Foundations can be so tricky to purchase, especially when buying online. Believe me I had my reservations when this one arrived and at first I wasn’t totally sure about it. It takes me a while to break into foundations which is why I don’t like to review it until months later. I’ve been using Tarte Shape Tape Matte Foundation for a few months now and I can quite confidently review it for you.
Kiss the pretty filter goodbye thanks to this vegan & oil-free foundation that feels weightless on skin while providing a full-coverage airbrushed matte finish inspired by our iconic shape tape concealer.
WHAT IT DOES
- Flawless full coverage with airbrushed matte finish
- Absorbs oil & shine
- Helps refine pores
- Won’t flake or cakeVitamin E helps nourish
There are 32 shades in the range in total, and individually the foundation retails at £32 on on their website. I bought this foundation when Tarte had an offer on. You could pick 5 products for £56 and it came in a cute bag. The reviews were 50/50 and a lot of people said they didn’t like this foundation, but I really wanted to try it for myself. When this offer came about, I totally guessed my shade online and as a fluke I was right! I really wasn’t hopeful if I’m being honest. I was very pleased it suited me.
I opted for the colour Fair-Neutral Light and of course I went for the matte option because my face is so oily. You can also purchase the Hydrating Foundation which is better to suited to those with dry skin.
I really like the packaging, it’s fun, colourful and so totally Tarte. The glass bottle looks and feels high quality and it has the traditional Tarte design on the cap which is Purple and Gold. You get 30ml worth of product and it comes with the new popular doe foot applicator design which has become so popular not only with concealers but now with foundations too.
I was sceptical about the applicator and how it would feel when applying. I actually really like it it. I had s confused feeling when I first used it because it felt like I should be applying concealer. I am totally down for this style of applying now and I find it wastes very little product. In fact, now, I end up reaching for more because I I always apply too little.
When I swatched the foundation on the back of my hand and arm it looked like the wrong colour for me, and I was prepared for this to happen. My first thought was that I’d need drops to darken it. When I next applied to my face, the colour was absolutely okay. So, in fact, it looked much lighter on my arm and hand and applied perfectly on my face. I need to also point out that I was tanned at this point of the year too and it still matched. This might be a factor to take into consideration when purchasing. Although everyone has a different tone and undertone, I feel this was important to mention in my review.
With my foundation reviews, I always like them to be in depth to help you all and give you the best idea when trying to decide if it’s best for you.
My days are pretty long, and my makeup is usually on for 12 hours plus sometimes more. The Shape Tape Matte certainly withstands the test of time and there is no visible blotching or oiliness. I set my makeup in my usual manner which is with the Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder and then use my favourite Pixi Setting Spray.
I simply have to show you how the foundation looks when blended out with a Beauty Blender. It looks so flawless and airbrushed! When I attempted to buff it out with a brush I didn’t really like the look of the finish, so I always stuck with my Beauty Blender after that attempt. To be honest, the Beauty Blender really is the only tool that I would ever use to blend out my foundation with as I love the finish it gives me.
Here’s how the foundation looks on my face:
This photo was taken during the day, and you can see how nicely the foundation has settled into my skin.
Have you tried anything from the Shape Tape collection before?