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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BEST CONTOUR STICK EVER: Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation in Fawn

ABH contour stick in fawn review and swatches the girl loves makeup

YOU GUYS. I have a new love, and it is a grey-brown stick.

If this is you, stop now.

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick foundations have mixed reviews on most retailer websites, but I don’t care. I just want to type quickly and give you the details, just so I can conclude and tell you this product is the bomb and I love it and I never want to be without it.

The stick foundations are described on the Sephora site as:

What it is:
A multitasking, light-to-full-coverage cream stick foundation with a natural-looking, demi-matte finish.

What it does:
This highly pigmented, buildable cream stick foundation creates a flawless, natural looking demi-matte finish. The Stick Foundation is ideal for combination and oily skin, and the lightweight, easy-to-layer foundation delivers light-to-full-coverage, depending on the method of application. It’s designed to quickly and precisely apply all-over coverage, daily touch ups, or highlight and contour with ease.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Phthalates

There are about 29 shades, including three contour shades (Shadow, Fawn, Mink) and one highlight shade (Banana). You get 9 g of product for $25.

Why I love it


~ok, let me compose myself~ 

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Tarte Clay Stick Foundation – Review & Swatches

I’ll be honest here: Tarte is quickly becoming one of my favorite brands; perhaps my favorite! ❣️

They have, for the past few years, come up with one amazing offering after another, most of which keep my makeup obsession fueled and my wallet depressed.

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The clay stick foundation is a very recent product and Tarte has this to say about it:

Have you fed your skin lately? Our 12-hour, creamy matte clay stick feeds your appetite for weightless, natural coverage & good-for-you nutrients. #feedyourflawless

  • Amazonian clay: nature’s most perfect ingredient for better, longer, truer wear
  • mineral pigments: soothe & soften skin
  • vitamin C: antioxidant that fights free radicals while brightening skin
  • vitamin E: natural preservative that also acts as an emollient & antioxidant

Product performance: A buildable, powder-to-liquid formula that melts into skin for medium-to-full coverage, leaving a natural finish that looks & feels just like your own skin. Micro-encapsulated powders then burst with your body heat to keep you shine & cake-free. The vegan formula features antioxidant vitamins C, E & Amazonian clay, a total skin-balancing powerhouse that hydrates or mattifies depending on your skin type. The guilt-free blend also means there are no harsh chemicals like talc, gluten, sulfates, or parabens in your buildable, creamy coverage. Use on-the-go, as a spot concealer, or in lighter or darker shades to highlight & contour – just swipe, blend & #slaywithclay.

You get 9 g of product for $39. (Side note: what is it with the odd numbered pricing?! Make it $38 and call it a day.)

The shades

I have this in the shade Light Medium Neutral. It is a bit light for my currently NC25-ish skin tone, but it is great for highlighting and I think it will suit me well in the winters. I think the shade Medium Sand would have been good for me currently. Still, this shade can be worked with, blended to perfection, and darkened with the right powder shade or an off-setting cream contour.

The yay

  • I live for this finish. It is supposed to be balanced which means it suits your skin, whether it is oily, dry, or combination. Basically it is supposed to offer the best of both worlds (matte and dewy), and IMHO, it does. The finish is radiant and brightening, yet not greasy or oily looking. It is matte radiance and a healthy glow wrapped into one beautiful looking foundation.
  • The coverage is medium to a buildable full. Despite being a seemingly light and sheer foundation, this product covered all my blemishes, discoloration, and uneven skin tone. Color me impressed!
  • Goes on so smoothly and builds up with literally no cake-face. 
  • I heard it photographs very well, and this is one of the main reasons I got it. I am happy to tell you that it does indeed photograph amazingly. Your skin looks like skin, but enhanced, and not makeup.
  • It lasts about 7 hours on me before beginning to slide off. So that 12 hour wear claim did not ring true for me. (I think it is best to moisturize lightly under this if you have oily skin.) But I am happy with 7 hours, so.
  • It is a very hydrating foundation. Like I thought my skin looked and felt plumper with this on. I had no dry patches on my normally dry-patchy skin.
  • Looks and feels beautiful. So sturdy and heavy and luxurious.
  • 12 shades to suit all (ok, most) skin tones.
  • This is quite ideal for highlighting and contouring, too.

The meh

  • I don’t really like the price point. $35 would be more suitable, I think.
  • It may look greasy on oily skin.
  • If you don’t let your moisturizer set, or wear heavy moisturizer, this may slide off. It looks a little matte in the swatch below, but that is because I applied it on my dry arm without any moisturizer or primer.

Do I recommend this?

I think it is a great offering if you covet a foundation that gives you healthy skin-like finish and makes you look naturally radiant in pictures. I love the finish and the coverage. But I do not think it is my HG, simply because I like a more matte finish at the end of the day, though I quite like it for the summer.

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Sephora, Tarte.


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Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer - Review and Swatches

Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer – Review and Swatches

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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!


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Pretty Things: Morphe 9C Palette

So, I have a confession to make: I like staring at pretty palettes. I mean, who doesn’t?

Me, I like staring at highlight/contour palettes in particular.

Which is why the minute I got wind of the Morphe 9 Color Highlight/Contour Palette, I knew I had to have it, if only just to stare at it forever.


An order was placed, and two months later (thanks to slow shipping at Morphe), the Morphe 9C palette was MINE!

Mine to stare at, mine to love, mine to perhaps even use.

I’ll be honest, I have yet to use this because I already have too many contour/highlight options for now. But on days when I really need something pretty to look at – quickly – this palette is what I usually opt for.

Since I haven’t used it yet, I can’t do a proper review right now, but if you’re looking for a good quality contour/highlight palette, this one in particular has the following advantages:

  • Value for money: you get 9 shades for $22.99, and the net weight is 45 g so essentially, dividing that by 9, you get around 5 g worth of product in each pan. Compare that with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit (which I also have) where you get 6 shades, of 3 g each, for $40. Of course, for me, the ABH kit has the huge plus point of having customization/refill options.
  • From the few shades I have lightly swatched (and from videos I’ve seen of this product in use), I can tell you the shades are very pigmented and smooth.
  • Great variety of colors, especially if you have medium/dark/tan/olive skin tones.
  • Multiple finishes in one palette, as these shades range from matte to brightening/glowy. (There’s even an orange corrector shade!)


Hopefully I will come up with a proper review of this palette soon; this post isn’t in any way a promotion of it. I saw Manny MUA use this palette, fell in love, and ordered it on my own, with my own money.

For now, I just wanted to share with you all how pretty it is. 🙂

If you want to check it out, here is the link for it on the Morphe website.

L.A. Girl HD PRO Conceal

L.A. Girl HD PRO Conceal is a cult beauty favorite due to the superior quality the buyer gets for a tiny, tiny price.

Recently, I bought this in the shades Natural, Creamy Beige, Toast, Yellow Corrector, and Orange Corrector.

Says L.A. Girl:

Crease-resistant, opaque coverage in a creamy yet lightweight texture. The long-wearing formula camouflages darkness under the eyes, redness and skin imperfections. Provides complete, natural-looking coverage,evens skin tone, covers dark circles and minimizes fine lines around the eyes.

This blendable and buildable formula provides the ultimate, customizable coverage. This must-have concealer includes a soft brush-tip for easy application.

-Camouflages the appearance of skin imperfections
-Evens out skin tone
-Covers dark circles
-Minimizes fine lines
-Provides customizable coverage


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