An Exposé on the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed + Giveaway!

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I’ve had this Tarte blush in Exposed for a while now (and have used it quite a number of times already!) but have forgotten about it during my crazy accumulation stage. I’ve always been loyal to mi NARS (and a few Chanel) blushes before I fell into the rabbit hole of these Tarte ones. Got this during those times I still get easily swayed by hypes and raving reviews (oh thooose days…). Thankfully though, it proved to be a good (I even dare say great) change. I usually go for no-fail pink or peachy pink blushes so had you asked me then if I really “needed” Exposed, I would’ve said yes without batting an eyelash. That slightly dusky rosy mauve nude goodness looks so wearable every single day of the year. I am a bit skeptical about the Amazonian clay hoo-ha, though. Tried researching (a.k.a ze Google) about Amazonian clay and its properties but all I get are Tarte links. So, yes, I am taking the “Amazonian clay” claims of nutrient-filled, good-for-the-skin whiznizz with a grain of salt (90% dismissing it as pure marketing). Although, the product itself, I’d have to admit – is still worth talking about.  ex3

The Lowdown

COLOR

Tarte Exposed is simply described as ‘nude’. But for me, it’s not at all just that. It’s a warm rosy bronze shade that some describe as mauve, some plum – but it doesn’t show up like those at all on me. In fact, the slightly red tones are prominent on my cheeks so instead of looking ‘nude’, it appears pinker than I imagined it to be. On others, the warm bronze shades come out more making it look the warm, rosy bronze I so wanted to achieve.

LONGEVITY

So, I haven’t fully been observant when wearing this so I can’t vouch for the 12-hour claim, but I will say that it is quite long-lasting. A few NARS blushes don’t last longer than 5 hours on my cheeks, but this has gone from morning till the end of a work day with just an ever so slight fading.

TEXTURE & PIGMENTATION

Quite the same in texture with the NARS powders that are hard in pan. However, when swatched, they feel smoother and a smidgen creamier than some NARS ones that are powdery and a bit dry. You can see from the arm swatches how they seem to meld into the skin vs. just sitting atop it, which I guess is the reason why it seems to be more long-lasting. It has buildable pigmentation (which I prefer with powder blushes to avoid looking clownish), but color already shows up upon first swipe. 1B

FINAL THOUGHTS

Despite the pinkish tones that come out on my cheeks making it an un-rosy bronze that I didn’t want it to be, I’m enamored by Tarte blushes in general because they are easy to apply, hard to overdo, last long on the cheeks and look natural despite the frightening pan colors. I’d like to thank @USBeautyOutlet, owned by my equally-kikay friend from college Roseann and her sister, for sending over another Tarte Exposed blush that I have decided to give away to 1 loyal reader. Only requirement is to follow @USBeautyOutlet on Instagram. Good luck and make use of the Rafflecopter thingy below to join, guys. You know what to doooo.

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58 Comments

  1. Di Anne
    January 16, 2014 / 10:05 am

    Im so excited for this giveaway. Ive always wanted exposed. But i decided to buy natural beauty because i was bit unsure bout exposed since i am morena. But reallt wanna try though. Hope to win here! 🙂

    • January 16, 2014 / 11:19 am

      Hi Di Anne! Sorry about that, I wasnt able to start the Rafflecopter right away. You can join na! GOOD LUCK! And Im sure it’ll suit your morena skintone, promise.

  2. Raven Ang
    January 16, 2014 / 11:16 am

    Oooohhh ahhhh.. it looks like a bronzer and blush in one! Seems very versatile. 🙂 I’ve always wanted to try these but in the shade Flushed and Tipsy.

  3. Nix Sayo
    January 16, 2014 / 11:27 am

    Will join as soon as the giveaway begins. 😀

  4. Sharmaine Sun
    January 16, 2014 / 11:27 am

    I love Tarte! I have their primer, foundation, mascara, concealer, and of course, blushes. Mine is in blissful and amused. I thought exposed would be bronzy, guess not. Thanks for doing the blog!

  5. January 16, 2014 / 11:34 am

    Oh you know how much I love this blush! Hihi looks good on you still :))

  6. January 16, 2014 / 11:41 am

    i love tarte’s natural beauty! i’ve been wearing it a lot lately. have yet to pick up tarte exposed but i think i eventually will 🙂

    rachel x
    blush&brunch

  7. January 16, 2014 / 11:47 am

    I’ll definitely enter the giveaway. Tarte Exposed has been on my list to try for years now!

  8. ainay
    January 16, 2014 / 11:58 am

    Would LOVE to try these!

  9. January 16, 2014 / 12:16 pm

    the color is def beyond what people usually wear!

  10. Dianne Vanessa Alejo
    January 16, 2014 / 12:40 pm

    I’ve been skeptical about buying this Tarte blush coz it’s too expensive :/ If ever I do buy Tarte (or ze boyfriend haha), I’d pick Natural Beauty over Exposed coz I prefer pink blushes 😉 Nice giveaway!

    http://diannealejo.blogspot.com

  11. January 16, 2014 / 1:34 pm

    Tarte recently came to Singapore, and this one was the shade they said I should get. It looks amazing but in end, I purchased Dollface.

  12. January 16, 2014 / 1:40 pm

    Ok, medyo decided na sana ako sa Nars Sin, but you just had to make an entry on tarte hahaha. I think there’s a color similar to Sin. Aaagh, ang hirap. If only I can just buy it all #notrealproblems

  13. Tine Despares
    January 16, 2014 / 2:37 pm

    OMG this is so cool!!!!
    Looks like a great product to use,
    I really love reading your reviews Shari,they’re always reliable
    I love ‘Exposed’ better :)))
    I’ll definitely joint he giveaway

    love lots,
    Tin

    mypoeticisolation.blogspot.com

  14. January 16, 2014 / 2:54 pm

    Looks good. It does come off slightly pink on you.

  15. Dane Salazar
    January 16, 2014 / 5:17 pm

    Silent reader here! What I like about all your MOTDs the most is that you always look classy and elegant.

  16. January 16, 2014 / 5:31 pm

    Weee, it looks good on you, teh! 🙂 You’re so purdy hehehehe I love Tarte blushes in general! So smooth and pigmented. Hihi

  17. Marjorie Gavan
    January 16, 2014 / 6:46 pm

    The first time I heard about Tarte is when I was trying to research a blush on that really lasts. It is one of those brands that are highly recommended for such a claim, but I remember they were referring to the liquid version though, not the powder. Still I’d love to have one of those. You had me by the “long-lasting” part.

  18. Franchesca Soleta
    January 16, 2014 / 7:12 pm

    Shade of the infamous Tarte blushes, which has been reviewed by many beauty gurus/bloggers I would want to try on, love the unique color, can pass as a bronzer but I would really love to use it as an everyday blush because of the rosy tone in it. There’s a “healthy looking” cheeks in it when used

  19. January 16, 2014 / 8:06 pm

    While it wasn’t the bronzy goodness you’d hoped for, it does look gorgeous on you! Exposed is so unique in that I find it looks different on everyone! It’s a serious favorite of mine. 🙂

  20. January 16, 2014 / 8:58 pm

    Hey Shari, I do really like how Exposed looks on you! I have 3 Tarte blushes, and I really need to give them some love. I went off them because I realized how badly they oxidized on me during a trip back home. and they have been sitting in my drawer unloved ever since. It is really not fair though, since the climate here is by far less humid and warm!

  21. January 16, 2014 / 11:23 pm

    I’ve been hearing lots of really good things about this–especially Tarte! I’m gonna try and join the Rafflecopter 🙂

  22. January 17, 2014 / 1:33 am

    Hi Shari :> I <3 You and I'm joining your contest. Ehehehe

  23. Yen Morales
    January 17, 2014 / 1:56 am

    the blush looked natural on you. parang normal rosy cheeks lang sya!

  24. Bianca Rogoveanu
    January 17, 2014 / 2:17 am

    Thanks for the chance!

  25. Lynda Tsay
    January 17, 2014 / 11:17 am

    i’m a new follower 😉

  26. ainay
    January 17, 2014 / 1:21 pm

    Hope to win. XO

  27. Karlene
    January 17, 2014 / 7:48 pm

    Hi! I just discovered your blog this year and I discovered good products through your reviews! Great job and keep it up 🙂

  28. Sheng
    January 17, 2014 / 8:57 pm

    Love reading your reviews, Shari <3 Hoping to win this.

  29. January 17, 2014 / 10:02 pm

    I rarely come across blush shades like this in drugstore cosmetics stalls, so I really want it!

  30. May
    January 17, 2014 / 11:02 pm

    The color pay off and its staying power is definitely impressive and even amazing! I wanna try it.
    I love your blog! 🙂

  31. Gia
    January 18, 2014 / 2:34 pm

    Looks like an awesome bronzing blush! Love the subtle contour on you 🙂 I’ve been lemming Exposed foreverrrr

  32. January 18, 2014 / 2:57 pm

    Thanks for joining, everyone!!! GOOD LUCK! *kisses*

  33. Toni Elarmo
    January 18, 2014 / 5:44 pm

    I’ve been lusting over this blush for the longest time! Always thought that it would work as a contour, but it might be a bit too pink on me. Still love the shade though! 🙂

  34. January 18, 2014 / 10:35 pm

    You inspired me to dig this out of my blush drawer, I forgot that it even exists. I like the radiance that it seems to give off but I do find the quite dry texture a little bit tricky to work with (or mainly swatch in photos, lol). I have another Tarte blush in Dollface but I definitely prefer Exposed. I’m kind of eyeing Tipsy but I have enough coral/peach blushes to last the next 5-10+ years so I’m holding out for now.

  35. Katsy Faustino
    January 19, 2014 / 12:14 am

    Oooh I want to try out Tarte blushes now! 😀

  36. anne0822
    January 19, 2014 / 12:54 am

    eeekkk!! haven’t tried anything from Tarte but I’m always curious about their Amazonian clay blush.. 🙂

  37. January 19, 2014 / 6:52 am

    I’ve always been hesitant to try the Tarte blushes – one time a Sephora sales associate applied one of them on me and I looked so drunk!

    Is the contest only open for US residents?

    • January 19, 2014 / 11:13 am

      Yes it is love! 🙂

  38. ♡Aimee Sapnu♡
    January 19, 2014 / 7:13 am

    I have always wanted to try tarte amazonian blushes hope they will have a store here soon!

  39. Nikki Norris
    January 19, 2014 / 11:28 am

    I love Tarte’s products, the pigments are so beautiful! I would love to try this.
    [email protected]

  40. corinehonrado
    January 19, 2014 / 12:19 pm

    That looks reaaaally nice!:)

  41. Pam
    January 19, 2014 / 9:40 pm

    I hope I win, I haven’t tried any tarte product 😀

  42. Gracie
    January 20, 2014 / 5:18 pm

    Keeping my fingers crossed!

  43. Elizabeth Rosero
    January 21, 2014 / 8:18 pm

    Love love! I am winning this! yay

  44. purpz
    January 22, 2014 / 1:35 pm

    hope to win! have a nice weekend.

  45. January 22, 2014 / 1:35 pm

    ive been wanting to try tartes amazonian clay products, this just adds to the list!

  46. January 22, 2014 / 5:18 pm

    Ooh I’ve always wanted to try the Tarte blushes! I’ve heard a lot of good things about them <3

  47. Ruth
    January 23, 2014 / 4:59 am

    I love this review! I’m new to your blog and can’t wait to read more; this is exactly how I want reviews to be!
    Thank you for the giveaway xx

  48. ddld
    January 24, 2014 / 1:39 am

    I love this! I am a huge fan of blushes and I have always lusted Tarte!
    I think that the color is very nice. It’s kind of nudy pink, like a contouring blush. 😀

  49. January 24, 2014 / 7:44 pm

    THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO JOINED! Wish I could give you all a Tarte blush! till the next giveaway!

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