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I love, love, love blush. I love blush more than you. Don’t argue; just accept it as an undeniable truth.
One of my first blush loves when I was introduced to the wonderful world of high-end makeup was the iconic tarte Cheek Stain.
These sweetly scented, sheer blushes had me at “HELLO!”
Blushing Bride Cheek Stain was my very first, but I quickly collected them all. As a makeup novice, I loved how foolproof and effortless they are.
They are just sheer perfection.
Now, over a decade since I first fell in love, tarte has rebooted this classic. It’s a leaner, meaner, blushing machine.
The tarte check stains ($30) are now housed in gorgeous, printed casings and are smaller and more makeup bag friendly.
tarte Cheek Stain Review
While they say the formula stayed the same, these actually set after 30 seconds and don’t budge.
That being said, I will now take the time to address a controversy that has been buzzing over these new cheek stains:
Yes, they are half the size.
Yes, they actually reduced the size last year, but nobody realized it until now when they changed the size of the packaging.
Yes, they are the same price.
Yes, you get half as much product for the same amount.
BUT, as someone who was extremely bothered by this change prior to trying them: these updated products are very different from the old cheek stains.
Old tarte Cheek Stain vs. New tarte Cheek Stain
Not only have the colors changed from the old formula, it seems the nature of the product has changed.
The older cheek stains felt tacky hours after the initial application and required a layer of sheer powder to set.
They also required a reapplication mid-day to keep the color fresh. These do not.
So, if you are on the fence about these because they are half as much, know that you will not need to reapply these like you had to with the old formulation.
The new and improved tarte cheek stains are available in creamy and sheer gel formulations.
They seem to have a little more slip to them than the previous version, so they blend even easier than the old version.
You can use a little or a lot and really build-up to the color payoff you want.
If you’re a weirdo like me, you may also sniff these and detect a subtle lemon fragrance. Delightful!
Here are the new shade descriptions. Just for fun, I’ve included the old shade descriptions in parentheses along with my personal observations/comparisons:
Fearless -Shimmery yellow pink cream (NEW color)
Blushing Bride – Shimmery bright Barbie pink cream (old version: red plum, no shimmer gel) The new version is a completely different color than the previous Blushing Bride incarnation
Blissful – Warm peachy pink cream shimmer (old version: Deep coral rose) The older version is darker with less shimmer and has more pink to it
Tipsy – Shimmery peachy coral cream (old version: shimmery peach cream) The older version is deeper in hue and has more peach to it and less shimmer
Tarte Cheek Stain Swatches
I believe the new version of Blushing Bride is a must-have.
It imparts the most radiant, rosy flush with ethereal shimmer. Everyone needs this shade – this is the blush that I didn’t realize I was missing. Love!
Flush – Plum berry gel (the new appears identical to the old)
True Love – Sheer watermelon pinky-red gel (the new appears identical to the old)
Natural Beauty – Pigmented red semi-gel (previous shade seems more intensely red, more of a rouge-like texture) The new version is sheerer and leaves an oil ring on paper that prior version does not. FYI: New Natural Beauty is the only cheek stain to leave an oil ring)
Exposed – Shimmery nude rose cream (this was formerly Awakening; appears identical)
Not shown but worth a look is Energy, a clear cheek stain that transforms into a sheer, hot pink gel thanks to color adjust technology. It’s part of this limited edition travel size duo.
Tarte Cheek Stain Pros & Cons
• New colors to love and collect!
• Newer version sets and locks into place for a full day’s wear. No reapplication necessary.
• Half as much product for the same price.
• I miss the old version of Tipsy. The newest version is a little too washed out and not peachy enough for my tastes.
So, there you have it – tarte’s new and improved cheek stains. I hope y’all give them a chance because they are fabulous!
Do you remember your first tarte Cheek stain?
What was your favorite older version tarte cheek stain? For those just being introduced to tarte cheek stains, what’s your new favorite?
photos: we heart this, swatches shown on NC25/30 skin tone