Review: Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Frisky

Blushes are my weakness. Heck, who am I kidding? My weakness is not limited to blushes 😛 Tarte had me at Exposed, a beautiful nude that flatters my skin tone. I’ve always wanted to try other colours, but seriously, I have so many blushes, I don’t have any excuse to purchase another except for the very blatant fact that I am a beauty addict and I need to exert self control. Tarte Frisky however, is a gift from a friend, and I’ve had it from the beginning of the year. I thought it would be nice to write about it, because while the name doesn’t tickle me, I do love the colour!


Tarte Frisky


Tarte Frisky is described as shimmering bright coral, and bright it is. The blush is very pigmented, and I would say those with medium and dark skin tones can rock this shade more than those with fair skin. Those with lighter skin have to wear it with a very light hand, and the best way to start is to use the softest and fluffiest brush you have. It’ll pick up less colour and diffuse the intensity beautifully. As you can see from the pan, there are obvious silver glitter chunks in the blush. On the skin however, it is barely noticeable. I wonder where those glitters went. To illustrate how bright the shade is, here it is swatched on my hand (without primer or foundation), 1 swipe, with fingers. See? I didn’t even try to pack on the colour.


Tarte Frisky swatch


When worn though, it gives my complexion a healthy lift, as most bright blushes do. The only thing I have to be careful is to use the slightest amount of blush (or at least take off most of the product from the brush) before applying on my cheeks. And I mean, very carefully, very lightly, and remember to blend 🙂 I find that blending is easier if I powdered my cheeks first. Compared to the only other Tarte blush that I have (Exposed), this one seems a little stiffer.


Tarte Frisky look


If you always have a problem with a heavy hand, you might want to either practice more, or just get a more subtle shade 🙂 It takes more effort to make this work, and there are definitely other blushes out there that are easier to use. So I’m torn. While I love the cheerful bright colour, I need more time to make sure this is blended out perfectly. So I won’t tell you to run and get this.

As far as I know, Tarte is available at Sephora Malaysia and the blushes retail for RM120 (please correct me if I’m wrong because this is from memory). Have you tried any Tarte blushes? Do you like bright colours for blush?


xoxo Lily



  • Shu Ting

    Hello Lily! Morning! Love this shade! The sparkle isn’t too big and it looks so natural on you! 🙂 By the way, have you changed the blog layout? Love it. So clean and sleek! 😀

    • Lily

      Hi Shu Ting, yes, I got bored one day and changed the layout to something more streamlined and clean. This layout requires bigger photos though, so I’ve been clearing my backlog with edited photos and got them out of the way. This is one of them. LOL!

  • BlushableMe

    This is such a naturally lovely blush on your skin! Great pick and great review. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • Lily

      Thank you for your comment, BlushableMe 🙂 This is a pretty shade indeed.

  • This is such a pretty pink blush shade, and definitely something I would pick up (if I had the extra moolah, lol!). Makes me happy just seeing all that pink! <3

    • Lily

      It’s a bright pinky coral and yes, it’s a happy colour! Wish it would blend easier though…

  • lyn

    I cannot remember if I have Frisky but it’s such a pretty colour on you. I love Tarte blushers, and I know the consistency can be a bit hard but the payoff is still good.

    • Lily

      Payoff is good for sure! If only we have the best of both worlds – with awesome consistency as well 😛

  • Totally loving this on your face, lady! I love Tarte blushes. Tipsy was worn on my wedding day! 🙂

    • Lily

      And you looked radiant on your wedding day!

  • LOVE it on you! It’s so pretty!
    I like their blushes, but don’t wear the ones I have that often to be honest. Not sure why, but maybe it is because they are a bit harder to work with. I like blushes that blend themselves LOL. MAGIC BLUSHES hahaha.

    • Lily

      I know what you mean!!! I think we’re spoilt with all the blushes in our stash. I mean, there ARE magic blushes out there that autoblend, and I just wish this one does that as well. However, autoblend blushes cost more >_<

  • This one is seriously bright, but I love it on you! Glad to hear the glitter doesn’t translate as such to the cheeks as well. I just can’t! I personally reach for easy colours more often. I’ve been toying with the idea of getting a fan brush tho. Maybe that will help with the very bold blushes!

    • Lily

      I think there are a few types of fan brushes as well. I suppose a very light and fluffy fan brush might do the trick but I prefer to use them just for highlighters. My Lunasol cheek brush is light enough for heavily pigmented blushes, but this blush is a little stiff to blend still.

  • Sataa Zaidi

    ooh bright color, but looks great on you 🙂

    • Lily

      I know, it’s kapow bright!! 🙂

  • Nida Moughal

    I love these blushes…

    • Lily

      Glad you love them. Do you have Frisky as well?

  • Victoria

    Hi Lily. Love your new layout and like you said-its clean and the photos are bigger :-). I have Natural Beauty and it is a beautiful colour. I have tried using both my Lunasol Cheek Brush and my Hakuhodo J505 brush but I still find the blush really stiff in the pan. It takes me many swipes to get the right amount of colour on my cheeks. What brush do you use for Frisky? It is retailing at RM120 at Sephora outlets but I got mine during the Sephora sales last year on 20% discount.

    • Lily

      Thanks for confirming the price, Victoria 🙂 I use the Lunasol cheek brush to take the colour then I swirl the brush at the back of my hand before applying it on my cheeks. This way, I can slowly build up the intensity and minimise instant clown cheeks! It also blends better and more evenly.

  • It’s a beauty on you! Heard lots of good things about these blushers, and if I ever get the chance to purchase Tarte in person, I’ll have to look these up!

    • Lily

      Thanks Noodles 🙂 Yes you have to try these on yourself to see if you like it.

  • it’s so much less shimmery on the cheek! I was expecting something almost highlightery.

    • Lily

      I was a little conscious about the glitters too but it’s strange they’re gone once applied 🙂

  • It’s a beautiful color, but I don’t really love these blushes. I sold the first one I bought, and then I got one as a gift and kept that one, but mostly for the color.

    • Lily

      It’s not love for me either but the colour is gorgeous!

  • Liz

    I think Tarte blushes are nice in general and oddly collectable — I have to resist repurchasing Natural Beauty because otherwise I’d want to add 10 more to the stash. They’re not the greatest blushes ever or anything like that but just plain fun.

    • Lily

      Hhmmm… I think I know what you mean. Who can resist blushes?

  • Jaa

    I love me bright blushes so Frisky is right up my alley!! 😀 The only thing I worry is how and if it accentuates acne scars on my cheeks. Didn’t look like it in your photo, though. I have so many Tarte blushes so another one probably wouldn’t hurt. ;D The colorful packaging is super fun!!

    • Lily

      I already accepted the fact that I have freckles on my cheeks and no matter what blush or foundation I use, they’re still going to show. Not gonna care whether or not they get accentuated. HAHAH!

  • I’m so obsessed with Tarte blushes, I can’t wait to get the holiday blush palette and/or the mini blush set that is coming out!

    • Lily

      Their mini blush sets are always so adorable 🙂