Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Exposed

This post is one of a few product reviews that have gathered dust in my drafts folder. As can be seen in the photo watermark, I had planned to post this in my former beauty blog, Milk Caramel Dreams two years ago. All photos and opinion (which stand true to this day) are mine. I have used up the product last year.
I’ve always loved that natural flush look on the face. That subtly blushing but not in a red tomato kinda way. Three years ago, when Multiply was still operational, I bought this Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush during their Frenzy sale. I chose one of their most popular shades, Exposed.

Brand: Tarte

Product Name: Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush 

Price: Php 1,100 more or less when I bought it online three years ago, but I’ve forgotten. At Beauty MNL, it’s Php 1500. Carefreeshopper sells it for Php 1400.

Shade: Exposed

Content: 5.6 g / 0.20 oz.

Product Description:

A long-wearing, supremely soft blush infused with Amazonian clay harvested from the banks of the Amazon River and naturally baked by the sun.
Product Performance:
This 12-hour blush universally benefits all skin types for a fade-free, flawless finish in shades ranging from soft to vivid and matte to shimmer to suit a wide variety of skin tones.
Powered By:
Amazonian clay minimizes oil in and around pores to balance skin and keep product in place while also hydrating the skin naturally to restore moisture, reducing the appearance of dry, flaky skin.
Formulated without parabens, sulphates, synthetic fragrances, petrochemicals, phthalates, GMO, and triclosan.
Infused with “skinvigorating” ingredients such as Vitamins A and E that act as anti-inflammatory emollients, Vitamin C that fights free radical damage and prevents premature signs of aging while brightening the skin, and Amazonian clay that reduces dryness and flakiness, improves skin clarity, elasticity, firmness, and texture while removing oil from the skin’s surface for smooth application and wear.

These solar-baked blushes are infused with Amazonian Clay, nature’s most perfect ingredient. These nutrient rich and skin-nourishing Amazonian clay blushes restore harmony for a flawless finish that lasts all day.

Suitable for all skin types:

Oily skin: Amazonian clay minimizes oil in and around pores to balance skin and keep product in place

Dry skin: Amazonian clay hydrates skin naturally to restore moisture so your blush wears better and longer

Dull skin: Amazonian clay improves the appearance of skin clarity and skin texture

Combination skin: Amazonian clay is completely intuitive; gives skin an overall smooth and even appearance

PACKAGING:  Gorgeous design on the cover of the compact and on the product itself (looks akin to the Amazon River). The color of the compact represents the shade making it easy to spot among your collection. Also, a useful mirror is always much appreciated.


COLOR/SHADE: Exposed is definitely one of those neutral, natural shades that looks good with any lip color, any eye makeup look. It’s pigmented but can be applied as a subtle flush depending on how heavy you apply it. It’s described as matte nude but has some mauve (or even plum), pink and brown tones in it which would dominate the others depending on your skin color (whether you’re pale/fair/medium, warm/cool/neutral, yellow/pink/olive and depending on your seasonal skin color as well) and that makes it more interesting for me. It looks rosy/pinky brown nude on me on most days. Definitely something you can whip out when you don’t know what blush to wear and call it a day. Also, I’d like to mention that it’s the kind of blush that’s forgiving on the occasional acne-burdened episodes I have which contrary to its name, does not “expose” them harshly. 

TEXTURE + PIGMENTATION: Smooth, finely milled powder packed with pigment which is easy to blend on the skin and is buildable. A little goes a long way though that would be more obvious for the brighter and more colorful shades. It’s matte that doesn’t look flat on the skin which might just be the Amazonian clay working its magic. It’s not powdery nor crumbly and what I like most about it is the blush seems to marry into the skin making the effect even more natural. 



LONGEVITY: How long the blush would last depends on skin type and the weather. On hotter days, this starts to fade at the 6th hour mark on me but can last the whole day in the cooler months. 


  • Has a useful mirror and nice packaging (and product design)
  • Suitable for all skin types
  • Does not have harmful ingredients but instead have skin-improving ones
  • Matte but doesn’t look flat
  • Imparts a beautiful, natural flush on the cheeks
  • Pigmented for a small amount
  • Despite the subtle color, stays relatively long (please don’t get confused. The blush itself is pigmented as a small amount is enough to show up. I’m pertaining to the subtlety of the shade itself at the sufficient amount I use to make myself look like blushing without it being due to a product.)
  • Can be depotted. The small pinhole at the back of the blush is for this purpose.


  • Exposed will not show up well on deep skin tones


  • Expensive (more than Php 1k online) but the high quality makes up for it
  • Not easily available locally/in major malls

Will I repurchase? Yes. And will try out the other shades as well, especially Blissful (warm peach), Dollface (light pink), and Natural Beauty (muted strawberry red).




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