Quick Review: L’Oreal Infallible Full Wear Concealer on Dark Skin (a Tarte Shape Tape Dupe?!?!)

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Good day, party people! I’m back here with a quick review and video demo of the L’Oreal Infallible Full Wear Concealer and to talk about it possibly being a dupe (a better dupe at that) for Tarte Shape Tape. This is a quick review, so I like to be as quick with the details as possible in these type of posts, so let’s go…

Official description:

Shape, Cover, & Contour. Full Coverage Concealer.
Be Unstoppable. Experience full-on coverage and full-face wear for up to 24 hours. New Full Wear Concealer is our highest coverage formula in our widest concealer shade range ever. L’Oréal Paris Full Wear Concealer provides full coverage with a flawless matte finish. This multi-use formula conceals imperfections while doubling as a contour/highlight product. Shape your face by going 1-2 shades deeper to contour and 1-2 shades lighter to highlighter and brighten. Our extra large applicator provides maximum coverage in one stroke to cover under-eye circles, acne scars, and discoloration. Our waterproof, non-greasy formula won’t transfer, fade, or flake so your full coverage look is locked in all day. A little goes a long way! Available in 25 full coverage shades for every skin tone.

(These concealers were sent to me for review consideration)

So I thought Tarte Shape Tape had an amazing formula, but chile, that shade range. It seemed (at the time of me trying) that all the darker shades were cooler tones. Not bad if you already have a cool undertone and you don’t have a lot of discoloration to conceal. Also not bad if you’re just using it to contour (although me, myself personally, I like to contour with a cream foundation as it’s less concentrated than concealer). But I personally need warmer toned concealers to be in the mix especially for discoloration—particularly under the eye area. L’Oreal Infallible Full Wear Concealer gives you a similar applicator and packaging as Tarte Shape Tape, formula seems similar enough (I’ve tried Tarte Shape Tape and reviewed it here, but don’t have it do a side-by-side with the L’Oreal), but the L’Oreal shade range is SO much better. Now, there are a few gaps in L’Oreal Infallible Full Wear Concealer’s shade range (but also keep in mind that a single concealer shade could be used on a number of skin tones), but they are still much better than the Tarte shade range just by virtue of having some warmer toned shades.

In case you were wondering, the best concealer shade range I’ve come across in recent years is hands down the Fenty Beauty Pro Fil’r Concealer—I had like 6 or 7 choices based on whatever look I had in mind JUST for my under eye area. Only downside with Fenty is that there’s just that one formula so far.

BTW: for darker skin, when you want to cancel out discoloration (which on us tends to look dark brown or black) you want a concealer either with an orange-y undertone or reddish undertone to cover it. The darker your skin, the deeper the shade of orange or red you’d go with (i.e. you wouldn’t use a light orange on someone my complexion—it will just highlight the discoloration and do the opposite). I would use more of a darker orange undertone and someone darker than me might use something that has more of a deep red undertone.

Shade 420 Cocoa was a beautiful color to cover the discoloration under my eyes. *IF* I were to contour with concealer, I could use any number of the shades after Cocoa depending on how contoured I wanted to look. I love the creamy formula and had no creasing under my eyes while testing it on a few occasions for over 8 hours each time. This could change as the weather warms up, but careful layering and not using too much product between layers can help curb any kind of concealer disappearing issues (check out @kingmalimagic on IG—she’s the queen of the under eye concealer techniques).

I would go so far as to say this is better than Tarte Shape Tape especially since the color range is better for deeper skin. And I love that it’s better on the pockets at regular price AND you can come up on a 40% off or a BOGO deal somewhere as the drugstores tend to do.

L’Oreal Infallible Full Wear Concealer Video Demo:

(there’s no sound on this, so feel free to watch from almost anywhere—also I had oral surgery a few days ago and one side of my face is still swollen—also I didn’t realize until I tried to blend the contour, but my face was still sensitive, so I didn’t blend out all the way)

L'Oreal Infallible Full Wear Concealer (Under Eye + Contour Demo) from Danielle Gray on Vimeo.

So now I have quite a number of concealer choices in my stash to cover discoloration: Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Concealer in 450, NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Cafe, Cover FX Power Play Concealer in N Deep 4, and now this L’Oreal Infallible Full Wear Concealer in Cocoa. I highlight with either NARS Soft Matte Concealer in Armande or Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer in Golden. See all of those shades plus more more in my concealer stash and swatches, reviews, video demos, etc. here.

See more concealer reviews and swatches here

Price and where to buy: $10.97-$12.99 at ULTA, Walmart, Target (and other drugstores nationwide—see store locator here)

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About Danielle

A former finance girl, Danielle is a New York City based freelance writer and fashion and beauty expert. She's a Hofstra University and Fashion Institute of Technology grad with an obsession with fashion and beauty which she loves to tell you all about every weekday on her award-winning blog. Think of her as your style and beauty entourage all wrapped up into one bubbly brown package. Danielle's work and expertise can be found in print and across the web in Cosmopolitan for Latinas, Allure.com, and more! She's also appeared as an on-air style and beauty expert on The Real, CBS New York's "The Couch" and WPIX11's Savvy Shopper segment.
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