Review: Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush (Splendor)

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A huge chunk of my makeup collection is dominated by blushes. I love blushes! Especially the one’s that give out a natural flush (the kind that makes people think you got out and played sports or you rubbed elbows with your crush kind of flush). Being a blush addict, I’ve always wanted to try out Tarte. Luckily I got this limited edition shade from http://www.theprimppad.com/ .

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushes are baked blushes. This particulare shade, Splendor is a special edition shade that is included in the Sephora Favorites in the Glow Set; hence the mini size. It is a peachy pink shade with gold chunks of glitter that emits shimmer when swatched. The shade reminds me of Nar’s  Orgasm, only less with the shimmer. This claims to last for 12 hours but for people with oily skin like me, it lasted around 6-8 hours (tops) which isn’t so bad for a powder blush.

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Although intimidating in the pan because of the big chunks of glitter, I find this shade wearable. It gives me a subtle glow every time I use it, and I also get compliments as well.

Weight: 3.4 grams / 0.11 Oz.

Price: Although a part of set when bought from Sephora, I got this individually for less than P400.

Where to Purchase: http://www.theprimppad.com/

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RANTS:

  • The product claims to last for 12 hours but it only lasted for up to 8 hours on mine because of my oily skin. (Although this isn’t a major fallback for me cos’ 8 hours is long enough for me already when it comes to blushes)
  • It cannot be sold separately since it is included in the Holiday Sets of Sephora. Which would also mean that, it may not be available any longer if ever you wish to repurchase.

RAVES:

  • Great color pay-off.
  • Great texture! It is not chalky on the pan and when applied on the face.
  • It doesn’t irritate my skin.
  • The packaging may be a bit simple but when you open it the pan just looks lovely, that I hate myself every time I swipe my brush on it, cos I hate to damage the intricate details on the pan.
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Review: e.l.f Blush in Mellow Mauve

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Here I am with another blush review from e.l.f.! I recently did a review on the blush Fuchsia Fusion (link here) which I said is a dupe for Nars Angelika. This shade on the other hand doesn’t have a Nars dupe, but other bloggers claim it as a dupe for Tarte Amazonian Clay in the shade Exposed. I am not quite sure about that since I haven’t tried it yet but, among all the blushes that I got, this one is a favorite.

PRICE: $3.00 around P130.00
AVAILABILITY: Mine was from Target but sadly this shade isn’t available at our local e.l.f. counters here in the Philippines. You may find it from other online stores though with an additional fee.

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The packaging is similar to Nars blushes sans the rubbery feel. e.l.f. Is made out of plastic which has a clear window to make you see the color/shade of the blush.

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The packaging also includes a mirror inside but, I find it a bit useless since it is too small.

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The shade of mellow mauve is more of like a neutral rose color with a hint of brown in it. It has a satin finish and applies smoothly on the face. The color flatters most skin tones as well. It wears on for 3-4 hours which isn’t really bad for a $3.00 value.

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INGREDIENTS:
Talc, Mica, Nylon-12, Magnesium Stearate, Silica, Paraffinum Liquidum, Polybutene, Sodium Dehydroacetate.

PRODUCT DETAILS:
• The soft sheer texture blends into the skin for a silky finish.
• Designed to be worn alone or layered for more depth.
• Highlight your complexion with a subtle healthy glow.

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RANTS:
• The shade is not available on local elf counters.
• A bit powdery/chalky on the pan (but not on the face) thus a lot of product goes to waste.
• Lasting power isn’t so great since I have oily skin, but for the price, who am I to complain right?

RAVES:
• It gives my face a natural flush! This is my favorite elf blush among all the shades in their line.
• Very affordable!
• Doesn’t break me out.

Heres how it looks on me (oooops! got really dark again for playing Ultimate but..who cares?)

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THE VERDICT:
I give this blush a 4/5! I would definitely repurchase since I am in love with the shade! I just wish our local e.l.f. counters would have this here in the Philippines.

The Primp Pad (Mini Haul)

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This isn’t really considered a haul. But I just want to share with you a few items I got from The Primp Pad.

I actually have a love hate relationship with this store. Why? I love it because they have reasonably priced items and I hate it because those items goes out of stock in a flash. So the hate isn’t really something I see negatively. It just goes to show that this shop is really trusted and they have a lot of customers haha. I only have praises for this store! The seller is really accommodating and friendly. And the transaction is really fast. I got my items two days after I paid since it was a weekend then. Plus.. The seller was even nice enough to include a freebie, a MUFE Foundation Sampler.. It was really nice of her ;D

Here are the prices, let me know if you want a review of any of these:
Wet n’ Wild Carrot Gold- P149
Wet n’ Wild Don’t think Pink- P149
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush (Splendor) mini size- P348

Shipping fee only costs P50 if your in Manila, then P90 if from the Province.

Just a little tip, this store always have mini’s/samplers of our coveted makeups, usually blushes, so always be on the lookout for that. And… if you are looking for hard to find e.l.f products that are not available on our local e.l.f. counters, this is the shop to look for! Plus, the e.l.f. products are fairly priced, it feels like your buying them directly online from e.l.f.

I am really excited to purchase again from this store. But since I just bought Sigma brushes, I have to rest my wallet first. But it won’t be too long since I sense a gazillion e.l.f. products are on it’s way to the lovely seller.

To know more about the store check their facebook here: The Primp Pad

REVIEW: e.l.f. Fuchsia Fusion Blush (Nars Angelika Dupe)

I’ve always wanted to own blushes from Nars. While my budget can’t permit me to have one just yet, I resort to dupes that would give close results to the cult blush I’ve been coveting for ages. In my search for those dupes, I stumbled upon e.l.f.’s Fuchsia Fusion which resembles closely to Nars’ Angelika.

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Price: $3.00
Availabiltiy: Bought this one from ULTA but it is available on most drugstores in the US. Here in the Philippines, a few online shops carry them as well.
What the geek say’s:
Fuchsia Fusion is a cool toned, pink blush with glitters on it. Yes, glitters! I initially got scared with the glitters since I know it might accentuate my pores. I almost thought of giving this blush away. But I tried using a stippling blush with it and it gave favorable results.

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The blush looks like that when heavily swatched. Yes, it has a lot of glitters. But contrary to what others say (about making you look like a walking disco ball with all the glitters), this blush didn’t look like it when applied correctly. It did emit a bit of shimmer, but not the kind that would make you shine bright like a Cullen.

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Packaging wise, e.l.f. has a black, plastic container with a window that makes you see through the blush color. While it may be similar to Nars visually, the later is made with rubber, and doesn’t have a window in it making it look more sturdy and appealing. e.l.f also contains less product weighing 2.75g while Nars has 4.8g – almost twice the amount of product.

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They appear almost alike in the pan, but you would notice closely that the e.l.f. blush has larger glitters on it. It has a cool pink tone. Highly pigmented in my opinion, only a bit too chalky unlike Nars.

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When swatched, the two look alike. e.l.f. Was able to copy the shade of Nars Angelika. Like I said earlier, it was just a bit powdery.

I’ve only tried Nars from the counters, which is why I couldn’t tell much apart other than the physical appearance that I googled images from the world wide web. All Nars photos are not mine, you may notice that the watermark is just on the e.l.f. blush and not on the side of Nars.

Longevity: Lasted 3-4 hours with me.

Rants:
• Not locally available on e.l.f. counters in the Philippines
• Too chalky – a lot of product gets wasted when I brush a bit from it.

Raves:
• It may appear like a glitter bomb in the pan, but it looks wearable as long as you apply it correctly.
• Really cheap, it only costs a fraction of a Nars blush – a good alternative if your short for cash to buy the real one.
• Doesn’t break me out.

The Verdict:
It’s a perfect dupe for me. But that doesn’t mean I’d resort with this one already. I might repurchase, but I’d like to get my hands on Nars first.

Here’s how it looks like on me, and a few more photos of the product:

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