Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Bronzer review & swatches

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As the biggest fan of the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder, I was ridiculously excited with the recent launch of the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Bronzer.  I was sent the lightest shade, Fair, to test out and quickly realised that it was too light even for me.  So I bought the shade Medium so I could give it a proper trial and then show you both shades together.  For full transparency, I bought mine on Cult Beauty because it was the only place it was in stock, but it was €54 as opposed to €50 on the Charlotte Tilbury website which is why I’ve linked that.

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Bronzer Shade Fair and Shade Medium

The Airbrush Bronzer comes in four shades; fair, medium, tan and deep and as mentioned above, each retail at an eye-watering price of €50.  But I’ve spent that much on Charlotte’s eyeshadow palettes over the years and foundations too, and I had high hopes for the bronzer, so didn’t mind shelling out the cash.  The finely milled powder glides onto the skin thanks to the silky mica that’s been treated with amino acids and it basically blends itself, with no patchiness or dragging on the skin.  Hyaluronic acid helps hydrate the skin and I can sleep well now knowing that the top of my forehead and cheekbones are going to be softer and smoother!  If you’re someone who wears bronzer all over the face, then this will be a welcome ingredient, and you can never have too much hyaluronic acid on the skin eh?

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Bronzer Swatches

Even in the pan, there’s a huge difference between shade Fair and Medium, with no other shades in between.  While you’ll see below how Fair is way too light for me, I thought Medium was going to be way too dark, especially in the pan and on the heavy swatch.  But stick with me!  The inside of my arm is super pale, and I don’t wear fake tan, so you can almost make out Fair on the left in the top photo of the heavy swatch.  Blended out though, it almost disappears on me, but would be a good shade to powder a foundation that was too light and darken it ever so slightly.  Shade Medium looks fierce heavy in the top photo, but blended out, I knew it was going be grand.

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Bronzer Shade Fair and Shade Medium swatches Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Bronzer Shade Fair and Shade Medium swatches blended

It’s all well and good showing photos on my arm, but it’s time to see them on my skin!

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Bronzer shade Fair before & After

Above is my skin with no bronzer on the left and then shade Fair of the Airbrush Bronzer on the right.  It’s a little bit more visible in real life, adding the slightest touch of warmth to the skin, and I think it would be better for those with lighter complexions than me.  It’s hard to review a product’s longevity though if you can’t really see it on the skin, hence me buying medium!

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Bronzer shade Medium before & After

Behold a before and after of shade Medium of the Airbrush Bronzer!  It’s so beautiful on the skin and I love that it has almost a red undertone to it, giving a real “I’ve just been out galavanting in the sun today” look when all it’s done is rain for days and days…  Building this up is really easy and it doesn’t go muddy or patchy on me.  There’s no shimmer with this product which makes it different to the Filmstar Bronze and Glow which has shimmer in the bronzer part.  But it does have almost a light reflecting sheen to it, that’s not obvious, but just lifts the complexion.   This is smooth, buttery, blendable perfection gals.  I love using Medium on my eyes too to add definition and it can be used on the body too.

The Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Bronzer is available now and if you’re on the hunt for something new to warm up your complexion, that is a bit foncy, and that feels like silk on the skin, then it’s most definitely worth checking out.  Hopefully the swatches helped you decide which shade to get!


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