We found an under-eye concealer that really works.
We found an under-eye concealer that really works.

If you have dark under-eye circles, most likely you've tried to cover them up or at least diminish their appearance. And, like us, you've been disappointed in every cream, gel, concealer, dietary supplement, or anything else you've used to mask your raccoon eyes.

Even though there are hundreds of "miracle products" out there that claim they can get rid of dark under-eye circles, they simply do not. But we've found a concealer that makes a huge difference: Shape Tape by tarte.

Tarte's Double Duty Beauty Shape Tape Contour Concealer has become a cult favorite for many reasons – it really works, it's cruelty-free like all tarte cosmetics, it comes in a pretty package, and a little product goes a long way, so it lasts a long time.

But it's relatively expensive at $27, and Shape Tape almost never goes on sale or qualifies for coupons or other discounts. So, is it really worth shelling out almost $30 for Shape Tape, or does that drugstore brand for a third of the price come close?

Here's what Shape Tape does better than other concealers:

It's very pigmented, so you only need a dot for each undereye area. Darkness or discoloration virtually disappears as you blend it into the skin.

The formula applies easily with either your fingertip, a makeup sponge, or a brush.

It soaks into the skin quickly with no heaviness, caking, settling into fine lines, or creasing during the day.

It lasts all day (when applied carefully and set with finishing powder).

There are tons of shades for warm, cool, and neutral skintones, so just about anyone will find a shade that matches their skin.

The formula is good for sensitive skin and won't irritate your eyes.

It also works very well at concealing blemishes, bruises, hyperpigmentation, and discolorations on other parts of the face or body.

It looks very natural, like you're not wearing makeup at all.

Here are the downsides of Shape Tape:

It's one of the most expensive concealers on the market.

It's only available in select stores (not in most drugstores or mass retailers). It should only be purchased from verified sellers, and those are limited to Ulta and tarte.com.

It is usually excluded from sales and promotions, even if it's store-wide.

Like any makeup, it can settle into extremely deep lines.

It does not depuff swollen skin, nor have any anti-aging or skin-clearing benefits, although some claim it has improved the condition of the skin around their eyes.

You can't erase any discolorations entirely, especially very abrupt changes in skin color.

Bottom line: If you have significant dark circles and that's your primary reason for buying a concealer, Shape Tape is absolutely worth it. If you also need to decrease puffiness and lines, you might need something different or additional.

If you're tired of looking, well, tired, we stand behind Shape Tape and think you'll be impressed with the results.

Katie Reseburg is a writer for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money. BestReviews never accepts free products from manufacturers and purchases every product it reviews with its own funds.

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