A little more than a year ago, makeup lovers were wallowing in the disappointment of the underwhelming Tarte Shape Tape foundation. Its highly anticipated release was overshadowed by the minimal shade range and clear disregard for women of color. Well, now, after a year of backlash, Shape Tape is being relaunched as Face Tape, with a massive shade expansion and change in formula.
Turning up the heat with 50 different options, Tarte is working to right the wrongs of the initial unveiling. Will it live up to the hype?
When Tarte announced last year that it would be launching a Shape Tape Foundation, the excitement was overwhelming.
Its beloved Shape Tape Concealer, which is sold once every 12 seconds, is the full-coverage concealer that's been a favorite of makeup lovers for years. So of course the assumption was that the foundation would live up to its predecessor.
But that excitement quickly turned to disappointment when the shade range was revealed.
There were a total of 14 shades, the vast majority of which were for very light skin. It was essentially a slap in the face to black women.
Black beauty YouTubers hopped on the release almost immediately.
Jackie Aina and Alissa Ashley began their review video with the iconic clip of Kanye West saying "George Bush doesn't care about black people." It was really that bad.
Makeup Shayla had a lot to say as well.
She couldn't even find her perfect shade out of the bunch, and jokingly stated that if viewers were "her shade," they might be able to find their color "five shades lighter or five shades darker."
The shade range was so bad that Alissa Ashley scolded the foundation not just once, but twice.
"The fact that there are such limited options for people of color, people with melanin, is just so disappointing. And honestly, I'm shocked that Tarte would do this given the fact that they knew that people were extremely excited about this."
After the backlash, the brand insisted darker shades were already in the works.
In an exclusive with POPSUGAR, "A rep from Tarte explained that even when Shape Tape Foundation was revealed, the new colors were already in the works. Additional shades are usually added seasonally, which makes sense because your complexion tends to be paler in the winter and darker in the summer months (but please wear sunscreen, kids!).
"And our friends at Tarte were honest: they explained that it can take time to get the full range finished and flawless — they need to get those warm and cool undertones to be exact! 'We're always pushing ourselves and suppliers to work as quickly as possible,' our contact confirmed."