Full Coverage Concealer Competition: Tarte Shape Tape vs. E.L.F. 16 Hour Camo vs. Estée Lauder Double Wear Instant Fix
So I guess turning 25 means your under eyes become dark hollow abysses that no amount of sleep or water can fix. Fun. If only I had appreciated the years of waking up fresh and doe-eyed and without the need of concealer I would have documented it daily and set it to a slideshow “In Memoriam” awards shows style, but like they say, hindsight is 20/20. Embarking on this next quarter of my life my number one priority is finding a concealer that brightens, hydrates, and lasts all day. A very tall order, but with a web browser open and credit card number memorized, I was very much up for the challenge.
My usual product review posts stick to two almost identical products, one high end and one drugstore, and I put them to the test and let you know who the winner is. I was prepared to challenge Tarte’s best-selling full coverage concealer Shape Tape, and e.l.f.’s newest concealer (a Shape Tape dupe) 16 Hour Camo Concealer. But as I was in the midst of my daily beauty research I read an article about Esteé Lauder’s Double Wear Instant Fix Concealer. Every thing the article said was exactly what I wanted in a concealer, so I added it to my cart and decided to test it against the first two for the ultimate full coverage concealer competition (try and say that five times fast!).
I’ve given all three a proper test on their own, against one another on the same face, and on both under eyes and blemishes. Each was applied the same way: the classic triangle technique, blended in with a BeautyBlender first and then fingers, and then set with Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder. Now before I get into the nitty gritty of each product I want to make something very clear…. Most women’s main concern with concealer is creasing. I hate to tell you this, but if you have lines under you eyes you will crease, no matter how you prep or how good the product is, any and every product will settle into lines. Unless you have naturally completely flat under eyes (lucky you) creaseless concealer will never become a reality. So instead of trying to find the unicorn of concealers that doesn’t crease, instead we want to find concealers that don’t exaggerate our lines (i.e. become dry, fade or move around throughout the day, ect). Now before you throw your phone or desktop across the room because of this very sad truth, I promise by the end of this post I will have revealed the perfect under eye concealer. So keep reading people. There is hope!
I still can’t believe I finally found my perfect concealer. I honestly never thought it was possible to find one that didn’t dry up and age me 10 years or be so light coverage it barely did anything. I wish I could say the $5 concealer was the best of the bunch, but unfortunately sometimes the higher end items have merit in their price. In hindsight I wish I would have tried out the Hydra Prep serum with other concealers to see if that was where the magic was held, but I guess I’ll have to do that another time. If you do try out this concealer, and I reallllly think you should, just go in cautiously with the serum. A little goes a long way and you want to blend it in and let it absorb a bit before going in with the concealer. It may take some time for you to find the perfect application routine but once you find it I promise you’ll fall in love with the results as fast as I did. Seriously, I kept stopping in every mirror I passed to marvel at my perfectly concealed abysses.
Do you have a perfect concealer? I want to know in the comments below!