A deluxe size Tarte EmphasEyes Waterproof Cream Eyeshadow in Slate and Amazonian 12-Hour Clay Blush in Flush with a cream shadow brush for $10 was a steal. The blush is a gorgeous bright fuchsia and the shadow a shimmering taupe neutral.
Originally, I planned to purchase Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in Skinny Jeans which made Benefit Unsung Heroes on Karen’s Makeup and Beauty Blog. But when I swatched it, my fears rang true… much cooler than I was looking for in a cement-toned cream shadow. I wasn’t sold on Tarte’s Slate in store and put it out of my mind.
But Flush caught my eye as I hadn’t made a bold blush choice in awhile. I wanted a pop of brightness for my cheeks because it’s a perfect way to wear color on an otherwise laid-back face.
The color of flush is gorgeous and, while it looks scarily vivid in pan, it blends out to a beautiful berry shade. Slate is one of those stand-by shades and formulas that pairs well on a quick basic face or to give a base to they eye on a more complex look. I love cream shadows for their versatility as primers and their ability to function solo.
This review has taken a couple months because I’ve been trying to find my favorite way to work with Flush. The one major con to the shade is how highly pigmented it is for such a bright shade. It is easy to go overboard and, because it is a long-wear formula, taking off the excess isn’t easy. But I’ve come up with a method that makes application much easier. The same method can be used for any vivid or highly pigmented brush.
- Condense the bristles of a blush brush between your fingers.
- Very lightly tap the center of the brush once onto the blush.
- Let go of the bristles and tap the brush onto the area of the cheek where the most color is desired.
While stippling brushes tend to work to use a small amount of product, I don’t recommend one for applying a vivid blush. Because stippling brushes have a flat top, there is a wider area of the cheek that gets a higher amount of coverage. But a condensing a brush that naturally has a rounded top will keep the heaviest color to a smaller designated area. Blending will look more natural and less like clown cheeks.
Summary: While the application is a bit finicky, the color, longevity and finish of Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Flush is wonderful. emphasEyes Cream Eyeshadow in Slate is a staple shade in any makeup collection.
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