Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Tarte Tres Cheek Natural Cheek Stain (Review)

Product Blurb:
What it does: Tarte Très Cheek Limited-Edition Mini Cheek Stain Set features three mini cheek stains housed in a reusable purple and gold pouch that makes this set the perfect gift of pure couture. This annual best seller is back with three brand-new shades infuses with Tarte's natural, t5™ infused formula. The natural formula enriches pigments and blends into the skin for a finish that's fresh and dewy.

What else you need to know: The tarte t5 super fruit complex™ is a proprietary blend of the five most active superfruits: goji, acai, maracuja, acerola, and pomegranate. The first blend of its kind, the t5 super fruit complex™ is loaded with naturally occurring, antioxidant rich nutrients and vitamins that have been known to deliver refining, anti-aging and skin-restorative benefits with each application. This set features skinvigorating™

Ingredients: acai fruit extract, goji berry extract, pomegranate extract, acerola extract, maracuja extract.

Shades include:
- Posh (soft plum)
- Fierce (light strawberry red)
- Chic (golden coral peach)


Price: $25 ($50 Value)

Available at: Sephora,, Ulta stores, and

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5


Quick Rundown


  • gives a nice dewy look (read: not oily)
  • easy to stash in your purse
  • has a pretty good staying power
  • smells really good
  • easily blendable
  • didn't break me out

  • CONS

  • very little product inside
  • the twist tube is cheaply made

  • More Product Images

    * I know my thumb looks a bit gross. I am double jointed, so it bends farther than normal LOL

    This is my very first Tarte product. I've always wanted to try cheek stains, and the moment I saw their online promo at the time, I had to jump on it.

    I'm very pleased with this product, although it's smaller in size compared to it's full-sized version, this product is some major good stuff.

    The set has a pretty good combination of colors because of the variety of shades of the stains. Fierce is the color if you want that pinched cheek look. Chic is the one you want for a natural sun-kissed glow. And, Posh the shade for the winter flushed look as if you just stepped outside from the cold.

    First thing I noticed was its Berry scent which smells delicious that it's a bit tempting to even sneak a lick of it (but obviously it's not edible or should even go any where near your mouth). The scent is light hint of berries. I know some people probably prefer their makeup unscented, but I actually didn't mind since my face didn't breakout from using it.

    I'm quite fond of the size because it's small enough to carry one or all three of them in your purse or even your pockets. My only gripe about it is the amount of product that you actually get per tube, which is not all that much as seen in the pictures. Also, since the company wanted to be more environmental friendly, the twist part of the tube is kinda flimsy that sometimes I feel as if the product will plop out of the tube.

    These cheek stains are easily blendable (with your fingers) and transfer to your cheek easily. You really don't need too much on your cheeks, that sometimes just dabbing it on your cheek would do. It gives a nice dewy glow that looks like your natural flush. The staying power is also pretty amazing as it holds up through most of the day when I applied it.

    Final Verdict: I love it. It's great when I'm in the hurry in the morning and I need some cheek color on my face. I can just swipe or dab it on my cheeks without needing a brush. It's that convenient and it's small enough to stash it in your purse. I also like how the shades all don't look closely similar to each other when you apply them on your cheeks. It also works great as a base for your powder blush. It's well worth of its price.


    1. Wow, I like your descriptions - pinched cheek, sun kissed glow, and winter flushed look as if you just stepped outside from the cold... haha, great words! Makes me want to buy it. I had a cheek stain before but I don't know what happened to it!

    2. Ahh, these are so cute!! I kinda sorta wanted it...but now I really want it!! The colors look so pretty~

      Must resist blush -_-

    3. I love these! I have a full sized one in Flush--I also agree they're a great base for powder blushes. Sometimes I apply it before I apply powder if I want to soften the color a bit. Glad you like them! =D

    4. I'm double jointed too! All expect 3 toes on each foot, and my thumbs on my hands.. haha

      Wow.. look at all those cool ingredients!

    5. i got one of these from stars makeup's the glow one i think, and i really like it! it's my first tarte cheek stain too :)


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