Today I have an exciting post for you guys. Exciting because this is the first collaboration post in I’ve done in years. I’ve teamed up with Aisha from Stardust & Lipstick to review the Makeup Revolution Conceal and Define concealer which everyone has been raving about is a dupe for the Tarte Shape Tape I reviewed here. It’s a big deal to find a dupe for such a product because in that post I mentioned how the Shape Tape is the best concealer in the world in my opinion. I also managed to get the foundation and blush palette so I’ll be reviewing them all for you today. If you’re interested to know if the concealer is a Shape Tape dupe, then get comfy cos it’s going to be a long one.
MUR Fast Base Stick Foundation – R250 ($9/£5)
I initially wasn’t planning on getting the foundation but after a blogger friend said it was too dark for her, I decided to purchase it and try it for myself. The foundation comes in 18 shades with a great variety. 6 for light skin, 6 for medium skin and 6 for dark skin.
The packaging of the stick foundation is very pretty. A nude tube with rose gold detailing. The tube is made of plastic but it does not feel light or cheap at all. I also like that the shade is listed on the base for ease of finding if you have a few shades.
I have the shade F11 which is described as being for ‘medium/dark skin tones with a beige undertone’. Now I definitely do not have a beige undertone but since I am more neutral, I decided to give it a whirl. When I apply the foundation to my skin, you definitely notice just how ‘pink’ it actually is. The formula is super creamy but still feels very lightweight on the skin.
I blended this side out with a dense brush. I used the Urban Decay F105 Optical Blurring Brush (R540). I’ve found it’s better to use a brush with a stick foundation rather than with a Beauty Blender. Also once the foundation is blended out, it looks like more of a close match to my complexion and doesn’t come off ashy.
I then blended the other side with a Beauty Blender and you can see it gives less coverage. It pushes the foundation into the skin to make it look more natural.
The coverage of the foundation is medium buildable. Even with three layers some of my darker marks were peeking through. I don’t mind this because it gives a more natural finish and doesn’t look like a mask. I’d be happy just slapping on this foundation with nothing else and still feeling comfortable to leave the house. The foundation does cling to very dry patches but with a good moisturiser or hydrating primer, I’d say this is suitable for all skin types. It has a dewy finish and doesn’t dry down completely so I do need to set it with powder to minimise transfer. This foundation does nothing to control oil production so it does require blotting after about 5 hours or more frequently on a really hot day.
MUR Sugar & Spice Blush Palette – ($10/£6)
I also picked this up brand new from another friend for R100. I’ve had the palette for over a year but never opened it until recently. The packaging is sleek and sturdy but prone to fingerprints. I like that it has a full sized mirror because you never know when you might need one. The are 8 shades in the palette, 6 matte with the two on the ends being shimmer.
The first time I used it I dipped my brush in, tapped off the excess and applied it to my cheeks. Whoah, I had a huge pink blob on my skin, it was that pigmented. Now when I use it I dip lightly and scrape the excess off on the side of the palette before going in on my face. The formula is soft and blends easily. It isn’t chalky and I love the shade range. I don’t care much for the shimmer shades at all but this is definitely a palette I have grown to love.
MUR Conceal & Define Concealer – R150 ($4/£7)
Ok, so the most impressive fact about this product is that it comes in a whopping 25 shades. Apart from the ColourPop No Filter concealer, I haven’t seen a concealer range that is this extensive. The packaging of the concealer is truly just as impressive. The rose gold cap and detailing is so breathtaking. I also like that the tube is clear for you to see the shade.
I’ve got the shade C11 which I also received from my friend. I will be duping it against my Tarte Shape Tape in the shade Tan.
As far as applicators go, the MUR concealer looks exactly the same as the Shape Tape wand side by side. Large doe foot applicator with a well to pick the product up in. With a closer look, however, you’ll notice the Shape Tape wand is slightly fluffier and I find applies the product more evenly on the skin.
On first application, you’ll notice the Shape Tape is far lighter on the skin than the MUR concealer.
Once blended out though, you won’t notice much of a difference between them. The Tarte Shape Tape is slighter lighter but it does oxidise on me.
As I’ve mentioned previously, I’m yet to find a concealer that doesn’t crease on me. This is minimal compared to other concealers. Please excuse the weird face but I wanted to show you how bad it is.
Here you can see the difference in consistency between the foundation and the concealer. The foundation is creamy and dewy but the concealer is matte.
Here is a picture of the different concealers when freshly applied.
And you can see here how it dries down. The Tarte Shape Tape oxidised to the same shade as the MUR concealer.
And here’s what it looks like with the rest of the face done. I love the way my skin looks and you don’t notice two different shades under my eyes.
Whilst I do enjoy using the foundation and will continue to wear it from time to time, I do prefer a matte finish so I don’t need to set with powder. Since it can cling to dry patches, I would only recommend this if you’re planning on using a hydrating and smoothing primer. For my oilier skin girls, I’d give this a skip. It works great but who wants the hassle of having to blot constantly and risk messing up your makeup. As for the blush palette, I would recommend it because it is so pigmented and there is a good variety of colours to play around with for every mood.
But is the concealer a dupe for Shape Tape?
As I mentioned in my previous post, my definition of a dupe is different to others. In a way. For me, a product has many characteristics, colour, finish, formula, longevity, etc. When someone mentions a dupe, I expect it to be the same in all aspects unless otherwise specified. For instance, in this post, I mentioned that Wet n Wild Bare It All is a great alternative to MAC’s Velvet Teddy. They both look similar on the lips but Velvet Teddy is more matte. In that case, it’s a colour dupe but not a formula dupe. Coming back to the MUR concealer, I’d say it’s definitely a Shape Tape dupe in many aspects.
They apply creamy to the skin and are both easy to blend out. Once dried down, the shades match exactly. They both dry down to a completely matte finish and are water resistant. How do I know this? While applying mascara, I poked myself in the eye really hard and the tears just started falling before I could catch it. Usually, it would ruin my entire makeup look but with just a few dabs, it was absolutely perfect with not a smudge in sight. After 8 hours of wear and my foundation looking shoddy, my undereyes were still perfect and looked exactly the same. Even I was surprised.
Which one would I recommend?
Well, that depends where you are purchasing it from. If you stay out of South Africa, you probably wouldn’t pay as much shipping and customs as we do so the MUR concealer works out cheaper. However, I purchase directly from Tarte Cosmetics with my friends to qualify for free shipping and split the customs costs. The order total is around R1480 with R350 customs. That’s R460 per Shape Tape for 4 of us. The MUR concealer including shipping from Cosmetics Distributors (official retailer) works out to R225 but if you spend over R750 then shipping is free. The makes the Shape Tape R44 per ml and the MUR concealer R66 per ml. If you buy from a third party reseller, then it also works out to around the same.
Purely because I love Tarte Cosmetics as a brand, I’ll probably repurchase the Shape Tape time and time again. I actually have an order on the way as we speak, no Shape Tape though. Tarte is also currently having a 30% off special but the Shape Tape is excluded because it’s such an amazing product and because it performs so well I don’t have a problem paying full price for it. Another thing I noticed is even though they look and apply the same, the Shape Tape is harder to remove. You almost need to rub it away as opposed to the MUR which you can just wipe.
I wonder what Aisha’s verdict is about whether the MUR concealer is a Shape Tape dupe. Apart from us discussing which shades to order, we have no idea what the other one thinks or prefers. If you want to read her review, you can check it out here.
Now for the most exciting part. We’ve decided to gift one lucky person a foundation and concealer in their selected shade. Once the giveaway ends and we’ve selected a winner, they will need to give us their shades and we’ll purchase it and have it shipped off directly to them. All you need to do to enter is use the Rafflecopter below.
Rules to Enter:
- The giveaway is open to South African residents only.
- There will only be one winner chosen.
- The competition ends on the 25th June 2018 at 11:59 pm CAT.
- The winner will be announced on the blog and Instagram so make sure you follow us so you don’t miss out.
- The winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize after which a new winner will be chosen.
- All entries will be checked and false entries will be removed.
- Unfollowers, spam and giveaway accounts will be disqualified from the giveaway.
Good luck bellas!
Do you think the MUR Conceal & Define is a dupe for the Tarte Shape Tape?
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