Revolution Conceal and Define Tarte Shape Tape Dupe

Is It A Dupe? Tarte Shape Tape vs. Revolution Conceal & Define

Dupes

I may be a bit late with this post as this dupe has been talked about for a while now but I’m sure I’ve still got some readers who’d like to see a side by side comparison and review of two of the current most talked about concealers, so here it is.

Revolution Conceal and Define Tarte Shape Tape Dupe

Cast your mind back to 2016 when the Tarte Shape Tape concealer was released and the beauty community went crazy for it. It didn’t release in the UK straight away but then QVC graced us with it a few months later. Then probably a year later, Revolution (official dupe masters) released the Conceal and Define Concealer. The concept and design felt familiar. Very quickly it was hailed as Tarte Shape Tape’s younger, cheaper sibling.

Upon release, Tarte launched 11 shades which were heavily weighted towards lighter skin tones (and then launched the foundation which had all sorts of uproar for the same reason), whereas Revolution released a more acceptable 18 which were varied and widely inclusive. They have also launched more shades since bringing the total up to 25.

The Tarte Shape Tape is available from QVC here and costs £28.02 plus £3.95 postage. It’s not available on its own from QVC, it comes with the Tarte beauty sponge – which is a good sponge to be fair. The Revolution Conceal and Define is a lot more accessible for us here in the UK, you can buy it from Superdrug in-store and online here and it costs just £4. You can also buy direct from the Revolution Beauty website here. I find that in-store most shades are either sold out or have been opened (why are Superdrug shoppers so annoying?!) so now that I know my shades, I buy online.

There is a big difference in quantities – you get 10ml of product in the Tarte tube and just 4ml in the Revolution one. I find I need a lot less of the Tarte one so it has lasted me absolutely ages, however with daily use of the Revolution one I have repurchased several times over. Revolution have just launched a supersized version of their concealer which contains over 3 times more product (13ml) so I will definitely be buying that one next time I need to repurchase. The supersize one retails for just £7 and is available here.

The Tarte packaging was quite unusual for a concealer. It comes in a thicker tube with a chunky doe foot applicator. It has definitely inspired more brands launching concealer since then. One thing I’ll say about the packaging is that it can get messy! The applicator picks up a lot of product which doesn’t get scraped off as it’s pulled out of the tube. The Revolution packaging is pretty similar, but is quite a bit shorter. The applicator is also bigger than most concealers but also can get messy just like the Tarte one. Another thing that the Revolution one does, and I’ll struggle to explain this so bear with me, is that when you put the applicator back in the tube, if you don’t twist it to close it straight away it pops back up and I always end up getting concealer all over my fingers! Does that make sense? It irks me.

Both concealers are praised for being super full coverage and I would definitely agree with that. I’ve mentioned my under eye dark circles a number of times and I know I can always rely on both concealers to cover them up better than most others. I would say the Tarte concealer is a lot thicker so it’s easy to go overboard and end up looking a bit dry. I find the Revolution one a little less thick and less drying. Of the two, I never need to set the Tarte concealer with powder as it doesn’t really crease on me but I usually set the Revolution one as it can crease.

I have two shades each of the Tarte and Revolution concealers – and they are all very comparable. From Tarte I use Light-Medium for spot concealing and every day under eye concealing, then I use Light for highlighting when I’m going full glam. I have the same type of shades from Revolution – C5 is my every day shade and C6 is my highlighting shade. I do find it odd that C6 is lighter than C5 when the shade range tends to get deeper as the numbers go up so be aware of that when buying online – there are lots of swatches on t’internet that will help if you’re unsure.

Revolution Conceal and Define Tarte Shape Tape Dupe

I find that both last really well throughout the day, and have found no difference in that area. As I said, I don’t set the Tarte one and it still lasts really well without setting. Sometimes I do skip setting the Revolution one if I’m literally just wearing concealer with no other base makeup just to keep it looking more natural and although it creases a little, it doesn’t fade away.

I’ve spent a long time using both of these concealers and I would 100% agree that the Revolution Conceal and Define Concealer is a solid dupe for the Tarte Shape Tape. Although I love the Tarte Shape Tape, I will probably forever repurchase the Revolution one and may not rush to replace my Tarte when I run out. Particularly with the ease of sourcing the Revolution one over the Tarte, and obviously the huge price difference!

Woah, that felt like a long post – so if you’ve stuck around this far… well done!! I’d love to hear your thoughts on this dupe so do leave me a comment below.

Thank you so much for reading…

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Five Favourites #1 Becca Royal Glow Rimmel Wonder'swipe NYX Sweet Cheeks LA Girl Pro Matte Erborian Bamboo Matte

Five Favourites #1

Favourites

I’ve stopped posting monthly favourites posts, mainly because when I used to write them, I’d find myself having to choose new ones every month when there’d be products I probably used and enjoyed more but had already included them in previous months. So now whenever I build a collection of a few faves, I’ll write a post dedicated to them. So here’s my first ‘Five Favourites’ post…

Five Favourites #1 Becca Royal Glow Rimmel Wonder'swipe NYX Sweet Cheeks LA Girl Pro Matte Erborian Bamboo Matte

NYX Sweet Cheeks Blush Palette | £17 | available here

This palette was on my wishlist for a while but I always thought £17 for NYX was a bit steep. When I spotted it in B&M for a mere £6, I grabbed it and I have been so glad I did. First thing to mention is, these blushes are PIGMENTED! Like you just need to tap your brush lightly on the blush to get good colour pay off on the cheeks. I have been known to go a bit heavy-handed on blush so I have to use with caution – but it’s nothing a little ‘veiling’ can’t fix. PSA: Veiling is taking a translucent powder and sweeping over blush / bronzer / highlighter if you’ve gone in a bit hard. It helps to blend out and tone down any mishaps. Up until recently, blusher had pretty much fallen off my makeup routine but this palette has brought it right back onto the scene. The shades are versatile, some are matte and some add a beautiful sheen without being glittery. I still don’t know if I’d have paid full price for it but do check out your local B&M to see if they have them in stock.

NYX Sweet Cheeks Blush Palette

NYX Sweet Cheeks Blush Palette swatches

Erborian Bamboo Matte Powder Effect Cream | £21 | available here

A lot of the US YouTubers I watch talk about Erborian, but I’ve not seen much of it from the UK. I was really keen to try the CC cream but when I was browsing, this mattifying cream caught my eye. I’ve been using this as my primer and it does everything their website claims. “2-in-1 hybrid moisturiser that combines a sensation of intense hydration with a matte finish in one single step.” It doesn’t feel drying or powdery at all on application, in fact it makes skin look dewy which didn’t initially fill me with hope of a mattifying effect. “Bamboo Waterlock complex protects the skin barrier from drying out while the Bamboo powder makes an excellent natural mattifier, to leave skin shine-free and matte.” Once foundation is applied on top, it looks very natural and doesn’t look flat. It keeps excessive oil at bay all day long but allows my skin to look glowy and natural. I use this every day with my IT Cosmetics CC Cream and the two are a match made in heaven. I have been loving the way my skin looks lately with this combo – so much so that I’ll choose it over a foundation for days / evenings out.

Erborian Bamboo Matte Powder Effect Cream

Rimmel Wonder’swipe Liner & Shadow in Ballin’ | £6.99 | available here

I’m a sucker for a gimmick and when I saw the Rimmel Wonder’swipe display in Superdrug, I was swatching and swiping like a mad thing. The Wonder’swipe is a liquid eyeliner which if you smudge it out becomes a shimmery liquid eyeshadow. I haven’t used this as liquid eyeliner at all, because I’ll be honest gold eyeliner isn’t my bag. But I’ve used it tons as a shimmery eyeshadow. I just apply a thick stripe on my lid and then blend out with my finger. It doesn’t give a fully opaque shade but it gives a champagne shimmery glitter which looks really pretty.

Rimmel Wonder'swipe 2-in-1 Liner to Shadow in Ballin'

Rimmel Wonder'swipe 2-in-1 Liner to Shadow in Ballin' swatch

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Royal Glow | £30 | available here

Cult Beauty recently had the Becca Royal Glow highlighter on sale for just £18 and although this wasn’t really on my radar, I just couldn’t resist such a bargain. The shade is described as a warm golden honey infused with pink pearl so basically it’s gold with a bit of pink, yeah? I like to have a go to gold / champagne highlight and a pink toned one as they will pretty much go with any look I do – I don’t tend to reach for any silvery as it doesn’t go with my skin tone. So this hybrid of my two faves is perfect and I’ve found myself reaching for it more than any other in my collection. I’ve recently introduced 3 new highlights into my collection which generally means any current fave gets pushed to the back for a while but this has stayed within my every day makeup bag – and that is saying something. I’m so glad I made this seemingly unnecessary purchase!

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Royal Glow

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Royal Glow swatch

LA Girl PRO.Matte HD Long Wear Foundation | £10 | available here

I’m going to make a bold statement right now – this is the best foundation I’ve ever used!! Wow… I can’t believe I’ve written that. But I can’t think of another foundation which ticks as many boxes for me as this one. There are other foundations I love of course, but this is the best of the best. So why do I love it so much? The shade match is perfect – I use the shade Beige which is for fair to medium skin with warm undertones. It blends out seamlessly with a brush or a beauty sponge (or even with finger tips if I’m feeling really lazy). It gives good medium coverage which is buildable to full without ever looking cakey. With one light layer it honestly feels like I have nothing more than a BB cream on my skin. It is matte but it doesn’t look flat and gives a really healthy finish to the skin. I can use it with a hydrating / glowing primer and it still holds up all day without even setting it with powder. The packaging is well made and feels expensive but it costs just £10! Everything I’d ever want from a foundation, it does and there really is nothing I don’t like about it. I’ve shared below a selfie I took when I was wearing it and I will preface by saying there is #nofilter on this photo (OK, well I did use FaceTune to whiten my horrid yellow teeth but that’s all I promise!).

LA Girl Pro Matte HD Long Wear Foundation

LA Girl Pro Matte HD Long Wear Foundation selfie

 

So on that cheesy selfie, that’s my Five Favourites done. Let me know in the comments what one product you’re loving the most at the minute!

Thank you so much for reading…

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Revolution Makeup with Swatches | HAUL

Haul

There’s one budget brand which I keep going back to time and time again. Revolution Beauty just kills it by dropping new products regularly which are purse friendly and high quality. When I popped into Superdrug the other day, I found myself filling my basket with new goodies so I thought I’d share the haul with you today.

Haul

Empties Rinky Dinky Rhi

Empties #3 | COLLECTION

Collection

It’s been a while since I opened my empties box – yes, bloggers get into the habit of essentially keeping their rubbish and putting it all together so they can talk about it in a future post. I have a purple shoe box which lives in my wardrobe, and whenever I finish a product I pop the empty packaging in there and forget about it for weeks on end, until it gets to an amount that’s worth photographing and writing about.

Empties Rinky Dinky Rhi

Empties #2 | COLLECTION

Collection

I think everyone who collects packaging for empties posts will agree that it gets to a point when you just need to throw away the rubbish. This isn’t a particularly exciting collection of empties but I wanted to share some thoughts nonetheless.

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