The formula of Tarte Amazonian Clay blushes must have received cult status by now since they have been so popular for years. It’s a well known and much loved formula, and I have my share of amazonian clay blushes from before. I really do like them, so when this years blush book (A holiday tradition by Tarte) was released I had to have it!
My favorite thing about it is that it’s not as obnoxiously large as the previous blush books have been. I mean, just look at the comparison between last years release (the HUGE round thing) and this years cute little book.
The little book holds a lot of product too! With 8 blushes, one bronzer and 1 highlighter you really get a lot of products for the price. You get both matte and shimmery blushes and everything from pink, to peach to neutral. A blush for every look. The bronzer is also shimmery, and the color works nicely for me, but if you are medium or even on the darker scale of light then this would probably be a bit pale. It works for my skin in winter, but will probably be too light in summer, but when I can wear it I like how it looks and it’s easy to apply.
The highlighter is, well a bit dull actually. It does give a glow, so in that sense it gets the job done and it looks nice enough. But it completely lack the wow-factor that has become the norm of highlighters these days. I would not reach for this palette just to use the highlighter, but if I was traveling with it I would not mind using it if that makes sense.
The blushes are the usual well-known and much loved quality of the amazonian clay blushes. They have light to medium build-able pigmentation, they are really easy to apply and has fairly good longevity. Just one of those easy to use, fool-proof blush formulas that looks good even when you apply them in a rush. With 8 different shades you have one for any look you could want.
The packaging is as mentioned just so darn cute! Just like a little book. It’s easy to store, and it’s compact and solid enough for travel. There is also a plastic divider between the two “blush-pages” to keep things clean. Overall the packaging is really well done. The only thing is that the surface is a bit textured and when you use a bigger brush to for instance pick up the bronzer it’s very easy to get some on the surface around the powder as well. And since this is a rough textured surface I still ahven’t been successful in finding a way to keep it clean! I discovered this early on so I have been extra careful with picking up blush with smaller brushes, but just be ware that this is not a easy to clean palette so it may not look that cute after a while.
I feel like this is a handy thing for travel. I really like the quality of the blushes, the bronzer works fine for me and the highlighter is OK. However, I also feel like Tarte has a habit of repeating their shade. If you already own one of their blush books you probably already have a several dupes. With that being said, I am happy I got mine even though I already have a blush book and several single blushes because the packaging is so handy. I would like to say easy to travel with, but since I don’t travel that much it’s not really a con for me personally, but maybe it is for you!
I am happy that I got this and I would buy it again.