Published on July 10th, 2011 | by Ruth0
Tarte Amazonian Clay: Blushing Through Adventure
Sometimes putting on makeup seems like an exercise in futility: you know that you’ll go out and, within a few minutes of dancing on a crowded floor, sweat it off. Since I usually hope to dance the night away, I’m always on the lookout for long-lasting cosmetics. Add to this my normal pallor (useful for a Halloween costume, but frightening in a less welcome way the rest of the time), and we have my constant quest for The Perfect Blush. To this end, I tried out Tarte Cosmetic’s Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in several colors.
I tried out my first blush when I was eleven, a Clinique hand-me-down in bright, bright pink. As I held the brush, dappled in rosy powder, my mom looked over and saw my cheeks, flushed with the anticipation of trying out my first blush. “Too much, too much!” she exclaimed, and tissued my (still bare) face down. My taste in bright colors hasn’t changed since then, but I’m always sure to check for blend and the “too much” factor. Flush (deep berry) is such a lovely color that I want to make pillows out of it. It would look beautiful on the darker-complected, but should be avoided by the pale. Blissful worked well, and is quite versatile, though I have to use it sparingly to avoid the “too excited” look.
To put the product truly to the test, I wore it during a holiday trip to the Portland Waterfront Blues Festival. We had unusually hot weather for Oregon, with temperatures in the 80s. After a full day in the sun with lots of dancing (and sunscreen), the blush didn’t need retouching. Whenever a product seems to have super-powers, I’m suspicious of what sorcery (or nasty chemicals) it’s succeeding with. The Tarte blushes are cruelty free (no animal sacrifice needed), and even have vitamins C and E. The Amazonian clay is touted to have all sorts of great properties for all skin types- minimizing oil for the oily types, and naturally hydrating for the dry skin types (me). I’ll admit to not really noticing an effect one way or the other, but there was certainly no negative change.
Tarte’s website says that the blushes are “solar-baked.” I picture long lines of blush pats spread along a deck, basking in the sun, with a tiki bar decked with tropical flowers and citrus drinks in the background. Though I doubt the blush is actually processed at a resort, the design on the blush also suggests tropical adventure, making the process of applying fun. There’s no synthetic fragrance to pull you out of a lovely daydream. The blushes are $25 each- affordable enough to buy and then pack with you as you indulge in adventures- on the dance floor or at a beach.