Star Light Star Bright | Tarte’s Skin Twinkle Highlighting Palette | Review & Swatches

Star Light Star Bright | Tarte's Skin Twinkle Highlighting Palette | Review & Swatches |

Hey Beauties! 

No matter what sort of makeup look I am going for there are a few key products that I just can’t live without. Whether I’m getting full glam or just applying a few simple go-to goodies I will always need a little bit of concealer, a brow product or two, mascara, a lipstick and a good helping of highlight.

 I genuinely believe that a dusting of highlighter can make you look like a million bucks even after a long day at work or a restless night. So with this in mind, I am always looking to pick up the latest “must-have” highlighter and my wish list is a mile or so long. 

Right at the very top of that list was the Tarte Cosmetics Rainforest Of The Sea Skin Twinkle Highlighting Palette so it didn’t take long for it to hop into my cart. 

Star Light Star Bright | Tarte's Skin Twinkle Highlighting Palette | Review & Swatches |

The Tarte Cosmetics Skin Twinkle Highlighting Palette ($50 CAD/$42 USD) is a stunning highlighting trio containing 3 universal shades to help you achieve strobed (highlighted) perfection.

There are 2 gorgeous shimmer shades and 1 matte setting powder housed in an absolutely breathtaking gold metallic compact with a beautiful aqua blue wave on the cover and a full sized mirror. 

The shimmer shades (2 x 0.085 oz) are stunning and truly shine like stars giving your skin a bright, luminous glow. The two perfecting powders have a very fine shimmer that melts into the skin with no glitter or obvious flecks. They are super smooth and creamy to the touch and while they are beautifully pigmented they are also easily layered and blended for your desired intensity. You can quickly and easily achieve a subtle glow or an out of this world spotlight. 

The lightweight powders are truly incredibly silky and once you get through the first layer they feel like butter and they apply beautifully without being patchy or dry. 

The lefthand shade in the palette is Sunlight, (a dupe for the Mary Lou Manizer) a lovely light gold (almost champagne) with warm yellow undertones. It the more subtle of the two. 

The righthand shade is Moonlight, a gorgeous light medium peachy gold with warm tones that almost resemble a rosy gold. It is the more shimmery powder of the two. 

The two shades are beyond gorgeous on their own but mixed together they are breathtaking. They are also best suited for light to medium skin tones but can be used on darker complexions. 

Star Light Star Bright | Tarte's Skin Twinkle Highlighting Palette | Review & Swatches |

The third shade in the palette is a matte setting powder (0.20 oz) that is intended to brighten and correct any darkness or sallowness under the eyes and around the face. It is called Filtered Light and it is a lovely light yellow beige with a matte finish. The shade itself is really beautiful, it has just enough yellow to brighten without overpowering lighter skin tones. 

The texture of the powder is not quite as fantastic as the other shades in the palette. It has a rather dry, powdery texture that is slightly hard and chalky at first touch. It is also not quite as pigmented but I actually like that for a setting powder. After playing with the palette I have found that the powder becomes much softer and more manageable after scratching the top layer away. It leaves a much silkier powder that melts into the skin without drying it out. 

This could be thanks to Tarte’s Rainforest Of The Sea Complex which provides hydration, environmental defines and a brightening finish thanks to an antioxidant complex of marine algae and flower extracts. Tarte has infused this complex into many of their products including their Lip Splash Lipsticks which I reviewed (and LOVED) here

Star Light Star Bright | Tarte's Skin Twinkle Highlighting Palette | Review & Swatches |

(L-R Sunlight, Filtered Light, Moonlight – tilt your screen back to really see the glow)

In the photo below I am wearing Filtered Light as my setting powder under the eyes, Sunlight all over the cheekbone and temple and Moonlight directly on the apple of the cheek, the tear duct, nose and cupids bow. 

Star Light Star Bright | Tarte's Skin Twinkle Highlighting Palette | Review & Swatches |

So as a girl who can’t get enough glow and collects highlighters like candy, I can say without a doubt that the Tarte Skin Twinkle Highlighting Palette is an absolute winner! I do wish the setting powder was a bit more on the buttery side but the shimmer shades are absolutely stunning! They give such an incredible, radiant glow to the face and they just melt into the skin. 

If you love a good glow or even if you just want to test the waters, I highly recommend the Tarte Skin Twinkle Highlighting Palette

You can purchase the Tarte Skin Twinkle Highlighting Palette at Tarte and Sephora



  1. Jen27
    July 23, 2016 / 2:56 pm

    Ah, that really looks like a beautiful highlight palette- thanks for the swatches! Your eye makeup in the last photo is beautiful too 🙂

  2. Nessa
    July 23, 2016 / 6:47 pm

    Ohhhh I've never thought about highlighting before… always just gone wight he basics – but i love it! Looks great 🙂

  3. Sharon Wu of Style Lullaby
    July 23, 2016 / 7:58 pm

    Your skin looks incredible babe! I love Tarte but haven't tried this product yet. Will definitely look into it! xo,

  4. Erika A.
    July 23, 2016 / 8:35 pm

    So in love with these products! The package colors are amazing and you look great! That flat lay picture is terrific. Where are those sunnies from? xx

  5. Falon
    July 23, 2016 / 10:14 pm

    Can't lie, I've never tried highlighter before, but this looks so pretty! I might have to jump out of my tried and true make up box and give it a try!

  6. Elaine Atkins
    July 24, 2016 / 12:10 am

    Yes, yes, yes! I love this palette! I haven't written about it yet but it's so gorgeous!

  7. jess // writing in red lipstick
    July 24, 2016 / 3:11 am

    Such a pretty look! And that packaging!!

  8. Unknown
    July 24, 2016 / 5:52 am

    I love your photography! The way you place all the products in your pics is so visually appeasing!

  9. Lily Abolghasemi
    July 24, 2016 / 6:59 am

    I just adore your photos!!! I could seriously stare at them all day!!

  10. Nya
    July 24, 2016 / 11:03 am

    I am not usually very good with make up but when I see these amazing products, I really want to get better at it. The colours look beautiful!

  11. Noel Lizotte
    July 24, 2016 / 1:39 pm

    Thank you for the insight into the use and benefit of the powders here. The packaging is beautiful and I'd be tempted to purchase based on that alone, but your tips help me know how to use them after getting home!

  12. Emma R
    July 24, 2016 / 3:12 pm

    This is such a pretty look and I too have super fair skin, so I think it will work for me.

  13. Nicolas Puegher
    July 24, 2016 / 3:56 pm

    Nice review! The photos are great, the second one looks very good for Pinterest!

  14. Amber
    July 24, 2016 / 6:54 pm

    I've never given highlighters much consideration but after reading your article I'm intrigued to play with them and get some shimmer while summer is still here

  15. Tiffany VanSickle
    July 24, 2016 / 10:02 pm

    I haven't used a highlighter before but these look like a gorgeous place to start!

  16. Ursula Ball
    July 25, 2016 / 12:02 am

    I enjoyed reading this Tarte review and love your makeup look including the highlights!

  17. Kirsten Ortez
    July 25, 2016 / 1:24 am

    I love your makeup, but I really have no idea how to use highlighter!

  18. sarah zerbe
    July 25, 2016 / 1:26 am

    I have heard really good things about the two highlight on the side, but mixed reviews about the one in the center.

  19. Jessica Sheppard
    July 25, 2016 / 4:57 am

    I always love Tarte products but haven't tried their highlighter…now you have it added to my wishlist!! xo

  20. Lauren Vavala
    July 25, 2016 / 12:39 pm

    This looks like a great palette! I love Tarte and am obsessed with highlighters so I might just have to get this!

  21. Yona Williams
    July 25, 2016 / 1:20 pm

    Oh wow, tilting the screen back really does allow you to see the glow. Cool. What really caught my eye here was how pretty the packaging is.

  22. Jessica Bradshaw
    July 25, 2016 / 2:34 pm

    You look beautiful. You are rocking those shimmers.

  23. Emily Woodard
    July 25, 2016 / 2:52 pm

    Soooo pretty! I'd love to try out this palette.

  24. Amy L
    July 25, 2016 / 5:20 pm

    This palette looks beautiful! Love the colors!xoxoAmy | Pastel N Pink

  25. Tamara Goyette
    July 25, 2016 / 9:13 pm

    Can we just talk about those sunglasses for a minute? They are fierce!

  26. Sockwun Phng
    July 25, 2016 / 9:19 pm

    I like that it comes with a matte powder as well in the same palette. Thank you for sharing!Sockwun |

  27. suzette
    July 25, 2016 / 9:38 pm

    I love a glow, too! It's hard for me to use a highlighter and not be too self conscious, but I'll have to try this one.

  28. Kayla Rivoli
    July 25, 2016 / 10:47 pm

    Ah I love the shimmer in this! I've never used highlighter before but this looks gorgeous.Kayla |

  29. Jordyn Upchurch
    July 26, 2016 / 1:04 pm

    Girl, your highlight is on fleek! I'm dying to pick up a new highlighter…maybe that will happen soon!xoxo, SSSouthern And Style

  30. Jo
    July 29, 2016 / 9:55 pm

    Omg this looks fantastic on you! I can't wait to try it.

  31. Cara (Kindly Unspoken)
    July 30, 2016 / 1:26 pm

    This looks so pretty on you! I love the moonlight one especially!

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