If you're a regular reader of my blog you'll know that I suffer with extremely dry and dehydrated skin and you'll also know it's the bane of my life. Having very dry skin brings with it all sorts of problems one of them being that finding a face powder to wear over foundation is an absolute nightmare. When your skin is dry it usually means that you'll suffer with dry and flaky/scaly patches of skin, my worst ones are on my forehead. My skin is also dehydrated which means I have fine lines around and under my eyes and on my forehead too, I'm not painting a very attractive picture of myself to you here am I? But that's the reality of dry and dehydrated skin unfortunately and if you're a sufferer of either complaint or both like me then you'll know exactly what I mean.
These problems make finding a face powder a real struggle, as you can imagine applying foundation and having a dry patch and or fine lines and then adding powder can create a bigger problem if the powder clings to the dry patches and settles into the fine lines which almost all powders I have tried have done. I have tried drug store powders and high end powders and had a real struggle to find one that doesn't make my skin care woes even worse. For the past few years I have been using and loving the MAC Blot Powder but in February Simon kindly bought me the Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder foundation (review post here) and I was also lucky to receive some money for my birthday from family and friends so I bought the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish powder to go with the foundation, I bought the shade 1 Fair, there are 3 shades available, fair, medium and dark.
Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder £33
Shade 1 Fair
As you can see from the above photographs, the powder is beautifully packaged as all CT products are, on the website Charlotte describes the powder as "my powder revolution: a super luxe micro-fine powder compact with soft-focus nano particles that blur away lines and imperfections, for effortlessly flawless skin in a silk-cashmere touch-like you’ve never experienced before… When in front of the lens and under the spotlight, model skin requires constant re-touching to prevent your skin shining in the wrong areas. Traditional powders can look heavy and dull the skin, so I created Air-Brush Flawless Finish. This breathable, micro-fine powder technology gives you an immaculate complexion that acts like the most luxe, micro-fine cashmere veil on top of your skin for a bright, illuminating finish. No caking, dusting or sitting in lines"
Application & My Thoughts
I found the powder applied beautifully, I like to apply powder with a duo fibre brush, I use the MAC 187 brush, I find the big fluffy duo fibre brush doesn't cake powders on it applies just the right amount. I sweep the CT powder all over my face and dab it onto my nose and gently brush it under my eyes. The powder is very finely milled and gave a lovely finish to my skin, it didn't cling to any dry patches or settle into any fine lines it gave a really lovely finish and didn't look or feel heavy at all.
me wearing the CT powder
In the photograph above I am wearing the powder and have applied it on top of the Charlotte Tilbury foundation, my skin is nicely mattified without looking ghost like and cakey or heavy, the powder set the foundation nicely and my skin was left with a nice almost illuminated finish to it which is rare with a powder, I liked that it didn't cling to dry patches or settle into any fine lines I have. The shade I have is 1 fair as I said and I think it would be fine for people paler than me or a little darker also.
Overall Thoughts & Would I Re Purchase?
I do really like the powder, it applies well and doesn't cake or settle into fine lines and it gives a lovely finish to my skin, it is a beautiful product indeed and I would recommend it to anyone and especially if you have dry or dehydrated skin or both. The only negative for me is the price £33 is a lot of money for me to spend on one product, I think time will tell with this one, I am going to see how long the powder lasts me because so far I haven't needed to use much at all, and you can't tell I have used it so I am hoping it's going to last well. But that is my only negative, the price. I love everything about the powder and it does look lovely on the skin it is just
a little a lot more expensive than I'd like it to be. If it were £20 I'd be saying a definite yes I'll be buying again without a shadow of a doubt, I suppose it all depends on budget, but if you have a budget that affords it or like me you have had some money gifted to you, I would say definitely try it it's beautiful or go to a counter and try it out, it feels so lovely just swatching it.
If you would like to buy the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder you can find it on line at the Charlotte Tilbury website or on the Selfridges website for £33.
Do you struggle to find a face powder because of dry or dehydrated skin? Do you have dry skin and can recommend a powder to me? Let me know in the comments.
* Update * - 3 months after using the powder 3 times a week I have used almost half the powder, it is wearing down very quickly and if used daily I can't see it lasting very long at all. It is a lovely product but very expensive for the amount of time it lasts, if you don't mind paying the price of the powder every few months it will be perfect as it is a lovely product but for me, my MAC blot powder lasts a lot longer and is £13.00 cheaper so I'll be sticking with that.
Thank you for reading, much love as always,