June 29, 2015

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder

It is 100% typical of me to want to try something new just as soon as I have settled on something amazing. Case in point: invisible powder. Myself and Sinéad have waxed lyrical about the NARS one; we both absolutely adore it, and MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural is a close second, though it’s a different type of powder as it’s far more pigmented.
Invisible or sheer powders are much more about perfecting rather than masking the skin, and that’s why we both adore the NARS one, it’s like Photoshop. However, after a very sceptical start I’ve become increasingly enamoured with Charlotte Tilbury products over the past year. I definitely still don’t think it’s a brand to rival NARS or MAC in terms of product quality across the board but the lip products in particular are just fantastic.

I was interested in this after Stacey (makeup and expert fiend that you should all be following) had raved about it; we seem to have quite similar skin types, so reckoned it would be a good bet. I don’t hate this powder or anything, it’s more that I’ve used products that are so superior that I’m not sure why I even bothered trying this. It’s a nice, finely milled and fairly invisible powder that does a good job at masking my uneven texture and making me look that bit more airbrushed. My problem with this product is decidedly first world – it just doesn’t airbrush quite as much or as well as rival products from NARS and Hourglass can. I also find that it doesn’t always sit as well on top of a liquid base as other powders do, depending on the luck of the draw. Sometimes, out of nowhere it will make my foundation appear unsettled and uneven – quite the opposite of airbrushed. It’s not brilliant at holding up against my (turbo) oily skin either, and I definitely prefer NARS and MAC for that job.

It’s not that I want to keep hating on all Tilbury products, but it was another small disappointment (snob alert) when I noticed that a No7 highlighter at the Boots summer event was encased in identical packaging to the Airbrush Flawless Finish powder. This stuff comes at a premium price and while I know the product is good (just not excellent), it’s probably not worth paying for if you have skin like mine. Back to NARS I go!

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