Too Faced Born This Way Turn Up The Light Palette -In-depth Review and Ingredient Analysis

We previously looked at the new Too Faced Born This Way Eyeshadow palette which was great. If you missed this post check out: Too Faced Born This Way The Natural Nudes Eyeshadow Palette – Is it any good?

Since then I’ve also been testing the Highlighter palette daily so let’s have a look at it in more detail. Is it worth the cash and most importantly, is it better than buying the Too Faced Blinded by the Light Highlighter. If you missed that post check out: Too Faced Summer Collection 2017 – Natural Love Eye Shadow Palette and Love Light Highlighters – Reviews and Swatches !





If there is something that Too Faced does well, it’s packaging. The outer cardboard box looks great with rose gold colours, it looks like a highlighter box and that’s great.

The palette packaging itself is simpler but still really cute looking. It reminds me of a lot of the older Too Faced products and I actually liked that. It has a big mirror inside, 2 highlighters and in the middle a pressed setting powder.




Colour and texture

The Too Faced Born This Way Turn Up The Light Palette comes in four shades: light, medium, deep and tan. I got the light one as I have a very light complexion.

The two highlighters are called glow (left of palette) and dazzle (right of palette) and the powder is soft focus (middle of palette).



This palette doesn’t smell of anything other than perhaps light powder but you could only smell that if you put your nose really close.



The Too Faced Born This Way Turn Up The Light Palette retails for £34. It contains 2 x 1.5g of highlighters and 1 x 5g of soft powder.


Practicality of use/user experience

This palette is very easy to use. It opens easily and closes magnetically. It contains a large mirror which is nice for travelling and the packaging is very durable.

The only negative here is the fact that there are two highlighters left and right of the setting powder meaning that parts of the highlighter powders will go into the setting powder. It wasn’t so bad though that the setting powder was too shiny or anything like that.


Skin compatibility

The brand doesn’t specify this so assume that the spray is compatible with all skin types.

There are no skin specific ingredients but obviously don’t use cosmetics on irritated or broken skin.



This palette lasts for 18M.

Here’s what the brand says about this product:


Inspired By Our Iconic Born This Way Foundation, Highlighters Created to Enhance All Skin Tones.

Turn up the light and add dimension, lift, and luminosity with this complexion-enhancing highlighting palette created to bring out the inner radiance in every skin tone. This baked trio diffuses and refracts light for a perfectly-lit complexion anywhere you go.


Use separately or combine to customize lighting with three finishes—Soft Focus sets foundation for a candlelit effect, Glow adds an ethereal luminosity, and Dazzle is your party-ready sparkling finish. Created to enhance Born This Way Foundation’s natural radiance and take it to the next level.

Infused With:

COCONUT WATER: aids in delicately replenishing skin’s moisture levels

ALPINE ROSE: helps empower skin’s health and radiance

HYALURONIC ACID: gives a smoother, more youthful appearance



I love the glow highlighter it is incredibly beautiful and natural looking. Fitting for both professional and glamorous looks. The dazzle highlighter though, which is meant to be the blinding one, was a dissapointment. It looks more like tiny little glitter powder than a cohesive glow and it doesn’t translate on the skin, especially when applied with a brush.


The setting powder is alright, I didn’t notice anything amazing about it and sadly it has quite a bit of flashback in photography. It might be from the mixed highlighter particles!



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The Too Faced Born This Way Turn Up The Light Palette contains some good ingredients even though it’s just makeup.

Let’s address the ingredient talc head on, as there is much speculation out there on the safety of it. As a chemist I can tell you that there is no scientific proof that talc is harmful, for more information check out: Is talc in cosmetics safe?

Talc is classed as a skin irritant on its Material Safety Data Sheet (aka MSDS) however, so is table or cooking salt also known as sodium chloride and….we eat it. Pretty much almost everything can be classed as a skin irritant, especially to those with sensitive skin and these labels are very loosely defined. If you use it and you don’t get skin irritation, then there is no reason to worry. The only time when talc can be dangerous to health is if it is breathed in, in large quantities, as a free powder. So…don’t mash up this palette and breath it in.

Same goes for silica.


Ingredient positives:

  1. Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride – A skin conditioner and replenisher. Can enhance the delivery of vitamins, pigments and other ingredients.
  2. Dimethicone – Can protect the skin and even act as a conditioner. It has a smooth and silky feeling and can even fill in fine lines and wrinkles temporarily to result in a plumper look. It forms a barrier on the skin that can lock in moisture.
  3. Zea Mays (Corn) Starch – A skin protector.
  4. Diisostearyl Malate – A skin conditioner.
  5. Polysorbate 20 – Can lubricate and sooth the skin.
  6. Isostearyl Neopentanoate – Skin conditioner that holds pressed powder together.
  7. Nylon-12 – Reduces shine and mattifies.
  8. Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate– Anti-caking agent that can enhance the SPF factor of titanium dioxide.
  9. Isopropyl Palmitate (Palm Oil) – Skin conditioner.
  10. Tocopheryl Acetate – A more stable form of vitamin E. A hero anti-oxidant molecule. A skin conditioner that also enhances the ability of sunscreens. Can help with inflammation. Check out: Vitamins C & E – Do they work in skin care?
  11. Sodium Hyaluronate – A hero compound, known as the “fountain of youth”  Plays a major role in anti-ageing processes and is found in embryos in high concentrations. Can hold onto water 1000 times of its weight meaning that it is an amazing moisturiser by locking moisture in. Helps wounds and burns heal and it’s linked to increased collagen generation Also used as a temporary cosmetic filler.
  12. Rhododendron Ferrugineum Extract – Fragrance and skin protector.
  13. Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil – Also known as Jojoba oil, a skin conditioner that can enhance the skin’s restorative properties.
  14. Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Juice – A skin conditioner and humectant (=locks water in).
  15. Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Liquid Endosperm – A skin conditioner and humectant (=locks water in).
  16. Glycerin – Found naturally in the skin so can be seen as a skin replenishing ingredient. A skin conditioner that helps improve and smooth the appearance of skin. A good moisturiser that is almost always present in moisturising products.
  17. Water\Aqua\Eau – Self explanatory.
  18. Alumina – Anti-caking agent that can also absorb oils.
  19. Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate – A UV absorber.
  20. Lauroyl Lysine – A skin conditioner.
  21. Isohexadecane– A skin conditioner that is too big to penetrate the skin.
  22. Caprylyl Glycol – A skin conditioner and anti-microbial agent. Also a good moisturiser.
  23. Hexylene Glycol – Skin conditioner.


Ingredient negatives:

  1. Alumina– Although it is approved by the FDA and BDIH, the metal itself can bioaccumulate and it is a neurotoxin. However, it is believed that it does not penetrate the skin.
  2. Dehydroacetic Acid – A preservative, fungicide and bactericide killing off and preventing the growth of microorganisms. Controversial reports, some classify this as toxic and others as safe.
  3. Sorbitan Oleate – Suspected carcinogen.


Ingredients that can cause irritation to some:

This is actually really case specific, as different people have different sensitivities and allergies. Just because a compound has been reported by some to cause sensitivity, it doesn’t mean you will have an issue. “Sensitizer” compounds being present is not a negative in my opinion, as this is the case with pretty much everything out there and funnily enough I’ve seen products that are targeted specifically for sensitive skin, containing some compounds that have been reported by some, or are known to be, sensitizers.

If you have sensitive skin or you are prone to skin sensitisation and unwanted reactions, try a little bit of this at the back of your hand first and consult a medical doctor if you are concerned.

Check out: What is sensitive skin? What are the causes and what can we do?

The following compounds present in this palette have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Diisostearyl Malate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbitan Oleate, Hexylene Glycol.


Full list of ingredients:

Glow: Talc, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Diisostearyl Malate, Polysorbate 20, Sorbitan Stearate, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Nylon-12, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Rhododendron Ferrugineum Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Juice, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Liquid Endosperm, Glycerin, Silica, Water\Aqua\Eau, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Alumina, Tin Oxide, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Dehydroacetic Acid, [+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77499)] <ILN47584>

Soft Focus: Talc, Dimethicone, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Isopropyl Palmitate, Polysorbate 20, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lauroyl Lysine, Rhododendron Ferrugineum Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Juice, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Liquid Endosperm, Glycerin, Isohexadecane, Silica, Sorbitan Oleate, Nylon-12, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Polysorbate 80, Water\Aqua\Eau, Tin Oxide, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Alumina, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Sorbitan Stearate, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Dehydroacetic Acid, [+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77499)] <ILN47581>

Dazzle: Talc, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Silica, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lauroyl Lysine, Rhododendron Ferrugineum Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Juice, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Liquid Endosperm, Isopropyl Palmitate, Isohexadecane, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Water\Aqua\Eau, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Tin Oxide, Nylon-12, Polysorbate 20, Polysorbate 80, Sorbitan Oleate, Alumina, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Sorbitan Stearate, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, [+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77499)]



As much as I like the way this palette looks I have to say it’s not worth the cash. The dazzle highlighter is a dissapointment and the setting powder gets mixed with highlighter particles. The only highlighter that is gorgeous and worth it is the glow one which is actually almost identical to the Too Faced Love Light Blinded By the Light one, so just buy that one instead!


I am not affiliated with any company or brand. These are my views and experiences.
Beauty is a very personal thing, we all have different skin, requirements and biological build which can influence things. What worked for me might not work for you and vice versa. Have you ever tried these products? Did they work for you? Let me know your experiences below!

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