June 10, 2019

Charlotte Tilbury Lightgasm Glowgasm Face Palette Review & Swatches

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2 stars out of 5

Charlotte Tilbury Lightgasm Glowgasm Face Palette ($75) is one of two face palettes that launched a few weeks ago as part of CT Beauty’s Summer 2019 Collection. I’ve already reviewed the Charlotte Tilbury Glowgasm Face Palette in Lovegasm which I absolutely loved.

These are limited edition and contain a highlighter, bronzer, blush, and multi-glow powder which are a total weight of 0.52 oz. I had discussed in my review of Lovegasm that I purchased them instantly because I love golden pinks and peaches for my cheeks and the Pop Blush in each of these has a gorgeous golden seen! I do think if you want to save a little cash you might want to haul the Becca X Chrissy Teigen Glow Face Palette which is $23 at Sephora.com and does have better performance and better pigmentation compared the Lightgasm Glowgasm Face Palette. I wouldn’t say the color range is the same but it is on the same line as the shades you’ll find in CT’s palette. As much as I loved the Lovegasm shade variation I can’t say the same for the Lightgasm one which performed a bit poorly.

This comes in a thin square palette that’s smaller than a CD case but has a very generously sized mirror inside. For me, one of the key selling points of these palettes as the Pop Blush shades. I do wish at some point Charlotte would release a range of these in individual pans as I’d likely want to buy them all! Where as Lovegasm had a beautiful golden coral pink the Glowgasm Palette has a medium pink with a fine golden sheen.

The formula has the density I experienced from the Smashbox Vlada Petal Metal Highlighters with a gel powder-like texture that’s very smooth and firm. I think this particularly palette was even firmer than the Lovegasm one. I used a fiber brush to pick up color since I was worried I’d apply to much but I think a brush with more dense bristles is key to picking color up as the fiber brush doesn’t do as well. I really had to dig into the powders to pick up colors! They just refused to transfer to my brush! I had this issue on a minor scale with the Lovegasm palette but Lightgasm was very disappointing in this aspect.

Once I did get it applied it wore well without fading and provided a gorgeous luminous glow and color but overall, the firmness really ruined the experience!

If you are purchasing one of the Charlotte Tilbury Glowgasm Face Palettes I would definitely recommend skipping this shade. The density of the product makes for a very disappointing and frustrating application process!

Charlotte Tilbury Glowgasm Face Palettes are available now.

Do you own either shade? Or both?

What was your experience with the palettes?

Do share!

Where to buy

Sephora Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury Lightgasm Glowgasm Face Palette is a limited edition $75 face palette that contains two highlighters, blush, and bronzer which is a total size of 0.52 oz. This is truly a gorgeous selection of shades but the formula fails miserably as it’s a bit too firm which means color doesn’t transfer well to a brush and you’re left swiping your brush back and fourth over the powder several times to get a small amount of product on it. Once applied it gives cheeks and face gorgeous color and a luminous glow but the application can be very frustrating!


  • Gorgeous assortment of shades!


  • Expensive for a mediocre formula.
  • Too firm, color doesn’t transfer to brush.


If you have patience with tricky formulas Charlotte Tilbury Lightgasm Glowgasm Face Palette might be for you!

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  • courtney

    i picked this particular shade of the pallette. your review was spot-on!! the product is really quite difficult to pick up with a brush. However, for anyone that owns this palette, may i suggest the Sephora # 74 brush . its fantastic for this particular palette. the bristles are natural-hair (if i am not mistaken), they are also quite dense with a bit of ‘give’ but not too much ‘give’ so that the bristles are not just grazing over the powders. the density and shortness of the bristles allow you to really dig the into these powders to allow for pick-up and then distribution on the face. this brush has been the only way i’ve been able to enjoy this palette. hope this helps someone reading this. πŸ™‚

    • Isabella Muse

      Looking up your brush rec courtney thanks ;-D might need it! I have an old Stila 50, it’s not even made anymore, and it does a good job digging in the powders. Thanks for your recommendation! It’s a shame because I think the palette is gorgeous and looks incredible on! Wish it had a little more give!

      • courtney

        Hi Randi, the Sephora 74 brush is a natural-haired brush, not synthetic. If you go on the Sephora website you can use filters to find ‘natural’ haired brushes and the 74 brush comes up. It’s not tested on animals, however. Hope this helps! πŸ™‚

  • kjh

    Looks great, once you got it on. Do you think this is one of those formulas that needs to be started with a stiffer brush, and after a few uses, is fine? That happened with the Nars ?first summer DI palette, that would not start. Took it back to S, where a SA almost scrubbed at it with an S brush, maybe one similar to the one Courtney mentions, and now it’s a fave. Hate digging at first, though.

    • Isabella Muse

      Not for me! I’ve used it about ten or so times since getting it and it still feels very firm :-/ Really gotta dig in it for the best results! The only other solution would be to de-pan, crush it, put it in a sifter, and use it like that but I don’t have the heart to do that! I know Christine said she had better results as time went on with it but I feel like it retains the firmness from after several uses πŸ™

  • Jujubes

    So sorry it didn’t perform so well. At this price point it should not be so hard pressed. I had trouble with some of the MAC powders, the Troll highlighter I ended up throwing out. I have a Becca pressed powder highlighter (LIGHT CHASER HIGHLIGHTER Amethyst Flashes Geode) that was the same too, but I bought it on sale at half price. I’d be mad if I paid this much and can’t even get the product out of the pan.

    • Isabella Muse

      yeah πŸ™ agreed! at this price the texture should be perfect!

  • Felicia Ferrick

    I had the exact same issue and ended up returning mine. I tried every type of brush I own. Everything about it was gorgeous except for the application which is the most important part! Really wish I had picked up the darker of the two instead but when I tried to do an exchange they were sold out. O-well the makeup gods were telling me I really didn’t need another bronzer, highighter/blush combo that day. πŸ™‚

    • Isabella Muse

      πŸ™ damn shame because the palette is gorgeous!!!!!!!!