Tarte Spellbound Glow Rainbow Highlighter Review, Photos, Swatches

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Tarte Spellbound Glow Rainbow Highlighter
Tarte Spellbound Glow Rainbow Highlighter
Tarte Spellbound Glow Rainbow Highlighter
Tarte Spellbound Glow Rainbow Highlighter
Tarte Spellbound Glow Rainbow Highlighter
Tarte Spellbound Glow Rainbow Highlighter
Tarte Spellbound Glow Rainbow Highlighter
Tarte Spellbound Glow Rainbow Highlighter
Tarte Spellbound Glow Rainbow Highlighter
Tarte Spellbound Glow Rainbow Highlighter
Tarte Spellbound Glow Rainbow Highlighter
Tarte Spellbound Glow Rainbow Highlighter
Tarte Spellbound Glow Rainbow Highlighter
Tarte Spellbound Glow Rainbow Highlighter
Tarte Spellbound Glow Rainbow Highlighter
Tarte Spellbound Glow Rainbow Highlighter
Tarte Spellbound Glow Rainbow Highlighter
Tarte Spellbound Glow Rainbow Highlighter
Tarte Spellbound Glow Rainbow Highlighter
Tarte Spellbound Glow Rainbow Highlighter
Tarte Spellbound Glow Rainbow Highlighter
Tarte Spellbound Glow Rainbow Highlighter
Tarte Spellbound Glow Rainbow Highlighter
Tarte Spellbound Glow Rainbow Highlighter
Tarte Spellbound Glow Rainbow Highlighter
Tarte Spellbound Glow Rainbow Highlighter
Tarte Spellbound Glow Rainbow Highlighter

Spellbound Glow

Tarte Spellbound Glow Rainbow Highlighter ($30.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a light, golden pink with warmer undertones and a metallic sheen. If you keep more toward the left side, it will appear warmer and less pink, and if you keep more toward the right side, it will appear cooler and less golden.

It’s a new, limited edition highlighter that’s supposed to impart an “ethereal, rainbow highlight” and can be used swirled together or more concentrated on a particular shade. Each strip is fairly narrow (think better suited for an eye brush), so swirled is the most practical way, and of course, you could lean a little warmer or a little cooler. It’s supposed to be long-wearing and pigmented. The consistency was rather dense but was smooth and blendable on the skin. The pigmentation was great, and it had a strong sheen, so despite the dense texture, a typical highlighting brush worked fine for moderate, buildable coverage. When I applied this at higher coverage, it did emphasize my skin’s natural texture a bit. It wore well for eight hours on me.

Ingredients

Mica, talc, zinc stearate, cetearyl isononanoate, dimethicone, boron nitride, glyceryl behenate, sodium dehydroacetate, caprylyl glycol, phenoxyethanol, vanillin, caprylic/capric triglyceride, hexylene glycol, tin oxide, vanilla planifolia fruit extract, kaolin, ethylene/acrylic acid copolymer, poloxamer 338, silica, titanium dioxide (CI 77891), iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492), manganese violet (CI 77742), carmine (CI 75470), ferric ferrocyanide (CI 77510). OE111HL000101

Spellbound Glow

LELimited Edition. $30.00.
A-
A-
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
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Makeup Look
On face:
  • Tarte Rianforest of the Sea Foundation
  • Laura Mercier Loose Translucent Powder
On eyes:
  • Tarte Make Believe In Yourself Palette
On lips:
  • Urban Decay Venom Vice Lipstick
  • Urban Decay Monarchy Vice Top Coat
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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 glad to see that it scored well. I can’t wait to see it in person. I’m hoping it last in store til the VIB rouge sale. I wish they would release the dates so that I can save money.

I love the rainbow type highlighters to use but aren’t they a nightmare to swatch?! Between this one and 3 from another company, I swatched 4 of these type highlighters in 2 days. Your palette looks exactly like mine (so yay for consistency!) When I bought this, I thought that the shades in the palette would be a bit more defined (as they are in the other 3 I bought). I found with the Tarte palette, regardless of how I apply or swatch, it basically imparts a glow that leans one tone or another. I’m not knocking it by any means, it’s just not what I thought it would be. All that said, it’s IMO, heads and shoulders better than say the Natasha Denona Glow palette which imparted absolutely nothing (except the notion that I wasted my money). I’m also really loving that Tarte is expanding their color ranges outside their stereotypical neutrals. Thanks for your review!

Aloha, Christine! Would it be possible to apply this with a puff or a sponger and get a rainbow effect on the skin? Meaning, each layer of color would be visible as a stripe on the cheek? I honestly don’t think I would wear it that way in real life, but I thought I’d ask anyway.

You could probably do something like that to get a more distinctive set of shades, though try to blend them without losing their colors would be the trick!

Oh, I’m only asking because my friend *cough* might wear it, unblended, in all its rainbowy glory, in her house while dancing around the house, pretending she’s 15 years younger and at a rave with no responsibilities like bills or housecleaning…I’m wierd like that. I mean MY FRIEND is wierd like that.

I, on the other hand, would sanely wear it blended on my cheek, of course.

I have a Too Faced highlighter (they actually call it a “bronzer”, which it isn’t but it’s not really a highlighter either) called Snowbunny, with a similar arrangement to this and I find I can’t use it easily as either a highlighter or a bronzer and so the upshot is that I rarely use it at all. This does look pretty but I do tend to find these things problematic to use.

Yeah, I think they’re easier to use more “altogether” than expecting to use one shade more than the other – and then be OK with it being slightly cooler/warmer (or in Snowbunny’s case, lighter/darker).

I know this is supposed to showcase the Tarte highlight but I can’t stop staring at your lips haha!
Maybe I’ll get that UD topper after all.

I might get this instead of hoping for Becca rose quartz to go permanent. Do you think this is a decent dupe of the Becca one?

I know you have two different eye looks for testing, but I actually kind of like it as an intentional look, especially if the placement was identical and just the colors were different. Hmmm, I will have to experiment.

I think it’s cool how you can get a cooler or warmer highlighter depending on which way you swipe. BTW, I think your eye look stole the show here, looks like I will need that Make Believe palette!!

Love, love your eye makeup! Want to get that at eye shadow palette at the Sephora sale. The highlight doesn’t look all that blinding. I will pass on the highlight and yes to the eye palette.

Not gonna lie, I really like this one a lot, but I’m not sure how easily I could pull off such a light cool-toned highlighter, though? And yet I’m drawn to it!

I’m trying to figure out if this would be too silvery in appearance on a deeper skin tone, that white panel scares me a little. I really love the other Tarte highlighters that I have, but this might be too cool toned for my nc45ish coloring.

I can’t believe I’m saying this but it might be to blue based pink for me. lol

The stripe size reminds me of the Too Faced Snow Bunny pan though, but a tad too much work not the mix it to get certain shades out of the stripes.

But I own Makeup Revolution Radiant Lights which helps. 😉

I had no interest in this until your review and the swatches. This and the eyeshadow palette are the first Tarte products to interest me for a while now.

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