Tarte recently reformulated and re-released their very famous cheek stains. Along with those they released a new set of lip pencils called power pigments that are smaller in size and much more pigmented than the LipSurgence line. Both of the releases have shades that correspond directly to the Amazonian clay powder blushes- color me excited!
Tarte Exposed Suite: Amazonian Clay Blush, Cheek Stain, Power Pigment
Tarte Blissful Suite: Amazonian Clay Blush, Cheek Stain, Power Pigment
Tarte Tipsy Suite: Amazonian Clay Blush, Cheek Stain, Power Pigment
Swatches L-R: Tipsy, Blissful, Exposed
The cheek stains and power pigments for Tipsy, Blissful and Exposed were very much like their powder blush counterparts. The power pigments are impressive. They have excellent pigmentation, feel cushion-y on the lips and actually moisturize. I did lip swatches of all the shades back-to-back and they didn’t dry them out, not even a little!
The Tipsy cheek stain was less pigmented then I would have expected. The new formula is definitely an improvement from the older version, however it’s worth noting that you do get less product and the price remains the same. It’s frustrating when brands reformulate and repackage an item (usually making it smaller) and then keep the price the same (or in some cases charge more). It’s a sign of the times I guess, as it’s becoming more and more frequent. It doesn’t mean that consumers don’t notice, because we do. Sometimes we overlook it because a product is that good- but it’s a hard pill to swallow nonetheless.
Wearing Power Pigment in Exposed
Wearing Power Pigment in Blissful
Wearing Power Pigment in Tipsy
Tarte True Love and Fearless Cheek Stains and Power Pigments
I don’t have the corresponding powder blushes to these (sad face!) but these new colors are a welcome addition the to Tarte lineup.
Tarte Flush Suite: Amazonian Clay Blush, Cheek Stain, Power Pigment
Tarte Blushing Bride Suite: Amazonian Clay Blush, Cheek Stain, Power Pigment
Tarte Natural Beauty Suite: Amazonian Clay Blush, Cheek Stain, Power Pigment
Swatches L-R: True Love, Natural Beauty, Blushing Bride, Flush, Fearless
The biggest surprise in this group was Blushing Bride. The cheek stain is actually quite different than the powder and lip versions and I adore it! It was my clear favorite of all of the new cheek stains. It’s bright, face-brightening and very pigmented. Fearless is a peachy-coral and True Love is a reddish-pink. Both of the shades really impressed me. Flush and Natural Beauty both look very similar to their powder blush relatives.
Wearing Tarte Power Pigment in Fearless
Wearing Tarte Power Pigment in Blushing Bride
Wearing Tarte Power Pigment in Natural Beauty
Wearing Tarte Power Pigment in True Love
Ultimately the new packaging and great pigmentation make the cheek stains and power pigments a hit with me. The fact that they match my beloved Amazonian clay blushes makes them that much easier to fall head over heels for. The cheek stains retail for $30 and the power pigments are $24 and they are both available at Sephora or directly from Tarte.
My overall picks? All of the power pigments are AH-mazing, but Fearless, Exposed, True Love and Blissful are my favorites. For the cheeks stains I’d start with Blushing Bride, Fearless and Flush.