatched some Benetint in Sephora and had the same opinion so I passed but will have to try this, it looks like the face has to really be a “blank canvas” before applying so I can come in and even the color. thank you for your comment!