Cheek Stain

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$30 
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Category:
Makeup > Blushes > Liquid/Gel Blush
Last Updated:
3/27/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

These cheek stains in stick form are outstanding! The creamy formulation gives you more blending time than standard gel or liquid stains, making application easier. The colors, which appear darker than they apply, blend down to sheer, natural-looking colors that wear well for hours. All this, and the shade range is beautiful. A little goes a long way, so while the price tag on this cheek stain is high, it will last you for months (if not longer). This type of blush is best for normal to dry skin not prone to blemishes.

Tarte Cosmetics CEO and founder Maureen Kelly started Tarte in 1999, supposedly out of a need to create a cosmetics line that "would prove that glamour can be good for you." Well, to be honest, we didn't know that glamour could be bad for anyone, no matter who was selling it. In this case, good-for-you glamour is about the products being "natural." Of course, lots of women believe that natural ingredients are the only way to go because they're told, and unfortunately often believe, that the synthetic ingredients in cosmetic products are toxic and poisonous for your skin. That is a misguided belief!

Ironically, despite Tarte's attention-getting marketing concept, their products aren't any more natural or healthier than loads of other products. We take particular issue with the company's claim of being preservative-free, synthetic dye-free, and talc-free. Not only are these ingredients not a problem for most people, but also many of Tarte's products do contain them! What is that about? Didn't anyone at Tarte read their own ingredient labels?

We are beyond understanding how a cosmetics company can base their advertising on what their products do not contain, yet fail to realize, or just won't acknowledge, that their products in fact do contain them—the very ingredients they tell you are toxic or poisonous for your skin. We mean, really, if your products (in this instance Tarte products) do contain isododecane, imidazolidinyl urea, butylene glycol, parabens, PEG/PPG-18/18 dimethicone, aluminum starch octenylsuccinate, that's the pot calling the kettle black. Whatever… if Tarte chooses to mislead and misinform the consumer it doesn't seem to matter, because many uninformed women won't notice the hypocrisy—they'll just accept Tarte's claims at face value.

Marketing hype and ingredient deception aside, the ingredients Tarte does leave out of its products are sulfates (though sulfates are rarely used in makeup products anyway, so it is a trait most makeup products share), phthalates, and synthetic fragrance (but "natural" fragrance isn't any better for skin). That's nice, but in the scope of things, not really all that special.

We appreciate that Tarte conveys their message without the "granola," antiglamour, or anti-elegance image that's characteristic of many "natural" lines. The trade-off is that you're going to pay extra for Tarte's glamorous image and packaging. Although there are a handful of products in the Tarte lineup worth the splurge, if you only shopped this line for cosmetics, your wallet would definitely be lighter—and there's no need to splurge to the point of incurring debt just to outfit your makeup bag with all things Tarte. After all, you aren't going to be applying the packaging to your skin.

Those who shop carefully should pay close attention to Tarte's foundations, blush options, eye pencils, and a handful of their innovative products. If you're looking for matte eyeshadows, however, you're out of luck. Tarte isn't as full-featured as several other makeup artistry lines (Bobbi Brown and Laura Mercier come to mind), and Tarte doesn't outdo Rimmel or Sonia Kashuk at the drugstore, but their good products are indeed good.

For more information about Tarte Cosmetics call 855-968-2783 or visit www.tartecosmetics.com.

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  1. Avery
    Reviewed on Saturday, December 06, 2014
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    New addiction
    • I've never been a fan of any powder blush and until I came across Tarte I didn't try anything else but I know own four of them! Exposed in full size and three minis, Energy (birthday bonus item), Flush, and the goofy pearl decorated Holiday edition Dreamer. Love them all. They don't glare out from atop my skin and don't make my dry skin look drier, just flush and hydrated. Wonderful. I'll snatch up minis any time I see them.

  2. CAROL
    Reviewed on Tuesday, June 10, 2014
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    Most natural look & best blush ever!
    • Gorgeous! Both Blushing Bride & Natural Beauty are perfect. I'm pale w/pink undertone. Sheer, can build for more intensity but I do only a smidge. Tap lightly (not stroke) on top of the stick with the end (not side) of a normal blush brush, then tap each cheek once or twice, & blend out. Looks more natural & lasts longer than powder blush. Better than cream rouge on my combo skin. Doesn't dry too fast like gels. Much lighter than in pics, like sheer lipsticks. Will last for umpteen years.

  3. KELLEY A.
    Reviewed on Friday, April 11, 2014
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    Awesome!
    • These cheek stains look so natural; like bare skin! They really make you look like you have a natural blush from within, rather than sitting on top of your skin. I feel like they make me look younger and fresher than any blush I've tried. I love the "true love" color on my fair skin with warm undertones - not to pink, not to peach. It looks horrendous in the container, like nail polish! LOL!! Don't go by how they look in the container because it doesn't give a true depiction of the color.

  4. DANA M.
    Reviewed on Saturday, November 23, 2013
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Value
      3 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    Has a mild rose scent that disappears quickly
    • I tried the Flush shade & I am fair skinned & it looks nice. Usually blush regardless of type does not stay on me long & this has stayed on for four hours & then started fading. Which Paula said is to be expected of this type of blush. The mild rose scent reminds me of Benefit brand of liquid blush called Benetint which is very similar in shade. However the rose scent in this one thankfully is very mild & disappears quickly. It has a little plastic cap inside to keep the stick from drying out.

  5. A M.
    Reviewed on Thursday, January 03, 2013
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    A Go-To Product for Fresh-Faced "Naked Makeup" Looks
    • A Go-To Product for Fresh-Faced "Naked Makeup" Looks. I own this product in "Blushing Bride" and "True Love." Blush and lip gloss are my favorite cosmetics and these cheek stains have become my preferred blush. I love the color, the texture, and the wearability. I apply with a paddle type foundation brush, pat product gently over the apples, pat gently outward to blend, and top with a touch of powder. The result is a healthy, natural flush that wears well through the day. It's great as is for minimalist makeup, and it can also be the "base" for a more intense makeup since the stained cheek will need lighter powder blush application to look finished. The color is sheer and soft. I've heard it's buildable, but I like subtle application so I can't comment on how well it builds. "Blushing Bride" is an essential in my makeup bag. it's a deep plum with a touch of warmth. It can probably wear well on all but the warmest complexions. My one misgiving about this product is the price and the large amount. For $30, you get 1 ounce of product. Even with near-daily use, my "Blushing Bride" is still pretty full. Also, the packaging is pretty wasteful. I'd feel better about this if it was sold in a pot for maybe half the amount and at a lower price. Makeup artists would definitely get a lot of mileage out of this, though.

  6. JENNETTE S.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, January 02, 2013
    • Value
      2 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    Unique and beautiful blush!
    • This twist-up blush glides on easily and delivers a wash of sheer color with soft shimmer. It didn't make me break out either and lasted longer than I expected.

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