A couple of weeks ago while stocking up on my MAC ProLongwear from Brown Thomas, I decided to throw a few extra bits into the basket. “It was Christmas” was the excuse I used, so I had a look around the Charlotte Tilbury section. I had heard so many fantastic reviews from lots of bloggers – mainly about her Magic Cream (which I’m sorry I ain’t paying €90 for!) and her eyeshadow quads, which look amazing! I decided to try out the Air Brush Flawless Finish Powder. I knew I was buying blindly. There are not too many reviews online for it, but it sounded perfect for a proper “good wear” powder when you need your foundation to look picture perfect all day.
Product description taken from the Charlotte Tilbury website.
• Soft Focus Nano-Particles blur away lines and imperfections, and sit like a soft micro-fine cashmere veil on top of your skin
• Rose wax and almond oil hydrate the skin through-out the day and smoothes flawlessly onto the skin
• Nourishing actives work to soothe and restore skin, while light-reflecting ingredients diffuse light as it hits your face for a luminous complexion and even finish all day
I opted for the shade Medium – 02. The light 01 shade looked like it might wash me out and unfortunately there was no translucent option. The packaging is no doubtably, a work of art. The powder is housed in a beautiful gold compact, which both feels and looks luxurious and also had a mirror inside. Sadly this is where the love for this product ended.
This powder feels extremely soft to touch and is very finely milled – so much so that it was actually hard to get a proper swatch on my hand to show you. It was the “Soft Focus Nano-Particles” that sold it for me, but nothing ended up being “softly focused” after using it.
I applied using a Real Techniques Setting Brush, focusing on my T-zone and using anything that was left over on the brush for the rest of my face. By midday my face was pretty shiny – nothing that I would be used to seeing with previous setting powders I have used. I don’t have oily skin – it’s very much on the dry side and just my t-zone usually acts up. Apart from the zero oil-control, this powder set into EVERY SINGLE fine line under my eyes. I aged 10 years in less than 10 hours! For a powder that promised to keep skin hydrated, I didn’t find it did that at all. It also started to emphasise pores around my nose area and just overall made my face look pretty crap.
It was by no means a cheap purchase, this powder retails at €42 for a standard 8g compact. It kills me to say, but I found better results from the Rimmel Stay Matte powder which costs less than €7! Other people may find great results from this product but honestly if you are looking to try something from Charlotte Tilbury and especially if you have oily skin, I would stay well away. Personally I think there are better products you can spend your €43 on. I’m disappointed I didn’t purchase an eyeshadow quad instead, perhaps I’ll try one a few months down the line.
I would love to know if you have tried this powder and if it worked for you? Drop me a comment below!