Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Bronzer and Brush – Review, Swatches, Before and After

After eight long months, my roots have been touched up, so of course, I’m feeling summery (despite the rain outside my window) and want to play around with the freshest bronzer on the market from Charlotte Tilbury.

charlotte tilbury bronzer medium review swatches

Not only is this bronzer brand new, but it is so big that it could very well be the only bronzer you need…..and there’s a soft brush to help it apply like a dream!

Both the Charlotte  Tilbury Airbrush Bronzer and Air-Brush come in the classic Charlotte Tilbury burgundy and gold boxes.

Let’s start with the Air-Brush ($40 USD/$50 CAD). This retractable Kabuki-style brush is made specifically to be used with the Airbrush bronzer. It comes housed in a gold metal tube with the top half lowering down to reveal the teddy-bear-soft white bristles.

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I remember a time long ago, near the beginning of my beauty journey, it felt like everyone was using a Kabuki-style brush (including myself). Mine was by e.l.f. but I never really knew which products to use it with. Flash forward and I now know that this style brush is great for bronzing. The Charlotte Tilbury Air-Brush actually feels like a cloud on my face. Swipe, buff and blend, the Air-Brush made a seamless application experience for this bronzing amateur. I’d lightly dip it in the bronzer and start working it into the contours of my face. Because it’s so soft and light, it slowly builds up the product so you don’t have one of those moments where you swipe once and give the mirror that wide-eyed, shocked, “what have I done?” face.

charlotte tilbury the air brush review

Onto the bronzer. The Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Bronzer ($55 USD/$65 CAD) comes in 4 shades and is housed in the most gorgeous gold, conch-shell-like compact I’ve ever seen.

charlotte tilbury airbrush bronzer

The powder itself aims to give you gorgeous, sun-kissed, bronzed skin. It also easily pops out of the compact and can be replaced with one of Charlotte’s refill pans.

One thing to call out is the size of this bronzer – IT. IS. HUGE. It contains 16g of product, which is bigger than any bronzer that I’ve ever seen (that’s twice as much bronzer as a Benefit Hoola bronzer). If you thought Charlotte’s blushes were big, you’ll be blown away by the size of the bronzer.

charlotte tilbury bronzer vs blush size

I applied the bronzer in Medium using the Air-Brush and I’m pleased to announce that I’m a fan. You don’t get too much product on the brush when dipping in, it isn’t orange-toned and was as smooth as can be.

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Before and after using the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Bronzer in “Medium”

Finished look using the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Bronzer in “Medium”

As far as a colour comparison, I found this shade was very similar to the NARS Matte Bronzing Powder in Vallarta, however, the Charlotte Tilbury formula was much easier to work with because of how smooth and blendable it was. And the tone was a maybe a *smidge* lighter and warmer than the NARS bronzer.

charlotte tilbury bronzer medium review swatches hoola bronzer nars vallarta

I’ve been using this bronzer and brush ever since I received it, so needless to say, they get two thumbs up from me. Although pricey, it works out in the end because if you like this bronzer, you probably won’t have to buy another one for at least a year. The only downside I’m seeing is that it only comes in four shades, but I’m hoping that Charlotte Tilbury expands the shade range so more skin tones can try it out.



  1. Lia
    December 7, 2020 / 10:47 am

    Hello ,
    Thanks a lot for this review who helps me a lot to decide to buy it πŸ™‚
    A question what is the lipstick you wear it’s wonderful πŸ™‚

    • Shawna
      December 27, 2020 / 2:31 pm

      Ah, I wish I knew, it was so long ago! If I’m not mistaken, I believe it is the Revlon Ultra HD Vinyl Lip Polish in “Birthday Suit”, but again, it was a while ago so I’m just going off of memory. Hope that helps!

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