If you know me, you know that there is one beauty product that I simply CANNOT go without. That is, the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer. Seriously, I am addicted. If I run out of my Shape Tape, there is no moving past it. I won’t be wearing any makeup until I am able to restock. It really does make all of the difference in my makeup routine and my face just feels so bare without it!
Now, I am a young, recently married lady. My money is tiiiiiight! Some days, it just does not seem feasible to spend $27 on one makeup item. Those days are some of my darkest. BUT, on a recent Youtube binge, I came across a Tati Westbrook video where she debuts a $6 Shape Tape dupe…..sorry did I not say that loud enough? ok hold on….ahem *clears throat* A $6 DOLLAR SHAPE TAPE DUPE??! It can’t be!
Behold, the Catrice Liquid Camouflage Concealer.
The arm swatches looked promising, so I decided to take a leap of faith and instead of repurchasing my tried and true Shape Tape, and I went to Ulta.com and purchased the ever-so-promising Catrice Liquid Camouflage Concealer.
It applies very smooth, immediately upon applying I felt this strong cooling sensation. It only lasts for about 10-15 seconds and then it goes away, but it freaked me out the first time I used it! Now I kind of like it…It sort of feels refreshing..
The consistency is pretty similar if I do say so myself. The Catrice concealer is a little more liquid-y, but not by much. I have super dry skin and this didn’t agitate or flake at all. I actually think it hydrated my skin. I do know of some people having an issue with how thick the Shape Tape formula is and that it doesn’t work well on their skin, so if you fall in to that category I would definitely suggest testing this concealer out in the store before you purchase.
It does have a certain floral/hairspray scent to it, which I don’t mind too much, but if you’re sensitive to smells I can definitely see this being an issue. However after a few minutes I did stop smelling it altogether so it’s not too bad. Also though on a side note, why do concealers/foundations have to have a smell at all?? It has always seemed soooo extra to me. But I guess a floral scent is much better than the fishy/fart smell that comes with the Makeup Forever Stick Foundation. Dang, THAT was a weird smell.
As far as creasing goes, I am definitely not the one to ask. EVERY concealer creases on me and it’s a huge pain. I always immediately set my under eye area with powder before any creasing happens, and that’s exactly what I did with my Catrice. No creasing happened after I powdered.
The last thing that I do want to point out is the shade range. Online they only have 3 shades, Light Natural, Porcelain, and Light Beige. All of which are incredibly fair and very similar in color. This is probably my biggest complaint overall given the fact that if I were to tan in the summer, I am not sure that I would be able to find a match. That is super concerning considering how fair I am, and how many different skin tones are out there. I know that Tarte is currently postponing their Shape Tape Foundation launch because of the backlash they are receiving about their color range, and I for one am all about it. I think brands really need to start taking responsibility for their actions and face the consequences of excluding WOC everywhere.
Final verdict, is that this definitely going to be a new staple in my beauty routine. I do agree that it is VERY similar to the Tarte Shape Tape, however the shade range is very disappointing. I hope they can rectify that soon!