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If your cheeks are blushing just from trying to figure out how to correctly assemble this product’s applicator—you’re not alone! (Hint for the non-MacGyver: The cream blush attachment screws on to the illuminator tube but only after you unscrew the tube’s original top.)

The idea of a 2-in-1 blush/illuminator is intriguing, but what was meant to be convenient is ultimately disappointing. The Maracuja Blush that this product is named for is confined to the thimble-sized cap area and comes across as an after-thought. The awkward size difference between this cream blush and the illuminator in the tube beneath it makes these two look more like an odd couple than a good pair. A measly .06 fl. oz. of blush, compared to 1.7 fl. oz. of illuminator (which is only supposed to be used “a few drops” at a time).

We struggled on how to rate this product because although the illuminator is very good and holds its own against other similar products—you’re paying for two products, yet you’re really only getting one plus a smidgen of another.

If you decide to try this and want to get the blush to last longer, consider using the illuminator first and then blending the blush on top of it—this method of application provides a soft pop of color on top of an attractive glow, and helps the blush portion blend better over the cheeks.

Note: This is a Sephora-exclusive product.

  • 2-in-1; ability to pair or use separately to achieve multiple looks.
  • Universally flattering shades for light or dark skin.
  • Easy to blend.
  • Gimmicky packaging.
  • Disproportionate product pairing; .06 fl. oz. of blush, 1.7 fl. oz. of illuminator.
  • Pricy.
Last Updated:08.14.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
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Tarte Cosmetics At-A-Glance

Tarte Cosmetics CEO and founder Maureen Kelly started Tarte in 1999, out of a desire to create a cosmetics line that “would prove that glamour can be good for you.” This comes in the form of products that highlight naturally-derived ingredients in their marketing campaigns, and occasionally taking swipes at the concept of synthetics in makeup.

This is ironic, as Tarte uses more than a few beneficial synthetically derived ingredients in their formulas—silicones, synthetic fragrances, preservatives and on and on. However, we’ll forgive them that as what’s ultimately important is whether their products meet your needs, and to that we can say the brand excels in many areas at what they do.

However, a few products are a bit on the pricey side and there are a few iffy shades and textures to consider among their foundations—noted in their respective reviews. A few caveats aside, most of Tarte's foundations, blush options, eye pencils and an ever-expanding range of innovative products demonstrate that color is what they do best.

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