Tarte Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

Tarte Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette
Tarte Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette

Tarte Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette ($42.00 for 0.49 oz.) features two shimmery highlighters and one setting powder (center shade). According to Tarte, that setting powder is a “universal matte sand that brightens and corrects any darkness under the eyes.” I doubt that it is universally workable, as it is a pretty light shade. As I mentioned in the sneak peek, I had tremendous issues with the consistency of the center shade to the point where even I–a skeptic–think that there’s a manufacturing error in its creation, because when I try swatching it, it sounds like sandpaper as it is so dry. It just seems like someone forgot an ingredient or double-salted the batch; I don’t know if I’ve ever had a powder feel like this one does. Short of jabbing at it with a metal spatula, not much product comes off the surface. At $42, a center shade that is faulty at best, horrible at worst is just difficult to justify.

I would also have liked to see Tarte releasing two or three versions of this, because I don’t think they’re truly considering all skin tones with this palette at all. I like the highlighters, though they aren’t out-of-this-world.

Sunlight is a light gold with warm, yellow undertones and a lightly frosted sheen. It had semi-sheer coverage with a lightly dusty, but blendable, consistency that didn’t look dry or powdery on the skin — there was just a slight dryness to the texture where the powder came off the surface easily but seemed to have less binder. The color lasted for seven hours before fading on me. Colour Pop Flexitarian (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Nooner (Highlighter) (P) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Too Faced Flush (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Camelia de Chanel (LE, $70.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Champagne (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Daylight (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Gator Wings (LE) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Sesso (Highlighter) (P) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). NARS Watch Me (LE, $30.00) is lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Glow (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $41.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Warm Glow (Left) (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Give In Take Blush I (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Anastasia Moonstone (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Anastasia Sunburst (LE) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Tarte Skylight (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Filtered Light is a light, yellowed beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It’s incredibly dry, stiff, and chalky in the pan. The only way I was able to get enough product out of the pan to show up in a swatch was by scraping the surface with a metal spatula. It doesn’t sit well on the skin and can make areas look caky; I tried it as an under eye setting powder as well as all over. It did not seem to improve the wear of my base products, but that could very well be that it’s so difficult to actually apply and get enough product to stick to the skin. Cle de Peau Almond (16) (P, $55.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Lyric (P) is darker, brighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Light Cocoa (P) is lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Surreal Light (LE, $45.00) is darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Moonlight is a light-medium, peachy gold with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It is more shimmery than Sunlight, and it has more color to it. I think it looks almost rosy-beige at times, particularly in more shadowy lighting, but filtered sunlight (not direct sunlight) makes it appear peachy. The consistency was fairly soft and smooth, and it blendd out easily on the skin without emphasizing pores. It wore well for seven and a half hours. Benefit Dandelion Twinkle (P, $29.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Cover FX Moonlight (P, $34.00) is darker (95% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #3 (LE) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Faintly Fabulous (LE, $32.00) is darker (90% similar). Cover FX Sunlight (P, $34.00) is darker (90% similar). NYX Nectar (P, $5.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Clinique Nude Glow (P, $27.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Warm Glow (Right) (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Show Gold (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Forever Young (LE) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Sun Light (LE) is darker (85% similar). Too Faced Sweet Peach Illuminator (P) is darker (85% similar). Hourglass Euphoric Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Champagne (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Suqqu Yawakouki (05) (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Tarte Lighting Palette Skin Twinkle
6
Product
6
Pigmentation
5.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
64%
Total
Tarte Skin Twinkle Lighting Powder Sunlight
Sunlight
Sunlight
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
82%
Total
Tarte Skin Twinkle Lighting Powder Filtered Light
1
Product
1
Pigmentation
0
Texture
6
Longevity
3
Application
24%
Total
Tarte Skin Twinkle Lighting Powder Moonlight
Moonlight
Moonlight
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total
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Tarte Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette
Tarte Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette

Tarte Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette
Tarte Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette

Tarte Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette
Tarte Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette

Tarte Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette
Tarte Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette

Tarte Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette
Tarte Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette

Tarte Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette
Tarte Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette

Tarte Sunlight Skin Twinkle Lighting Powder
Tarte Sunlight Skin Twinkle Lighting Powder

Tarte Sunlight Skin Twinkle Lighting Powder
Tarte Sunlight Skin Twinkle Lighting Powder

Tarte Sunlight Skin Twinkle Lighting Powder
Tarte Sunlight Skin Twinkle Lighting Powder

Tarte Filtered Light Skin Twinkle Lighting Powder
Tarte Filtered Light Skin Twinkle Lighting Powder

Tarte Filtered Light Skin Twinkle Lighting Powder
Tarte Filtered Light Skin Twinkle Lighting Powder

Tarte Filtered Light Skin Twinkle Lighting Powder
Tarte Filtered Light Skin Twinkle Lighting Powder

Tarte Moonlight Skin Twinkle Lighting Powder
Tarte Moonlight Skin Twinkle Lighting Powder

Tarte Moonlight Skin Twinkle Lighting Powder
Tarte Moonlight Skin Twinkle Lighting Powder

Tarte Moonlight Skin Twinkle Lighting Powder
Tarte Moonlight Skin Twinkle Lighting Powder