October 4, 2012

Tarte Fantastic Foursome Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Enthusiast Set Holiday 2012 Review & Swatches

This was provided to me by a brand for review but all opinions expressed are my own

Love yourself some Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush? You’ll love the new Tarte Fantastic Foursome Enthusiast Set than! It includes four half pint sized Tarte Blushes for $35.

This set was introduced with Tarte’s Holiday 2012 Collection and is available for a limited time.

Take a peek!

I think Tarte Amazonian Blush have developed quite the cult following, I’m seriously impressed how much people love them. All that love is understandable as they do indeed have an excellent, long wearing formula. But I imagine the success exceeded Tarte’s imaginings for the blush since everyone is positively addicted to owning EVERY single shade. That proves challenging sometimes since there are shades released at Sephora, QVC, etc…

This set is definitely for collector’s of the blush although I’ve heard long time fans complain about the quality. Mmm not sure why because I had no issues with them. Formula is on par with the larger blushes, they blend easily, wear long and strong, have excellent color pay off, what more could a girl want?

I think maybe the colors are debatable since folks wanted something extra unique and they might feel these are too close to shades they already own. That much is true to some extent.

As I said the blush contains four blushes however, Angelic, which is a shimmering white gold, is more of a highlighting shade. Perhaps this shade is a preview of what’s to come for Spring 2013 from Tarte as maybe they have plans to introduce some sort of Amazonian Clay Highlighting Powders. The color casts a soft champagne glow on cheeks and face. It’s quite lovely however, as with most highlighters I find it challenging to apply without looking over done. A light hand is best for application.

Size comparisons below displays the full size blush next to the mini and the mini on top of the full size.

Also included is Fantastic (soft fuchsia), Magic (pink coral), and Stellar (shimmering nude). Stellar and Buff could be considered dupes however Buff has more of a golden darker tone versus Stellar which is more tan. Magic would be closest to Achiote but much lighter. And Fantastic might be considered closest to Adored however Fantastic is matte sans the silver shimmer found in Amused and also a brighter shade of pink.





Stellar, Angelic, Fantastic, Magic

So yes, there are so similarities however, none are exact dupes for anything I already own.

Each blush is half the size of a full one. Two full sizes would be $50, you’re getting four half sizes for $35 so you save about $15 here and gain more variety should you buy two full sizes versus buying the set.

The smaller sizes worried me as I thought my brush would fit awkwardly into them. But I had no issues, they have large enough wells to fit bushier brushes easily. The compacts do lack a mirror which makes them look like they are kinda missing something but it isn’t something to get terribly upset about.

Overall, the set is very cute and a great intro to the blushes if you don’t already own many. I think fans of Tarte and the blush will want them by default. There’s a nice deal to be had here plus the added bonus of variety. I’m not terribly impressed with the overall color range myself, I’d like more warmer colors and something a lot more unique than what I already own. However, all in all, an excellent deal at this price and a cute gift for giving.




Did you indulge?

I’d love to hear your thoughts and experience with these.

They are available at Sephora, Sephora.com, Ulta, Ulta.com, and as well as online at tartecosmetics.com

(shimmering champagne), Fantastic (soft fuchsia), Magic (pink coral), Stellar (shimmering nude)

This was provided to me by a brand for review but all opinions expressed are my own

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Christina

    I dare indulge—since i own a small of dollface and i use exposed pretty much everyday, buying this set makes the absolute sense…i love neutral blushers but i don’t want to buy them all in the fullsize (just exposed, lol)

    thank you for the post, i’ve been dying to see swatches and size comparisons. πŸ™‚

    • the Muse

      aw my pleasure christina sorry for the delay in replying to your comment been swamped ;D!

  • Stacie

    I did indulge! I love Tarte’s blushes so much. I actually prefer the smaller size. The pigmentation is so great that on my fair skin, I practically just have to wave the brush around next to the blush to get enough for my skin. So I don’t know that I’d ever use up a full size. That doesn’t mean I don’t own them, I totally do. I couldn’t resist exposed! But I love the smaller size. I just received mine yesterday, but I swatched them and they are fabulous! I can’t wait to wear fantastic!

    • the Muse

      yay happy to hear it stacie! πŸ˜€ I think the smaller size is very handy as I already own SO many blushes already ;D!

  • midori

    I was swatching this set at Sephora the other day and almost bought it! (I promised myself only two holiday collection products and I’m not yet sure this is one of them. Very close, though) I thought that the quality was on par with the normal range as well. They all look lovely on you and I especially love Stellar!

  • Lucy

    Thanks for the review. I think these look great. I am new to Tarte and love the amazonian clay foundation so I think I will love these as well. I must get to Sephora!!!

    • the Muse

      hey lucy wow lucky you that means Holiday 2012 is a great time to experience the joy of tarte ;D!

  • Lulle

    Haven’t indulged yet, but I’m seriously considering it!
    I wasn’t expecting much from Stellar, but it looks absolutely gorgeous on you.

  • Karena

    Wow, I didn’t think I’d care for Stellar, but it looks lovely!! Thanks, Muse!! They all look great on you!

  • Sweta

    U look so gorgeous hon! I got these cuties and love dem so far..Magic is a total rockstar :))

  • K.A

    I tried them stellar is so gorgeous on it’s my favorite next is angelic others little powdery compared to the originals but still pretty colors to have πŸ™‚

  • Quinctia

    …I’m going to end up buying this set just for the highlighter, I know it!

  • reen

    im loving the 1st look the most! excited for all these holiday sets!
    thanks for the swatches muse!

  • reen

    just wondering, which lipstick r u wearing in the 1st look(with magic blush)? loving the color on u!

  • Connie

    I’ve been wanting to try Tarte’s Amazonian Clay blushes for a long time and was psyched to see this set. Overall, I enjoy the color range and finishes. I did notice that these are Made in Taiwan versus Made in USA, like the full sizes are. Happy to read that you feel the quality is comparable. It’s sold out on Sephora.com, but my local Sephora had plenty in stock.

    • the Muse

      interesting connie I didn’t even check on that! thanks for adding that point! ;-D let me know what you think when you get them curious if you like!

  • plue

    oh my big sis may I know what lip colour are you wearing for the Stellar picture? looks so yummy and lovely on you! gives you such a sultry look!

  • JenJ

    Oh I did and I’m quite pleased. Don’t get why some folks aren’t liking this set. Oh well πŸ˜€

  • Joan

    I have this set and LOVE Magic and Fantastic. Magic is a lot like Blissful, but more pink. I was afraid Fantastic was going to be more like Flush, but is closer to Amused. Muse, you described Amused as having a silver shimmer, but it actually has a matte finish. It was one of the original eight shades Tarte came out with and the only shade that has a shimmer in that collection is Blushing Bride. I’m looking in my crystal ball and seeing these shades come out in full sizes for the spring 2013. I think we all want NEW shades never before released. I wouldn’t mind Magic and Fantastic in full sizes, though.

    • the Muse

      mmm maybe it’s blushing bride! thanks Joan! Mine didn’t have a label and I thought it was Amused for some reason. Duh! Thanks ;-D if I can count on anyone for accurate info on blushes it’s you girl! I think you’re right, I imagine they’ll be added to the general catalog for Spring if not sooner ;D!

      • Joan

        Aw..you’re welcome. To another brand…..Mac’s Marilyn Monroe Collection, I think the two blushes are sold out all over. My Mac counter usually holds products for me and I pick them up the day they go on sale. This time they weren’t allowed to do that. They sold out soooo fast on Mac’s website. Kept checking on Nordstrom’s website and as soon as I saw them, I placed my order. About a day later they weren’t showing them anymore. I’m expecting to receive them today. I’m ready to give up on Mac products and their Limited Edition collections. So hard to get. If you don’t jump on them right away, you’re out of luck!

        • the Muse

          hey joan sorry for the delayed reply πŸ˜€ aw sorry! any luck yet? I don’t think they are that special to be honest, I got one, wasn’t impressed! πŸ™

      • Nina

        Hi Muse,

        I think the hot pink blush with silver sparkles is called Adored… I am one if those “Collect them all” people =).

        • the Muse

          thanks nina! I’m so damn confused lol! I am too btw hehehe…! did you pick this up!?

          • Nina

            Yes I did =)!!. I picked up this set and the Tarte Smoulder eye pencil set. I also bought both of the Too Faced Holiday palettes, UD Vice, UD Ocho Loco, and the Sephora Cinderella palette… Your blog will have me in the poor house… Lol =)

          • the Muse

            NICE nina LOL! sorry ’bout that I’m a bad influence ;D

        • Joan

          That’s right. I didn’t think of Adored. That is the shade with silver shimmer and Fantastic is similar in matte finish. The Adored that came out this past spring is brighter than the one that was part of the collection offered by Sephora just like Glisten is pinker than the one offered in the QVC collection. I think I have every shade except for maybe three, so I guess I’m a “collector” also.

  • Abryda

    Purchased!! I’m one of those blush junkies and I love me some Tarte!! I really haven’t come across anything that I didn’t like from Tarte. They have amazing products I’m so excited to use these.

  • Michelle

    Bought this yesterday & I love the colors! This is my first blush purchase from tarte. Do love the lip surgences & mascara too! Got the $29 lippies last Christmas:)

  • Marilyn @ Lipgloss and Spandex

    I love Tarte’s Amazonian clay blushes. I didn’t really obsess about blush until these came out. Thanks for the review and swatches–I’m pretty sure I’m going to pick up this set. It’s a great deal, and I really like this product. πŸ™‚

  • Jenn

    I’m bummed this set is already out of stock on spehora.com?! πŸ™ I hope it comes back.

  • Kelly

    I would prefer it if the set also contained a slightly more peach toned blush, now it’s just 2 pink blushes and since I’m not a huge fan of pink this is a turn-off for me.

  • Sara

    Stellar is really quite stellar! It looks good on you and imparts a lovely red flush πŸ™‚

    • the Muse

      aw thanks sara πŸ™‚ it’s more tan than red but really quite an interesting shade πŸ™‚

  • Lisa

    got mine at sephora yesterday! i’m wearing stellar today, love it. i only had the dollface in the smaller size before i picked up this set so, I’m happy to have more, more more! one of these days i’ll splurge on a full size tarte blush.

    • the Muse

      lisa splurge today girl! tarte has 20% off using promo code treat on their website ;-D and $40 purchase gets you free shipping! πŸ˜€

  • Jenn

    I finally got this set after seeing all the raves about it…it came in the mail today and I quickly swatched them…mine totally lack pigmentation and the soft buttery feeling of my full sized ones. Am I the only one? I’m so sad. πŸ™

  • amy

    I love Stellar & Angelic, but I don’t think I’d get any use from the other two, so this will likely be a ass for me. Maybe they’ll be added to the perm lineup at some point… I have Adventurous from the Carried Away set, and I *love* that one!

  • Miho Mallory

    Woah I love Angelic and Magic. As a HUGE blush enthusiast, I think I might need these in my collection. Stellar looks perfect on you!

  • Amanda M

    I did not. When these first came out, I read the ingredient list and they have talc, which is why I gather they are powdery than the original formula. I am a tarte Amazonian Clay powder blush junkie, but I prefer not to use talc.

    • Amanda M

      I bought most of the blushes about two years ago, I don’t remember the original ingredient list for the Amazonian Clay blushes containing talc, but apparently now they all do… wah wah waaaahhhh.

  • Lulubelle

    I buckled and got these last night at my local Sephora. Angelic and Stellar were the two that swayed me, which was a surprise. I hope I don’t get the collecting bug!