So today I’d like to get right down to the point and go ahead and review one of the latest releases in to the seemingly flooded, world of concealers; Tarte’s “Shape Tape Contour Concealer” ( $27 http://www.tartecosmetics.com). And even though the beauty industry is constantly revamping, re-releasing, and coming out with new, on trend, gimmicky concealers, Tarte’s “Shape Tape Contour Concealer”, is definitely worth a try.
Now first of all, the name, “Shape Tape” is a bit misleading. Especially for a concealer. I’d think this name would be more appropriate for something released along the lines of an anti-aging product. But a concealer? It’s a bit of an odd, confusing name. And the “Contour” part? I mean I guess you can apply this concealer down the bridge of your nose and blend it into a slightly darker foundation, or apply it where you normally apply your highlight above your cheek bones, but honestly, I’d just stick to applying it around your eyes, and on your dark/discolored skin under your eyes, as well as any other imperfections. It’s a concealer. So use it as you would use a concealer. Not to mention that when using a concealer, ALWAYS USE A LIGHTER SHADE TO CONCEAL. Whether it be around and under your eyes, a blemish, or anything else that needs extra coverage attention; Concealers that are too dark, actually ACCENTUATE blemishes. And concealer used for around your eyes, should ALWAYS be lighter. NOT darker. You don’t want “raccoon” eyes.
Now, for the PROS & CONS to Tarte’s “Shape Tape Contour Concealer”:
“Shape Tape” is an extremely creamy concealer. It applies on skin extremely smooth, blends easily, and gives you medium to full coverage, which is what a concealer is meant to provide as far as coverage goes. It’s long wearing, doesn’t crease, and I also even prefer this as an “Eyeshadow Primer”, over most actual eyeshadow primers. It sets to a flawless matte finish, which is great for people with oily skin. BUT it doesn’t dry out your skin; it’s just not greasy or oily either. You can wear it alone, or set it with a setting powder. It doesn’t crack, flake, or dry out after it’s set with a setting powder either. And if you choose to wear it alone, it’s not oily, greasy, and it doesn’t come off if the “slip” of your skin is oily to combination, either. So that’s a HUGE luxury. The packaging is like a “Liquid Lipstick” type of packaging, complete with a wand. The wand on the applicator, is MUCH LARGER than any lip gloss or liquid lipstick wand, just for the record. The wand is easy to use and actually works surprisingly well, considering I was extremely skeptical of it’s abilities when I first ordered it. In fact, I was extremely impressed with this product. I’m a DIE HARD, Lorac “Porefection Concealer” user, and I recommend that concealer to anyone and everyone. BUT I’d actually purchase this again, due to it’s long wear time, ability to “set” on skin by itself, and it’s flawless looking coverage; ESPECIALLY when it comes to creases. Because “Shape Tape” does NOT leave creases. And that’s HUGE. It also contains Mango Seed and Shea Butters to illuminate and regenerate skin (according to Tarte), and it’s Dermatologist Test, Vegan, AND Cruelty Free. “Shape Tape” comes in 12 different shades, ranging from extremely fair, to extremely dark. AND it has a 5 Star rating on http://www.tartecosmetics.com. Tarte suggests that you pair this concealer with their very own “Quickie Blending Sponge” (sold separately for $16). But honestly; it’s just a Beauty Blender knock off….
This is definitely an interesting take on concealing. Using a concealer to highlight and contour, completely overshadows the purpose of what a concealer is supposed to do, and what a concealer is there for in the first place. Not the mention, the purpose of concealing. There are PLENTY of highlighting, contouring, glow, face, and strobing kits/palettes, etc. on the market; Why make contouring and highlighting even MORE complicated than it already is? (This is exactly why “strobing” became so popular; it’s WAY EASIER to strobe than contour AND highlight). AND if you struggle with dry skin and like a creamier, more moisturizing product to highlight and contour, Anastasia Beverly Hills even offers a “Cream Contour Kit”….. So it just doesn’t make sense to me to use a concealer as a contouring option. Especially when the packaging is in a “liquid lipstick” style of package, with a LARGE wand for application… It’s not like you can squeeze the concealer on to a foundation, concealer, or flat tipped buffing brush, or even a Beauty Blender, as well as other blending tools, to blend your regular foundation into your contour and highlight, as well as your actual concealer. I just honestly don’t see the purpose or point of buying two different concealers (which Tarte suggests buying a darker shade to contour, AND a lighter shade to highlight), when there are already so many other, much simpler options to achieve a contour and highlight, which are WAY MORE time efficient, cost effective, and WAY less of a hassle. JUST USE THIS CONCEALER, AS A CONCEALER. It’s a GREAT concealer. But the “contour” part is just part of the gimmicky contouring trend that EVERY beauty brand is trying to cash in on. SMART. But just be the kind of beauty buff that knows better.
If you still are determined to use this concealer for contouring, I’ve included directions, straight from Tarte Cosmetics website; (I also was a little curious myself).
Tarte explains how to use this concealer as a contouring or highlighting concealer on their website, (http://www.tartecosmetics.com) under “How To Use”. Here is an exert from their application suggestions on how to use this concealer as a contouring/highlighter tool;
To Contour & Highlight
- Trace concealer in light, thin lines directly onto areas you want to highlight and contour, such as the cheekbones, forehead, chin and nose.
- Use the narrow, pointed side of sponge to blend formula into skin in the direction of the lines you traced. The larger, domed side can be used to soften any harsh lines.
- Wear concealer 1-2 shades darker for creamy contouring and 1-2 shade lighter as a luminous highlighter.
– quoted word for word from Tarte Cosmetics OFFICIAL WEBSITE (www.tartecosmetics.com)
THE “FRESH LEMONS.” WAY:
(STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS ON CONCEALER & FOUNDATION APPLICATION):
- Apply your favorite primer, primer water, face serum, etc. *ALWAYS APPLY YOUR PRIMER WITH FRESHLY SANITIZED HANDS*
- Apply your foundation (which should be slightly darker than your concealer). Applying foundation first is KEY. Your foundation will help conceal imperfections on it’s own, so the less concealer you actually have to use, the more natural your makeup application will be, and you will have a smooth, non cake-y, FLAWLESS foundation application.
- *NOTE* APPLY FOUNDATION WITH A BEAUTY BLENDER, FLAT FOUNDATION BRUSH, BUFFING FOUNDATION BRUSH, A SILICONE MAKEUP APPLICATOR, OR SANITIZED HANDS (HANDS ACTUALLY ARE ONE OF THE BEST SECRET TOOLS OF FLAWLESS FOUNDATION… YOU CAN WARM UP FOUNDATION WITH YOUR HANDS TO MAKE IT MORE WORKABLE, AND YOU CAN “PRESS” YOUR FOUNDATION INTO YOUR PORES, TO COMPLETELY AVOID A “CAKE FACE”).
- THEN use your concealer, to conceal your problem eye areas (dark circles, rosacea, discolorations, wrinkles, etc.) Then conceal blemishes or anything else you need some extra coverage.
- *NOTE* APPLY CONCEALER WITH A SMALL OR MEDIUM CONCEALER BRUSH, SMALL BEAUTY BLENDER, SANITIZED HANDS, OR SMALL SILICONE APPLICATOR.
- Blend your foundation and your concealer… either with a Beauty Blender, foundation brush, or blending (airbrush buffing brush).
- Now apply setting powder (or if you use a powder foundation ONLY, skip this step).
- *NOTE* BAKE YOUR CONCEALER WITH YOUR SETTING POWDER WHEN YOU GET TO THIS STEP; I HAVE DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS UNDER “*BONUS*” AFTER THESE STEP BY STEP APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS.
- NOW do your contouring, highlighting, or strobing, followed by your blush or bronzer (applied on the apples of your cheeks).
- Blend your contour, highlight, blush, bronzer, etc. with a Beauty Blender, or a LARGE FAN BRUSH, LARGE KABUKI BRUSH, LARGE POWDER BRUSH, OR LARGE BLURRING BRUSH.
*BONUS* “BAKING” your concealer IS the latest makeup application craze which is trending EVERYWHERE on Beauty Blogs, Social Media, Magazines, promoted by Celeb MUA’s, Beauty Buffs, etc. After you apply your concealer under your eyes, and blend it into your foundation, take your favorite HIGHLIGHTING setting powder (I am really into “Ben Nye’s Luxury Banana Powder” ($13.50 http://www.camerareadycosmetics.com) *NOTE* Cameo, Buff, Beige Suede, and Topaz are also great highlighting setting powders from Ben Nye. You may also use a transparent, skin tone matched, or peachy setting powder. It just all depends on what looks best on your skin tone. I like yellow toned setting powders, because I struggle with redness every once in a while. Take a large Kabuki brush or setting powder brush (my “go to” setting powder brush is Kat Von D’s # 20 Large Setting Powder Brush, which is available on http://www.katvondbeauty.com for $38). Now use your setting powder brush, and highlighting setting powder, and liberally apply the setting powder under your eyes, gradually moving towards your hairline, and keep the application ABOVE your cheekbones (which is where you normally would highlight or strobe anyways). Then let the concealer and setting powder “set” for 5 to 6 minutes. Then use a large fan, Kabuki, or large blending brush to remove excess powder. Your concealer and setting powder WILL NOT budge. The heat of your skin with the mixture of your concealer (or foundation) and the texture of the setting powder will LITERALLY, BAKE your concealer into your skin, making it long lasting, budge proof, and absolutely flawless.
So… All in all, I give Tarte’s “Shape Tape Contour Concealer”, 4 out of 5 stars. 1 point being taken off because of the unnecessary, gimmicky, and DEFINITELY not beneficial, claims and sales pitch to try to turn this AWESOME concealer, into something it just doesn’t need to be. BUT it’s a great product, it’s cruelty free, it has antioxidants, and it gives you long wearing, creaseless, full coverage that conceals like a concealer is supposed to conceal! Nice job, Tarte! I’m loving Tarte more and more, with each and every product they introduce!
Have a Fab & Fresh Day, Beauties!