June 21, 2010

Product Review: Tarte Cheek Stain, B

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Today's product review is on Tarte's famous Cheek Stain. This lovely little product comes in a 1 oz. push up gel stick and can be purchased at Sephora for $30. I own the shade, "Flush", which is sheer berry color and smells of raspberry. Woo hoo - scented blush!

Deets from Sephora.com:

What it is: A natural-looking gel blush.

What it does: Tarte Cheek Stain is a water
-based gel cheek tint that gives you a natural flush—exactly like someone just pinched your cheeks! This formula is alcohol-free so it won't dry your skin and it's also oil-free so it won't clog your pores. Plus, it contains Skinvigorating™ ingredients like a T5 Super Fruit Complex™—pure water to help skin retain moisture and mineral-derived pigments known for their soothing and softening properties.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:

- Parabens

- Sulfates

- Synthetic Fragrances

- Petro-Chemicals

- Phthalates

What else you need to know: The Tarte T5 Super Fruit Complex™ is a proprietary blend of the five most active superfruits: goji, açaí, maracuja, acerola, and pomegranate. The first blend of its kind, the T5 Super Fruit Complex™ is loaded with naturally occurring, antioxidant-rich nutrients, and vitamins that have been known to deliver refining, antiaging, and skin-restorative benefits with each application. It contains a natural fragrance and is free from preservatives, paraben, sulfate, phthalate, and mineral oil. Dermatologist-tested.

In keeping with Tarte's eco-friendly efforts, they've partnered with Sambazon, creators of the Sustainable Açaí Project—an initiative to promote positive change in the Amazon Rainforest through forest conservation, improved living conditions, and educational opportunities through the sustainable management of the Açaí Palm tree. Açaí is an antioxidant-rich super fruit that helps fight free radicals, promotes cell regeneration, has known anti-inflammatory and skin softening properties, and combats premature signs of aging.

Size: 1 oz

And onto my review...

The Good: The shade "Flush" is really lovely on my skin tone. It really does look liked I'm lightly flushed. Dur! The gel slides on nicely and it stays for most of the day.

The Bad: $30 is 'spensive! I will say, however, that one stick lasts quite some time. I'm guessing at least nine months. I also wish it had a leetle more staying power, but let's be real, it's a gel stick.

The Verdict: B! This is a great product, especially in the hotter months when cream blush is melting off your face. I do my best to score refills on the cheap via sample sales (see Gilt or Hautelook).

That's it for today! So, friends, anyone out there use Tarte's Cheek Stain? Thoughts?