Awakening Cheeks with Tarte

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Sephora says: Tarte Cheek Stain is a water-based gel cheek tint that gives you a natural flush—exactly like someone just pinched your cheeks! This formula is alcohol-free so it won’t dry your skin and it’s also oil-free so it won’t clog your pores. Plus, it contains Skinvigorating™ ingredients like a T5 Super Fruit Complex™—pure water to help skin retain moisture, and mineral-derived pigments known for their soothing and softening properties.

What exactly is tarte’s cheek stain?  It’s nothing more than a sheer, cream blush in a stick form.  It goes on sheer but has buildbale coverage.  The color is a medium nude with pink undertones.

When I first got this product, I thought it was the same concept as their LipSurgence Skintuitive Lip Tint, which reacts to the skins pH and turns a customized color on each person’s skin.  Both products were released at the same time and sit right next to each other on the display at Sephora.  They also have similar packaging.  It wasn’t until I was researching the product that I figured out that this didn’t follow that concept.  However, that explains my odd swatching method later in this post…

Application can be a bit tricky with cream blushes, but I found it to be quite simple with this one.  I simply stipple (bounce) the product straight from the tube onto my cheeks, starting at the apple and going up towards the temples.  I go over about 3 or 4 times to create a natural glow.  It wears for 6 hours before starting to fade, and on tarte’s website it promises “all day wear.”  Although “all day” isn’t a concrete term, to me that means at least 8 hours.  To increase wear time or intensify color, layer with a powder blush {how to}.  The color is sheer and would suit light and medium skin tones, darker skin may find that it’s too sheer.

An easy way to create a natural glow on the cheeks.  Application is easy (use a stippling motion).  This would best suit light-medium skin tones.  The only downside is the shorter wear time (6 hours).  If you’re someone who has been scared to try cream blush before, this is an easy way to incorporate it into your makeup routine.  It’s also an easy way to spruce up your spring/summer makeup regimen!

Glitter Rating: 4.5 / 5

Where: Sephora, Tarte, Amazon. Price: $30.00/0.5oz.
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The Tarte T5 Super Fruit Complex™ is a proprietary blend of the five most active superfruits.  The first blend of its kind, it is loaded with naturally occurring, antioxidant-rich nutrients, and vitamins that have been known to deliver refining, antiaging, and skin-restorative benefits with each application. It also contains a natural fragrance and is dermatologist-tested. In keeping with Tarte’s eco-friendly efforts, they’ve partnered with Sambazon, creators of the Sustainable Açaí Project—an initiative to promote positive change in the Amazon Rainforest through forest conservation, improved living conditions, and educational opportunities through the sustainable management of the Açaí Palm tree. Açaí is an antioxidant-rich super fruit that helps fight free radicals; promote healthy, youthful looking skin; and has known anti-redness and skin-softening properties.


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Formulated without: Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates



Where: Sephora, Tarte, Amazon. Price: $30.00/0.5oz.

What do you think of Tarte’s Awakening cheek stain?  Do you have a favorite cream blush?

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