My young daughters and I have a ritual that we do together before we go anywhere. We make a big deal out of ‘sparkling up’ using spray shimmer powder – for years it was my Guerlain Sublime Radiant Powders in gold and silver. Hairdos, arms, necks…everything gets glammified with some serious shimmer and we feel beautiful. However, those spray shimmer powders were limited edition and my sparkle just ran out…so you can imagine how thrilled I was when Tarina Tarantino sent the BIZ the Sparklicity Shimmer Dust ($39) to test. The ritual has been saved by Tarina, the undisputed queen of sparkle and shimmer.
Sparklicity Shimmer Dust is a micro-crystalline sparkle pigment that is safe for anywhere on the body, including face and hair. There are three different opalescent shades available: Bronze (shimmering bronze),
Aurora Borealis (iridescent shimmering pink),
and Gold (shimmering gold).
I tested the Gold version, and it is gorgeous. I particularly like it against my faux-tanned skin. The shimmer is obviously shimmer, but there’s not too much of it – can gold shimmer spray be subtle? If so, I would say this one is! It can be layered it for more dramatic effect but the initial spray isn’t so overdone you look like a 1970′s dance floor at midnight.
Tarina Tarantino’s Sparklicity Shimmer Dust differs from the Guerlain versions in two ways: 1. It doesn’t have fragrance and 2. It doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Guerlain shimmer powders are definitely guilty-pleasure-splurge items that can cost upwards of $100. But I can have a small splurge with my Tarina Tarantino Sparklicity since it’s only $39 and there’s no fragrance to compete with my perfume. I just might buy every color and call it good!
Sparklicity Shimmer Dust comes in a gorgeous vintage bottle that is a complement to any vanity table. It has an atomizer that sprays out the right amount of glam. I spray this directly onto my body or I spray it onto a steel palette then apply with a big fluffy brush. Or I use an eyeshadow brush and it becomes a pretty, shimmery eyeshadow. This shimmering spray has a formula called ‘reflex’, which means it is pure shimmer without any binder or base to it. It dries super quick and doesn’t change the feel of hair or skin.
Ingredients: Silica, mica, potassium sorbate, sodium dehydroacetate, carmine (c l75470). May contain +/-: iron oxides (cl 77491, cl 77492, cl 77499), titanium dioxide (cl 77891), bismuth oxychloride (cl 77163).