I've been a fan of Tartes cheek stains for a while and finally decided to give their Amazonian Clay Blushes a try. Tartes website lists Dazzled as a soft rose shade, but I find it to be more of a mauve, and almost leaning towards plum. The texture is silky and soft, and this blush is highly pigmented. I'm an NC15-20 and with a light hand this shade is wearable. I really put this blush to the test today, spent a few hours in Downtown Dallas in the 105 degree heat. I did have a primer on underneath, but it lasted through the terrible heat. As a previous reviewer said the shimmer/sparkle doesn't show up once applied. I had almost purchased this a month ago but I wasn't sure about the sparkle, so glad I changed my mind.
One of my HG blushes. This is one of three Amazonian Clay blushes that I own and my favorite from that line. I consider this an office-to-evening blush on my NC40-42 skin. It is a soft rose color with hints of coral, peach, and plum mixed in. It looks as though it would be great for medium-to-medium dark skin tones, possibly even a much broader range. The color is soft and pretty but can build to be slightly brighter or sheared out to a natural glow. In the pan, you can see fine shimmer sprinkled through. However, the shimmer is so fine that it merely creates a sheen on the face, and it does not draw attention to the skin's imperfections. For these reasons, Dazzled rates very high on my list and is currently in my top 3.
Like most blushes in this line, Dazzled goes on smoothly and is highly blendable.
I notice two unique things about Tarte products on my skin. I apply them lightly as they darken on my skin over the first 15 min. Tarte claims these blushes last for 12 hours. Dazzled lasts about 6-8 hours on me before fading back to the color it was when I first applied it, but it last another two hours at that level before slowly disappearing. I don't know if others have had this happen but for me - this darken then lighten trend occurs with the entire line, including the eyeshadows. A light hand is all that is needed since the color deepens on the skin.
The Amazonian clay blushes do cost a bit much but a little goes a long way. It is easy to fall in love with Tarte blushes. The popular shades can sometimes be purchased in a kit at a reduced price. Dazzled is still too new to be in a kit but it is so gorgeous I think that Tarte may add it to one next year - or so I hope! I was able to purchase Exposed and Free in the Amazonian Escape kit, which is packed in my travel bag for all trips. I'll write a review on it as well, but the main thing is that the products are beautiful on the skin, and kit pricing more palatable for the average person.
I saw this blush in sephora and loved the color but was put off by the obvious gold shimmer. I am not a fan of shimmery blushes for the most part but I decided to give this one a try anyway. I am very pleased to say that once I apply and blend this blush in I don't see any of the gold shimmer on my face at all, just a lovely soft rose satin finish blush that I really love. This looks very natural on my nw15 skin and is close to the color I naturally flush but better. If exposed didn't work on you (it made me look sunburned) try this! Love this one, would definitely repurchase.
EDIT 2/6/13: Still loving this. I was swatching some of my other blushes next to this and noticed The Perfect Cheek by MAC is very similar to dazzled. It does not have shimmer (on my face dazzled doesn't either) but has a drier texture that doesn't blend as well as tarte dazzled. If you missed the perfect cheek definitely give dazzled a try, they are nearly identical and dazzled has a nicer texture and lasts longer on me.