Tarte “Off the Cuff” blush palette review

Tarte “Off the Cuff” blush palette review

It’s that time of year again. HOLIDAY PALETTE TIME! This Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush palette is my first of many this season. And since I’ve never owned a Tarte blush before, I figured this was a good introduction.

Click photos for full-size.

Tarte Off the Cuff blush palette
First let’s talk about the Amazonian Clay 12-Hour formula. It’s finely-milled, feels buttery and goes on silky smooth. It’s not too pigmented, so you don’t have to apply with  a very light hand.

Tarte Off the Cuff blush palette  Tarte Off the Cuff blush palette
Now, onto the palette itself. It costs $50 CAD (or $42 USD). Each of the 4 blushes, 1 bronzer are 0.158 oz.
Not bad considering a full size blush is 0.2 oz. and costs $31 CAD ($26 USD).
The packaging feels pretty high-end, although the outer fabric is a bit garish. The size of the blushes themselves are a bit awkward to work with as your brush may pick up what’s on the other side.

Tarte Off the Cuff blush palette  Tarte Off the Cuff blush palette
L-R: Crave, Dazzled, Darling, Dollface, Park Avenue Princess (taken outside)

Tarte Off the Cuff blush palette  Tarte Off the Cuff blush palette
Crave – described as a pinky peach, this bright coral blush is absolutely stunning on fair skin! (exclusive to this palette)
Dazzled – described as soft rose. This one is a bit of a glitter bomb and is actually more plum. A bit less silk than the others.
Darling – described as nude melon, it leans a bit orange on me and can run dark on fair skin. Good for a night out.
Dollface – described as a light pink, this is my fave of the bunch. Gives me doll cheeks!
Park Avenue Princess – a medium bronzer, very silky but a bit too dark for me. Great for contouring.

Tarte Dazzled blush
A close-up of Dazzled to show the shimmer.

Tarte cuff  Tarte cuff
And now the “cuff” in the “Off the Cuff” palette. Umm… it’s pretty huge. But I like the look of it. Not sure I will get any use out of this at all.

Final verdict? This is good if you’ve never purchased a Tarte blush. The blushes are really gorgeous and long-lasting, and the palette is really good value and would make a fantastic gift. But if you have a few Tarte blushes in your arsenal, stick to the full-size. The colours may be a bit hit and miss for you (especially the bronzer).

Favourite blush of the bunch? DOLLFACE! Buy the full-size at Sephora! ($31 CAD).
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  • Jeannie

    Omg I totally wanted this just for the bracelet lol

    • Julie Martinson

      Girl, you can have it. Want me to send it over?

    • I will send it over to you if you want it!

  • This palette has been calling to me! Great swatches, Julie! I LOVE Tarte blushes! Dollface is le bomb! 🙂

    • I would honestly just get a full-size blush that you love. I tried to use this palette today and it was so hard to get an even amount of product on my blush brush. But I am definitely sold on the formula. I am really digging on Darling. It’s a nice darker plum for Fall!

      • Good to know, for sure! Darling looks perfect for fall! I just ordered Natural Beauty, a red blush, because I think it’ll be a great friend during winter for that just-in-from-the-snowy-plains look! I already own a few Tarte blushes and I Love them big time!

  • Qtplace

    Wow such a beautiful palette! I like all the colors! The first color has to be my favorite 🙂

    • The first blush is the only one I can’t get as a full-size 🙁 Thanks for reading!

  • Natalie

    This set looks beautiful! Thanks for the great swatches 🙂

  • Sandra JT

    Bought this over a week ago & love it. I haven’t had any problems with it at all. Love using them over top of cream blushes, which prevents any type of fading for well over 14 hours. Try using a fan brush for easier application. This will be the palette I travel with, even though I’ve got close to 100 blushes. This just makes packing, and choosing from my collection, easier.

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