Flawless is a feeling!Charlotte Tilbury
The Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation is here and there’s been a lot of hype surrounding it. I was invited to the launch party but couldn’t make it (devastated), and I’ve been eager to put it to the test.
When it comes to CT and their foundations, I’ve found they can be a bit hit and miss. I adore Light Wonder and it has Holy Grail status with me, but I just do not get on with Magic Foundation at all. Full coverage foundations and me just don’t always get along so I was interested to see if this one would convert me. After falling fast and hard for the IT Cosmetics CC Creams, I’d thought that maybe, just maybe, I was being won over by the full coverage life.
On the first try, I wasn’t a fan. There were aspects that I liked, such as how it made my skin feel, but it looked like I was wearing a mask. I tried again and used a lot less product (basically a pea-sized drop is enough), and I started to like it. It certainly is full coverage although it doesn’t have that awful heavy feeling that Double Wear can have.
Before I carry on with my thoughts, let’s get into the ins and outs of this foundation.
Charlotte has created a foundation that she describes as a hybrid magic skincare foundation. She promises a flawless, poreless finish that is lightweight and hydrating whilst delivering a full coverage. The finish is a natural matte and there are 44 shades available. The shades have been divided into Fair, Medium, Tan and Deep with Charlotte’s usual numbering system. There are 3 different undertones available for each shade: Cool, Warm and Neutral.
Working out what undertone your skin has can be difficult but a quick way is to check the veins on the inside of your wrist.
Blue / Purple – COOL
Green – WARM
Blue / Green – NEUTRAL
I tend to be more on the neutral side and I chose shade 3 Neutral. I’m normally shade 2 in Charlotte’s base products but I had heard that this foundation came up a little light. I’ve also been using Light Wonder in 3 recently and it’s been working like a dream for me. There is a shade finder on the website, but if you’re unsure I’d wait until this hits the shops so that you can be properly shade matched.
One thing that Charlotte Tilbury always puts a lot of time and research into is the ingredients that she uses in her products. Airbrush Flawless Foundation contains her magic matrix of ingredients, designed to give the best results possible.
Magic REPLEXIUM – significantly reduces the appearance of wrinkles by up to 22% after 8 weeks of use.
MossCellTec No 1 – boosts hydration by up to 216%.
AirCool – gives an instant fresh feel to the skin.
Unique CT DEFENCE – limits the skin’s exposure to everyday pollutants.
The thought of a full coverage foundation with a matte finish daunted me a bit. It goes against everything I like, so at first I tried it over some of my favourite CT products that always add a nice radiance to my skin.
On the first attempt I used way too much product, so the radiance didn’t show through the full coverage at all. The second time I used less and it did help to add a bit of a glow whilst still keeping the matte finish. However, I found using a cream highlighter on top of the foundation gave the best results in terms of glow. I found I got the best results when I used the foundation over the top of Magic Cream as that gave the perfect base.
In terms of application, don’t even bother with a Beauty Blender – it will soak up too much product. I found that a flat kabuki or a dense foundation brush worked best. You also need to work fast with this foundation. It’s quite thick in texture and does start to set quite quickly, so get buffing straight away. You can use your Beauty Blender to blend, but apply it with a brush. This is so full coverage that you do not need a lot of product at all. Start off with a tiny amount and add more if needed. It is quite weightless and lightweight compared to other full coverage foundations, but I like my skin to breathe and look like skin, so I can get away with the smallest amount of product.
In terms of packaging, the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation is stunning. With Charlotte’s signature rose gold and a handy pump dispenser, it looks luxurious. At £34.00 it’s not super expensive and as you don’t need to use a lot of product, a bottle should last you a while.
After several wears, it is growing on me. Now I know how best to use it for me I like it. I don’t love it – it doesn’t compare to how well Light Wonder works for me, but they’re two totally different formulas. If you’re into full coverage then you will probably love this and it does leave you looking powerless. If you have dry skin, make sure to exfoliate first as I found that it did cling to any dry patches I had and it did separate a bit around the nose area. Overall, this is a lovely foundation, just maybe not what I would be drawn to.
You can buy the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Foundation on the Charlotte Tilbury website.