Tarte Exposed Cheek Stain Review

Skin Tone: Fair-light, yellow-neutral undertones
Skin Type: Oily-sensitive, acne prone

Hello friends,
How are you doing today? I’m enjoying hot summer outings with ladies night out these days. Someone very well said, “Whether we are married or have kids, we will always need sisters aka girl friends who stay by our side even in extreme conditions.” Being the only daughter of my parents, I always longed for a sister and now I feel blessed to have so many girls around who stand by my side even when things are falling apart. Anyway, I am here to talk about my new love for cheek stains. Considering I have oily skin, I always skipped these flush stains but, thanks to my 30s skin which is turning dull and dry, I crave for hydrating products. Let’s read more about Tarte Exposed Cheek Stain now.
Tarte Exposed Cheek Stain Review

Product Description:
Tarte’s original award-winning cheek stain for a natural-looking flush in one brush-free application – just smile, dot & blend!

$30 for 0.50 Oz, excludes shipping and taxes

Propylene glycol, water/aqua/eau, nonyl nonoxynol-150, glycerin, mica, sodium stearate, laureth-23, parfum/fragrance, barium sulfate, stearic acid, PVP, lycium barbarum fruit extract, euterpe oleracea fruit extract, malpighia punicifolia (acerola) fruit extract, punica granatum extract, passiflora incarnata fruit extract, citral, citronellol, linalool, tin oxide, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), red 28 (CI 45410), yellow 5 (CI 19140), blue 1 (CI 42090).

My Experience with Tarte Exposed Cheek Stain:


Tarte packaged these beauties in beautiful retractable chubby small bullet packaging with a safety twist-over cap. However, the mechanism of pushing the blush up with thrust and retracting it with external pressure (obviously our fingers or palm) irks me out. I mean, this is the first time I have come across such a unique concept of retracting blush packaging but I don’t like it. It has a citrusy smell which usually subsides post application. Over all, other than its packaging, I find it pretty user-friendly and travel-friendly.


My shade “Exposed” is defined as a nude pink cheek stain while it looks a bit rosy mauve pink on my skin tone with a subtle shimmery sheen. I find it perfect for my pale skin tone all year round considering it gives a nearly natural yet visible flush to my cheeks with face-lifting effects. However, it might appear too pale, washing out the tanned deep skin tones.

close up

Talking about the texture, it is really a soft gel-type texture. It’s not like those creamy balmy stains. This Tarte stain will work for every skin type including dry skin, combination and even oily skin as I find it perfect for my oily skin type. Let me tell you I have weird skin – my cheek area behaves like a desert while the T-zone is an infamous oil producing area. And, I should applaud this blush for making my cheeks look visibly youthful, softer and non-patchy. It also takes care of my oily skin and acne issues as well.

cheek stain packaging

It has never accentuated or emphasized my pores which are very well visible near the apples of my cheeks, and it never settles into the uneven texture of my skin. Impressive, haan! I love how it simply blends on my skin like second skin thereby imparting a youthful and subtle “glow from within” effect. I can simply dot it over my cheeks and blend it in with a sponge or fingertips. Even the soft strokes of a blush brush imparts an even toned finish on my skin without any streaky or patchy finish. How cool is that!


In fact, I love the soft and supple finish on my skin. It makes my skin look more youthful and natural. Moreover the blush stays intact for good 7-8 hours on my skin with a visible lift and color pay off thereby it fades into a soft stain. But, I am fine with touch-ups considering the ease of application. I like how it stays in place without transferring.

cream blush

It does not feel sticky or tacky in feel or appearance and it is the most forgiving formula. I am so glad that I finally settled with mera wala nude pink and I am sure fairer, pale/light beauties will love it for that subtle, natural glow and visible cheek-lift effects. I would definitely get it again.


cheek stain

Let’s sum up pros and cons:

Pros of Tarte Exposed Cheek Stain:

• A soft gel type natural pink stain
• Shimmers are not OTT
• Blends nicely on skin
• Imparts a saturated yet translucent color
• Sheer to buildable coverage
• Forgiving formula and pigmentation
• Does not emphasize open pores
• Does not aggravate or accentuate oily skin
• Does not clog the pores
• Non-tacky and non-sticky
• Stays intact for 6+ hours
• No transferring or fading


Cons of Tarte Exposed Cheek Stain:

• The weird retractable mechanism
• Shade is tricky for deeper skin tones
• Shimmery sheen
• Price

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7 thoughts on “Tarte Exposed Cheek Stain Review

  1. OMG! it reminds me of a rouge stick my mom used to have ages back. guess we are going back in time. loved the color on you neetu. it’s so natural and stunning on you. :))

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