Thursday, 12 September 2019

New Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation - review

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation

Hello guys! It's been a while...
I've never actually explained on here why there have not been new posts but if you follow me on Instagram then you know that simply I have lost the passion for blogging, I found it chore-like and I really didn't need to feel guilty about not creating content regularly so I've decided to take a break and see if the love for this piece of Internet will return.
I'm not saying I'm back to regular posting but today I felt like I want to review this product on my blog as well as on my Instagram so here it is, my first blog post in 3 months :)

Charlotte Tilbury is a luxurious brand which lure us in with their gorgeous packaging and advanced formulas. I've tried quite few products from the brand, some of them I loved, some of them I didn't.
I have come to my conclusion that the brand is a bit over hyped but that doesn't stop me from checking their new launches out.

When I saw they were releasing their new foundation, Airbrush Flawless, I ordered it straight away because it sounded like an absolute dream. 

"FLAWLESS IS A FEELING! Charlotte’s NEW innovation foundation is the secret to a FLAWLESS, PORELESS-looking, confident complexion! A stay all day, weightless, full coverage formula with a natural matte finish!
This is a hybrid magic skincare foundation for EVERY occasion! Why? It contains Charlotte’s magic matrix of ingredients! The ground-breaking Magic REPLEXIUM® to significantly reduce the appearance of wrinkles by up to 22%* after 8 weeks of use, MossCellTec™ No. 1 to boost HYDRATION by up to +216%* and AirCool™ for an instant fresh feel on the skin**!"

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation

Doesn't it sound like the perfect base product?

My skin is combination with a bit more oily T-zone and pretty normal elsewhere, I do get dehydrated quite frequently but my skin isn't dry. 
As I've been getting older and my skin has been changing I no longer go for completely matte full coverage foundations because they don't look flattering on me. I'm all about soft matte/naturally glowing finish and I like my skin looking perfected so higher coverage foundations are welcomed. 

I ordered the foundation online so, naturally, getting the right shade was tricky, especially as Charlotte says you need to give the foundation 5 minutes for the true colour to optimise (it is expected for the formula to oxidise), although I haven't really noticed a big difference in the shade I have. I picked shade 4 Warm which is a bit light for me now as I still have Summer tan but I try to make it work. 

There are 44 shades to choose from, with different tones, from cool to warm, so there should be something suitable for everyone. But I do recommend checking them out in person if possible. 

The formula of the foundation is not heavy and it feels quite lightweight on the skin. The coverage is definitely build-able from medium to full. I use less then a pump of the foundation to get decent coverage with one thin layer.

Now onto my experience with the Airbrush Flawless Foundation, shortly, I'm not loving it, I don't hate it but it's also not one I reach for when I need my makeup to look the best. 

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation, before and after photos
Bare skin 
Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation, before and after photos
One thin layer of foundation applied with Beauty Blender
My main issue with this foundation is that it looks very dry/chalky on me, it accentuates any dry patches that are otherwise not visible, it doesn't really smooth over my pores and it gathers in my lines around the mouth and on my forehead making them more visible. For a foundation called Airbrush Flawless it looks far from flawless on my skin.

You can see below no-filter close up of my skin after freshly applied makeup. 

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation, before and after photos

Charlotte advices to use her Magic Cream before application but I don't think I should be 'forced' to buy more products from the brand in order for the foundation to look its best on the skin. Apart from that I've had Magic Cream before and it's too rich for my skin so I wouldn't use it anyway. 
I have tried the foundation with different moisturisers and primers and it does look better applied on something more emollient and richer in texture but I don't like using those formulas during day time as they're too heavy for my skin. 
I have noticed that the foundation looks better on me after a few hours when my natural oils come true and make it more one with my skin. The initial finish of the foundation is semi matte but I prefer it after a few hours when it gets a bit more dewy, again thanks to my natural oils. 

As for the wear time, it is a pretty long wearing foundation, although if it doesn't look great to start with it doesn't really matter, for me, how long will it last. It's not completely transfer proof, I find it gets rubbed off easily from the bridge of my nose when I wear glasses/sunglasses or when I touch my face and once that happens it's not the easiest to fix it, like some other foundations which you can just tap with finger to help blend it back into the skin.
I get quite shiny with it as well which might be due to the fact that it requires a rich primer/moisturiser underneath to start with. Once it starts breaking down it looks quite patchy on me. 

Overall, as you can probably figure out, I'm not impressed by this new Charlotte Tilbury foundation, I wish I was though because it costs £34! 
I've read/seen reviews of this foundation from people who really like it so it's a very personal experience hence I recommend trying a sample of it before buying full size.

Have you tried this foundation? 



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