Recently I was given a small foundation sample by my lovely friend Miss Flossypots! She recently ordered a new foundation by Tarte and it shipped with some samples of the Tarte Shape Tape Matte Foundation. She very graciously gave me the lightest shade of it and I thought I’d document trying it out.
My sample came in the shade ‘Fair Sand’ – ‘fair’ being the lightest of the range and ‘sand’ being yellow undertoned. This foundation ended up looking like a pretty close match to my skin and I’m usually more of a neutral undertone.
Here’s my natural face. I prepped my skin with some Cetaphil Moisturising Cream. I’m loving this moisturiser at the moment as my skin has become quite dry in the past few months and this is so thick it leaves my skin very soft and helps my foundation just slide on. I didn’t use anything else on my skin today. I wanted to see how much coverage it had without the use of an added concealer since I’ve heard a lot about it.
So above is the foundation first blended into my skin, I used a dampened beauty blender. The second photo is my skin after setting it with powder. At the moment I am using a Kryolan translucent setting powder which I am not enjoying as much as my Ben Nye mix but I wasn’t able to get it when I needed a new powder.
And my finished face! I was really surprised by the colour match as it’s a really close match in terms of both shade and undertone. I usually have to use a white mixer which you may know if you’ve read my other reviews. It is looking quite dry, a lot of matte foundations aren’t truely matte and I did want to powder this but it must take a while to set since it didn’t look this dry when I first powdered.
The foundation is described as being full coverage but you can definitely still see my freckles through it in my side-on photos, I would call it a low-full coverage or high-medium. I would have tried to layer it if I could but the sample was so small that there was not enough. I definitely like a sample that is enough to use generously for a couple of applications to get a really good feel for it.
Now moving onto the wear test with check-ins to see how long it lasts and holds up!
At this point I’ve worn it for two hours. It’s blended into my skin a little better now and looks less dry which is nice. This was taken right by my window in natural lighting and I’m still surprised by the match. My skin does look and feel really smooth without wearing a primer so that is nice.
So I went to the movies so took some update pictures on my phone so they won’t be quite as clear. At this point my foundation has been on for 6.5 hours. It really had melded into my skin, it felt so soft and smooth and my skin didn’t look dry at all but still had a nice matte finish.
In the theatre and bathroom lighting it definitely is looking a little more yellow than my chest.
After 8 hours! If this was more full coverage I would have been completely in love with it. The texture and smoothness of it is really nice and the colour is pretty good. I think ‘fair neutral’ would be a slightly better match.
There is a small amount that has rubbed off from my nose and under my glasses on my cheek. It definitely looks too yellow for my skin in tungsten lighting, probably because it’s already yellow, but it looks like a really good match in natural lighting.
And the final at the 12hr mark. It is definitely starting to wear down now, it’s sheered out quite a bit and a lot more has rubbed off. I can also see some shine coming through which is a little strange from a fully powdered matte foundation on dry skin.
Now I do want to mention that I did follow along with the total shambles that was the new Tarte foundation launch. With a ridiculously narrow shade range for the new Shape Tape foundations and potential repackaging of a previous formula. I wasn’t planning on ever trying the brand after that but since I got a free sample – why not?
The Tarte Shape Tape Matte Foundation retails for $66NZD from the Tarte website which is not horrendously expensive for a more high-end brand. The problem is that it isn’t stocked in any stores here in NZ and they don’t seem to offer samples on their website so you just have to use their *questionable* undertone finder. It did make my skin feel really amazing and did an awesome job at smoothing out my pores and making my skin feel really soft. I also know that the full size one has a doe foot applicator which is really strange for a foundation. There aren’t enough positives for me to warrant buying it but it turned out to be much nicer than I was expecting.
I would recommend this if you are looking for a high-medium coverage foundation that will really smooth over your skin. It does come in a wide selection of ‘fair’ shades and they have now expanded into a few deeper shades but there definitely isn’t as much range. It’s also more affordable than a NARS or Urban Decay foundation while still being in that same league.