We all have weaknesses when it comes to makeup. Mine happens to be blushes, and it’s especially hard for me to turn down a beautiful blush palette. When holiday releases started to become available, I promised I would only allow myself one purchase, and without a doubt the Tarte Bling It On Amazonian Clay Blush Palette had to be it. Like many, I missed out on previous years and I didn’t want to live with major FOMO (fear of missing out)! A Sephora VIB sale later, I secured this baby and so far I’m very happy with it.
Bling It On was Tarte’s blush palette release as part of their 2015 Holidaze collection. I always look forward to seeing Tarte’s holiday releases as they are often fantastic value and a great way to explore the brand. On the subject of value – the palette retails for $59 and comes with 5 blushes that contain 4.5g (0.15 oz) of product each. Considering a full size Tarte blush retails for $36 and contains 5.6g (0.20 oz), I think the palette gives you a bang for your buck.
The packaging is a little it of a let down. Sure, it’s an upgrade from last year’s clutch and hair pin fiasco and it does photograph a lot better. But… the black sequins are quite rough to the touch and fall out. By the time I finished photographing this post I had little black specs around the table and a couple stuck to my arm (how?!). On a positive note, the palette is quite sleek and thin, and has a magnetic closure which is a must. The inside is a lovely gold hue and the mirror included is a decent size.
Now, onto the exciting part: The Blushes. Tarte included three new shades (Fetching, Smashing and Beaming), a re-promote (Prim) and a permanent shade (Dollface).
- Fetching: A warm rose-plum shade. Fetching is one of my favourite shades in the palette. It is fairly soft in texture, very pigmented and very easy to blend out. In the pan it looks matte, but it gives a lovely skin-like satin finish on the cheeks.
- Dollface: A cool-toned light-medium pink with a matte finish. This shade is quite scary in the pan and it’s not something I’d usually reach for, but on my medium skin tone it gives a healthy flush of colour. It swatches a little bit chalky but it certainly doesn’t give a dry or chalky look on the cheeks. I like to mix it with Fetching.
- Prim: A warm dusty rose. This is undoubtedly my favourite shade in the palette. Like Fetching, it looks matte in the pan but has more of a satin finish on the cheeks. It’s one of those fool-proof shades that you can pair with almost any look. Interestingly enough the texture in this shade was a little bit firmer so I do need to build it up a little on my medium skin tone, but those with light skin tones will be happy with just a small wash of colour. I love wearing Prim alone but it also looks beautiful mixed with Dollface or Smashing.
- Smashing: A coral pink. This particular shade is probably the softest in texture in the palette and picks up a lot of product. Although it is powdery, it doesn’t look that way on the cheeks. It’s also the most pigmented, but still very easy to work with and blend out.
- Beaming: This apricot pink shade has some chunks of glitter through it. It’s the driest powder in the palette, and the pigmentation really lacks. I really don’t like this shade as it doesn’t work for me and my skin tone (I’d have to build it up forever for it to show, plus I’m not a fan of shimmer), but lighter skin tones may like this one.
Tarte has definitely kept the shade selection on the wearable side, but there isn’t a huge variation and we just ended up with a bunch of pink shades. Those with light to medium skin tones will get a lot of use out of this palette, but those with darker skin tones are going to struggle with making it work. I would have loved for Tarte to include a bronzer amongst the blushes, say, instead of Beaming; then it would definitely be a great travel option (if you don’t mind getting some glitter in your makeup bag). I also wish Smashing would be more coral than pink, but unfortunately on my skin tone it leans more pink.
In terms of longevity, Tarte claims their Amazonian Clay Blushes last 12 hours. I would say this is a bit of a stretch, as I mostly get 9 hours wear (even with the individual shades I own). Still, although the blushes don’t hold up to their claims, 9 hours is a decent wear time. Non-the-less I do like the formula, and I appreciate that it’s formulated without parabens, phthalates or mineral oils.
Overall the Bling It On palette offers wearable shades and great value, and I’ve been using it almost every day since receiving it. Although it’s not perfect, both in formula consistency and shade selection, I think it’s a great addition to anyone’s blush collection, particularly those who haven’t had a chance to try Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushes before.
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