Gel blush is great for creating a healthy wash of color, they're easy to blend and look great on everyone.
tarte happens to make some of the best in this category, in my opinion, and Tarte Cheek Stain in Flush is one of the best shades.
It's a berry shade (that's sheer on the skin) but looks like a deep blackberry jam in the tube.
I loved to apply it a few ways. Either straight from the push up tube directly on my cheeks and blending quickly with my fingers, or applying it with a foundation brush. Both methods gave me a perfect, natural "flushed" look with a semi-matte finish (no shimmer). Whether you are very fair or very dark, this can easily be adjusted and still look perfectly natural (as in "I've just come in from a brisk walk or a work out"). It gives color and a bit of a glow that's just so pretty, whether you're doing a more natural or dramatic look. It also has a very cute scent which is a bit like a berry/grape.
The staying power is fantastic - one application in the morning and I experienced no fading or smudging all day. If you do want a much stronger look, this also works well as a base underneath a brighter powder blush, or one with shimmer/glitter for the evening.
Because this gel blush is so pigmented it lasts forever, and the new packaging from tarte is again creative and vanity-worthy. - RLB
*This product was provided courtesy of tarte PR for reviewing purposes.