I’ve been trying to work with the foundations that I have, but they all seem to cling to dry patches, so I wanted to try something new. I was going to get the L’Oréal Lumi foundation, but I can only find it on Amazon, and I’m not keen with shopping on there. In all fairness I didn’t look very hard, but I decided to try this Tarte foundation after seeing Hannah talk about it, in this post.
I decided to get it pretty much straight away, as it sounds like something that I’d love. After a while of playing around with it, I’ve finally come to a conclusion, and that’s why we’re here today. Obviously.
The Shade Range
This foundation caused a lot of controversy when it was first released, as the shade range is pretty terrible. After seeing the huge progress with Fenty, Tarte really took a step back with the limited amount of darker shades. Hopefully they bring out more shades soon, as we all know it’s the right thing to do. It’s disgusting that we’re in 2018 and we still have to complain about shade ranges.
This is a pretty pricey foundation, coming in at £33 on the Tarte website. You can currently get this in a set on QVC, but the shade range is even worse on there. I bought this when they had 25% off everything, so I did get a small saving. It’s also worth noting that we don’t have to pay customs, as it’s all included which is always a bonus. That extra £20 kills me every time.
Picking a Shade
Not my catchiest subheading.
Swatching a foundation that’s only available in the US, from the comfort of my own home here in the UK is not very practical. Again on Hannah’s recommendation I went to the Temptalia Foundation Matrix to find my shade. It recommended that I should get Fair Beige. Being the worrier that I am, I also checked on the Tarte website, as they have a ‘Find Your Perfect Shade’ option. It asks you a couple of questions, and then picks a shade based on your answers. It came out with Fair Beige, so I went with it.
Long story short: I got Fair Beige, which is the second lightest.
It’s a perfect match for me, and for once in my life I don’t have to adjust the shade with lightening drops. In the swatch it looks super orange, but it matches me perfectly. I didn’t expect it to swatch that colour, as it definitely doesn’t go on like that.
How to Apply
I’ve never used a foundation like this before, as I’m used to working with pumps. This doe foot applicator is all new to me. The first time using this, I had no idea what to do.
Do I apply it in one area and then blend?
Or do I apply it all over and then blend?
The first time I applied it I went with the first option and it was a big mistake. It took ages to build. It felt like I was layering up and not getting anywhere. The next time I wore it I went with the second approach. It was much better, as it doesn’t dry down quickly, and it’s easy to blend.
Tarte claims that this foundation is: ‘A hypoallergenic, luminous-finish gel foundation featuring the same complexion-perfecting superpowers as shape tape concealer with an added boost of skin-smoothing, oil-free hydration’. I’m not going to lie, I didn’t know what hypoallergenic meant, but I’ve now learnt that it’s unlikely to cause a reaction. However a swatch test is always a good idea if you’re unsure.
It also contains collagen & hyaluronic acid-packed to keep the skin hydrated whilst helping to plump skin and refine pores. Tarte also claim that it doesn’t crease, cake or fade for 12 hours.
If this was a YouTube video cue the sigh. You know what I mean.
I just don’t get on with it. I mean I have dry skin, but with all of these acids and such I thought I’d be okay, but I STILL LOOK DRY. Since I’ve been using this, I’ve been struggling with my highlight too, as it’s showing texture that’s never been a problem before. I’m drowning my skin in hydrating setting sprays and Fix+ to try to get a better finish. Which does ultimately work, but I thought I wouldn’t have to do that with a hydrating foundation.
I also find that it doesn’t set properly. I’m trying to avoid powdering my face, as I don’t need any extra help to look dry, but the foundation feels really sticky on my face. Plus powdering a hydrating and dewy foundation doesn’t really make a lot of sense.
This might be hard to describe, but I had my fingers on my chin, as I was leaning my head into my hand, and when I moved my hand away my fingers were covered in foundation. This was also a good couple of hours after application. Which obviously isn’t ideal. Maybe I apply too much, but I find that when I applied less you could still see my redness underneath. Plus with the amount that I apply you can still see my freckles, so it’s not like I’m drowning myself in it.
I don’t actually look too dry on this photo, but I did exfoliate and everything the night before, so it’s gone on a lot better. It still feels sticky to the touch, so the transfer is terrible. Also please excuse my messy bedside table.
It’s fair to say that I’m not keen. In all fairness I’ll continue to use it, but I doubt I’ll be rushing back to buy another one. Next I think I’ll be giving this Rimmel one a try again, as I loved it last time I had it.
That was my Tarte Hydrating Shape Tape Foundation Review. If you have tried this foundation I’d love to know how you get on with it. Or if you have any other dewy foundation recommendations, I’d be forever grateful if you could send them my way.
Thank you for reading!