Saturday, January 26, 2013

Pink Blush Swatches (Tarina Tarantino, Tarte, MUFE)

Despite my attempts to avoid pink makeup, I ended up with a rather nicely balanced stash of pink blushers.

Pictured below are Tarina Tarantino Carved Rose (top left), Tarina Tarantino Candy Cameo (top right), Physicians Formula Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Blush in Rose (bottom left), MAKE UP FOR EVER Blush in #75 (bottom middle) and Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Fantastic (bottom right).


Why have I avoided pink? Well, don't hate me but I'm nearly 35 years old and still get mistaken for a 22 year-old. Don't say I'm lucky. I find it really insulting when people at the office assume that I'm inexperienced and treat me based on appearance rather than knowledge. Pink is not only associated with youth but actually adds a youthful glow to one's look. As a result, I don't wear it much. But how can a makeup collection be complete without some pink?

I suppose this isn't really a review of the products so much as a documentation of my attempts to weed out dupes. Due to the various shades of tones and shimmers within the single PF hearts blush, I took it out of the equation to simplify matters. We're now left with four.


And obviously, MUFE #75 is way too bright and POW! Out it goes. We now have three. 


It's basically a battle between TT Carved Rose and Tarte Fantastic. Both are soft pale pinks, and I only ended up with them because they came in a palette and a set. I've never purchased a makeup colour like this on its own intentionally.


They seem almost identical in the pan, but what do you know? Tarte Fantastic is a more pale Barbie pink while Carved Rose appears rather... rosy. I knew there was a reason I like Carved Rose as much as I do.

Left: Tarte Fantastic / Right: TT Carved Rose

And here we find my heart tormented in conflict again. While I don't really like Tarte Fantastic, it serves as a nice reference point for other pinks. And maybe there will come a time when I'll embrace pinks with a passion. Hang on to it in case I enjoy it in my 50s? What say you?

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  1. Hi Liz, I... love... pink!!! So I would keep everything (though I realize that is probably not a very constructive comment). MUFE#75 is crazy amazing! I love how daring you are with color :-)

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    1. You're so cute, Dovey. I totally associate happy pink colours with you. :)

      I'm only starting to become more daring, and it was long overdue. I hope it doesn't result in too much crazy makeup I'll shun in the next decade, LOL.

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  2. I love these pinks you have! That PF blush looks so preeeety with hearts and all. I would probably keep both Tarte and Carved Rose though. They are very different. You never know when you'll want to use them... maybe in your 40s? LOL!

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    1. LOL! Well, I can't really get rid of Carved Rose since it's a part of a palette I plan on keeping for eternity. If anything, Tarte Fantastic will get the boot, but I'm going to try using for an entire week a la Larie and see if I can work better with it or learn to love it. :)

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  3. Yesss, pink blush ftw! Carved Rose is so nice, and the MUFE is gorgeously bright like whoa. Very nice choices!

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  4. I say get rid of the Tarte and make room for something else that you love?

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    1. I think so, yes! I'm wearing the Tarte today and it doesn't flatter me as much as the others. THANK YOU FOR BEING THE VOICE OF REASON.

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  5. I think any shade of blush can be suitable for any age as long as it is applied moderately and appropriately :) I like carved rose a bit more than the Tarte one :)

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    1. There's truth there, Steph. But I'm giving the Tarte another go today and it's not looking good!

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  6. Carved rose is prettier in my opinion, but I do love those Tarte blushes!

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    1. I don't know what it is about those Tarte blushes - the urge to collect all of them is overwhelming! I much prefer Carved Rose, on or off the face. :)

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  7. Ah. How can I not hate you? I'm nearly 35 also, but never gets mistaken for a 22-year-old. Just kidding. Happy for you. I also find myself avoiding pink now. More into bronzers.

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    1. WHATEVER, girl. You don't look a day over 20. (For real!)

      I need to get back into contouring. Ugh, so much work. LOL

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  8. I love pink blush! I think it is so flattering on most everyone. My skin can definitely use a little help, so I'm glad to be able to fake a youthful glow with pink blush! :) I like the look of both the Tarte shade and Carved Rose!

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    1. I think a part of the reason I don't like the Tarte shade is it doesn't flatter my skin tone as much as the darker rosy shades. I think Fantastic would look fantastic on you!

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  9. Oh no why don't you like Tarte's Fantastic? I was just thinking it looks really nice!

    Great post Liz! I always appreciate comparison swatches :)

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    1. Well, I put it on just now to give it a second chance and it doesn't show very well on my skin anyway. So it's a fail on all accounts!

      Thanks, Annick. I'm trying to get better at swatching. :)

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  10. I really like the look of bronzer with a -touch- of pink. To me it's like an "I just worked out but still look great" whereas my actual face after workout would be .. Not so great.

    In short, you should keep the tarte! Tho maybe I'd say MUFE over tarte?

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    1. LOL! I bet the actual face is fine, but I prefer a red flush for some reason. :) I gave the Tarte a second try this morning and it's not looking good. It's going in the blog sale pile!

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  11. ALWAYS HANG ON TO A BLUSH, LIZ. ALWAYS.

    The Tarte one is GORGEOUS on the skin.

    I wear make-up regardless of how old it makes me look... But then, to be fair, I just had a convenience store clerk ID me today for cigarettes and was all, "How old are you?" And I was all, "26. *hands over ID*" And he was like, "UNBELIEVABLE!" Then to himself, he mutters, "Unbelievable..." Then he says to me, "You know, you should be getting married soon!" FML.

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    1. LOL!!!! Spoken like a true blush whore. I don't know why but it's not showing up very well on my skin and I packed it on, too. It's a goner.

      I can't believe you actually came across a non-Asian convenience store clerk who couldn't tell. *snort* And don't even get me started on the marriage pressure talks. FML x 1000.

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  12. My preference is for Carved Rose but then there's got to be a place for both?!? The tarte blush is such a fresh and girly shade.

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    1. Nope! The Tarte doesn't look very good on me. :(

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  13. I like warmer pinks only because it goes well with my skin tone. Why not wear the Tarte and TT on two separate occasions (on you off days :D) and see which one you like the best and which is more wearable? Take pictures and show us :) You can always use pictures for point of reference for future pink blushes, maybe?

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    1. I'm tempted to keep it for a colour reference but I think it has to go to a more loving owner. Put it on this morning and it's not showing very well on my skin. I was ready to give it a new chance but nope. (RELIEF!)

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  14. OMG- pink blush is my Achilles Heel!!!!!! These are gorgeous, and believe it or not I don't have any of these!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. It's a shame you missed out on the Tarina Tarantino stuff because those are amazing. But there are so many pink blushers out there. I'm sure you have an insanely beautiful stash. :)

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  15. Ditch that Tarte blush. DITCH IT. :)

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  16. I'd let the Tarte blush go, definitely. Not enough oomph.

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    1. I'm not always about oomph but it does nothing for me. OUT!!

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  17. I have a love/hate relationship with pink. And because I am the ONE person you know that's nearing the 50s to keep both! I'm noticing with the grey pink is not stink!

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    1. LOL! Maybe pink will be hot and I'll regret getting rid of the Tarte. Ah well... we'll cross that bridge later. Nothing ever looks stink on you anyway!

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  18. I love pink too, although I can't always wear it as it does tend to clash with my skin's undertones. Has that stopped me from buying a bunch of pink blushes? Nooooo....

    Another option is, you could always layer your blush for a truly original shade or to add some interesting dimension. Just a thought...

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    1. Lol, Eugenia - like I said, no makeup collection can be complete without pink blushes. ;)

      I didn't think of layering because I'm lazy like that, but of course you would know this trick! Going to try it tomorrow. :)

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  19. I think our skin tones are similar, and Tarte Fantastic looks too cool-toned? Carved Rose looks gorgeous, on the other hand. Just my two cents. :)

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    1. I do tend to avoid cool tones and this one doesn't flatter me at all. But I'm going to try Eugenia's advice ^ of layering it and see if that does anything!

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    2. Yeah, that's a great idea! Love finding ways to make something work. :) Good luck!

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    3. I decided not to bother. Don't like it, going to pass it on to a new owner. :)

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  20. I would totally keep it, Liz. I have a couple shades similar to the Tarte one, but darker so I don't look washed out, and they come in handy with certain looks. But then again, I kinda like pink :) Though, I will say, aside from Illamasqua's Unrequited which is still my #1 fave, I wouldn't probably opt for a pink blush first, ever. I do like the way it looks in winter though!

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    1. Well, I was all set to let this one go but Eugenia just suggested brilliantly that I should try layering it (!!!). But in the event that doesn't work out, I'm fine with it as there are so many other blushes to give my love to. Unrequited looks pretty gorgeous for a pink blush! ;)

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  21. SO MUCH PINK! Personally not a fan of the Tarte and would let it go to someone that can appreciate it--that is unless you really feel like you can rock it :> but Carved Rose? um yes please!

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    1. You know what's weird? I'm not a big fan of Tarte either but the urge to collect all their blushes is strangely powerful. I miss Natural Beauty and wish I hadn't gotten rid of that. This one can totally go though if layering it doesn't work!

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  22. I also have that shade of Tarte bush, and it's much too chalky and bright on me. I am going to use it up, however! I like to use a kabuki and dot the apple of my cheek gently when I'm going or a bronzed all over look. When I wear BM's Warmth as a blush I usually find I need a pop of pink to rebalance the natural rosy glow I have. I'll be happy when it's finished, 3 months from now! :/

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    1. I've never finished a blush or even hit pan on it, so I applaud your efforts! But if you really hate it, I think it's okay to let it go. There's no point in putting on something because we feel obligated. I was going to try layering it today but ended up putting it back into the swap/blog sale pile. I can't love it and won't try any more than I already have. Moving on! :)

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  23. Tarte Fantastic looks like a cute pink! I could imagine why you said TT looked better on you though - if I were you and must purge one of them, i'd purge Tarte lol (even though i'm a major blush fiend and esp of cool-toned pinks). But being a major blush fiend, i'd keep both LOL that is, if i don't "have to" purge.

    It's interesting how times changed (referring to your latest lifting makeup bans post), in the past 2-3 years i'd go and collect almost every piece of blush I come across, and even started a-blush-a-day project with the beauty blogging pals, and now? I have no fire for blushes at all lol this showed how taste would evolve! I buy more lippies and eyeshadows than blushes, and I use the same blush everyday (something I never would have imagined doing). That said, I'd probably hold on to both Tarte and TT, because who knows? maybe someday your taste would gravitate or change to the other end of the colour spectrum :)!

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    1. Ah, a fellow blush fiend! :D

      I'm coming out of the haze where I feel like I need to hold on to everything. Now, if I don't like something, I'd rather it goes to someone who will enjoy it and not take up room in my stash! A few years ago I was all about lippies - now blush - and I'm sure the eye shadow wave will be upon me soon enough. ;) I feel at peace with the decision to get rid of the Tarte, so we're good for now. I think the shade isn't so unique that I'd miss it or be unable to replace it!

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  24. Lovely photos and swatches, Liz! Not sure about the Tarte either, Carved Rose looks lovely though!

    I do love pink, but tend to stick to pink lip and nail colours. Pink blush just never seems to look quite right on me for some reason. I've been experimenting with a few different shades recently though and have found a couple which I quite like. Guess it's all about experimenting and finding colours that work for you.

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    1. Carved Rose is something right up your alley, Nat!

      Usually I'm not picky about how blush looks on me because everything else can be adjusted to accentuate the blush or coordinate with it, but I feel no love for this Tarte piece. That was my experimentation with pink. Now I'm moving on. ;)

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  25. Ditch the Pinks,try a blush in a Coral tone, you'd be surprised. There are so many tones of Coral and you're bound to find one that would match your skin tone(and it's the color of the season!

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    1. Um, I have a lot of coral blush. That's coming up. :D

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