Reviewing My Cyber Monday Buys from Ulta Beauty

On Cyber Monday I did a little makeup shopping on Ulta Beauty and my order finally arrived in the mail. Here is what I got!

I purchased a total of six products, all of which are concealers. Well, technically, four are concealers and two are color correctors.

What is concealer? Concealer is used to conceal (hide) discoloration or imperfections on the skin. Concealer is typically flesh-toned and can be used anywhere on the face or body.

What is color corrector? Color corrector is used to correct or cancel out discoloration or hyperpigmentation on the skin or body. Color correctors can be found in various colors to correct a wide range of imperfections such as redness, under eye circles, dark spots, and more. 

As I was unboxing my package I was reminded that I purchased each concealer/corrector in pairs. I remember doing this because I wanted to make sure I got the right color match. Does anyone else do this?

Here's an overview of my order:

Tarte Cosmetics Shape Tape Concealer in 20S Light Sand • Available here
Tarte Cosmetics Shape Tape Concealer Set in 22N Light Neutral • Available here
elf Cosmetics 16HR Camo Concealer in Light Sand • Available here 
elf Cosmetics 16HR Camo Concealer in Light Beige • Available here
LA Girl Pro Concealer in Cool Pink Corrector • Available here
LA Girl Pro Concealer in Light Yellow Corrector • Available here


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LA GIRL PRO CONCEALER

Did you know that my first ever blog post was a review on the LA Girl Pro Concealers? (Read that blog post here) Yup! That was way back in 2014. Gosh, I feel old. Hahaha!

My opinions on this concealer haven't changed, I still think it's great. Although, these days I find myself reaching for their color correctors more rather than their actual concealers.

I picked up the Cool Pink Corrector to help cancel out the blue tones from my under eye circles and the Light Yellow Corrector to help cancel out the red and purplish-gray tones from acne and acne scars. 

Now, you're probably wondering (or not). Why do you need a color corrector? Doesn't concealer hide all of that? Well in some instances, yes. However, I've come to find that when I don't color correct I can sometimes still see redness from my acne showing through the concealer or the blue tones from my under eye circles will show gray under my concealer. Color correcting essentially prevents that from happening because the issue is being corrected as opposed to being hidden or concealed.

TARTE COSMETICS SHAPE TAPE CONCEALER

This concealer seems to rank pretty high amongst many makeup lovers. Can you believe I'm just now trying this for the first time? Let me tell you that I took FULL advantage of the sale this baby had on Cyber Monday! Because if I'm keeping it 100, I hesitated to buy this concealer for a while due to its high price tag. But here I am, in the year 2020, getting on the Shape Tape bandwagon, and I'm not mad about it.

Here is more information about this concealer straight from the Tarte Cosmetics website:

- Has a full-coverage formula for 16 hours of flawless wear
- Has a 12 hour crease-proof formula that won't cake or settle
- Its formula technology helps to smooth + blur the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- It is vegan, non-comedogenic, and waterproof
- The formula is free of parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, triclosan, sodium laurly sulfate, and gluten
- This concealer retails for $27 and contains 0.33 fl oz of product

My first impressions and thoughts on this concealer were: 

- A little goes a long way with this one. It's very pigmented and full coverage which is perfect for concealing all of my acne scars and active blemishes.
- The finish is a flat matte which is ideal for not emphasizing the spots I'm trying to conceal. 
- The texture of this concealer is on the thick side but it thins out as I blend without loosing it's coverage.
- It blends effortlessly onto the skin. 
- I noticed that the formula has a subtle, barley-there, floral scent to it which I don't mind it.
- I saw very minimal creasing under the eyes with this concealer, I was very impressed.

Overall, I give this concealer an 8 out of 10. The price point is a little high for my personal preference, but the formula itself was outstanding. It barley creased under the eyes and it wore beautifully on the face. The packaging is sleek, the cap has a pretty design, and the doe foot applicator was nice and big.


ELF COSMETICS 16HR CAMO CONCEALER MATTE FINISH

As I was doing my research to find a good drugstore concealer I came across this one which was actually being compared to the Tarte Shape Tape quite a lot. I purchased this one with the intention to see how it's comparable to Shape Tape.

Here is more information about this concealer straight from the elf Cosmetics website:

- It's a full-coverage, 16 hours wear concealer
- The highly pigmented formula is lightweight
- It dries down to a matte finish
- It won't settle into fine lines or creases
- It is vegan, cruelty-free, and non-comedogenic
- This concealer retails for $6 and contains 0.2 fl oz of product

My first impressions and thoughts on this concealer were:

- A little goes a long way with this one. It's very pigmented and full coverage which is perfect for concealing all of my acne scars and active blemishes.
- The finish is a flat matte which is ideal for not emphasizing the spots I'm trying to conceal. 
- The texture of this concealer is on the thick side and it dries fast so you have to work quick.
- It blends pretty easily onto the skin. 
- I didn't notice a scent on this concealer, it just smells like makeup.
- I saw a lot of creasing under the eyes with this concealer, I was a little dissapointed.

Overall I give this concealer a 6 out of 10. The under eyes creased pretty bad, and I think this is because of it's thick formula. On the face the formula performed very well. It concealed everything nicely and it stayed in place all day. The price point is excellent and the packaging is sleek and minimal.

Here are all the concealers swatched:


I noticed that all of these concealers do oxidize, meaning the initial color application is a little lighter and when the product fully dries it darkens a little. The photo above represents what the concealers look like when they are about 90% dry. 

Here you can see the under-eye creasing between both concealers:


As you can see the Tarte Shape Tape had very minimal creasing in comparison to the Elf Camo Concealer. I did my best to apply around the same amount of product to both eyes and I used the same finger-patting blending technique for both.


In conclusion, I can see how these two concealrs have similarities and why so many beauty enthusiasts compare the two. Now having had the opportunity to play with both I do think they're quite similar the only major difference I noticed between them was the under-eye creasing which can be a big deal breaker for some. I'd personally reach for the elf concealer when looking to concealer everywhere except the under-eye, and I'd reach for the Tarte concealer when looking for a concealer that can do it all.

With that being said, that wraps up my review on all of the products I purchased from the Ulta Beauty Cyber Monday Sale. Thank you for taking some time out of your day to read my blog post, I appreciate you so much. I truly hope you enjoyed reading this.

Wishing you all an amazing weekend ahead. Until next time friends, take care!

xo, Your Girl Jess