I’ve been lusting after Tarte Cosmetics for a while. No particular product, because they all sounded and looked immense. I recently splurged on a few goodies, and thought the best product to review out of the bunch would be one of the most talked about foundations of 2018; Tarte’s Shape Tape Foundation.
Despite the foundation’s poor initial release, Tarte have now issued a full shade range for both the regular and Hydrating foundations. I picked up the Hydrating version of the foundation, which intends to offer buildable coverage, whilst hydrating and refining the skin, without cracking or caking. Sounds pretty perfect, especially for those of us who suffer with dry skin.
I picked up the shade Porcelain Beige, which is the palest available shade with pink undertones. The site has a great shade picker based on the undertones of your skin, which is really helpful if you live in the arse-end of nowhere like me and can’t swatch test!
I conducted two stages of testing for the foundation, without primer, and again with primer, and spent a solid 6 hours wearing the foundation each time to see the results. I think it’s important to see how a primer impacts the quality of a foundation – it promises to make a lot of changes to your appearance with no assistance, after all, so testing its ability to do so with and without a primer is an important step!
My initial opinions of the foundation were that it’s easily to apply, definitely buildable and (thankfully) a great match for my skin tone. It’s lightweight, which is crucial for me as I hate feeling cakey and clogged by my base makeup. I tested out blending with both a foundation brush and a beauty blender, and personally found the damp blender a little easier, but the brush did offer slightly fuller coverage since less product was absorbed.
After six hours without primer, I did notice a few cracks in my foundation, but none that were majorly visible. I did set my base using powder and setting spray, which did help keep the foundation in place, but for fairness, I did try a test without setting and the foundation still didn’t smudge much when dry, making it a great product for rushed early mornings when several steps of a makeup routine have to be missed! The odd blemish began to show through by the end of the test, but not the the extent where I was concerned by the foundation’s performance. The key let-down for me was the minimisation of my pores; the foundation did cover them from a distance but close up its clear to see that a foundation on its own can’t always achieve flawless, perfect coverage for all areas of the skin!
The test with primer was much more successful, as expected, but the results were only truly noticeable in trouble areas like my t-zone and my nose – which showed that the foundation still does a great job of minimising blemishes and pores from a distance! It stayed in place a lot better with the addition of a base primer, suggesting that the key success of this foundation can be found more-so in its coverage and ability to blend, and less in its wear and ability to fully refine the skin tone.
Have you tried Tarte’s Shape Tape Foundation? What foundations are you loving at the mo? Leave me a comment below and let me know!