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Being someone with genetic dark circles, concealers are a vital part of my makeup routine. Though I have been pretty happy with my current concealers – Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer (for when I seek full coverage for special occasions) and Bareminerals Bareskin Concealer (for everyday use), I am always on a lookout for newer and better versions to try. This review will be on the newly-released Tarte Shape Tape Concealer.
Sculpt and highlight as you mask imperfections with this 2-in-1 full coverage concealer. The hydrating, long-wearing formula delivers natural, radiant coverage across all skin types so you can instantly brighten and cover acne, dark circles and redness while softening the look of pores and fine lines. Wear it 1-2 shades lighter or darker, and it works as a creamy highlighter or contouring stick with a lightweight, blendable formula and tapered wand applicator ideal for precise strobing and sculpting. Powered by Amazonian clay and conditioning mango seed and shea butters, the nutrient-rich concealer helps promote skin elasticity and illumination with each crease-free application. Apply it with the all-in-one Quickie Blending Sponge (sold separately) for a quick, complexion fix and flake-free finish anywhere. Cruelty free, gluten free, vegan.
My Experience with Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer:
Packaging and Applicator: The concealer tube is pretty cute with the design on the cap. The applicator is a doe foot with a wide surface area (bigger than most other concealers I have used) which comes up to a point. The applicator picks up a good amount of product and hence you need not keep dipping the wand back again to get more.
Texture/Consistency: This is not a thin runny concealer. It has some thickness to it hence it can feel a bit heavy on the skin but I don’t mind it since the thickness does give me coverage I desire and does not crease or settle.
Blendability: This concealer spreads and blends easily. I do find that it sets quite fast hence I do have to work fast. I prefer using a Beauty Blender to blend it out and I have had no issue of it getting patchy or not giving me even coverage.
Coverage: I am amazed by how full coverage and pigmented this concealer is (even more than the UD Naked concealer in my opinion which is already so full coverage). I find that the thinnest layer (hence a little goes a long way) helps me get a super opaque coverage, good enough to not need a corrector underneath. I can use this both to cover my dark circles as well as blemishes. This might be a con for those who do not prefer such heavy-duty coverage on a regular basis.
Since it sets on its own, I don’t feel the need to set it with powder. I do not find this concealer to be apt to bake since it dries down so dry and matte that more powder would make the area look dry and cakey. At most, I will do a light dusting of powder (I prefer my Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush flawless finish powder) and I am good to go.
Finish: This concealer gives a complete matte finish.
Shade: I have the shade “Light Medium,” which does match my skin but it is a bit too yellow. Since I do use it to highlight as well, I don’t mind the tone.
Staying Power: This concealer has impressed me the most with its fantastic staying power. It does not fade, does not crease, does not get shiny, does not need touch-ups for a full 8-9 hours that I have worn this at max. For reference, I do have normal to oily eye area.
Overall, I do love this concealer. This might easily replace my UD Naked Skin Care Concealer, which I still love, but the lasting power of this Tarte Concealer gives it an edge over my UD one. It is excellent product and I will recommend this.
Pros of Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer:
- Long wearing.
- Absolute full coverage.
- A little goes a long way.
- Super matte finish.
- Does not crease or settle into fine lines.
- Covers even the darkest dark circles.
- No setting with powder required.
Cons of Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer:
- Not a lightweight concealer, can feel bit a bit heavy and thick on the skin.
- Does dry down to a super matte finish which works for oily eye area, but for dry skin, make sure to properly moisturize the skin first.
- Blends better with a sponge than with fingers. Since it does dry so quickly, blending with fingertips can yield uneven finish.
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