April 8, 2016

Tarte Tarteist Blush Palette Review & Swatches

This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

Tarte Tarteist Blush Palette8

The Tarte Tarteist Blush Palette ($38) is a new, limited edition blush palette that launched with the Summer 2016 Collection which contains four shades of Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Live, Laugh, Love, and Dream. Tarte Blush Palettes aren’t new by any means as we’ve seen ones that have launched with a variety of different Holiday Collections like the Tarte Bling It On Amazonian Clay Blush Palette from Tarte Holiday 2015, the Tarte Off The Cuff Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Palette & Bracelet from Tarte Holiday 2013, etc….

None the less as a fan of Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush I think many of us get pretty excited when a palette comes house featuring not one but four shades of our favorite formula yes?

Tarteist Blush

The Tarte Tartetist Blush Palette comes in a gorgeous paint swiped compact with a gold base and a full-size mirror inside (the shade names are printed directly under the shades inside the compact). Many of the past blush palettes contained five shades of blush but this palette only holds four which are 0.158 oz in size each but is priced lower compared to past palettes which typically contained 0.79 oz of total blush and cost around $42-$44. Although you’re getting a little less you are by no means paying more for it thankfully.

Shades include:

  • Live (poppy coral)
  • Laugh (peachy coral)
  • Love (nude mauve)
  • Dream (soft fuchsia)

Tarte Tarteist Blush Palette

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Tarte Tarteist Blush Palette5

Tarte Tarteist Blush Palette Swatches (Live, Laugh, Love, and Dream)

Tarte Tarteist Blush Palette Swatches (Live, Laugh, Love, and Dream)

I wouldn’t say this palette contains spot on duplications of any of the permanent blush shades however, they are variations of shades that have appeared in past palettes ones that are in the current permanent line. But none, as I said are spot on dupes.

I think the formula is a little different from the permanent range but still very lovely none the less. For example, I feel like the original Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush is very smooth and dense yet where as these are quite a good deal more powdery and kick up a lot of dusk when a brush is swiped through them. This does not translate to chalkiness or dryness in the least though! I thought the texture very, very silky and smooth with an easy to blend formula. Although I did have to tap off excess before applying as it’s easy to pick up a lot of color on a single pass since they are very powdery. All four shades have excellent pigmentation with a solid wear time. I got 12 hours out of every single shade except Dream which was prone to fading a good deal and wore for about seven.

Tarte Love Blush

Tarte Love Blush

Tarte Live Blush

Tarte Live Blush

Tarte Laugh Blush

Tarte Laugh Blush

Tarte Dream Blush

Tarte Dream Blush

All in all this is a gorgeous selection of fresh, juicy shades of color for Summer looks. I think Tarte did a good job with this palette and I see a big improvement on the formula which is typically not as good in palettes as it is in single pan shades!

I’m actually kinda shocked it hasn’t sold out but I imagine it will be soon so don’t wait to pick it up!

The Tarte Tarteist Blush Palette is available now at Ulta.com and tartecosmetics.com.

Did you purchase it?


This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions 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.

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  • Claire L

    Good to see your review on this! I’ve had my eye on this since it came out – I hope it’s not long before it comes to the UK! The colours do look good on you too xx

    • Isabella Muse

      aw thanks Claire you’re too kind! It is well worth a pick up!

  • Janessa

    I just got this yesterday and am wearing Love today. I think it’s really pretty and it’s definitely the quality I expected. I totally agree about the dusty, powdery texture. One of my all time fav’s is Exposed and I usually tap my brush in it a few times then apply. When I did that this morning it kicked up A TON of product. I actually let out an “Oh crap..” when I lifted the brush out. Palette is still totally worth it.

    And I love Live on you 🙂

    • Isabella Muse

      haha I agree! I was a little scared of the kick up because I have heavy handed! So I def had to tap tap tap! This is a little wasteful but I still love it. Very soft, silky blushes that wore nicely 😀

  • Denise

    Just FYI, Tarte Friends and Family starts 4/11 and if you wait, you can get this at 30% off!

  • Christina D.

    So in your opinion…this or the Benefit cheek palette? I like the look of them both but can’t decide (even with the $20 price difference).

    • Isabella Muse

      Um I have all the Benefit powders so I didn’t really need it. The Benefit one is the better value because you’re get six full size products but if you have them already or even one or two of them it is kinda a bust! In that case I’d go with the Tarte. Also if you don’t like bronzer you might not need the Benefit one since you won’t use Hoola! I kinda sorta dig the Tarte more in the long run though 🙂 that probably helped you very little lol!

      • Janessa

        If you can swing it, get both, because the Benefit one is truly an exceptional value. If you can only get one, I’d go with Tarte, it’s more compact and travel friendly. The benefit one is really bulky.

  • Christina D.

    OMG please don’t encourage me to get both (not that it hasn’t already crossed my mind). I don’t have any Benefit blushes, and I had been disappointed in Tarte palette blushes before…decisions, decisions!

  • Andrea

    I always see raving reviews about the Amazonian Clay blushes but I personally didn’t think they were that good? On my college student budget, I’ve only ever bought one, but it was dense as hell and gave me literally zero color payoff. I’ve been loathe to try ANYTHING more from Tarte, since that was my first and thus far only purchase from them, since it was such a fail – and I can’t afford to have expensive things not work!

  • Lulle

    Thank you for this review, it’s very a very tempting palette! The texture you’re describing sounds very similar to the one of the blush in the Double Duty Star Power by Tarte that I just bought: quite powdery in the pan but blends really well. It’s definitely different from what I have experienced with the permanent single blushes that were much denser (and sometimes getting hard on the surface with time).
    Do you know if this palette is made in China like the Holiday blush palette was? Or is it made in the USA like the singles?

    • Isabella Muse

      Exactly Lulle! Very similar! It is made in china, not the USA.

  • Fancie

    This looks like such a beautiful palette on you! I really like the middle 2 shades but I fear those pinks may not work for me. I do look forward to checking it out in person and swatching them. I love the design and wouldn’t mind to have a nice cheek palette to go with my Tartelette in Bloom. They look like they’ll mesh so well together!

    • Isabella Muse

      aw thanks Fancie! 😀 def swatch, I think it’ll look great on you! The colors are quite pigmented 😀

  • Jean

    Im getting this with my free $50 gift certificate! I’m thinking of getting the mini contour set with the last $12, but I don’t know if I really even need it since I have a lot of bronzers and highlighters. Plus $24 is steep for two mini pencils and a brush even if I’m only paying 12! I actually want the new lippies but tarte will probably put them together in a set as they have a tendency to do. I hope they do anyway.

  • Bibi Maizoon

    That’s interesting, the shades in this were all described as warm toned on Temptalia but in your swatches & on your complexion Live & Dream look cool, Love looks neutral, and Laugh looks warm. I’m warm complected but cool shades look better on me, I’ll have to swatch this myself. Thank you for your review!

  • Priya

    I finally got it in mail from tarte couple of days and can’t stop using it since then. I didn’t see it in store or swatch it. I completely went with your review and I am sooo happy I got it with 30% off. Thanks so much for the review !!!

  • Heather

    I may have to cave and get this palette soon. Though I was unsure of the colors, the first three look great on you. The last one is a bit too much for daily wear, I think. But you are right, Tarte quality is hard to beat in blushes!