A Birthday Gift From Sephora

August 1, 2017

I had to wait until July, but I finally collected my birthday present from Sephora Beauty Insider and the gift choice was a no-brainer. While the Caudalie Moisturizer and Serum Set sounds lovely, I couldn’t resist the chance to FINALLY test a Tarte blush and opted for the Tarte Lip and Cheek set.

I have been wanting to try a Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush for years now! But with the number of beauty brands on the market I seem to get distracted by new products. And if I’m honest, the $35 price tag makes me squeamish. This little set is the perfect chance to experiment with the product before committing to it with my own cheddar.

It features an Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in the colour Paarty and a Tartiest Creamy Matte Lip Paint in Birthday Suit. Cute names, right?! They’re pretty generous sizes too, considering they were free! The blush is 0.05oz (or 1.5g) and the liquid lipstick is 0.03oz (or 1mL).

They’re both really nice nude colours that would compliment a bunch of different skin tones. The blush is a rose-y, tan shade that leans slightly mauve as well. It’s extremely pigmented and a little goes a long way. But it blends beautifully on the skin. It has a long wear-time (as the name and 12-hour claim would suggest) and the pigment lasted through an entire workday on my cheeks.

I’ve only tried the liquid lippie twice, but unfortunately I am not as fond of it as I am the blush. The pale pinky-nude colour is nice and pigmented, but the formula seems far too drying. After just one hour it begins to crack. The only way I can describe the end result is ‘Pepto Bismol lips‘. If you’ve ever chewed one of these chalky digestive relief tablets (or two, or three…depending on your situation) you’ll understand what I mean.

So while I probably won’t get much use out of the Matte Lip Paint, I am uber excited to finally add a Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush to my collection (even if it is sample size) and have been wearing it on a regular basis.


There’s also a birthday gift set geared towards men! It features a Jack Black Moisturizer and Cleanser for the man who isn’t afraid of a little pampering.

And if you don’t know what Beauty Insider is…it’s Sephora’s rewards program and a gateway to free beauty items. It doesn’t cost anything to join. And every dollar spent in store or online earns a point to be used towards sample sized products. All Beauty Insiders are eligible to redeem a birthday gift each year – no purchase necessary!


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