Tarte has given the cult favorite Cheek Stains a make over, both in texture and design. Previously, these cheek stains looked a bit gelly like, but today, they are more creamy. Also, the packaging design has been changed and features different patterns on each of the different cheek stains. There are many colors available at Sephora, Ulta, and Tarte's website, and retail for $30 for 0.5 oz of product.
There has been some controversy on the re-release of these cheek stains. Prior to the revamping, there was more product, 1.0 oz, and was still $30. Many people are upset at the fact that Tarte has cut the product in half, and are still charging the same price. I believe that they did the right thing in slashing the product amount in half, because after all, who is able to finish an entire tube of this anyways? Plus, when you have it for such a long time, it can go bad and not function as it use too. However, I think Tarte should have lowered the price a bit, even $25 would be appealing for this product. The only reason why I bought it was because I had a 15% discount during the Sephora VIB April Sale. Saying that, I don't think I will purchase this at full price. This is something I would get at a sale price instead.
Moving onto the actual product, Blushing Bride is described as a "plummy rose" shade. The product is very creamy and blends beautifully into the skin for a natural pinched cheek look. Wearability is excellent! I have oily skin and was able to wear it for 12 hours and it still looked fresh!
The Tarte Cheek Stains can be applied directly onto your cheeks and blended with fingers, or you can use a stippling brush to blend it out. Another way to apply it is to rub it onto your fingers and then place on your skin, and finally, you can dip the stippling brush into the product and then blend out onto your face. Either method works great.
Since I have the Tarte Amazonian Clay blush in Blushing Bride, I wanted to show you how they compare to each other.
On the left is the Amazonian clay blush and on the right is the Cheek Stain. As you can see, the powder blush is more plummy and darker, whereas the cheek stain is brighter and pinkier. The powder blush does have a bit of shimmer in it, but the cheek stain does not. Again, I find that the cheek stain lasts longer on my skin then the powder blush does, but Tarte is known for their amazing longevity.
After seeing the Blushing Bride cheek stain on different blogs, I find it to be the perfect shade for an actual bride. It gives her a flushed, romantic look, yet cheery and excited. This may actually be the blush I want to wear on my wedding day some day since it is so long lasting! Also, just wanted to point out that the ring above in the picture was passed down to me by my grandmother. Such a gorgeous ring! And guess what, its not real gold! Its a "fantasy" piece of jewelry. Regardless, it still is beautiful!
Overall thoughts? I love this cheek stain! It lasts for 12+ hours on me and still looks freshly applied. Although I think Tarte should have lowered the price since they cut the amount of product in half, it is still a fantastic product to try out, and I can assure you it will last a long time! There is still so much product available and there is no need to slather and pile it on.