Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush flawless foundation Review & swatches

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The Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush flawless foundation is finally here and it promises to give a very long-lasting and weightless finish.
This new Charlotte’s innovation claims to be a hybrid magic skincare foundation. It claims to give the skin a flawless, poreless-looking and a confident complexion.

It comes in a very luxurious oval-shaped glass bottle with a gold top. It also has a pump applicator and it contains 30ml of product.

I’ve been testing this foundation for almost 2 weeks so let’s see how it worked for me.

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush flawless foundation bottle

How many shades does the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush flawless foundation offer?

The Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush flawless foundation comes in 44 shades which covers a variety of undertones. In fact, this is a good shade range so there should be a good match for everyone. The shades are divided into cool, neutral and warm undertones. I got the shades 3 cool and 3 warm.

How to choose a Charlotte Tilbury foundation shade?

There is a shade finder tool on the Sephora website that might help you in choosing your shade. There is also a shade finder on the Charlotte Tilbury website. It can help you in discovering your perfect shade match.

The shades can be a little bit confusing online and you might need to go darker with this foundation. Choosing the correct shade is a little bit tricky so I suggest to take your time and do your research before making any decision.

The charlotte tilbury complexion matrix is also very helpful. It helps you in discovering the shade range of any Charlotte tilbury foundation.  

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush flawless foundation swatches

The shade 3 cool has a light neutral pink undertone and the shade 3 warm has a yellow undertone.

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush flawless foundation swatches


Aqua/Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isododecane, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Propanediol, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Silica, Nylon-12, Phenoxyethanol, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Polysorbate 20, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Menthyl Pca, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Arginine Pca, Aluminum Hydroxide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Parfum (Fragrance), Isomalt, Sodium Phytate, Phaeodactylum Tricornutum Extract, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-11, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-9, Alcohol, Phytol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Salicylate, Citronellol, Limonene, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499).

Source: Charlotte tilbury Website

Product claims:

  • 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%*
  • AirCool™ for an instant fresh feel on the skin**!
  • Has a unique C.T. DEFENCE™ that is designed to limit exposure of the skin to everyday pollutants.***
  • Gives a FLAWLESS, PORELESS looking finish! 95% agree pores look reduced!**

Source: Charlotte tilbury Website

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush flawless foundation Review

This foundation has a light formula. It should be used with a light hand because a little bit goes a very long way. You only need the tiniest amount so only one pump is enough to get a medium coverage. It’s also buildable so you can layer it for more coverage.

The formula is thin but not very liquid. It blends the best with a flat foundation brush and it gives the skin a semi-matte finish. I’ve found that it might separate on my skin when applied with a damp sponge.

Tip: You hardly need any product to cover your whole face, so start by applying a little bit and add more only if needed.

It has a very light fragrance that thankfully doesn’t linger.

I tested it at first over a heavy moisturizer but it didn’t work. It started separating and my face looked so uneven and cakey.

I have slightly dry skin and this foundation worked the best for me when I wear it over a very lightweight moisturizer.

It helps blurring the pores and minimize their appearance and it looks nice in photos too.  I don’t set it with powder but people with oily skin might need to. It wears well on my face for about 6 to 8 hours.

I like to mix it with a liquid highlighter like the Becca liquid highlighter  for everyday use to make it look sheerer. I also like to use the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood flawless filter which was released last year. It gives a beautiful healthy glow to the skin. 

It claims to be transfer-proof which is true. It needs a heavy cleanser to be removed at the end of the day. I prefer to use a cleansing oil at first to let the makeup melt down and then I follow with a regular cleanser. The oil makeup remover that I’m loving is the dermalogica precleanse cleansing oil. Then I follow with either the dermalogica cleansing gel or any other cleanser that works to remove the residue.

Is Charlotte Tilbury airbrush flawless foundation good for dry skin?

When worn on its own, this foundation might look so matte on dry skin. It might accentuate dry patches and make them look more obvious. If you have dry skin, preparing the face before application is a very important step. The first thing to do is exfoliate the skin to get rid of dry skin cells. Hydrate your skin with your preferred moisturizer, wait for it to get absorbed by the face and then apply this foundation.

Does it oxidizes?

This foundation didn’t oxidize on me. However, I’ve found the shade range to be a little bit darker than what I used to pick before. Choosing your perfect shade is a very important step so be sure to do your research, see a lot of swatches online and visit your nearest store if possible.

Read More: How To Stop Foundation From Oxidizing?

Final Thoughts

And that’s it! These were all my thoughts on the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush flawless foundation. I think it works the best for someone who likes full coverage and who has a normal to slightly oily skin. People with dry skin might struggle to make it work. On the other hand, people with very oily skin might need to set it with a powder because it can separate throughout the day.

If you have mature skin, this foundation might not be the best choice as well. You still can make it work by mixing it with a light moisturizer or with the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood flawless filter , but it’s up to you to decide if it’s worth it to do all this effort.

Claire is a beauty enthusiast and lover of all things makeup. Her blog is a resource for makeup tips and tricks, product reviews and beauty tutorials.

8 thoughts on “Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush flawless foundation Review & swatches”

  1. Hello, did you use primer or powders with this foundation?

    • I wear the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush flawless foundation over a lightweight moisturizer. it didn’t sit well over silicone based primers. I don’t set it with a powder but people with oily skin might need to set it with a lightweight loose powder.

  2. Loving the whole look of this foundation. It’s looks so pretty and chic. I’m not usually a fan of full coverage, but it’s nice to have for night out or when you want to take some professional photos. Lovely review. xx


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