A lot of us are searching for the perfect concealer but this one unfortunately is not going to be the holy grail of concealers.. Is Tarte Cosmetics Shape Tape Contour Concealer does have a lot of great qualities, but it ultimately fumbles, meaning the search continues.
Tarte Cosmetics Shape Tape Contour Concealer comes in a clear plastic tube with a large sponge-tipped applicator (much larger than the standard size). This applicator delivers quite a bit of product, and since the concealer is full-coverage, it’s best to dot this on instead of just swipe it. Swiping and blending means you’ll wind up applying more product than you intended!
The texture is creamy yet not too thick, and is easy to smooth onto skin. It sets fast, so it’s best to work quickly to make sure it’s fully blended (which is easy enough to do). Once dry, you’ll see an attractive satin finish.
This does a great job covering dark circles and redness, and doesn’t budge even through a full day of wear (no creasing or fading here). It comes in a good range of natural-looking shades for very fair to medium-deep skin tones, and includes options for both warm and cool undertones.
This all sounds like an excellent product, and it would be… were it not for Tarte’s decision to include fragrance and fragrance ingredients in the formula! Two of those fragrance ingredients, amyl cinnamal and benzyl salicylate, are listed before most of the beneficial ingredients Tarte calls out in its packaging, meaning you’re getting a higher concentration of known skin sensitizers than the good stuff. The scent is apparent from the moment you open the tube, and it lingers for a while after you’ve applied it.
This is a problem because fragrance can aggravate skin, and it’s a particular issue when you use it over blemishes or around your eyes (and this product is designed to be used in both ways!). See More Info for details on why fragrance is a problem in skincare and makeup products.
More Info:Why Fragrance is a Problem for Skin: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes a chronic sensitizing reaction on skin.
This leads to all kinds of problems, including disruption of skin’s healthy appearance, worsening dryness, redness, depletion of vital substances in skin’s surface, and generally keeps skin from looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Fragrance free is always the best way to go for all skin types.
A surprising fact: Even though you can’t always see the negative influence of using products that contain fragrance has on skin, the damage will still be taking place even if it’s not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you don’t always need to see or feel the effects on your skin for your skin to be suffering. This negative impact and the visible damage may not become apparent for a long time.