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Makeup Review: Tarte Cheek Stain

The warmer months are fast approaching, which means it's time for me to get out my Tarte Cheek Stain ($28). I initially bought this product out of mere curiosity— and, of course, as an excuse to add a new product to my arsenal. (Hey, I have lots of blush; why not buy some cheek stain too?)

But lately, I have become obsessed with this cheek stain as an alternative to blush. Yes, it can be a bit severe when you first dab it on, but the slight stickiness of this push-up gel actually makes it stay put much longer than powder blush. For the rest of my review,


I find this product particularly helpful in warmer weather or when I need to apply makeup in the morning and still have it looking good at the end of the night. For that reason, I'd imagine it would be great for brides on the big day, as DCStar suggests.

Tarte Cheek Stain goes on a bit heavy, so be gentle with your application. I get the best results when I apply this product after my foundation and powder. Just lightly dab the gel-stick on the apples and contours of your cheeks, then blend the edges with a makeup sponge. Just focus on the edges, though: Trying to smudge the color from the center will make it look splotchy.

I like the Flush shade (shown) because it's at once bold and natural. Have you guys tried this product? If so, what shade do you like? What do you think of it?


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starlotus713 starlotus713 9 years
I bought Flush two years ago - and even though I use it at least once a day, I still have almost half the stick left. It really goes a long way - though I'm afraid now that the product is expired! I haven't noticed any acne or anything like that though. I only use a little bit - its the only kind of blush I've ever liked. I hate the powders and creams, they don't last and don't look as natural as this. I don't think its sticky at all either! I don't apply it to my face direclty from the tube though (like a lipstick), I pat my fingers on the top and then blend it into my cheeks, adding a little at a time to get it perfect. :)
pinkdragonfly pinkdragonfly 10 years
I've never tried cheek stain, I'm afraid I would mess it up!
shadowdesigner shadowdesigner 10 years
I just got it and I love it. I got heavy handed with the Flush and I was asked why was my face red. Opps. I will apply less next time.;)
shortydoowop shortydoowop 10 years
i recently purchased the limited edition trio @ sephora out of curiosity and i LOVE this stuff... this is my first time using the stain.. my favorite thing to do is use two of 'em at the same time, mainly either tipsy or true love, and then top it off with glitzed! it has more color and using glitzed over it adds more glow.. has anyone else ever tried this? i can't wait to try the other colors
dinokiss21 dinokiss21 10 years
i need to try this product, i love blush and have had my eye on this for over a yr!!!!!
krisua krisua 10 years
Looks like something I would EAT :D
bettywhite bettywhite 10 years
i LOVE this stuff. it might be sticky for a few minutes, but it dries in less than 10. and you seriously cannot put too much on. AND a tube lasts forever - i threw my last one out after six months b/c of germs, but it wasn't even 1/2way used - and i use it every single day. i used tickled for a while and loved it, and now i'm using tipsy, which is so great. perfect for summer and playing up a bit of a (bottle) tan. btw, i'm pale, with blonde hair and blue eyes. i definitely would vote this one over benetint - which i actually used for years until i discovered tarte.
Maggie-Mae Maggie-Mae 10 years
I have tried it but it never seems to look right :(
Shiloh-Jolie-Pitt Shiloh-Jolie-Pitt 10 years
added to my sephora wish list! anything that has long lasting power interests me :-) __________________________ In da club with my hommies
DCStar DCStar 10 years
I adore this product! It really does last and last! I'll have to try flush next :)
Skinplistic Skinplistic 10 years
I've used Flush on my mom. She also wanted a natural blush that was long lasting. I would actually recommend applying this between layers of foundation and power. Apply the foundation first, next a gel-like blush (like this one), and the look will be more natural and the products will blend better into one another. If you apply the cream/gel on top of a powder it may cake up and be hard to blend out because it may get stuck in the powder. Also, the powder can be used to set the stain as well as your foundation for even more stability and longevity!
glam-sugar glam-sugar 10 years
I'm in a wedding and June and was thinking about buying this so I'd have a lasting color throughout the day.
LaLaLola LaLaLola 10 years
Hmm, I might try it, if I stop by Sephora sometime I'll check it out. I'm still a little worried about it, will it get oily?
ace ace 10 years
thanks for your help, palesugar and juicygirl!
twiggychic3 twiggychic3 10 years
ive got true love, flush, blushing bride, and glitzd. I LOVE THEM ALL SOO SO MUCH. theyre great for lips as well...just put some on, wait for it to dry a bit, and put on your fave clear gloss on top! itll look like youve just eaten a popsicle(in a good way)! plus, they smell so good that my boyfriends always trying to figure out what it is that im wearing that smells so yummy haha.
Jenniegirl Jenniegirl 10 years
I loooove Tart cheek stains!! It is so easy to blend and gives you such a flused, dewy look. I would recommend it to anyone. Don't be afraid, it is so fun and great for those days when all you need is a little mascara and pink cheeks.
StefanieO StefanieO 10 years
I'm not a fan of the Tarte - I've got medium-fair skin and some freckles, and the BeneTint is the best product I've come across for my skin tone.
thehabra thehabra 10 years
Darn it.I've been lemming these like crazy for a while now.Looks like I may have to get one of them after all.
palesugar palesugar 10 years
Ace, I really love Dollface for pale skin. I have reddish-brown hair with blue eyes, and it really works. It picks up a natural pinkness in this skin and enhances it, plus the pink always seems to make my blue eyes pop. You can always go to the makeup counter and play with the colors if you like. Plus, a little goes a long way, especially on fair skin.
lesocialite lesocialite 10 years
yayy i love tarte cheek stain. it's my favorite! :)
balenciagababe balenciagababe 10 years
I also LOVE this product. I actually got the limited edition set of three from sephora, and I love each of them. It's got great texture and is easy to rub in, so it looks more natural - like I'm just a little flushed!
juicygirl25 juicygirl25 10 years
I LOVE this product ....It lasts forever, both on and because you only use a small amount, the amount of product that you get for your money is great. I have had the same one for years, so long that I can't even tell what shade I have anymore because the writing has worn off of the container. I recently purchased o-glow by Smashbox, and it has taken a bit of getting used to, and I still think that I prefer the Tarte over the smashbox. Ace- you might want to give the o glow a try as you start with a small amount and you rub it in and then keep adding until it turns the proper color for your skin tone. It has worked great for me and for my mom (who ALWAYS has a hard time finding the right blush...but also it took alot of convincing to get her to try this!)
Shiloh-Jolie-Pitt Shiloh-Jolie-Pitt 10 years
Ok, I'll jump on it and I'll review it. Dropstar I trust your word that it is not sticky :-P __________________________ In da club with my hommies
Shoe-Diva Shoe-Diva 10 years
For me, the jury is still out on this product. I bought two different colors, Tickled and also Tipsy. I like the colors, but can't seem to get used to the stickiness of the product. I usually put a little powder blush over it to try to reduce that sticky feeling. Personally, I prefer Benetint for a check stain...I apply it with a sponge one cheek at at time and blend quickly before it has a chance to dry.
ace ace 10 years
palesugar, you recommend dollface for fair skin? I'd like to try this but I want to make sure I get a color that'll work on me-- red hair, blue eyes, pretty fair. if anyone has any suggestions, I'd really appreciate it!
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