Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation – Review, Swatches, Before and After

As much as I enjoy doing lip swatches, there is something about putting together a foundation review, complete with a strangely satisfying before & after that makes me feel accomplished.

charlotte tilbury airbrush flawless foundation

Tonight’s foundation review is extra luxe!

The Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation comes in an oval-shaped cloudy glass bottle with a gold top and gold band featuring the Charlotte Tilbury logo. The bottle contains 10 ml of product and comes with a pump applicator.

When I went to the Charlotte Tilbury launch event for this foundation (which was absolutely stunning) we got shade matched by Charlotte Tilbury makeup artists. They applied it with a flat foundation and put on the lightest application of product, with the makeup artist noting that’s how this foundation should be used – with a light hand. Well………I went all in.

I applied 1.5 pumps of the shade Cool – 2 with a Dermablend buffing brush. The formula was thin, but not runny (a big win because a runny foundation is such a hassle to work with), blending beautifully to a near-matte finish. I *easily* achieved medium, leading me to limit myself to a single pump moving forward. If I went in with another pump, this would have been a full coverage look.

charlotte tilbury airbrush flawless foundation 2 cool review swatches before and after

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation in shade “Cool – 2”

charlotte tilbury airbrush flawless foundation 2 cool review swatches before and after

This foundation reminded me of a more pigmented, medium-coverage of the Estée Lauder Double Wear Nude Water Fresh Makeup (which is one of my all-time favourite foundations). The reason it reminds me of the Estée foundation is because it feels light and even though it wears off a bit throughout the day, the pigment is still left behind, so you don’t have patches on your face that are completely missing product – you still have an even tone.

charlotte tilbury airbrush flawless foundation 2 cool review swatches before and after

The only downside I experienced with this foundation is that it never fully sets. It remains ever-so-slightly wet, and that damp-ness mixed with an oily complexion made the product lift. For example, my nose gets pretty oily throughout the day, so I use blotting papers. But when I used blotting papers on my nose while wearing this foundation, the paper came off with foundation on it. So if you’re oily and trying this foundation I’d recommend using a powder instead of blotting.

And just like that, my first post-break foundation is in the books. I have a few more foundations on deck, so I’ll get to testing!


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