Wear Test & First Impressions Of Tarte's Shape Tape Matte Foundation

If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times - I am a creature of habit when it comes to makeup. Once I've found something that I like and works well for me, I tend to stick to it. I find it hard to branch out because I'm worried that I'll spend money on something that won't work for me or just doesn't look great. The only thing I really like to experiment with is eye products. Give me mascaras, eye liners and eye shadows to try, and I'll be fine, but face products are a whole other kettle of fish. So when I saw the Tarte offer that I mentioned in a recent post, I had to grab one of their foundations to try out. Now, this is a type of post that I've never done before, purely because I rarely buy anything new to have first impressions of (unless they're eye products), so bare with me and my rubbish selfies.

If you didn't read my Tarte Custom Kit post, I'll tell you that the foundation I chose was the Shape Tape Matte Foundation. This is because I've heard great things about the Shape Tape Concealer, but I don't know a lot about the foundation. Plus, I tend to stay towards matte foundations because of my skin type. Recently, it has been on the extreme side of combination, purely because I hadn't really been looking after it. Guilty! But I've had an oily T-zone and around my top lip, which is very typical of my skin, but I've also had a very dry nose (not sure how that works with the oil, but both of them are there) and a dry patch in between my eyebrows. With that in mind, the performance of this foundation on this particular day may have been different to how it would usually perform because I tried so hard to balance my skin out.
The foundation that I use constantly is No7's Beautifully Matte in Cool Vanilla because I find that it makes my skin look velvety soft, evens out my skin tone and doesn't look overly heavy. It has a pump, which I love, and I apply it to my skin with my Real Techniques Complexion Sponge. I love the way it looks and the way it lasts, even though my oil still peeks through, but I don't find it to cake up or separate, which is why I keep going back to it. Needless to say, the Shape Tape has a lot to live up to!

I was a little bit worried about the colour because with having a holy grail foundation, you know what shade you are, especially because No7 match you for free in store. However, it's a bit difficult to know what shade you're going to be in a new foundation just from the images online and other people's reviews. I tried my very very best to choose something that I thought would be right and initially, I thought it was going to be too light, judging by the colour when it arrived, but as you'll see, I was completely wrong...
I never thought I'd see the day that I'd be posting my almost-bare face on my blog, but here we are! To combat my dry-and-oily combination skin, I scrubbed my face then applied my No7 Daily Cream. I find that this moisturiser sinks quickly into my skin and doesn't leave any oily residue. I then applied my MAC Prep & Prime Primer, which is something that I find helps to minimise my pores - they're rather large on my nose and surrounding my nose. I let this dry down slightly and then set about applying the foundation.

I was surprised to see that the Shape Tape had a doe foot applicator, as this is something that I'm not used to in a foundation, so the way I went about using it was by dabbing it in spots across my face. Usually, I'd pump some on to the back of my hand, then use my Real Techniques Complexion Sponge to apply it to my face, so dabbing the foundation straight on to my face was a bit odd. I went in with my sponge to blend out the spots, only to find that the foundation dries super quick, so blending took a little bit of effort, but I managed!

As you can see from the images above, Tarte don't lie when they say that this foundation is matte. It's almost a little bit too matte for my liking - like I mentioned when talking about the No7 Beautifully Matte, I don't find it to be overly heavy, which is something I like, but I think that the Shape Tape looks heavy. You can tell I have foundation on, and that's not a bad thing, it's just not my preference. It did seem to do a good job of covering the large pores on my nose though, so I found that impressive. I was quite disappointed to find that the colour is slightly too dark for me, even though I thought it would be too light. I'm paler than I thought! However, I figured I could even this out a bit with some concealer, so I went on to finish the rest of my makeup.
As you can see, I managed to even out the tone to match my neck a little bit, and once I was fully made up, I thought that the foundation looked quite good! My other face makeup seemed to blend really well on top of it, especially the concealer, which blended out seamlessly. However, as you might be able to see from the top photo, my nose pores had started to make an appearance, despite the added powder. So once all my makeup was complete, it was about 11AM.

What's on my face:
  • Tarte Shape Tape Foundation in fair-light neutral
  • Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Concealer in C1
  • No7 Perfect Light Loose Powder in Translucent
  • NYX Tame & Frame Tinted Brow Gel Pomade in Espresso
  • Morphe 25B Bronzed Mocha Palette
  • No7 Stay Perfect Liquid Liner in Black
  • Tarte Maneater Mascara
  • Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Palette
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Highlight in Exposed
  • No7 Match Made Powder Blush in Apricot Blossom
  • Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray
  • Nivea Lip Balm in Peach Shine

I also found that the foundation didn't seem to like my forehead much, and as I applied a bit of powder to my forehead, dry patches that I didn't know existed seemed to appear. I would've probably had a go at correcting it if I was using the No7 foundation, but I didn't want to make it worse, so I left my forehead as it was. You can see in this photo that it also clung to the dryness in between my eyebrows, but I half expected that anyway.

The day I wore this makeup was a fairly busy one. If you've been keeping up with my foot problem on Twitter, you'll know that I've done a whole lot of being in the house (apart from when we went to the Lake District), but on this day, I was going out to a festive flower arranging demo and afternoon tea. That took up most of my afternoon, but I also did some little work bits beforehand, had some lunch (which I thought may disturb the foundation around my mouth), and I did a little bit of work when I got back, so I had a pretty packed day. That was pretty ideal because I really wanted to put this foundation to the test! I kept the makeup on til about 6PM, which gave me about 7 hours worth of wear, so let's have a look at how it performed.
I'm really sad to say that the Tarte Shape Tape Foundation didn't hold up all that well. As you can see from the first image, it really separated around my nostrils and my pores became really visible across my nose. My oil was so excessive and I don't know whether that's the foundation's fault or whether it's because I haven't worn makeup in so long that my face was like "what the heck is going on, let's throw loads of oil on it." But it also got really patchy on chin, which doesn't usually happen. You can see that the texture on my forehead looks really dry, so perhaps this foundation is way too matte for me.

All of that being said, you could only notice these things if you were really looking. You can't see any of these problems in the photos below, and I swear with everything that I have that I haven't touched it up whatsoever. As you can see in the photo below, my skin doesn't look horrendous, so I do think that I'm going to keep playing with it and maybe mixing it with my No7 to see what difference that will make. That will also help to balance the colour out a little because, as you can see, it definitely oxidised over the day and I got a little bit orange (the lighting in the bathroom definitely didn't help, mind you, but I've tried to fix the colouration as best as I can). Of course, this is fine if that's the kind of look you're into, but for me, I want the closest match to my skin tone, so a bit of mixing will be needed!
I am a little disappointed that my first impressions of this foundation weren't exactly the best, but I will keep playing with it to see if I can make it work for me. However, I definitely still prefer my drugstore holy grail No7 Beautifully Matte Foundation... for now!

Have you tried either of the Tarte Shape Tape foundations out? How did you find them?


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  1. I was going to get this foundation but after reading this I think I will stick to my trusty loreal true match! Expensive foundations do not always mean best!
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