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Despite being very late to the party on it; I truly think the formula of the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder (review) is fantastic, so when I saw she'd released a bronzer inspired by it, I had to check it out. So, that's what we're doing today: a review of the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Bronzer | £39 | (and there's a bit of a spoiler in the title...!)
When this bronzer first launched, I thought it was kind of expensive but shrugged it off because Charlotte Tilbury is more of a luxury brand. However, when it arrived I realised: the thing is huge! I've placed it next to the powder in the above image just to give you a sense of scale. Obviously, the packaging is beautiful; we expect nothing less than rose gold Hollywood glam from this brand. This comes in 4 shades and I was really unsure on whether to go for Medium or Tan, but eventually settled on Tan (after all, I'd rather go easy with my application than have a weird light grey 'bronze' look going on). Somehow, I accidentally ordered Medium! However, Charlotte Tilbury have a great returns policy and you can send back even lightly-used products and get a refund. Eventually (due to my own idiocy), my re-order of Tan arrived! I feel like the gradient of the shades is fine; there's one for very pale skin, there's one for light skin, one for medium skin and one for deep skin. I just feel like there could've been a couple of extra options; maybe one in-between Tan and Deep, and one a little deeper than Deep. The first two are effectively 'white people' shades, and there are only two options for everyone else. However, it's difficult to be too critical when bronzers are a category that have been notoriously exclusionary, with many brands still only putting out one shade! At least there's shade in here that's at least partially black-girl-friendly. Gotta get those scraps from the table... I'm not personally about to sack off this brand for not releasing those all-important numbers (at the time of writing) because they generally have a good foundation shade range and I want to encourage that (I think that no one buying the darker shades in this bronzer, for example, is going to have the opposite effect), but I hope they've got the message on these matters and if you don't want to buy Charlotte Tilbury; don't buy Charlotte Tilbury...
The shade Tan actually turned out to be perfect for me; the formula leans more towards sheerer and more build-able anyway. Tan warms up my complexion but never looks orange. Nor is it a contour shade; it's just that ideal bronzing tone on my skin. I'm glad I chose well, because picking makeup online during a lockdown has yielded some mixed results for me! The finish is totally matte, there's not even a slight sheen in this powder, however it does give a natural luminosity and never looks dry or flat.
The face powder this bronzer is inspired by has the most gorgeous texture; though it removes shine, it isn't matte and doesn't make the skin look flat. It's finely-milled and you can't go overboard when applying it. And, I can confirm that this delivers everything I love about the powder in bronzer form, so mission accomplished! Truly, though; I don't think I've come across a more foolproof bronzer to apply. Even when using a great bronzer and a formula I really enjoy; sometimes you apply a bit too much and have to try to blend it out, sometimes you have to tap excess off the brush, sometimes your skin is just a little dry and it clings slightly to those patches. Not with this! I don't know how, but every time I use this bronzer (even when I'm being a bit careless or I'm in a rush), it never clings, it just blends perfectly (and actually doesn't require much blending at all) and you can't go overboard with it. I think this is a perfect bronzer for people who don't really do bronzer. It lasts very well on me, it applies smoothly and doesn't go patchy throughout the day!
I am honestly so impressed with this bronzer; I know Charlotte Tilbury is throwing out a lot of launches at the moment, for whatever reason, and the products aren't cheap, so understandably it can be difficult to know what's worth your money and what isn't. However, I definitely put this bronzer firmly in the former category - it's one of the best things she's released in a long time. I know it's summer and we're inundated with bronzer releases, therefore I'm also going to be doing a bronzer battle royale putting them all head-to-head, so keep an eye out for that!
What do you look for in a bronzer?