Tarte Shape Tape Concealer | First Impression


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Yowzie I FINALLY got my greedy hands on the Tarte Double Duty Beauty Shape Tape Contour concealer (did not know that was the full name lol) that was incredibly hyped up and making the beauty world go crazy. To be fair, I actually did try purchasing this numerous times when I first started hearing about it but it was also ridiculously difficult to purchase my shade-it was sold out every time. I eventually forgot about it and popped into Ulta the other day and saw the Tarte shelves packed with them! So let’s get on to the first impression…

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Price

This concealer is $24 and you get 0.33 oz of product. I don’t know about ya’ll but the price is not bad! The Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless concealer is only 0.16 oz and $28. The NARS Radiant Creamy concealer is 0.22 oz and $30. I am just comparing it to other concealers that I have used and loved in the past. Strictly talking about product/price-you are getting more product for less money with this one.

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Packaging

Nothing too different except for the significantly larger applicator. I actually like the bigger applicator: it covers more surface area and if you only have small areas to conceal, just use the tip of it.

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Consistency

This has a thick consistency and does take a litttllleeee more time to blend then other concealers but trust me, it is worth it. I have actually seen and read very few reviews that people did not enjoy it because how thick it is (that’s what she said). I personally don’t care/have not noticed a big difference.

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What it Does/Wear

On the Ulta website, it claims to be able to conceal, contour, and/or highlight-depending on what shade you get obviously. It is supposed to be hydrating, long-wearing, and crease-free. I personally would use this for concealing acne scars and to highlight under the eyes. Coverage wise-amazing. It literally covers up the current acne residue on my cheeks seamlessly. I wore it throughout the day and it did not budge at all! It ALSO did not break me out which was great. Hydrating wise-not so sure…I normally don’t have dry skin so my face doesn’t need hydration haha. I might have to try applying this to my dry spots around the mouth to test the hydration part.

 Overall

Love it. Highly recommend it. Easily one of the best concealers I have used yet. Get it. Try it. Enjoy it.

Byeeee!

xx | paige

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First Impressions: NYX and E.L.F


heya friends!

I purchased these products awhile ago and never really got around to sharing my first impressions on them. Unfortunately, none of these products are my cup of tea so I just wanted to share my opinion if you are considering purchasing them.

| ELF Baked Highlighter | $3

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I actually heard that this was a great item so I was surprised by how much I didn’t like it. Maybe it’s just me but I honestly don’t see this highlighter on me very much. It is more pigmented if you try spritzing it with a finishing spray. I just don’t like how rough and difficult it is to get the actual product from the pan. I think this is better for people who like a very natural highlight that barely shows. I like it when the consistency is more creamy and extremely glowy. It is only $3 at Target so I guess it’s worth the price but I would rather spend a little more on another drugstore highlighter.

| ELF Bronze and Blush Duo | $4

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This is the palette duo that has shimmer in it. The blush is okay. The bronzer is a no no. I heard the ELF matte bronzer is really good but the shimmery one is not. It is really difficult to blend, splotchy, and has quite a bit of fallout. It’s kind of crumby which is weird lol. I’ve tried a few times to wear this bronzer because I wanted it to work so bad but I’ve finally realized that it just doesn’t blend haha.

| NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick | $6.99

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I usually LOVE NYX products. Their matte lip creams, eyeshadows, and powders are one of favorites and I’m always talking about them on my blog. That’s why this lip product really surprised me because I will not be using it at all. Unlike all of their other lippies, this one has a strong chemical smell. It is very pigmented and easy to apply but it is not considered a “suede” finish for me. It claims to have a “velvety soft and matte” finish. It stays extremely sticky on the lips for a long time (at least for me it does). I was waiting for it to become that comfortable suede feeling that I normally enjoy but it was just sticky and uncomfortable. It’s a shame because they have some extremely pretty colors but I just don’t think the formula is very good. I haven’t tried any other colors so maybe the finish is different since sometimes the color changes the formula a little.

| NYX Eyeshadow Base | $6.99

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I also bought this because I wanted a more affordable version of the Urban Decay Primer Potion or the Too Faced Shadow Insurance, but this just didn’t work for my oily, hooded eyelids. I have a monolid so I need to make sure my primer helps my eyeshadow and liner stick to my lids. My shadow did not look as good as it does when I use other primers and my liner was not as opaque. I’ve never really used any other drugstore primers but I’m sure there are some great ones; this one just didn’t cut it for me.

I honestly wanted to like all of these products but they just didn’t work for me! Maybe some of you think differently. Hope ya’ll find this a little helpful if you are planning on buying any of these products! ❤

 

xx | paige

 

First Impression: Urban Decay Weightless Concealer


heyaaaaaa friends!

On my recent mini Sephora/Target haul post, I wrote that I purchased the Urban Decay Weightless Concealer. I knowwww I am late to the game (I always am). I tend to use products until I literally have no more and I was using the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer before this one. I just bought the Urban Decay concealer not so long ago but I have tried it  three times already and I wanted to do a first impression post for any of ya’ll who are thinking of getting this concealer as well. Hopefully this will be helpful!IMG_2470_Fotor.jpgIMG_2472_Fotor.jpg

What it Claims to be: High Coverage | Buildable | Weightless | Luminous | Demi-Matte | Invisible

Coverage | It is a medium coverage concealer for me. Like it claims, this concealer is buildable. As you can see, it does a pretty good job at concealing my acne scars on my cheeks with only one layer. I could add a second layer for higher coverage but I didn’t think I needed it. Sometimes, less is more 🙂 IMG_2488_Fotor_Collage_Fotor.jpg

Application | Extremely easy to blend! It just melts into your skin and that is a big pro for me because that means it takes less time to get ready haha.

Weightless | Yes, it is very light on the skin. For every day I used it, I wore it for at least 8 hours and it never felt like I was wearing a concealer. It really does just feel like a second skin.IMG_2478_Fotor_Collage_Fotor.jpg

Luminosity | Umm, this one is kind of a yes. I mean I don’t think I look luminous when I have this concealer on. It does brighten up the under eye area obviously but for me, in particular, I don’t find it illuminating.

Demi-Matte | This one is a yes! And thank the Lord because I now seem to have oily/dry combo skin so it’s really great to use on my oily t-zone but it also doesn’t dry up around my nose and chin area. I did seem to get a littttleee dry underneath the creases of my under eye but I didn’t wear any primer because I wanted to see how well this worked without it.

Price | This concealer is $28; reasonable for an Urban Decay product. I think it’s a good price for the quality as well.

Compared to NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer | So far, I think I like this one better. Another great thing is the applicator: it’s this flexible, flat soft sponge so it picks up a lot of product from the tube but it gives you a lot control when applying. I like this one better because it’s not drying, it’s completely weightless, and melts into my skin. The NARS one is excellent but it sunk into the lines underneath my eyes almost every day (even with a good primer/moisturizer). I think it’s just my skin but  I definitely prefer the Urban Decay one as of now.IMG_2475_Fotor.jpg

Summary | So far, loving the product! The best thing about it is that it really is weightless and conceals nicely. If you are looking for a new high-end concealer, try this one!

I hope you found this post helpful! If anyone has been using this products, I would love to know what you think about it. See you next time, friends. Byeeeeeeeeee!

 

xx | paige