Its here! The exciting launch of the highly anticipated Tarte Hydrating Shape Tape Foundation! Is it worth the hype? Does it give full coverage? Is it hydrating? Well i have been using this collection for a few days and i am here to give you my view point from a mature, dehydrated, pigmentation covered, skin.
Just to get it out there from the get go, the shade range available from QVCUK in this foundation is : Deep Honey, Fair Beige, Light Medium Honey, Light Sand, Medium Neutral and Tan Sand. You can see swatches of the shades available HERE
Included in this Tarte 5 piece Shape Tape Foundation collection are the following products :
Shape Tape Hydrating Foundation 30ml –
I have shade light medium. Ok, where to begin….Packaged in a glass bottle to compliment the Shape Tape concealer, and with the same applicator but larger, this foundation is said to provide buildable, long wearing coverage whilst helping to plump the skin and refine the pores without creasing, caking or fading for 12 hours. Packed with collagen and hyaluronic acid this vegan foundation sounds like an absolute dream.
As with all foundations i give the bottle a good shake to wake the ingredient’s. The first thing i noticed was how much i had to apply using the applicator, i started by dotting the foundation over my whole face as it is not a thick consistency and i wasn’t sure on the “Slip” factor. I then used the sponge (Which i will come to later) damp, very important, and started bouncing the foundation into my skin. From the get go this offers a very light coverage, which on my dehydrated skin, kind of disappeared. I went in with a second layer and immediately the coverage was better, offering a medium coverage that did really well at concealing my pigmentation and discolouration without looking caked on. When i applied the foundation without a primer – just to test it out, it did cling to every pore and fine line on my face, so i 100% recommend using a primer that is right for your skin concern. When i did use a primer the foundation went on much better and my skin looked lovely.
I did notice the shade was a tad darker than usual so i would suggest checking out the shades to see if you need to go one lighter and also note this does not, in my opinion, offer the same level of full coverage as the Shape Tape concealer.
Throughout the day, although feeling comfortable, my skin did not feel any more hydrated than when i use any other Tarte foundation and it really reminds me of the Rainforest of the Sea foundation. Towards the end of the day i did notice some breakdown around my nose, and in my pores but all in all it was nice to wear and i did receive compliments on my skin. The only thing i would say is that although it is buildable, if you apply more than two layers, it will start to cake. Is it worth the hype….i just don’t know if i’m honest, it is just a nice foundation that offers a buildable coverage with some skincare benefits. Would i rush to repurchase….on my dehydrated skin….no, i was expecting it to feel so much more hydrating, but if you are oily or normal/combo skin, i think you will really enjoy it.
The Shaper Sponge –
Now this, this i love! As someone that loves to switch between a Beauty Blender and brushes i was very intrigued with this shaper sponge. I love how it has a rounded end to really bounce product into the skin and a straight edge to contour around the nose and under the eyes etc. As with most sponges you will achieve the best results and most flawless finish by using this damp. I run the sponge under water and really squeeze it out so that nothing remains. The Shaper Sponge swells much bigger than a Beauty Blender which is great as it is able to cover a larger surface area quickly. It is also incredibly soft and doesn’t eat up all the foundation or concealer. I am super impressed with this sponge and have been using it non stop.
Leave Your Mark Eye Shadow Palette –
At first glance i thought this palette was a little bit ‘samey’ to some of the others, but the moment i started swatching and then applying the shadows i was hooked. As with all Tarte Shadows, these are beautifully made with Amazonian clay and offer a smooth, flawless, silky application that gives superb pigment and longevity.
The shadows literally last all day and are as bright at the end of the day as they are at application. In cute packaging and with a great mirror inside this is perfect for popping in your make up bag for on the go. All shadows can be applied wet for liners or to intensify the shade.
Containing 7 matte and shimmer shades plus a huge rose gold highlighter this is perfect for stepping into Spring and Summer. The highlighter is out of this world gold tone glow, so be prepared to shine!
Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara –
I make no bones of the fact that this is one of my all time favourite mascaras ever. I am always fully stocked ( don’t forget you must change your opened mascara every three months) of this fabulous mascara. I know there is a Tarte army that adore the Lights Camera lashes 4-in-1 mascara as I always receive great feedback when I write about it on my Blog. This velvety, Amazonian clay mascara, is the blackest of blacks and thickens and lengthens eyelashes amazingly! This Iconic mascara comes in it’s own faux leather jacket which adds a cute, fun, element to the brand. Claiming to instantly increase lash volume by 330% all I know is that when I apply it, my lashes get that false lash look which I love.
Infused with a range of plant botanical’s and waxes, this mascara is amazing at lengthening, adding volume and curling the lashes. The rice bran inclusion plumps up and coats your lashes without making them look thick or feel heavy. Easy to apply, I start right at the base of my lash and give a little wiggle with my brush as I pull it through the lashes, it doesn’t clump and gives a lovely even coat. This mascara does not budge until I take it off with cleanser. Most definitely a big hit with me
Rainforest of the Sea Colour Splash Lipstick in shade Escape –
One word OBSESSED!! Glides on like an absolute dream whilst laying down a beautifully opaque pigment this lipstick not only feels incredibly comfortable to wear but also makes the lips look plumper and fuller.
Incredibly hydrating and moisturising this beautiful rose shade offers that amazing pop of colour that i absolutely adore. Never be afraid to wear colour because you might be surprised as to how much you enjoy it. Love, love, love this!
Cosmetics bag – This collection also comes with a really nice sized Tarte embossed cosmetics bag in purple. Perfect for holding this complete collection (which comes gift boxed) it is a lovely addition.
My thoughts on this collection – In my opinion you can never go wrong with a Tarte Tsv from QVCUK. Although i am not as amazed by the foundation as i thought i would be, (i fell for the hype) there is no doubt that it is a very good buildable foundation. I have posted my completely unedited and unretouched photos to give you as close a look as possible in daylight as to how the collection works on my face. I think you will agree the way it has concealed my dark circles and pigmentation is exceptional. The complete collection as a whole is well thought out and very beautiful plus the value is outstanding and it comes gift boxed. I do think you need to be very careful choosing your foundation shade though so deffo head to the QVCUK website to check those out. If bought direct from Tarte you would pay £123.00 however you can purchase this from QVCUK as a Todays Special Value on Sunday 25th March on 3 easy pays for £44.97. Purchase HERE
I would be so interested to hear your thoughts on this collection and see if it is what you expected. Please leave me a comment below