The name of this powder is so long that I couldn’t even fit it entirely in my post title haha. But, for streamlining purposes, I’m just going to call this product the Charlotte Tilbury Air Brush Powder for this week’s post.
It’s been at least a month since I’ve done a weekly favorite. Mostly because I didn’t have anything I’ve been truly loving.
But, like many of my weekly favorites, the Charlotte Tilbury Air Brush Powder was love at first application.
To be honest, part of me was hoping I wouldn’t like this powder. You know I’m big on finding gems and the drugstore, and this powder is SO freaking expensive. The compact runs at $45 for 0.28oz. Just for comparison purposes, a previous weekly favorite of mine (the Laura Mercier Translucent Face Powder) runs at $38 for 1 full oz of powder. The travel size version is 0.30oz and costs $23. So yeah, $45 for 0.28oz is insane.
But, in a moment of weakness, I went ahead and bought it.
Why I Love It
+ Once applied, this powder does not look like powder. I don’t know how else to explain this magic. No matter how much I pack on, this never looks like I’ve put powder on my face. When using any other powders, I usually need to use a facial spray once I’m done to remove the powdery look. But, not with this one. I can skip the facial spray and it still looks flawless.
+ The Air Brush name is pretty appropriate. This powder mattifies, but it doesn’t look matte on the skin. It leaves a perfect, satin air brushed look without accentuating fine lines or texture. All other face powders I own accentuate the fine lines on my forehead. This powder somehow makes them less noticeable.
+ The consistency is unlike any other powder I’ve tried. It’s soft, buttery and goes on so smoothly!
+ It extends the wear of my foundation. Lately I’ve been having major issues around my nose. My t-zone has become oilier than ever so I have serious issues with foundation & concealer breaking up around my nose. When using this powder to set my foundation, I still have a little oiliness peek through after a few hours, but it keeps my foundation from breaking up or looking cakey.
+ Although the powder does have a color, it’s extremely sheer coverage. I.e. it barely alters the color of my foundation.
+ I can use this to set my under eye concealer (I’ve never had any success doing this with any other pressed powder).
+ The packaging is gorgeous. I know this doesn’t really matter if a product doesn’t perform. But, since the product is amazing, having a nice package is always a plus. Also, since this is a pressed powder, it travels much better than a loose powder. Perfect for mid-day touch ups.
What I Don’t Like
+ Obviously the price isn’t ideal. $45 for so little product is VERY expensive.
+ There are only 3 shades: Fair, Medium & Dark. Even though the coverage is very sheer, the darkest shade isn’t dark enough to suit people with darker skin tones. In fact, it looks like it would be a nice contour shade on me.
Overall I’m head over heels for this powder. These are some strong claims but, dare I say it’s the best face powder I’ve ever tried? I think it is. If I had to pick between this, the Laura Mercier Translucent Powder or my beloved Hourglass Ambient Light Powders I would pick this one without a doubt. If you’ve been around here long enough you know my love affair with the Hourglass powders runs deep. But, if I had to choose, I would go with the Charlotte Tilbury Air Brush powder.