This concealer seems to have taken the world by storm – so I thought I’d pick up the tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer for myself to give it a whirl. It’s described as a vegan friendly, creamy concealer for radiant coverage and contouring. I don’t know about contouring (as I only picked up a concealing shade), but this is definitely one of the most full coverage concealers I own – although I wouldn’t describe the coverage as ‘radiant’ – more satin. For a concealer you also get a pretty large amount of product, 10ml for £19, compared to the standard 6ml.
Although I had this shipped from the US, you can also find this concealer in the UK at QVC. It is sold as a bundle along with tarte’s ‘Quickie Blending Sponge’ (£28); however, QVC doesn’t carry as large a shade range as the tarte website. In fact, QVC didn’t stock the shade I picked and said they didn’t have plans to add any more shades to their website in the near future when I contacted them.
I picked up the shade ‘fair beige’, which is described as being suited for fair skin with pink undertones – and at this point I think I need to say that although I can work with this concealer it’s a tad lighter than I would normally go for. Below you can see a swatch of the tarte vs the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer. Obviously, this gives us fair girls some hope as tarte have two shades lighter than ‘fair beige’ in their collection – but I think I should have purchased ‘light’ instead.
|Left: Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla| Right: Tarte Shape Tape Concealer in Fair Beige|
The doe-foot applicator is about two times bigger than one you would find on other products, and for me I find that this makes applying smaller amounts of product under the eyes difficult. However, the concealer blends seamlessly into the skin and perfectly covers dark circles without looking cakey (despite its full coverage). My under-eyes can be very dry, and so despite a lot of other people’s claims, this concealer does crease on me if I don’t set it – albeit far less than all the others I own. I’ve found the best way for me to use this product is to place three small dots of concealer under my eyes and blend with a Beauty Blender.
Overall, I do think this is a brilliant product from tarte, although I do use far less than I see other people using on YouTube. The main draw back if you are in the UK is the difficulty in choosing a shade – you either have a limited shade range from QVC or have to luckily pick your correct shade on the tarte website. Have you bought into the hype of this product? I hope you enjoyed reading…