Blush authority or not, I have always wanted to try tarte cheek stain so I finally got one taking advantage of the sale.
I believe this limited edition color TEN came out at least a couple years ago for the tarte's 10 year anniversary.
(I guess the sale price is only proper to think about that.)
tarte TEN natural cheek stain
I much prefer powder type blush since it is easier to control in general, but I do find many talc based powder blush is simply too drying to wear in winter.
My skin is not particularly dry, still my cheeks feel tight and even hurting sometimes.
tarte cheek stain seemed quite perfect for the rescue. :)
On tarte website, TEN is described as "Shimmering Bright Pink", so I was shocked when I first opened this blush cause it appeared a dull beige pink!
However, this was because I overlooked the fact stains like this usually get darker once applied and warmed up by body heat.
I took this picture after I used this a couple times.
See the top part is darker than the rest? :)
I did a heavy swatch here and this is pretty much the color you will get (more or less).
I did not notice "shimmering" part of the color.
To me, this color is a creamy matte pink that reminds me of Pepto Bismol a bit. ;)
Feels very comfortable and hydrating on
Easy to blend in (It was much easier than I thought!)
Flattering bright pink that warms up a bit later on
Not sticky (It is rather creamy.)
Can make a great blush base to top with powder blush
Too big (and expensive) - This tint contains 1 oz which is huge, so $30 isn't so bad. But we do have other blushes to use..so there you see my point.
Push-up packaging seems a bit primitive
Here is how tarte TEN looks on me.
Makeup products used for this look
Paul & Joe Light Cream Foundation Alabaster
Borghese Mineral Veil Powder Ivory Veil
tarte natural cheek stain TEN
Revlon matte single eyeshadows Riviera Blue & Pink Innocence
tarte LipSurgence Perky
Cargo triple action mascara
ebony drawing pencil
Milani Liquif'Eye liner (not in picture)
Overall, I like the quality & the color of the blush and I see myself using this a lot once the New York winter hits here for real.
I want to try darker gel based colors like tickled in the future as well.
To tell you the truth, I would build a huge collection in no time if tarte starts to make these in smaller size with cheaper price.
(I think I just gave them a great idea for next holiday set. Don't you think? ;p )