October 26, 2016

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush Palette Color Wheel Review & Swatches

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There have been so many disappointing picks from Tarte Holiday 2016 but the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush Palette Color Wheel is not one. I highly urge you to grab the Amazonian Clay Blush Palette Color Wheel now because I have a funny little feeling it’ll sell out during the Sephora Sale.

This one earns a you need this status as well as a Muse Approval.


I didn’t review the Tarte Big Blush Book 2 because I couldn’t muster an ounce of enthusiasm for it. It wasn’t good at all! I disliked the packaging and the blushes inside weren’t good at all. I did fear the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush Palette Color Wheel would be just as bad but it surprised me.




I think one of the most interesting and thrilling parts about this palette is the compact size. I expected this to be as massive as the Big Blush Book 2 but it’s actually much smaller. This circular compact is pretty much the standard for some of Tarte’s past and newer releases like the Tarte Aqualillies for Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Eye And Cheek Palette, Tarte Rainforest After Dark Colored Clay Eye & Cheek Palette, and just to name a few. It’s a smidge smaller than a music CD and will travel quite easily which is great because that means you can tote around 10 blushes in a super small space! Each blush is 0.084 in size which is a total of around 0.20 oz total so, it’s almost like you’re getting 4 full-size Tarte Blushes for a mere $44 which isn’t even the cost of two full-size blushes. It’s quite a nice value for the price plus you get a good deal of variety too. The Big Blush Palette 2 was $60 and included eight full-size blushes but the quality simply wasn’t there in my opinion. This palette is the better option in my opinion. One thing to not is the blushes are not removable so if you plan on depotting that isn’t an option.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush Palette Color Wheel Swatches (Ionic, Crafty, Montage)

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush Palette Color Wheel Swatches (Ionic, Crafty, Montage)

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush Palette Color Wheel Swatches (Culture, Surreal, Concept)

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush Palette Color Wheel Swatches (Culture, Surreal, Concept)

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush Palette Color Wheel Swatches (Idol, Mod, Deco)

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush Palette Color Wheel Swatches (Idol, Mod, Deco)

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush Palette Color Wheel Swatches (Icon)

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush Palette Color Wheel Swatches (Icon)

The palette isn’t only made up of blushes as you do get a highlighter shade as well called Crafty. Idol is also a highlighter shade of sorts and applies sheer with a luminous finish. Don’t kill me but I could have totally done without these shades. This is about the only rant I have about this palette! I’d have liked two more blush shades rather than these.

Since this is a Holiday Palette I have to say can we get a little more shimmer? I wish Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Blush Collection included more shades like Glisten. This palette has a beautiful shade called Culture which I’m wearing below. I really wish all the shades were as shimmery as this one! It has a delightful golden shimmer that adds a pretty glow to my cheeks. But don’t worry the rest of the shades as just as nice.

The blushes all performed well and had a dense texture but an airbrushed finish on cheeks with an easy to blend formula that applied perfectly on my cheeks with excellent wear of about eight hours per shade. I thought Idol was the only exception here as the formula was a little dusky and accentuated the dryness on my cheeks. All the other shades performed very well! They were a little more dense than the typical individual Amazonian Blushes but still had a good formula with excellent color pay off. I don’t think there any exact dupes here but many of the shades are variations of shades we’ve seen from past Holiday and individual permanent releases.

Wearing Culture

Wearing Culture

All in all, the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush Palette Color Wheel was one of the few Tarte Holiday offerings that I liked. The performance of the blushes is right on par with the permanent collection. The packaging is super friendly to store and travel with as well as you get ten quite nicely sized blushes that fit into lightweight palette.

I don’t see this one sticking around for the Sephora sale so you might want to grab it up now!

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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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  • janessa

    I hate to admit that this has already gotten lost in my collection… I need to do some serious organizing. BUT I do plan on *hopefully* picking up a few as gifts during the sale. It’s truly a great palette. I feel like it’s not getting a lot of attention for some reason. It makes me wonder if people are waiting on a more traditional blush palette from Tarte for the holidays.

  • Cheryl

    I bought the big blush book 2. I did not previously owned any Tarte blushes and it seems like a great deal. Of course, as soon as the blush wheel came out, I was kicking myself for not waiting. Unfortunately, now I can’t justify buying the blush wheel since I already own enough Tarte blushes. Ugh. I wish there was a way to trade it in! I guess there is always Glambot, but that seems like too much effort…

      • Cheryl

        I like it, but I don’t love it. I do not have a basis for comparison with any other Tarte blushes, So I did not have any particular expectations. The colors are OK and all work for me. That said, nothing really wowed me. They apply fine. They last OK. But the palette is huge and I will never put a dent in the full-size pans. I got sucked in by virtue of the fact that it was sold out in 30 seconds last year.

        • Isabella Muse

          haha I got sucked into that too! You’re not alone! I totally brought into the hype!

  • Sarah

    I’m so glad you liked this. It is on my wish list. I am headed for a mini shopping vacay this weekend and I have to hit up Sephora, and this will be one of my picks. Thanks for the review. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Carol G

    I have this and really like it. I really like the fact that it completely opens into two halves and you can set it down on the counter completely opened. Good idea on their part for doing that. The colors are great and it was a good deal for getting 8 blushes and 2 highlighters. Will be great to travel with.

  • Rui Ting

    I got mine a while back when they launched it only for 2 days for Sephora Singapore, and I immediately grabbed it because it was such great value! But something is different from my palette compared to yours: for mine, on the cooler more purple side of the palette, it had this thick plastic permanently attached to the palette, and I see yours does not have it. i think its to prevent the colours from transferring onto each other. Not sure why is there a difference though hmm. I have seen earlier reviews of this palette that mentioned that piece of plastic, so was surprised to see that your didn’t have it. Not a big issue as Tarte’s blushers do not crumble everywhere, but still good to have ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Christina D.

    You are weakening my resolve on this, my Sista. I had considered it a few times, but I’m not a fan of Tarte eye shadows, although I’ve heard mostly raves for their blushes. Is it worth waiting for the 20% for VIB Rouge? I don’t know if I’ll be more annoyed if I buy it now and it’s still available during the sale, or if I wait and it’s sold out. It’s a makeup junkie’s conundrum.

    • Isabella Muse

      I really liked it, it is made in china though so beware! I typically like their blushes but the original perm line isn’t made in china! but I didn’t see any issues with quality control here thankfully!

  • Christina D.

    Nevermind. I just found some photos online and the darn thing is made in China. I might pay $10 for a made in China palette from MakeUp Revolution, BH, or City Color which are drugstore level brands, but I won’t shell out $44 for a made in China palette from a brand that positions itself as mid to high level and charges accordingly.

    OK now I can go back to my original plan of buying Viseart blushes during the VIB Rouge sale. I don’t think those will sell out, even with the discount!

    • Isabella Muse

      haha I just was replying it was made in China and here’s your comment! I honestly didn’t feel the quality suffered because of this but I totally understand your feelings about the made in china palettes. I DUNNOOOOOO! Lots of stuff is selling out lately that I never thought would sell out ๐Ÿ˜€ Better be up bright and early to grab those hehe!

  • Joan Andruszkewicz

    I love this blush palette. I even bought an extra one. It did sell out on Tarte, but I was lucky to get one before it sold out. I ordered the second one from Sephora. I HATED the big blush book. The packaging was way too big and cheap. I only loved a few of the blushes. This new one definitely makes up for that. I use it quite often. I highly recommend it.

  • Ivelisse Hagy

    I rushed to buy this once I found out that people spotted it at the Sephora in JCPenney stores. It felt like Christmas in September! And I agree, it is a great blush palette and it worked well for a recent photo shoot I had of 6 ladies. Have you tried mixing a little bit of the shimmer shades with the matte shades to create the shimmer blush you wish for? Or maybe you can use the shimmers as blush toppers. I love that about this palette – it is pretty versatile. Thank you for your review!

    • Isabella Muse

      I haven’t! Will have to do that thanks for the tip ๐Ÿ˜€ Aw my pleasure! I’m glad you loved it!

    • Michelle Flamingo

      You wrote exactly what I wanted to suggest to Muse – mix the highlight shades with the mattes or brush the highlight over the matte to give her the shimmer she longs for.

  • Lorraine. E.R

    I want it so so badly but I haven’t had the money for any blush palettes I’ve liked before they sell out. I just want one good blush palette and this looks like the best yet for the amount of shades and the fact it’s one of my fave blush formulas.
    I hope it’s available for awhile longer