Concealer Showdown: Tarte's Shape Tape vs. NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

Sunday, July 31, 2016

It seems like every brand has come out with a new concealer lately. But how do some of the new products stack up against our all-time holy grails? I couldn't find any reviews online comparing Tarte's Double Duty Beauty Shape Tape Contour Concealer (which is only sold at Ulta) and my personal favorite, NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. So, I decided to put them to the test myself.

First off, the packaging is dramatically different. You get more for your money with Tarte's new concealer, 0.33 fl oz for $24. Whereas with the NARS concealer you get 0.2 fl oz of product for $28. So if you're looking for value, Tarte is definitely the way to go. Also, the Tarte applicator is three-times the size of the NARS applicator, making it easier to apply in one swipe.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer has been my favorite for years. It blends out flawlessly, leaves minimal creasing and has great coverage. I've repurchased it time and time again. However, I'm always looking to try new products - I'm not one to stay with the same makeup routine for months at a time. So many beauty gurus on YouTube are raving about this product, so I had to see if the hype around Tarte's new concealer was real. Here are my thoughts:

I'm using the shade "Light" in Shape Tape and "Vanilla" in the Radiant Creamy Concealer. Shape Tape comes in six different shades, while the NARS comes in 10 different shades (go, NARS!!!).

Tarte's new concealer kicks NARS' butt in terms of coverage. You can see how Shape Tape covers more of the freckles on my cheek than the on the NARS side. The Tarte side also looks a lot brighter and awake than the NARS side. 

Both concealers blended out extremely well (I used a damp Real Techniques sponge), although I will say it took a little more effort to blend out Shape Tape but I'm attributing that to it's ultra full-coverage. Neither concealer had terrible creasing under the eyes, but if you are prone to creasing I would definitely recommend using a setting powder. Overall, both these concealers are very creamy and blend beautifully. 

If you want something lighter or don't need to cover up dark circles or discoloration, the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer will work just fine for you. If you prefer a more full-coverage, all-day lasting more budget-friendly option, go with the Tarte Shape Tape. 

I hate to say it, but Shape Tape is my new favorite concealer- you can't deny the side-by-side photos. Tarte's concealer is light and breathable yet covers like a dream. This concealer was designed to be used as a cream highlight and contour product as well, so I'm interested to see how a darker shade would work as a bronzer/contour (from what I've hear, the deeper shades are too warm to contour with).

Have you tried both of these concealers? What's your favorite between the two? Is there another concealer I should try? Let me know in the comments below!


  1. What is the brush in your first photo? :)

  2. What shade would match custard?

  3. Thank you for the review. I've been looking for this review for months.

  4. Great review!! Also really glad to have found my tarte colour match. Which would you say creases less?

    1. The Tarte concealer definitely creases less than the Nars!

  5. I use the NARS 'Vanilla' shade as well, would you say the Tarte 'Light' shade was a good match? I'm trying to find the right shade to buy online since I dont have an ulta in my state

  6. I've been searching for this comparison for ages! Really helpful, thankyou!
    Kirsty x


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