Battle Time: Under Eye Concealer

I have a rather large massive makeup collection.  Surprise!  {*insert sarcastic voice here*} I think I’ve mentioned before that I try to “shop my own stash” for things that go bad quickly, and have been trying {albeit unsuccessfully} to curb my spending on makeup products over the course of the last year.  When doing my last “shop” through my collection, I saw my yet untouched IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye concealer, it dawned on me that I should give it a proper try and perhaps compare it with my BELOVED Tarte Shape Tape.

To do a true test, I took one for the team and went through my normal work day with 2 different concealers under my eyes.  I’m tired and overworked, so this was no small task and could have had ghastly results should one not have held up properly!

The IT product is formulated like other IT products that I {and you, too, I’m sure} know and love: cruelty-free, clinically tested, and developed with plastic surgeons and dermatologists. There’s no talcs or fragrances either.  According to the Sephora website, this concealer “minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, brightens the eyes, and works as a spot concealer or all-over foundation to visually camouflage facial imperfections with no creases or cracks. Infused with anti-aging hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, vitamins, hyaluronic acid, and antioxidants, this multi-action formula is clinically shown to make skin look younger. Plus, it’s enhanced with drops of light technology™ to cast a radiant, lit-from-within glow”.

Tarte’s renowned Shape Tape is only sold at Ulta, which has thankfully started shipping to Canada.  Per the Ulta site, it allows you to “sculpt and highlight as you mask imperfections with this 2-in-1 full coverage concealer. The hydrating, long wearing formula delivers natural, radiant coverage across all skin types so you can instantly brighten and cover acne, dark circles and redness while softening the look of pores and fine lines. Wear it 1-2 shades lighter or darker, and it works as a creamy highlighter or contouring stick with a lightweight, blendable formula and tapered wand applicator ideal for precise strobing and sculpting. Powered by Amazonian clay and conditioning mango seed and shea butters, the nutrient-rich concealer helps promote skin elasticity and illumination with each crease-free application”.

You can see that these two products, according to their descriptions at least, are very similar in what they intend to do and are formulated with products that are great for your skin.  When I first applied them at the same time, I immediately noticed a consistency difference: the IT concealer was markedly thicker.  Not to worry, it does blend into the skin with a bit of heat from your face and with proper tools.  The Tarte concealer does blend much more easily, so that’s a key differentiator between the two to start off, at least for me.

In terms of physical application, one is a squeeze tube and the other with a doe foot applicator.  I’m not really partial to one or the other, so if that makes a difference to you, fine.  Just thought it was worthy of a note.

IMG_6103Here’s a pic of both concealers on and blended into the skin initially – no finishing powder, no bronzer, just the concealer on the skin.   I tend to take it up onto my eye just a bit, as this provides a simple base when I’m in a rush, with the added benefit of evening out the skin on my eyelids – the only real place I get red!

I applied both just as I do my normal Tarte daily concealer, finishing with the Chanel Les Beiges powder.  I think I should note that I didn’t use my normal MAC brightener this tim, as I wanted to see how each of the products wore on their own and the resulting finish.

Here’s a pic of the final product before starting my 8 hour day at work.  You’ll see that there’s a minor better bit of coverage with the Tarte, but nothing significant, at least to my mind.

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Tarte on the right, IT on the left

… forward to mid-workout, 8+ hours later

Here’s how the two concealers wore.  You can’t really see it, but


the IT concealer creased rather badly on me.  A shame really; I wanted to like this as much as my Tarte, at least on my skin.



I’ll still use it to cover spots and in my kit; it won’t go to waste surely.  I don’t think this is a function of excessive sweating {I don’t work out hard enough – I’m not a fan of physical exertion!}, but rather the formulation on my skin that tends to be drier under my eyes and in certain patches on my face.

I think that if you have a drier skin, go with the IT product, if you don’t, stick to Tarte.  Either way, these are both great products and worth the hype and price!



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IT Concealer |  Tarte Shape Tape | Chanel Les Beiges






Beauty Battles: Chocolate Bronzers

Chocolate smelling products. No one does it better than Too Faced, right? I thought they were the only ones. Turns out, I was wrong. Bourjois {the former drugstore arm of Chanel} makes a chocolate bronzer. It looks like chocolate. It smells like chocolate. I couldn’t help but make the correlation between this product and my beloved Too Faced Chocolate Soleil. The latter retails for $38  Sephora, while Bourjois retails for $16. I thought I’d give it a try to see if it was a viable dupe for my beloved bronzer at half the price.IMG_2168


You can see they’re somewhat similar in tone; the packaging varies, though, with the Bourjois in a flat cardboard box, and the Too Faced in a more substantial compact with a mirror. I guess you get what you pay for with the price variance in terms of the packaging.


When I swatched the Bourjois, it pulled VERY orange on my skin tone. I’ll admit, I was a little nervous about trying it out on my skin. Oh the things I do in the pursuit of beauty blogging! Despite my reservations, I threw it in to my every day rotation so that I could give it a real go and an honest opinion for you guys.


Luckily, it didn’t pull as orange on my face as it did in my initial swatch. It didn’t oxidize and change shades throughout the day, which is great. It was a little light for my skin, so perhaps if I’d purchased the darker shade {which looked waaaaaayyyy too dark, btw} it may have worked a little better. I like to contour with my bronzer too, which is just a personal preference, so the lighter shade wasn’t quite right for me.   It went on smoothly and gave a nice glow to my skin.



{Watch the slideshow below for some more shots of the bronzers!}

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The Bourjois is a great drugstore bronzer and smells just divine. If you’ve got a skin tone that isn’t quite olive but isn’t quite pale, I’m inclined to think it would be great on you. It doesn’t come in nearly as many shades as the Too Faced product, so it may be difficult if your particular tone doesn’t fit with one of the two options Bourjois provides. I really didn’t like that I couldn’t find just the right shade for me. I’ll be sticking to my HG Too Faced bronzer for the summer, and instead of using the Bourjois for the fall as I’d hoped, I’ll make the move to my other HG bronzer and YT, beauty junkie cult fave: NARS Laguna.