April 18, 2016

Swap for Safer | Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush

Time again for another Swap for Safer! Today's dirty product is the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush. These blushes are well known for their long-wearing and buildable formula.  

Despite Tarte being a Leaping Bunny and PETA Certified Cruelty Free Company, these blushes still contain questionable ingredients, and I was determined to find a long-wearing powder blush with clean ingredients!

Let's get started!

Swap for Safer | Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush

The Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blushes retail for $28 (0.2 oz) and are available in-store and online at Ulta, Sephora, and the Tarte Website.

There are between 14 and 16 shades available depending on the retailer you choose to purchase with.

  • According to Ulta, Tarte formulates their products without "parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate, triclosan, and gluten"
  • According to Sephora, Tarte formulates these blushes without "petrochemicals, synthetic fragrances, GMOs, and triclosan"

Despite the claims above, these Tarte Blushes still contain harmful ingredients including,

  • Talc (can increase your risk of cancer after prolonged use, can contain trace amounts of asbestos)
  • Polyethylene (scientific term meaning PLASTIC)
  • Bismuth Oxychloride (not toxic, but known to cause skin irritations including itching, and in some cases acne)

Now onto the cleaner option!

Lily Lolo Pressed Mineral Blush

The Lily Lolo Pressed Mineral Blushes retail for $20 (0.14 oz) and are available on the Lily Lolo US Website, the Detox Market Website, and the Safe and Chic Website

There are 7 shades available. I hope they decide to come out with a wider shade selection in the future.

While the Lily Lolo blushes are smaller in terms of ounces, they are $8 less than the Tarte option. If you would like to check out my full review of the Lily Lolo Pressed Mineral Blush in "Coming Up Roses", click HERE.

  • According to the Lily Lolo Website, their products are "free of gmo, nano particles, talc, additives, harsh chemicals, parabans, gluten, bismuth oxychloride, dyes, fillers, fragrance, preservatives, petroleum based chemicals, and other questionable ingredients.
  • According to the Lily Lolo Website, their blushes are Gluten Free, and Vegan except Burst Your Bubble and In The Pink.

Let's compare ingredients:

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush:

Talc, Zinc Stearate, Tricaprylin, Polyethylene, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cera Alba, PEG-150 Distearate, Lanolin, Laureth-4, Tocopherol, Polysorbate 20, Tetrasodium EDTA, Potassium Sorbate, Chlorphenesin, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Kaolin, Tin Oxide, Mica, Carmine (CI 75470). (+/-): Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Red 6 And Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 27 Lake (CI 45410), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090).

Lily Lolo Pressed Mineral Blush:

Mica, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil, Leptospermum Scoparium (Manuka) Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Eryngiumo Maritimum Callus Culture Filtrate, [+/- CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77742 (Manganese Violet), CI 77491 (Iron Oxide), CI 77499 (Iron Oxide)]. 

Both blushes are pigmented, blendable, long-wearing, and are in a pressed formula, so they're ideal for storage and for travel. Unlike the Tarte blushes, the Lily Lolo blushes contain zero toxic ingredients, and in my opinion, have a softer and smoother texture that makes them ideal for ALL SKIN TYPES.

I highly recommend giving the Lily Lolo Pressed Mineral Blushes a shot, whether you're into green beauty or not. 

The Lily Lolo Pressed Mineral Blushes are what the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushes are claiming to be but really aren't---Natural, Hydrating, and Non-Toxic---.

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