And it’s 50 percent off today.

By Maya Gandara
September 13, 2019

My demands for the perfect blush are simple: great pigmentation and the ability to last all day. As a makeup junkie since the age of 14, I’ve tried countless blushes over the past nine years to find one that fits the bill—to no avail. I blamed my oily skin for absorbing every powder I applied.

Then, I tried Tarte Cosmetics Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush(Buy It, $14.50,—the blush to end all others. I realized it was possible to find a blush that wouldn’t disappear or slide off after a mere two hours. 

The packaging is simple, but the beauty lies within—the blush goes on smooth as butter and blends like a dream. I first tried Feisty, a classic bright pink shade, in the under-$15 travel-size version. After using it day after day, I was surprised to find that none of the pan was peaking through after quite some time. This stuff was built to last, and I’m not just talking about the amount of product you get in one purchase—these blushes were made for oily skin.

The clay-based formula works to minimize oil production around your pores while simultaneously hydrating the skin to avoid the appearance of dryness, so even if you don’t have oily skin like I do, it will work just as well. Infused with clay that’s harvested from the banks of the Amazon River (seriously!), the 12-hour lasting power mentioned in the title of the product is no joke—and it’s also why I never reach for any other blush.


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I’ve worn this blush on the sweaty New York City subway in the summer, out to crowded bars with no air conditioning, and through hard-core workouts at the gym. And through it all, it still retains the same pigmented, smooth appearance from when I first applied it that morning—no touch-ups needed. Plus, the selection includes a wide range of options, from soft to vivid colors and shimmery to matte textures, so I can rotate between a few favorites.

With over 1,000 customer reviews on Ulta’s website (the vast majority of which are positive), I wasn’t surprised to find other makeup junkies raving over this blush and all the pros it has to offer.

“Most blushes disappear after a while on me. Not this one. I put it on once and I am done. It is a bit pricey but well worth it since I do not have to keep reapplying throughout the day," wrote one reviewer. "Best blush on the market hands down. You definitely get what you pay for with this blush."

Another said, “I have so many of these blushes. They're absolutely amazing. They have good pigment and they last a long time, even with my oily-combo skin. I have multiple blushes but I always tend to grab for these ones when I'm doing my makeup. These ones have definitely become a staple for my makeup collection.”

Just in case you need another reason to try them, you can shop several of Tarte’s products for 50 percent off today as part of Ulta’s huge 21 Days of Beauty sale—including my tried-and-true Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush (Buy It, $14.50, and its equally-effective counterpart, the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Highlighter (Buy It, $14.50,, which comes in three shades and gives you a glow that lasts all day.


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That’s right: You can snag a full-sized compact of the blush and the highlighter for just $14.50 each—which is the regular price of the travel-sized versions—during today’s deal at Ulta. (But hurry, because this half-off deal ends tonight!)

While you’re adding those to your cart, don’t forget to check out the rest of the beauty and skincare essentials that are currently on deep discount at Ulta until the 21 Days of Beauty sale, which ends on September 21.


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