It’s been a busy day around here! The dentist this morning, work, grocery shopping/errand running….before I knew it it was past dinner time and Garrett asked me if we could hire a personal chef! I would LOVE to hire a personal chef haha! Today I wanted to share 5 things to know about the Tarte Shape Tape concealer. I’ve been using it for about a month, and have gathered some tips and information you might want to know before you make the plunge and purchase this concealer. It is about $30 dollars a pop! Let’s get into it!
So a quick background on my skin. I have combination skin, sometimes it is dry, sometimes super oily! I am a night owl so discoloration under my eyes is not a new thing! I struggle with large pores and even skin tone/texture. I try to drink enough water, but if we are being real I probably don’t.
I have always struggled with concealers, they are never enough coverage for me. And when they are I feel like they look cakey! Most recently I tried the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind concealer because EVERYBODY raves about it, but call me crazy…I just don’t like it!
Ok, enough chit chat. Let’s get into the deets.
5 things to know about the Tarte Shape Tape concealer!
1. It is a FULL COVERAGE concealer.
You might already know this, but what does it mean? It’s thick! It’s creamy! and it will cover you up! Too dramatic???
A little goes a long way with this concealer! Instead of making a v shape under my eye like I usually do, I have found it works best when I put three dots under my eye and buff it out in the v shape. I use very little on the other parts of my face that I like to apply concealer as well! Like I said, a little goes a long way.
2. The color when it dries is different than when you first apply!
I highly encourage you to test this product out to find your correct color! BUT I realized that when I applied the Shape Tape concealer to my hand it was very bright and noticeable. Then after about 10 minutes it had dried to a completely different color. So go try it out, but then walk around the store for a bit and check the color out to see if it matches your skin tone. I’m realizing now that I might have the wrong color for me haha!
FYI Sephora lets you sample most of their items which is ahhhmazing!!! Ulta doesn’t, but they do have a really great return policy that I take advantage of all the time. I mean how am I supposed to know what shade is right for me just by looking at the bottle?!
3. Get a good primer/pore minimizer
I have never had a concealer settle into my pores so badly! I think that is probably because I’ve never really gone with a full coverage concealer though…. I was so disappointed when I first used this concealer because it settled into every pore on my cheek and nose. I realized the day I first tried it at home I had totally forgot to put on a primer!
I use the Pore Filler from NYX, and it works pretty well! I was wanting to test out the Urban Decay De-Slick Complexion Primer though, so I picked up some samples. I LOVE it! If you want a review on those let me know in the comments below!
4. Use a face sponge to blend it out!
Honestly I hate giving ultimatums of “use this and not this” because everyone’s skin is different, and what works for me may not work for you! But in my personal experience I found that my Real Techniques Face Sponge worked WAY better at blending in the concealer than a concealer brush or my finger did.
I get my sponge damp and then blend in the concealer using a dabbing motion. Works great!
5. Set the concealer with a powder.
Once again, everyone is different but if you experience slippage or creasing with the Shape Tape concealer you may want to use a powder. I watched a lot of other reviews on this concealer, and most people set it with a loose powder. If you have dry skin this may leave your makeup looking cakey, and I wouldn’t recommend this.
I actually got a pressed powder to set it because I felt that too much powder might make it look cakey. I got the HD Finishing Powder from NYX and I love it! I went with the shade Banana instead of translucent because I wanted a little more brightening under my eyes. You know to cover up my night owl circles….
I used the e.l.f. Cosmetics Flawless Concealer Brush. (Only $3!)
It dries really fast so don’t put it everywhere you need to conceal and then blend out! Instead, start with one are and move to the next. It gets harder to buff out when it starts drying. ALSO it works great as an eye shadow primer!
A possible dupe for this product is the Wet n Wild Photo Focus Concealer, which is about $4 instead of $30! I haven’t tried it personally, but it is a fraction of the price, and other beauty bloggers say it is very comparable! Let me know in the comments below if you want a dupe video on this concealer!
I really like the Shape Tape concealer! As long as I prime my skin properly and set it with a tiny bit of powder it does a good job at brightening my under eye area and stays all day! I will definitely be keeping this in my makeup bag.
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