TSM Product Review: Tarte’s Amazonian 12 Hr Clay Blush

I buy make up (which I hoard and don’t use except to give myself the visual delight of seeing them look pretty in the drawer) but blush and mascara are two favourites I actually do use. Mascara, well she’s a girl’s best friend and with blushes, you just don’t seem to find ‘bad’ blushes out there – You can probably only go wrong with uncomplimentary colour choices and application.

The last blush I used was Revlon’s Colourstay Mineral blush. The Petal colour was extremely sheer (just a hint of pink) and required layers of application to build and blend. While annoying for some, it actually suited me better for everyday wear and if I were to re-purchase, I’d give the slightly darker Roseberry colour a go.

  • Cost: Under $20 AUD (cheaper in US & online)
  • Packaging: Clean and compact
  • Contained an emergency mini brush
  • Colours: Petal (soft pink) Roseberry (pink) and Honey (nude)

Tarte’s 12hr Amazonian Clay Blush

The Revlon blush lasted me two years (shows you just how often I use make up!) and since I couldn’t find it to replace in the UK, I decided to give Tarte’s 12 Amazonian Clay blush a go having heard rave reviews about Tarte’s Clay blushes. I’ve been using it for two months now so thought it’d be the perfect time for my first product review. Here’s a quick summary:

  • It’s a solar-baked pressed powder blush infused with clay from the banks of the Amazionan rivers (where the nutrients are at the highest concentration)
  • It claims to last for 12 hours
  • It’s not tested on animals (very important to me!) and is vegan friendly.
  • Contains beeswax (naturally stimulates collagen and decreases the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles) and vitamin C and E
  • Free of mineral oil, parabens (controversially linked to cancer), phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate and synthetic fragrance.
  • Suitable for all skin types:

Oily skin: Amazonian clay minimizes oil in and around pores to balance skin and keep product in place
Dry skin: Amazonian clay hydrates skin naturally to restore moisture so your blush wears better & longer
Combination skin: Amazonian clay is completely intuitive; gives skin an overall smooth & even appearance

The clay blush comes in 8 different shades. I opted for the colour ‘EXPOSED’ which although described as nude in colour is more of a brown with a hint of pink

This part below I don’t enjoy so much as part of blogging but here we go ! I wanted to try the blush directly onto my bare skin without any base so here are some extreme close ups (eeeek!) of the colour on my cheeks with only one application…

As you can see, the colour is more pink and subtle considering I only applied and blended with a couple of strokes. Powder blushes, moreso than cream blushes, need a base to cling onto so I tested it again on a night out with friends, using Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturiser as a base and felt the blush showed up much better.

I know there are touch up buttons on Photoshop that will remove spots, freckles, wrinkles and smooth skin into perfection but as tempting as it is, I’m not going down that path. I’m not perfect and I’ve always wanted my blog to be about honest styling tips and dialogue to help bring confidence to readers, flaws and all, so Imma keep it real here peeps – feeling a bit  EXPOSED and all with these close-ups!

I did however, find a picture from a cosmetics reviewer called Temptalia who also tried Tarte’s Amazonian 12 hour clay in Exposed which I think shows the subtle colour really well on her skin colour too.

The blush has a silky texture which meshed really well onto my skin. The colors look quite bold and bright in their compacts, but apply easily allowing you to build up the strength of the colour and gives a translucent, blushing-from-within look.

T-Styled Me Review

Product: 9/10  
Pigmentation: 9.5/10
Texture: 8/10
Application: 4/5
Packaging: 3.5/5


  • Provides even application with a silky smooth texture
  • Provides lasting colour at least a good 7-8 hrs (not 12 as claimed)
  • The clay absorbs moisture and oil so is really great for oily skin
  • Suitable for all skin types – starts off translucent and builds to provide a matte finish
  • Compact and contains a mirror
  • 8 varying shades providing options for fair to dark skin types


  • Slightly pricey (for me!) at $25 USD
  • Difficult to locate from Australia or from Europe
  • No noticeable improvements to skin as claimed by the Amazionian clay however I should probably use more of it (like skincare) to before commenting.

T-Styled Me Tips

  • Use a base for powder blushes as the colour will show better
  • Invest in a good angled blush brush (don’t use the travel ones)
  • Build up your layers starting at the apple of your cheeks and blend upward to contour
  • The ‘Dollface’ colour is great for fair skin, ‘Exposed’ for light to tan skin and ‘Flush’ has a beautiful deep plum tone suitable for dark coloured skin.

I couldn’t find this in Sephora in Europe so thank you to my friend Chai and her parents who kindly sent this to me from the States xo

Available from  and  or ebay

Has anyone else used this blush ? Do you use cream or powder blush? I’m thinking of trying a cream blush for comparison as I don’t tend to wear a base so any recommendations gladly accepted!


6 thoughts on “TSM Product Review: Tarte’s Amazonian 12 Hr Clay Blush

  1. I love Nars Blush in the colour ‘orgasm.’ It has a shimmer in it and I find the stick (cream) version quite easy to apply and since I don’t usually wear foundation either it’s perfect! You should definitely give that a go!

  2. When I read “I buy make up (which I hoard…)”, for one split second I thought you were talking about me! I loveee buying eye shadow palettes but always ended using the same colour (and the other colours remain untouched).

    Have heard so much about NARS blusher in ‘orgasm’, and am contemplating on getting it except that I my current blusher hasn’t finished! tsk tsk

    • Hi Azura! I was thinking of admitting that at one point, I had over 20 mascaras in my make-up drawer eeek!! I just love trying them but you know, I always go back to my good old trusty Maxfactor mascara so now I don’t bother trying new ones!

      Since the Nars Orgasm one has a shimmer in it *maybe* you can use it on top of a regular matt one to so you could be using two at the same time for different looks 😛

  3. I have Tipsy and it is a fun bright blush for the summer months though. I have to say though, I like it a lot but don’t think it lasts 12 hours.

    • Agree with you there Chelsea! I think they shouldn’t have marketed it as a 12hr blush because otherwise it doesn’t live up to that expectation but otherwise I love it :)

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