The Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush Palette Color Wheel is a limited edition palette containing 8 blushes and 2 highlighters. Each pan contains 0.084 oz/ 2.38 g, compared to the full size blushes which are 0.2 oz. It retails for $44 and is exclusively available at Sephora.
The palette opens up like a clamshell and closes up with a clasp. There is no mirror but the back of it has a mirror-like reflective finish so you could use it as a mirror if you wanted to. It is surprisingly not as thick and bulky as I had imagined. I included a couple images below comparing it to one of Tarte’s regular permanent size blushes.
The product inside is decent but not excellent. I have Blissful and Exposed from the permanent line and they are great – not powdery, and just the right amount of pigmentation. The matte shades in the palette were pretty close in quality to the permanent blushes, but a couple of them are a tad powdery. Ironic, Montage, and Icon are all fairly similar in tone and look about the same once applied to the cheeks. It would have been nice to see more variation in color. Surreal, Deco, and Mod had enough variation to look different on the cheek, though. The two shimmery blushes, Concept and Culture, are very powdery and leave a mess in the palette which was disappointing, but they did look nice once applied. Concept looks more shimmery in the pan but a lot of the sparkle brushes away when applied to the cheek. Culture’s finish has a much stronger sheen.
Crafty is pale pink-toned highlighter with a sparkly finish and a pinkish sheen that can be seen depending on how light falls on the skin. Idol has a muted yellowy-bronze tone to it with a finer shimmer finish than Crafty. They are both a little powdery.
- Good pigmentation
- They blend well
- Nice compact packaging
- Blushes are large enough for a blush brush
- No mirror, but the packaging is mirror-like
- Pretty good value for the number of shades
- More variation in color would have been nice
- Some of the shades are powdery
If you already have a pretty good blush stash, this is probably not something worth picking up as the colors aren’t really unique. Also, if you are a stickler for quality, it’s going to be more of a miss. It could be a good option for travel, though, because it does manage to pack a bunch of options in relatively small packaging.