Everything Goes with Exposed: Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush

Tarte Exposed. Tarte Exposed. Tarte Exposed. That’s all I hear of when I’m on YouTube. Apparently, if there’s one thing I should get from Tarte, it should be this Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed. I was naturally curious, and I’ve been trying to get my hands on it until finally, I got it last month…


This blush comes in a round pan plastic casing that is a tad bit larger than my MAC Cremeblend Blush, but smaller than my MAC Mineralised Skin Finish Natural. For those of you who love depotting your makeup, good news is, this would be easy. See the little hole at the back of the case (top edge of the sticker)? Just poke that and the pan of blush will pop right out. It’s stuck there magnetically, no glue 🙂



This blush is pigmented and a little goes a long way. I have no trouble blending it out, nor do I have any problems with holding power. Yes, I can still see traces of blush at the end of a long day, close to 12 hours. It’s quite impressive, actually. The blush still looks fresh after 6 hours of wear in a hot and humid country, so if you’re anywhere cooler and drier, this would last a loooong time! The powder is more finely milled than MAC powder blushes, and it would be unfair to compare this with luxury brands like Dior or Chanel, so I won’t.



Exposed is described as Nude, a very vague and general but apt description. I saw some swatches online and it pulls brown on others. When worn on my cheeks, it is a warm brownish nude with hints of pink. You can see it worn very subtly on me in my Dior Khaki Design FOTD here and Golden Jungle Palette FOTD here. This shade of blush looks very natural on me and I could wear it heavily to sculpt too. My most recent FOTD sees me wearing this to contour.



In my stash, NARS Douceur would be closest, but it’s less pink than Tarte Exposed. I’ve been wearing Exposed with everything, and everything goes with Exposed. Do you have a blush that you can put on effortlessly? Have you tried anything Tarte? What else is good?


xoxo Lily



  • Charlotte

    I have Exposed and Dollface! Love them!

    The next thing I would like to try from Tarte is their amazonian clay finishing power, have heard many good things bout it too 🙂

    • Lily

      I read something good about their eye liners too?

  • Ok Lily–I think your review was the one to finally convince me to purchase Exposed. I’ve wanted it for a LONG long time, but when I went to Sephora to finally get it a while ago, I was a little taken aback by the texture. It seemed really hard and dry, so I didn’t end up getting it. But the color is SO gorgeous–and I need to finally satisfy my curiosity–that I think I’ll just go ahead and do it! It looks just beautiful on you!

    • Lily

      Yay! My job is done 😉

  • I have 2 of these (can’t remember their names >.<) in a coral orange and a burnt red. I like them used with a light hand and you just reminded me I should be writing about them soon 😀

    • Lily

      Oh yes please! I’d like to see what colours you got. I like your taste 🙂

  • BooBooNinja

    You’re so right about YT and Tarte Exposed!

    This kind of blush is totally up my alley; however, I prefer the slightly pinker tones of Cargo Tonga.

    Tarte packaging wins in my book. (If anyone has an empty pot kicking around, please let me take it off your hands!)

    • Lily

      Lol! If I choose to depot this blush, I’d let you know!

      • BooBooNinja

        oops! I wasn’t asking you in particular; I was just putting it out there for any readers who depot their blushes. 🙂 Thanks, though!

        ps I’m glad to hear you made it out of your surgery safely.

  • Sunny @ Mostly Sunny

    This is my first Tarte anything too! I have since then collected a couple more, but it is no longer my favorite blush formula. Unfortunately it doesn’t last as well on me as some other blushes, and when I took them back to Taipei they oxidized pretty horribly on me. If the formula works for you then you should definitely try some more though! I like the majority of the colors in the line 🙂

    • Lily

      Funny you mentioned about it oxidizing. I wear mine the whole day in this hot and humid weather and it stays on quite well. Probably due to different skin types? I wouldn’t go all out and purchase other colors because it’s hard to get my hands on them 🙁

      • Sunny @ Mostly Sunny

        I’m really surprised too, because not much oxidizes on me ever, but both Tarte ones I had with me in Taipei would oxidize SO rapidly into something terracotta-looking!

        You should try Becca ones. Those are easier to get on the Internet, and I really really adore the texture/performance!

        • Lily

          Becca powder blushes? I tried their beach tints and the formula separated in 6 months! Might have to give the powder blushes a try. Any color you recommend?

          • Sunny @ Mostly Sunny

            Oh that’s bad! Maybe it’s also a climate thing?

            I have Damselfly, and I’ve worn that shade more often than any other this summer! I definitely have my eyes on some others as well 🙂

            • Lily

              Probably a climate thing, yeah… I’ll have to look at their blushes. Just googled for some swatches and they do look lovely 🙂

  • Gin

    i think this is more of a bronzer than a blusher! XD

    but i love the print on top!!!

    • Lily

      Oh, when worn subtly, it can pull off as a blush. On darker skin, this is definitely a blush 😉

  • Nida Moughal

    I will receive this blush at the end of june. Can’t wait to try Tarte products & much hyped Blush Exposed.

    • Oh yay! I hope you’ll like it 🙂