Tarte Rainforest of The Sea Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette


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Rainforest of the Sea is such an enchanting name for a collection, isn’t it? It gets even better with the next bit: Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette. With a dreamy name like that, you’d expect to feel like a fairy princess after dusting this on your cheeks.

This is a palette I’ve been eyeballing for a while, unsure if I was going to pounce or not due to the lack of hype. It was around Black Friday that I went for it, naturally. My vanity is filled with single highlights, but this takes the cake as my first highlight palette. 🎂

Eye Candy

The name, Rainforest of the Sea Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette fills my mind with shades of blue and green. The word twinkle is most commonly associated with metallic shades like silver and gold. It was apparent they took the name of the palette into account when designing the packaging, because it works.



It’s What’s Inside That Countstarte-rainforest3

The packaging is metallic gold plastic with a snap closure, and it includes a mirror for our convenience.  It feels quite solid in my hands, and it appears to have been crafted with quality. On the inside are three pans: two big squares with a smaller rectangle in between.

All That Glitters…

At first sight, the colors are absolutely gorgeous. On the left is Sunlight, which is a champagne gold. The middle shade is called Filtered Light and it’s a matte sand color. The shade on the right, Moonlight, is a rosy pearl shade.  tarte-rainforest-5

They’re all very buttery to the touch and glide on smoothly, however the bigger ones are much smoother than the matte, which is completely normal. They appear so subtle on my porcelain skin! 👻

Filtered Light doesn’t show up at all unless you get close and inspect the area with good lighting. Moonlight doesn’t go on as harshly with a brush as it does when swatching with my fingers. In fact, both Sunlight and Moonlight pretty much appear the same on my face:

This is Moonlight on the right side of my face.

Sunlight, on the left side of my face. They look pretty much the same, don’t they?

During my experimenting, I noticed that Moonlight appears more gold in my swatches than it does in the pan or on my face. This can be due to finger-swatching, or simply magic. When applying highlight, I use a fluffy angled brush with a light hand to prevent looking like a disco ball.



Both Sunlight and Moonlight look the same on my face when I go outdoors. When applying them in front of my lighted vanity mirror, I liked Moonlight more. This may be the key to Moonlight, because it could look different at night in low light. I’ll test that theory.

As far as Filtered Light, it doesn’t show up on my face at all. It could be because my skin is a very similar shade, but Filtered Light has no purpose for me in this palette.

With Tarte’s Rainforest of the Sea Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette, you’ll get a soft natural glow perfect for every day. The color is buildable and great for a glow from within look.

This pretty little thing is $52 on Amazon (along with PRIME Shipping), and $42 at Sephora.

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