Well, butter my butt and call me a biscuit! No, I’m not talking about this hilariously amazing desk calendar I received for Christmas…I’m talking about the Tarte Shape Tape concealer everyone has been raving about. I’ve seen so many people talking about how great the Shape Tape concealer is and wondered if it could really be that much better than any other concealer I’ve used.
I’m not one to fall victim to the hype…mostly because I’m cheap. Or should I say frugal? But, by the time I almost talk myself into buying the ‘next best product’, the NEXT best product has already come out and I have to start the process all over again.
It’s why most of my clothes are two (or four) seasons old and almost every time someone compliments me on something I’m wearing, my response is “Thanks! [Insert name of family member or friend] gave this to me.” I was actually going through my clothes the other week and realized I still had a shirt from middle school.
Now you’re thinking “she has a problem…I should probably find someone else for fashion and beauty advice.”
It went to the Goodwill pile, ok?? I have no problem throwing away almost anything to de-clutter the house, but bring me to my closet and I’m like “wait…I might wear that again someday.”
But you came here because you want to know if Tarte’s Shape Tape concealer is worth it, not sit through a self-reflective analysis on whether or not my frugality had led me to become a clothes hoarder in disguise. Luckily, I got a gift card to Ulta for Christmas…so you didn’t have to wait 2 years for me to finally break down and buy the dang concealer.
Shape Tape Concealer Review & First Impressions
I wanted you all to see my first impressions of this concealer in order to provide you with the most genuine reaction to the product. That also means you get to see me apply it wrong on the first side. But hey, you can only have one first impression. Oh no, is this blog post your first impression of me? Maybe I should have left out the whole ‘hoarder’ confession at the beginning…
Oh well. You’d find out sooner or later.
The video below also includes a tutorial on applying foundation and highlighting and contouring. It’s like a three for one!
A couple things to note about the video:
- The brush I used for highlighting and contouring is not really the kind you are ‘supposed’ to use (I didn’t have the correct brush handy)
- You might have noticed that I flattened the bristles out on the brush to make them fan out and provide a more precise application, so we will actually call this a “hack”.
- Here are the links to the products I used: Too Faced Born This Way Foundation, Tarte Shape Tape Concealer, Tarte Park Ave Princess Chisel Palette, Naked Cosmetics Holographic Highlighter Palette
Review of Tarte Shape Tape Concealer
For those of you who prefer to just read a review, the short answer is YES. The Tarte Shape Tape concealer is as good as everyone says. This concealer is pretty thick (so don’t put too much on like me the first time). Also, when you put it on, it sticks. You can tell this stuff isn’t going anywhere. It did a great job of concealing my dark under eye circles and really brightening up my under eye area.
In the video I mentioned being concerned about the concealer settling in the fine lines under my eyes. After finishing off my face makeup with powder and trying the concealer a few times, this wasn’t really a problem. I think it actually helped to conceal the fine lines, especially from a distance (like further than 6 inches from your face). And if anyone is that close to my face…we have a much bigger problem than visible fine lines.
The Shape Tape concealer also lasts a really long time. I do set my makeup with a setting powder, but it definitely outlasted my old concealer I was using. The biggest thing I was looking for in a concealer was for it to double as a highlighter for brightening the under-eye and high cheekbone area. This delivers on that 110%.
So, I think what has happened is I’ve found another (>$25) must-have product to add to my makeup routine. Darn you, Shape Tape concealer for being so great.