Tarte Skin Twinkle Vol. 2 Highlighting Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

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Tarte Skin Twinkle Vol. 2 Lighting Palette
Tarte Skin Twinkle Vol. 2 Lighting Palette
Tarte Skin Twinkle Vol. 2 Lighting Palette
Tarte Skin Twinkle Vol. 2 Lighting Palette
Tarte Skin Twinkle Vol. 2 Lighting Palette
Tarte Skin Twinkle Vol. 2 Lighting Palette
Tarte Skin Twinkle Vol. 2 Lighting Palette
Tarte Skin Twinkle Vol. 2 Lighting Palette
Tarte Skin Twinkle Vol. 2 Lighting Palette
Tarte Skin Twinkle Vol. 2 Lighting Palette
Tarte Skin Twinkle Vol. 2 Lighting Palette
Tarte Skin Twinkle Vol. 2 Lighting Palette
Tarte Skin Twinkle Vol. 2 Lighting Palette
Tarte Skin Twinkle Vol. 2 Lighting Palette
Tarte Skin Twinkle Vol. 2 Lighting Palette
Tarte Skin Twinkle Vol. 2 Lighting Palette
Tarte Skin Twinkle Vol. 2 Lighting Palette
Tarte Skin Twinkle Vol. 2 Lighting Palette
Tarte Skin Twinkle Vol. 2 Lighting Palette
Tarte Skin Twinkle Vol. 2 Lighting Palette
Tarte Skin Twinkle Vol. 2 Lighting Palette

Skin Twinkle Vol. 2

Tarte Skin Twinkle Vol. 2 Highlighting Palette ($42.00 for 0.70 oz.) is a slim, rectangular compact that contains four highlighters from white gold to medium bronze. It is a follow-up to last spring’s Skin Twinkle palette, and it is definitely much improved, because it did not contain a “universal matte sand” shade for brightening the under eye (which was definitely not universal), and that particular shade actually had a more papery, dry texture that was strange. This year’s palette was more consistent, and all four shades are highlighters, so it’s a bit more fitting for more skin tones as a result. The brand also increased the value/amount in the palette to 0.70 oz., compared to last year’s which only contained 0.49 oz. (and they are the same price).

If you aren’t already inundated with highlighters, it’s a nice set. All four shades were very dupable, though, so for those who already have a few go-to highlighters, definitely check your stash for redundancy. For the most part, they’re soft, smooth, blendable, and definitely yield a glow (rather high-shine than “natural” based on their marketing) with good pigmentation and eight-hour wear.

Skin Twinkle Vol. 2

LELimited Edition. $42.00.
B+
B+
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
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Tarte Daylight Skin Twinkle Lighting Powder
Tarte Daylight Skin Twinkle Lighting Powder
Tarte Daylight Skin Twinkle Lighting Powder
Tarte Daylight Skin Twinkle Lighting Powder
Tarte Daylight Skin Twinkle Lighting Powder
Tarte Daylight Skin Twinkle Lighting Powder
Tarte Daylight Skin Twinkle Lighting Powder
Tarte Daylight Skin Twinkle Lighting Powder
Tarte Daylight Skin Twinkle Lighting Powder

Daylight

Daylight is a light, yellow gold with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good color coverage paired with a smooth, blendable texture that was soft to the touch but did not feel powdery or dusty. This shade applied well, didn’t emphasize my skin’s natural texture, and lasted for eight hours on me.

Ingredients

Mica, talc, zinc stearate, cetearyl isononanoate, dimethicone, boron nitride, sodium dehydroacetate, caprylyl glycol, phenoxyethanol, vanillin, caprylic/capric triglyceride, hexylene glycol, vanilla planifolia fruit extract, kaolin, ethylene/acrylic acid copolymer, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, algae extract, gardenia taitensis flower extract, poloxamer 338, silica, tocopherol, titanium dioxide (CI 77891), iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492).

Daylight

LELimited Edition.
A-
A-
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
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Tarte Skylight Skin Twinkle Lighting Powder
Tarte Skylight Skin Twinkle Lighting Powder
Tarte Skylight Skin Twinkle Lighting Powder
Tarte Skylight Skin Twinkle Lighting Powder
Tarte Skylight Skin Twinkle Lighting Powder
Tarte Skylight Skin Twinkle Lighting Powder
Tarte Skylight Skin Twinkle Lighting Powder
Tarte Skylight Skin Twinkle Lighting Powder
Tarte Skylight Skin Twinkle Lighting Powder

Skylight

Skylight is a light gold with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. The texture was soft and blendable with some looseness in the pan, so it did sheer out a bit more on the skin as a result. It had good color payoff and sat well on the skin without emphasizing my pores or my skin’s natural texture while being highly reflective. This shade wore well for eight hours before fading.

Ingredients

Mica, talc, zinc stearate, cetearyl isononanoate, dimethicone, boron nitride, algae extract, caprylic/capric triglyceride, caprylyl glycol, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, ethylene/acrylic acid copolymer, gardenia taitensis flower extract, hexylene glycol, kaolin, phenoxyethanol, poloxamer 338, silica, sodium dehydroacetate, tin oxide, tocopherol, vanilla planifolia fruit extract, vanillin, carmine (CI 75470), titanium dioxide (CI 77891), iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).

Skylight

LELimited Edition.
A-
A-
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
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Tarte Spotlight Skin Twinkle Lighting Powder
Tarte Spotlight Skin Twinkle Lighting Powder
Tarte Spotlight Skin Twinkle Lighting Powder
Tarte Spotlight Skin Twinkle Lighting Powder
Tarte Spotlight Skin Twinkle Lighting Powder
Tarte Spotlight Skin Twinkle Lighting Powder
Tarte Spotlight Skin Twinkle Lighting Powder
Tarte Spotlight Skin Twinkle Lighting Powder
Tarte Spotlight Skin Twinkle Lighting Powder

Spotlight

Spotlight is a medium, yellow gold with warm undertones and a sparkling, pearly sheen. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage (up to medium) with a soft but dusty texture–a lot of the sparkle seemed to pull away from the base color. This shade looked more subdued as I blended it out compared to other shades. It started to fade after eight hours of wear.

Ingredients

Mica, talc, zinc stearate, calcium aluminum borosilicate, cetearyl isononanoate, dimethicone, boron nitride, silica, sodium dehydroacetate, caprylyl glycol, phenoxyethanol, vanillin, caprylic/capric triglyceride, hexylene glycol, tin oxide, vanilla planifolia fruit extract, kaolin, ethylene/acrylic acid copolymer, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, algae extract, gardenia taitensis flower extract, poloxamer 338, tocopherol, carmine (CI 75470), titanium dioxide (CI 77891), iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).

Spotlight

LELimited Edition.
C+
C+
7.5
Product
7
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
77%
Total
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Tarte Candlelight Skin Twinkle Lighting Powder
Tarte Candlelight Skin Twinkle Lighting Powder
Tarte Candlelight Skin Twinkle Lighting Powder
Tarte Candlelight Skin Twinkle Lighting Powder
Tarte Candlelight Skin Twinkle Lighting Powder
Tarte Candlelight Skin Twinkle Lighting Powder
Tarte Candlelight Skin Twinkle Lighting Powder
Tarte Candlelight Skin Twinkle Lighting Powder
Tarte Candlelight Skin Twinkle Lighting Powder

Candlelight

Candlelight is a soft, golden copper with warmer, brown undertones and a metallic finish. The color payoff was great, while the texture was soft, smooth, and blendable without being too firm or too soft in the pan. The highlighter blended out with ease and did not seem to emphasize my skin’s natural texture. I noticed signs of fading after eight hours of wear.

Ingredients

Mica, talc, zinc stearate, cetearyl isononanoate, dimethicone, calcium aluminum borosilicate, boron nitride, silica, sodium dehydroacetate, caprylyl glycol, phenoxyethanol, vanillin, caprylic/capric triglyceride, hexylene glycol, vanilla planifolia fruit extract, tin oxide, kaolin, ethylene/acrylic acid copolymer, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, algae extract, gardenia taitensis flower extract, poloxamer 338, tocopherol, carmine (CI 75470), titanium dioxide (CI 77891), iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77499), ultramarines (CI 75470).

Candlelight

LELimited Edition.
A-
A-
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
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Makeup Look
On face:
  • Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Foundation
  • Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder
On eyes:
  • Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vol. II Eyeshadow Palette
  • Sephora Good Mood Contour Eye Pencil
On lips:
  • Tarte Salty Quick Dry Lip Paint
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Reviewer

Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

Learn more about her review process here.

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I’m up to my eyeballs in highlighters, but these are really pretty, very wearable looking colors and finish. Glad Tarte redeemed themselves with better colors and more product/value

As I am stocked up on my more “everyday” shades of highlighters, for me this would be redundant. But I definitely agree that this looks like a fantastic deal for those who aren’t yet!

I loved the first palette and I just ordered this one! There is something very special about Tarte highlighters! The formula works really well for my very dry and sensitive skin. I don’t mind the overlap in dupes in regards to shades as I find that the texture of highlighters from various brands tends to differ and give a different effect. I’m also a big fan of the packaging! I find it very visually appealing as well as practical. The first edition of this palette was quite sturdy and great for throwing in your purse or in your luggage for travel! I also love that this palette gives you 4 shades to play with!

Just got mine today! I love it! It smells like cocoa…I’m not sure if that was done on purpose but I like it lol… Reminded me of Too Faced with their Chocolate Soleil Bronzers πŸ˜‰

Forgot to add:

Thank You, Christine! πŸ™‚ Your blog is my go to source for all makeup stuff! I trust your reviews and your swatches are always on point!

Happy Holidays!!!

I like the ways these look!!! But I most likey will not be getting it!

I’m a highlighter hoe, don’t get me wrong. But I already have like 7? 6? Highlighters. And I need something to REALLY stand out for me to splurge on it!

I have reached my saturation point with highlighters, it seems I have at least one dupe for every one of these shades!
Money saved….;)

I have a ton of highlighters right now but this looked really pretty to me so I bought it.I haven’t tried it yet I didn’t get the first one but I do have the newer Tarte Pro Glow palette and I like the highlighters in that set so I figured I’d probably like this one too!

would you say that any of these are comparable to the Gator Wings highlighter in the Grav3yardGirl palette??? because that one is BY FAR my fav highlighter and i haven’t been able to find ANYTHING like it, so i was hoping since this is also by Tarte they would sneak a similar highlight in there??

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