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Tarte Week – Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette

Tarte Week – Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette

Today I’ll be sharing with you another Tarte item in my collection that I’ve been reaching for quite often. The Tarte Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette is meant to be a ‘highlighting trio palette with three universal shades for strobing and perfecting‘. I have mixed feelings about these shades so let’s get on to the nitty gritty, shall we?

Firstly the packaging is breathtaking. It’s probably the most ‘aquatic’ looking one in the entire Rainforest of the Sea collection. Shades of blue waves envelop the outer lid with the same luxurious gold rim and underside as the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette. Again housing a full sized mirror, this baby is compact, sturdy and great for travel. There are two shimmer shades and one matte shade.

Tarte Skin Twinkle highlighting palette - Tarte Skin Twinkle highlighting palette -

‘Moonlight’ described as a rosy pearl, is an almost dupe for Becca’s Moonstone. It is slightly more shimmery and has a bit more pop on the cheekbones. ‘Sunlight’ is said to be a dupe for The Balm’s Mary-Lou Manizer but I checked and I completely disagree. Described as a champagne gold, I even duped it against my Becca Champagne Pop just to be sure. While Champagne Pop is more of a peach toned champagne, ‘Sunlight’ is a pink champagne with a soft, pearlescent finish. I’ve found some lighter highlighters make my skin look ashy but this one is really universal. It is my favourite shade in the palette and it is gorgeous beyond words.

Lastly, the middle shade in the palette ‘Filtered Light’ is described as a matte sand and is meant to brighten and blur imperfections. The powder is so hard-pressed that it is very difficult to pick up product on a brush and it is also dry and chalky so a lot of fall out is expected. When I didn’t come right using a brush, I decided to use my Beauty Blender instead, similar to how I would bake my undereyes, but even the slightest amount of powder made my undereyes look dry and wrinkly. It did create a transparent film on the skin which wasn’t cakey and felt sooo silky. I just wish it didn’t dry me up. I also suggest wearing a pore minimising primer because all this did for me was emphasize my pores.


L-R: Moonlight, Filtered Light, Sunlight

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Overall, apart from the one matte shade, the highlighters have been super impressive. They have the same cream to powder texture of the eyeshadows and they last the entire day. I use ‘Moonlight’ for a subtle glow on my browbone and ‘Sunlight’ for my cheekbones and inner corner because I like a banging highlight that blinds everyone around me.

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If you want to get your hands on this palette, I know Muse.SA has a few in her stash or you can order directly from the Tarte website when it’s back in stock since they do ship internationally.

Have you tried any Tarte products before? What are your thoughts and have you entered my GIVEAWAY yet?