Tarte Shape Tape concealer became really legendary. Loads of beauty bloggers mention and use this exact concealer probably more than any other concealer out there. I’ve decided to buy and test it as well, and, well, I should say, it’s totally worth the hype! According to Tarte, it is “full-coverage, smooths & brightens to make eyes appear lifted, the crease-proof formula won’t cake or settle, tape technology™ helps smooth & blur the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles, applies easily with jumbo speed smoother™”. In this post, I’m going to review the concealer and share some tips and tricks of using it.
- It’s full-coverage. However, it depends on how you apply it and what tools you use. But in general, it can cover all the life from your under- or upper-eye area. Or wherever you apply it. It covers acne and post-acne pretty well, and can be used as a foundation as well, but more on that later.
- It’s long-lasting. It will not disappear from your face. Up to 14 hours, tested.
- It doesn’t crease, but only if you fix it with any powder.
- It brightens your under-eye area, but only if you choose the right shade. It should be slightly lighter than your foundation.
- It can be used in different ways, not only as a concealer.
- It can be drying.
- It needs good skin preparation.
- It dries quite fast. Blend it as fast as possible.
- It emphasizes wrinkles. Avoid using it too close to the eyes.
- It’s quite expensive.
- The jumbo speed smoother™ is too big and applies too much of the product.
- It can conflict with your foundation if you apply the concealer on top of it.
How to apply Tarte Shape Tape
- Prepare your eyes and face. Doesn’t matter if you apply the concealer before/after foundation, or don’t use foundation at all – all places where you want to apply your foundation and/or concealer should be properly prepared and moisturized. This concealer can dry your skin. Avoid using any oils or too thick eye creams – this is a bad idea. I tried a few creams, the best was Estee Lauder DayWear Eye cream – it’s light and moisturizing enough.
- Apply the concealer wherever you need it. I will cover the tools to use a little bit later.
- Fix it. Use any light/transparent/finishing powder and apply it with a soft brush to avoid creasing.
What tools to use
- Fingers. This way you have the least coverage. It’s dirty. Not good for applying on big areas and on top of the foundation.
- Brushes. Coverage – from light to full, depends on brush type. There are options; I prefer using a dense flat nylon brush. A soft flat brush or any other soft blending brush can work as well. You should find your own brush which is comfortable for you to use, try them all (it doesn’t have to be a specific ‘concealer brush’).
- Beauty sponge or ‘Beauty Blender’. The most coverage, easy to use and blend. Don’t forget – the sponge should be slightly damp!
Ways of using Tarte Shape Tape
- As a concealer, obviously. However, I don’t use it as a concealer anymore – for some reason, my favorite foundation conflicts with Shape Tape. I’ve seen people using them together, but it doesn’t work for me. By the time when I want to apply concealer, my foundation is already fixed and dry, and applying any other creamy products on top of it creates a disaster on my face. I either use too much concealer or not enough, no idea. I tried different tools and every time the result was a real disaster. I stopped trying right after the situation when I was putting my wedding makeup and almost destroyed it with the concealer. Since then I just use a bit more of the foundation under my eyes.
- As a foundation. If you’re short on time and don’t have oily skin – it can be an option. I tried it once, it lasts not long enough – after 6 hours I already looked super oily, and ‘foundation’ started moving and looking really bad.
- As an eyeshadow primer/base. This is how I use it. It creates a great base for eyeshadows. If you want brighter colors – use it as-it-is – apply a bit on your eyelids and start blending your eyeshadows. If you want softer colors and easier blending – fix the concealer with powder and then apply eyeshadows.
- As a spot corrector. As I’ve already mentioned – it’s great for spot correcting because of its full coverage. Acne, post-acne, scars, permanent makeup – whatever you need to hide from your face.
Where to buy
Sephora (not available at the moment)
I will not buy this concealer again because I don’t use it as a concealer. And for eyeshadows, I can buy a real eyeshadow primer then. However, I would buy it if I used a more lightweight foundation or no foundation at all. It’s still a great concealer since it does its job pretty well.