I’m not sure if I should question how Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer worked for me. Sometimes you don’t question miracles!
So first off, I have no idea what the name means! Shape tape?! Shrug. I don’t get it but I won’t question it!
But here’s the deets! Shape Tape Contour Concealer is a 2-in-1 full coverage concealer with a matte finish that’s available in six shade selections. Sure, it performs the regular concealer duties like covering up blemishes or dark circles. But you can use it as a highlighting, sculpting, and contouring tool by using one or more lighter and darker shades to contour with. If you’re embracing all the contouring and strobing trends that have been on the rise for the past few seasons this is a nifty little tool to contour with especially around the eye socket and upper cheek bone area as it produces a brightened, highlighted effect. Mine you, it doesn’t contain shimmer or sparkle! It relies upon a lighter, brighter formula to produce the strobing effect everyone is so mad about at the moment.
I had my reservations about the formula though since it is a matte concealer. I have drier eyes, a matte finish concealer under my eyes isn’t one I’d seek out but as promised this formula does indeed have a creamy, hydrating consistency. I’d say the formula is most like the recently releases Aquacealer Concealer as both have the same super creamy, thick consistency however, Aquacealer sets a little slower has a bit more moisture. But there are a lot more differences in the formulas which I’ll explain below.
Tarte packages this up in a barrel that holds 0.3381 oz of product. Shape Tape is a little cheaper at $24 than Aquacealer which is the same size at $26 if you were curious about the price and size differences. This has an attached giant sponge applicator much like Aquacealer! If you’ve used the MAC Wonder Woman Lipglasses and Hard Candy Glossaholic Lipgloss this is exactly the same applicator as that! Or heck, it might be bigger. This applicator is good for areas around your face but I thought it was slightly awakrd for use around my eyes! It seemed a little bigger than the one they include with Aquacealer!
As I said above this is a thick, creamy concealer. If you have oily skin, it’s going to be your personal best friend as it dries and sets fast to a flawless, long wear. I know a lot of people that have oily lids and under eye areas which they have a hard time concealing since many formulas are very creamy and hydrating. This sets to a matte, seamless finish that wears very, very strongly. The formula is a little difficult to blend since it sets so quickly. You have to move fast to blend this under your eyes and I’ll admit some tugging was involved. I was most impressed with the fact that although matte it never creases, caked, or looked dry under my eyes in the least. It melds and conforms to a second-skin finish that looks incredibly flawless. The wear in warm, humid weather is incredible as I can get a solid 8 hours without it fading or creasing. It also has excellent pigmentation that will cover most any woes. Added plus, it doesn’t smell (Aquaconcealer smelled like a Sharpie Marker to me!). Tarte needs to make a foundation in this formula as I loved how it conformed and just melded with skin. It was like I wasn’t wearing anything at all!
Dry skin might struggle with the blending process a little but Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer is pretty incredible coverage that’s worth the hassle. And oily skin? You won’t have a problem at all! This is seamless, beautiful coverage for all skin types!