CHARLOTTE TILBURY GLOWGASM HIGHLIGHTER PALETTES

Two gorgeous limited-edition highlighter palettes from the celebrity makeup maven – but are they TOO glowy?
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Charlotte Tilbury Glowgasm palettes limited edition 2019

I know what you're thinking – thinking if you don't already have one of the new Charlotte Tilbury Glowgasm highlighter palettes that launched a few weeks ago. You're thinking, Ooooooh! Pretty! And some of you, mostly those who have left the 30s behind, are thinking, But that looks like a lot of shimmer, probably too much for me. 

Charlotte Tilbury Glowgasm highlighter palettes in Lightgasm and Lovegasm

Charlotte Tilbury Glowgasm highlighter palettes in Lightgasm and Lovegasm

I know this because I thought the same thing. #ThisIs50

I already have a weakness for Charlotte Tilbury things. Her powder textures are divine, so silky and finely milled that they're almost creamy (her sparkliest powder eye shadow shades are the creamiest, and incredibly expensive to produce). I dread the day I finish the first limited-edition Instant Look In A Palette (no longer available). I can't live without her Airbrushed Flawless Finish Setting Powder. I've a growing dependency on her Goddess Cleansing Ritual Duo that leaves skin wonderfully soft and bright.

That I went 100% crazy heart-eyes the second I opened the Glowgasm Lightgasm highlighter palette, ($95 CAD and $75 USD at charlottetilbury.com) then fairly swooned over Lovegasm ($95 CAD and $75 USD at charlottetilbury.com), the version for richer skin tones, is not really a surprise. They're stunning to look at.

The surprise is that I have grabby hands for both palettes (see slideshow at end of post for snaps) even though they're warm tones. Warm, but not soaked in burnt red and orange like so many recent hot-zone palettes. These are all about sheer burnished gold, glorious coppery pink and sun-baked chocolate-y bronze, sheer finishes that add sunlit dimension over neutral makeup or, with more concentrated application, deliver party-by-the-pool heat-wave-wattage. Plus, these are highlighters, not heavily pigmented shades; expect only a hint of colour along with the shine, not a vibrant, painted effect.

Wearing Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter and Glowgasm palettes in Lightgasm and Lovegasm. Lipstick: from a coming-soon collection. #thisis50

Wearing Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter and Glowgasm palettes in Lightgasm and Lovegasm. Lipstick: from a coming-soon collection. #thisis50

In this shot, I'm wearing Lightgasm, with a hit of Lovegasm's sheer copper pink on my lids. The application was courtesy of Charlotte Tilbury pro artist Michael Patterson, and it's actually extra-glowy because Michael touched up my complexion first with Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter fluid highlighter (it's gluten-free, by the way) all over the light layer of It Cosmetics CC Cream SPF 50 I was already wearing. (I've never applied Hollywood Flawless Filter all over, only on tops of cheekbones and bridge of nose.)

I love the gleaming-skin effect in my iPhone 6Plus photos. Look at that glow! I was lucky with the lighting: bright yet overcast natural light via a huge window in front of me and a digital light on a stand somewhere behind my right shoulder. I didn't have to brighten the photo at all to improve the light on my complexion; nor did I change the texture on my skin. (I did, however, erase a muddy green-yellow tone in the background.) Hollywood Flawless Filter really does function like a photo filter!

The overall look, said makeup-artist Michael, is that dewy glow on a hot and humid summer day. And it is. I'm not used to that much all-over sheen, though; I confess I worried that I looked super-shiny, oily even (see direct-sunlight photo in slideshow below). But friends I saw at an event following this application assured me that I didn't look greasy.

I've got some playing of my own to do with the Charlotte Tilbury Glowgasm palette in Lightgasm, to see how my own minimalist approach (sans all-over highlighter) pans out. I'm not worried now about it being too glowy for me; whether it is for you depends on your preferences, right?

Are you tempted by either of these Glowgasm compacts? Who's already got one? Or both? Or do you already have a highlighter palette you adore?

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CHARLOTTE TILBURY HOLLYWOOD FLAWLESS FILTER ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Hydrogenated Didecene, Mica, Glycerin, Propanediol, Squalane, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Isoamyl Laurate, Hydrogenated Styrene/Isoprene Copolymer, Sodium Chloride, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydroxyacetophenone, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Glycosaminoglycans, Hoya Lacunosa Flower Extract, [May Contain/Peut Contenir (+/-): Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891).

CHARLOTTE TILBURY GLOWGASM LIGHTGASM PALETTE ingredients: (HIGHLIGHT) Mica, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Glycerin, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Squalane, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Polysorbate 20, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Xanthan Gum, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Silica, Dicalcium Phosphate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, [+/- Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Carmine (Ci 75470)]. (MULTI-GLOW) Mica, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Phenyl Trimethicone, Sorbitan Isostearate, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate, Peg-12 Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Xanthan Gum, Silica, Dicalcium Phosphate, Sodium Hydroxide, [+/- Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Carmine (Ci 75470)]. (POP BLUSH) Mica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Phenyl Trimethicone, Sorbitan Isostearate, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate, Peg-12 Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Tin Oxide, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Xanthan Gum, Silica, Dicalcium Phosphate, Sodium Hydroxide, [+/- Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Carmine (Ci 75470)].

CHARLOTTE TILBURY GLOWGASM LOVEGASM PALETTE ingredients: (HIGHLIGHTER) Mica, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Phenyl Trimethicone, Sorbitan Isostearate, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate, Peg-12 Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Caprylyl Glycol,Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Xanthan Gum, Silica, Dicalcium Phosphate, Sodium Hydroxide, [+/- Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491)]. (MULTI-GLOW AND POP BLUSH) Mica, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Squalane, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Xanthan Gum, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Silica, Dicalcium Phosphate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, [+/- Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492), Carmine (Ci 75470)]. (BRONZER) Mica, Dimethicone, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Silica, Phenyl Trimethicone, Sorbitan Isostearate, Peg-12 Dimethicone, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sodium Citrate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Xanthan Gum, Alumina, [+/- Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499)].

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