Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer swatches

Tarte Cosmetics Shape Tape Contour Concealer Swatches

Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer swatches

I love the Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer and I’ve done a full review of its wonderful qualities here.

Over the past year I’ve collected 5 shades of this full-coverage concealer, and I use it for a million things including:

  • concealing
  • contouring
  • as an eyelid primer
  • to cut my crease (it is AMAZING for this purpose – I would recommend getting a very light shade to use for cutting the crease; I use Fair Neutral)
  • to clean up my brows after applying brow pomade/powder/pencil

So, I thought I would share some swatches of my small collection with you all, in case you want to purchase the Shape Tape concealer and are conflicted about which shade to buy.

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Estée Lauder Face Favorites!


Today I want to share my favorite foundations and concealer from Estēe Lauder. I love all of these products and they are some of my all-time favorite base products.

(products placed on Martha Stewart Living Magazine March 2017)

Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Makeup


Says Estée Lauder:

Proven 24-hour staying power.

The same long-wear makeup you love, now proven to last even longer. Looks flawless and natural.

Feels lightweight and so comfortable, you won’t believe it’s super long wear.

Won’t change color, smudge or come off on clothes.

Lasts through heat and humidity.

This foundation is matte and is supposed to have medium to full coverage.

I have this in the shade 1N2 Ecru. It is a beautiful matte foundation, and has coverage that starts out as a medium that is still able to hide most flaws, to a full, flawless finish. The shade range has warm, cool, and neutral tones. 1N2 is a little lighter/more neutral than my warm NC20 skin tone, but it does help neutralize the yellow tones of my skin. I think after this bottle finishes, I will try the shade Desert Beige.

I LOVE this foundation. The finish is beyond beautiful; it is truly my-skin-but-better. It covers literally all of my blemishes and gives a natural, healthy radiant but matte look. The staying power is fantastic, this lasts all day. The longest I have worn it has been 10 hours, with minimal oiliness at the 6/7 hour mark.

The only flaw with this is shade selection; they offer so many (this could also be a pro) that it is hard to choose a shade.

With this, a little goes a long way but blending has to be swift as this dries quickly. Also, if you have dry skin, moisturize underneath this, I would say.

Note: This does not come with a pump, but I got one for it from MAC Cosmetics, which fits the bottle perfectly!

Estée Lauder Double Wear Maximum Cover Camouflage Makeup


From the site:

12-hour wear. Natural-looking. Long-wearing.

This soothing liquid-creme makeup is designed to camouflage all skin imperfections, including surgical and acne scars, tattoos, birthmarks, sun spots and varicose veins. Helps protect with SPF 15.

I was told about this by an amazing MUA when I went to New Jersey. This foundation is the most full coverage product I have used to date. I honestly believe I didn’t know what full coverage was until I met this baby. On a good skin day, this can be used in place of concealer and you’re good to go.

Again, I adore this product. The coverage is fantastic. It is matte, lasts forever (longest I wore this has been about 9-10 hours and again, oiliness was minimal), and mark my words: you need a very small amount to work with. You can build it up, but please don’t start with a huge amount unless you want to look cakey.

I have this in the shade 1N3 Creamy Vanilla, and the flaw here is that shade selection is very limited. But this shade is a good enough match for my NC20 skin.

This also dries quickly and is not very forgiving on dry skin, so blend and moisturize well, I would say.

Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Flawless Wear Concealer


The company says:

Looks flawless. Lasts 15-hours. Feels comfortable, never dry. Stays seamless, without creasing.The lightweight creme formula creates the perfected look of flawless skin and lasts all day. Transfer-resistant, color-true, with medium buildable coverage that won’t slip, slide or melt away. Luminous finish.

Infused with minerals and emollients to condition skin and make blending easy. Oil-free. Water, perspiration and humidity-resistant.


To start, choose a concealer shade that matches your foundation or is one shade lighter.

For best results, we recommend applying concealer after applying your foundation.

Use Double Wear Concealer with Concealer Brush 5. Swipe concealer to back of hand, then with brush smooth on over desired area. Blend well.

Targeted concealing techniques: For darkness around eyes, go with a slightly lighter shade than your foundation. For puffiness, slightly darker. For uneven skintone, wear the same exact shade as your foundation.

I have this in the shade Warm Light. Like the two products above, this concealer offers matte, insanely full coverage which is easy to go overboard with, so I use it sparingly and build it up. It also lasts about 8-10 hours on me before I take off my makeup.

This concealer is perfect for highlighting and concealing the under eye area, and gives me a fresh, wide awake look in a minute. It does not irritate the eye area at all, and also makes a great eyelid primer.

It is also not forgiving on dry patches, and is a bit liquidy and dries quickly, so I moisturize beforehand and blend it well.


Top to bottom: Estee Lauder Double Wear Flawless Wear Concealer (Warm Light), Estee Lauder Double Wear Maximum Coverage Makeup (1N3 Creamy Vanilla), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Makeup (1N2 Ecru)

Final thoughts

I will keep it short and to the point: these three products offer phenomenal coverage, a naturally radiant finish, and are very long-lasting. I recommend all three. I also advise going to a Sephora, Ulta, Nordstrom, Macy’s, or Dillard’s to find your perfect match should you wish to purchase them.


Sephora, Ulta, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Dillard’s, and Estée Lauder online.




Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer - Review and Swatches

Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer – Review and Swatches

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Tarte Cosmetics Shape Tape Contour Concealer - Review and SwatchesTarte Cosmetics Shape Tape Contour Concealer - Review and SwatchesTarte Cosmetics Shape Tape Contour Concealer - Review and Swatches

Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer is described by Tarte Cosmetics as:

A vegan friendly, creamy concealer for radiant coverage and contouring.

This concealer comes in a decidedly large and pretty bottle, and has a big doe foot applicator for applying the product to the face.

You get a cool 10 ml for $24, which is better than the offers you get for a lot of other concealers. The Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer for example is 6 ml for $30 at Sephora.

The shades and how to choose one (in my humble opinion) 

This comes in a huge range of shades, 14 to be exact. I chose Fair Neutral and Light Sand for my NC20 (it’s actually C2, in MAC, but NC20 is the closest to that) skin. While Light Sand works well as a highlight and concealer shade, Fair Neutral is a little light for my liking and I think Light Medium would be closer to my skin tone.

All the shades in this range have a very brightening base, so they look “lighter” than they actually are when applied, as they are supposed to be used as highlight shades.

My advice would be to go to your local Ulta and swatch whichever shade matches you best (or one lighter, if you dig that) and get that, as these have a brightening effect like I said, so even if you get an exact match, that is likely to look a tad lighter when you blend it out.

The Yay

  • The coverage on these is out of this world. Mark my words when I say the slightest bit (one dot, for me) is all you need for high, opaque coverage.
  • A little goes a very, very long way. You see those swatches above? They are enough to cover my entire face. No, I’m not joking.
  • These are quite perfect for highlighting the under eye area. They not only cover blemishes/dark circles/redness, they also provide a radiant matte highlight.
  • Because they have a matte finish, they’re good for oily skin.
  • These last a long time without fading/patching/creasing – at least for the 8 hrs that I had them on before washing my face.
  • Vegan.
  • $24 for 10 ml? Yaas.

The Meh 

  • The matte finish means this concealer clings to dry patches so if you have dry skin I advise moisturising it well beforehand.
  • The shade range is confusing.


Because this is so dense, I apply it with a buffer brush such as Sigma’s Concealer Blend Kabuki, Morphe M335, or Morphe M173.

Do I recommend this?

You bet. It might just be my new HG concealer. I have dry skin so I have to moisturise well before using it.


Tarte online and Ulta.

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Mikasa Beauty Techni 02 Oval (S) Brush



So I’m pretty late to catch up on the new oval brush trend, but I’m so glad I finally did, with this multi-purpose brush by Mikasa Beauty.

From their site:

The perfect multi-purpose tool. This brush can be used for precise application of contour products. It can also be used to apply a soft wash of color to the eyelid or brow bone. It easily blends powder or cream eye shadows, face powders, and liquid or cream concealers in the hard-to-reach contours of the face. Made of 100% synthetic fibres. Features an ultra-durable, flexible handle, and a tilted brush head for ultimate precision.

Brush Hair: high grade synthetic fibre

Cost: $25

For reference, this brush is about the size of an actual toothbrush, lengthwise. The brush head is about an inch long. 

The Yay

This brush has seriously changed the way my foundation/concealer/powder look. It offers a beautiful, truly airbrushed finish that is smooth and blurs out the natural texture of my skin and and blemishes/pores.

I first used this to apply my foundation which went on more smoothly and evenly than it did with a BeautyBlender or a kabuki brush. Then I applied my NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer on top with the brush, and it settled down to a gorgeous natural finish which wasn’t in the least bit streaky or cakey.

Then I set my foundation and concealer with this brush using my Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Powder. My eyes are deep set so it is difficult getting base products into the inner corners, but with this brush I was able to do it smoothly and evenly.

I kept my makeup on for about 6 hours, without any setting spray, and let me tell you, there wasn’t a single sign of caking, or lines, or powdery-ness.

This brush really did upgrade my entire makeup application process, for the better.

It is so soft on the face, sturdy to hold and sweep across the skin, and can be used with multiple products.

It also blended my powder nose contour flawlessly for a finish that was natural, yet made a difference.

Colour me impressed!

The Meh

I think the brush they offer which is bigger than this one would be better for quicker foundation application. This one, due to its smaller size, takes a longer while with blending.

It is relatively expensive at $25, as is their set that this brush is a part of, plus shipping costs are high. Still, Mikasa Beauty often gives out coupons for money off.

Do I recommend this?

It’s soft, good quality, and really makes makeup application easy and flawless. I would say try it out!


Mikasa Beauty. You can get 25% off on the whole site with my code MAAYZAMAKEUP25!



NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer In Custard - Review & Swatches (Plus Comparison With Maybelline Fit Me Concealer!)

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer In Custard – Review & Swatches (Plus Comparison With Maybelline Fit Me Concealer!)

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer In Custard - Review & Swatches (Plus Comparison With Maybelline Fit Me Concealer!)NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer In Custard - Review & Swatches (Plus Comparison With Maybelline Fit Me Concealer!)

The NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer has a cult following; most people rave about it and some claim it hasn’t lived up to the hype surrounding it.

Says NARS:

Coveted by artists for its luxurious texture and luminous finish, new Radiant Creamy Concealer evens skin with lightweight medium to high buildable coverage. Enriched with hydrating, multi-action skincare benefits and light diffusing technology, it creates a softer, smoother complexion while instantly obscuring imperfections and diminishing fine lines and signs of fatigue.

  • Long wearing and crease-proof

  • Paraben-free, Alcohol free, Synthetic fragrance free, Non comedogenic

I have this concealer in the shade Custard, which I will review and compare with the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in shade 20 Sand Sable (review here).

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Collection Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Concealer In Cool Medium

The Collection Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Concealer has reached something of a cult status in recent years, for its mythical ability to cover up even the most raccoon-like dark circles and other blemishes.

Swayed by tales of its awesomeness, I saw a Facebook retailer selling this in the shade 02 Cool Medium, and purchased it without a second thought.

Should I have thought twice? Perhaps. (Then again, I should’ve thought twice about many other decisions in life. Sigh. Anyway.)

collection lasting perfection concealer review and swatches

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