Tarte Shape Tape Concealer
I was hoping to share with you all a review on a new foundation I treated myself to, but I feel like I want to test it out some more first, however.... I realised I never shared my thoughts on the Tarte Shape Tape I purchased a month or so ago!
I'm sure that you've all heard of this concealer by now, all the beauty gurus swear by it, but it seems to be a little difficult to get our hands on here in the UK. I've seen it being sold on a few sites, but having not shopped with these online stores before, I was a little wary, I mean, there's so many copied versions of everything these days isn't there!
Luckily enough, QVC now sell Tarte Cosmetics! Whoop whoop! The only tiny grumble I have is that they don't sell this alone, you have to get it as part of a set with a beauty blender. Having said that, I go through blenders like water, so it really is only a tiny grumble.
What colour/shade do I choose?
Its always hard buying concealers or foundations online but in this case I knew that I would need the lightest shade possible as I am a redhead with very pale white skin and freckles. The lightest shade they do at the moment is 'Fair'.
If you pop onto QVC's website they have a photo with multiple skin tones to help guide you with your decision. Other shades include Light, Light Medium, Medium, Tan and Deep.
What's the consistency like?
I was quite surprised, I really expected this product to be heavy, or thick just because of all the claims of super full coverage floating around the media. It's actually quite light, especially in comparison to some other brands I've tried. It's somewhere between a liquid and a cream.
As it is a fairly light formula, you can manipulate it over the skin with ease, there's no pulling or dragging with the fear of disrupting your foundation underneath.
I prefer to use this with a beauty blender, I wonder how I ever managed before discovering these sponges? I struggle to use brushes now with my base as I always end up with brush strokes.
Something else that I have noticed is that the shape tape seems to move with your skin, or become like a second skin. It doesn't cake up, it doesn't crease, perfect!
Is it really full coverage?
Yes! As you all probably know, and as if I don't harp on about it enough already, I do suffer with redness and a bit of acne, but I've found that this concealer works just as well as all the gurus tell us.
Don't get me wrong, it's not the first full cover concealer I've come across, and I wouldn't even go as so far as to say it's my ultimate, desert island concealer. But I wouldn't be much of a beauty blogger if I didn't give into the hype every now and again and try these things out haha!
I love to use this under my eyes to really lift and brighten the dullness that I often have. This is one thing that makes this particular concealer stand out from the others I have tried. It's actually lighter than my foundations, so to lift and brighten the under eye area is a lot easier with the shape tape.
Covering my breakouts is also super easy. I dot over the worst areas before applying foundation, blend, then add a bit more once my foundation has settled if those problem areas need extra help.
If you like to contour I can imagine that this product will really clean up and sharpen those lines, I have to admit though, contouring was a bit of a phase for me, I just don't have the patience to be doing it anymore.
Also, it is easy to be too heavy handed with this concealer, you really only need a small amount. A little goes a long way as the saying goes!
How much is it?
So as I mentioned before, I bought my tube from QVC and it came as a set with the beauty blender. It cost £28.02 with £3.95 postage on top.
Fairly pricey I know, but if you have been struggling to find a concealer that works for you, it's worth giving it a go.
Would you recommend this product?
I definitely would, if your budget allows. The shape tape is full coverage, light, easy to use, it ticks most boxes. I think the only thing that could put you off is the price...however, you get 10ml of product and only a small amount of product is needed, I could easily talk myself into believing its worth the pennies!
There's no denying that this is a great product, and a great brand, I just know that I can get full cover concealer for half the price. I must take into consideration that it's not so easily found here in the UK and it has been shipped over at probably a higher cost than what I paid, but still, over £30 in total...
I enjoy the component the shape tape is in as well, it makes for an effortless application. As I am struggling with these breakouts I've been overly cautious with not contaminating my make up products soooo, I tend to pop a small amount of the concealer onto the back of my hand first with the wand, then go in with my beauty blender. This means that the wand never touches my face.
Have you tried this concealer? What did you think? What are your thoughts on the price, worth it or not?
Thanks for reading,
Love, Leanne Xx