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Everything Is Illuminated With New Tarte Cosmetics Maracuja Blush & Glow Brightening Luminizer and Cheek Tints

On the heels of a passionate love affair with Amazonian Clay, Tarte Cosmetics has tapped into another skin-nourishing ingredient found in the depths of the Amazon: maracuja oil, derived from the maracuja or Brazilian passionfruit. This round fruit has a dark purple skin when ripe and features a juicy, pulpy, deep yellow interior laden with black seeds. In Brazilian cuisine, maracuja is used to prepare sweet mousse desserts or to provide a less acidic take on the traditional capirinhas. But its flavor profile aside, the maracuja fruit boasts some little-known beauty benefits, which Tarte discovered thanks to its long-standing relationship with a cooperative of women in the Amazon. When cold-pressed, the oil extracted from maracuja oil was found to hydrate, smooth, and soften skin — all thanks to its high concentration of linoleic acid, which maintains the skin’s integrity, protects it from environmental aggressors, and prevents moisture loss; along with its vitamin A, which boosts cellular regeneration, and vitamin C, which brightens the complexion and protects it from UV exposure, content.

Maracuja oil, then, is appearing in many of Tarte’s newest releases, including the Divine Shine Lip Glosses and the  Maracuja Blush & Glow Brightening Luminizer and Cheek Tint ($32 at TarteCosmetics.com), pictured above, so as to make these cosmetics perform double-duty, offering the desired amount of pigmentation while also soothing and replenishing the skin.

Available in Moonlight, Candlelight, and Sunlight, the Tarte Maracuja Blush & Glow Brightening Luminizer and Cheek Tints are packaged in squeeze tubes with twist-off caps, accompanied by separate caps featuring domed solid cheek color tints covered by clear tops. Ideally, you’ll want to twist off the original cap and replace it with the cap containing the cheek color so that both products will be self-contained into one tube. When you want to illuminate your skin, you can squeeze out the liquid color inside the tube and blend it along the cheekbones, the ridge of your nose, the apples of cheeks, or the jawline (or you can squeeze a bit into your tinted moisturizer or foundation, then blend together and apply to entire visage for an all-over glow). The creamy cheek tints meanwhile provide slightly more saturated color which you can apply to the apples of cheeks for a pop of sheer color. And, since they’re shaped like rounded domes, the cheek tints will roll right onto skin, allowing you to blend them in with your fingers.

In addition to maracuja oil, which hydrates the skin and alleviates inflammations, thereby making your skin look all the healthier, the paraben-, mineral oil-, phtalate-, an sodium lauryl sulfate-free Blush & Glow formula contains: aloe leaf extract, which is known to boast antiseptic and healing properties; beeswax, which seals in moisture and stimulates collagen production, contributing to less visible wrinkles and aging signs; soybean extract, a protein-rich emollient containing vitamin A and E; collagen-boosting vitamin A, a vital ingredient in any anti-aging treatment; brightening vitamin C, a natural antioxidant; and vitamin E, a moisturizer and skin conditioner that protects the skin from environmental scavengers ranging from UV rays to pollution.

The dual purpose Blush & Glow is available in three shades: Moonlight, a pearly pink hue with lavender undertones; Candlelight, a golden, champagne-like color with a hint of warm coral; and Sunlight, a Midas-ready yellow gold hue with copper tones.

After the jump, you’ll find swatches of the three highlighter shades and the accompanying cheek tints so you can get a better idea of how to go for the glow.

Below, you’ll find swatches of the three Brightening Luminizer shades. Again, the luminizers are packaged inside  1 fl. oz. squeeze tubes and this is what the colors look like when first dabbed onto skin, before being blended and properly setting. As you can tell, the Moonlight shade is the one pinkish hue, and it’s perfect for adding a rosy glow that feels dainty and youthful, particularly thanks to the freshwater pearl-like quality of the color. The Candlelight shade is quite possibly my favorite since it’s a lovely, seductive, understated gold champagne shade with hints of bronze and coral. When you blend it onto your skin, you’ll have that lit-from-within effect that we all covet. Last, there’s the Sunlight shade, the deepest hue out of the three, which is of course an ideal choice for summer, when you’ll want your skin to glisten all the more.

Next, you’ll find swatches of the cheek tints that accompany each shade. As you can see, the cheek tint tones correspond the luminizer shades of the same name, but they’re not a perfect color match — a strategic and deliberate decision since cheek colors should naturally contain some degree of pink or red color. The Moonlight Cheek Tint is perhaps the most similar to its corresponding Moonlight Luminizer shade except that, of course, this color has a creamier consistency, is more richly pigmented, and features glittery micro pearls as opposed to the overall sheen of its luminizer counterpart. The Candlelight Cheek Tint, meanwhile, resembles its corresponding Luminizer shade, but it reads as more of a coppery hue than a champagne gold shade. Sunlight, similarly, yields robust coppery bronze hue than its slightly more golden counterpart.

Last, check out a couple of photos in which I’m wearing the Blush & Glow in Candlelight. In this particular photo, I applied the Luminizer to my cheekbones and down the ridge of my nose, blending it in using my fingers. To add a more intense pop of color and heighten the final glow factor, I then applied the matching cheek tint to the apples of cheeks.

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