Tool Thursday: Charlotte Tilbury Powder & Sculpt Brush Review

Charlotte Tilbury Powder & Sculpt Brush
Charlotte Tilbury Powder & Sculpt Brush
Charlotte Tilbury Powder & Sculpt Brush
Charlotte Tilbury Powder & Sculpt Brush
Charlotte Tilbury Powder & Sculpt Brush
Charlotte Tilbury Powder & Sculpt Brush
Charlotte Tilbury Powder & Sculpt Brush
Charlotte Tilbury Powder & Sculpt Brush


  • Head: 3.56 cm H x 2.16 cm W x 2.16 cm D (1.40 in H x 0.85 in W x 0.85 in D)
  • Handle: 14 cm L (5.5 in L)

Review & Usage

Charlotte Tilbury Powder & Sculpt Brush is designed for precise facial sculpting. The brush is extremely lightweight and well-balanced. The night crimson-colored wooden handle has an ergonomic multifaceted design to aid in handling and storage (it will never roll off the table). The rose gold ferrule and engraved brand’s logo are beautiful and add a touch of luxury to the overall design.

What drew me to this brush was the size and shape. It is a full-size brush but it is a very portable one. It is a brush that I like to keep in my purse for touching up my powder during the day. The size of the head is just perfect, it’s not too big or too small and it makes touching up in specific areas very easy. The brush head is made of genuine squirrel and goat hair that feels really soft on the skin. I like the softness of it but I’m not too crazy about the shedding. This brush does shed a lot, even after multiple washes. I have washed it 3 times now and the shedding still continues, though less and less hair comes off after each wash. Hopefully it will stop at some point.

The tapered tip is very precise. It’s not a brush I’d use to apply powder all over the face because that would be too time-consuming. For highlighting and sculpting, however, it does a fantastic job because it fits right into the hollow of the cheeks as well as the apples of the cheeks. It deposits the right amount of powder on the intended area and distributes it evenly.

The tip also reaches the inner corner and under the eye area perfectly so I like to use it to set my concealer as well. It is also great for blending out a cream-to-powder blush for a diffused look, contouring the sides of the nose, and highlighting the Cupid’s bow. It is a versatile and all-round tool that I am happy to have in my collection.


US$49 at Nordstrom


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  1. says: Sunny

    Hey Jaa, I’m so sorry to hear about the shedding! I think I’ll sit this one out, because I really don’t like to deal with shedding! It’s a pity, because I can see how versatile it is!

  2. Am I weird for getting all excited looking at that last shot? This really sounds and looks like a nice brush! But yet again, it’s from a brand that I have no access to :-( Or at least no easy access.

  3. says: Agata

    It does look like a great contouring/highlighting brush, The shade reminds me of a Real Techniques Setting Brush that I use for highlighting all the time!

  4. says: Erin

    I like the size of this brush. I have a small round/oval face so I need something that isn’t huge otherwise I look like a bronzer victim.

  5. says: Alice

    That’s one beautiful brush but not one that made it onto my wish list – unfortunately. Some found it to be rather scratchy (?) and I’m glad that was not an issue in your case, but the shedding is not something I’d like to deal with. The design and shape are absolutely stunning though – at least on picture. I’m eyeing the Wayne Goss version (02) … but WHY oh why, is it not available in Europe? Frustrations, frustrations! :D

    X Alice

    1. says: Jaa

      I don’t think it’s scratchy at all! Well, at least mine isn’t. I can’t wait to get my hands on some of the Wayne Goss brushes! Heard a lot of good things! Will you try to get the 02?

  6. says: Sylirael

    It looks so nice! The size and shape sound really useful too, although it’s a shame about the shedding. Just like the paladin, really. He sheds something awful, you know? :-P

  7. says: Sophroshinny

    Hey Jaa! Just discovered your blog and I love it, your photos are always gorgeous. I’ve literally just read about 20 posts and I just can’t stop.

    From what I understand, you’re not supposed to wash genuine goat/squirrel hair brushes. The CT ones (I know, because Charlotte designs the makeup line for Tom Ford) are made by a Japanese brand, which I think is Hakuhodo. What they recommend is simply that you wipe off excess product with a tissue and avoid using cream products. The brushes aren’t meant to be washed with water, and when they are, there are specific steps. There’s a manual here:

    Super high maintenance :( but that’s the case for most brands (Wayne Goss and others included).

    1. says: Jaa

      Ahh thanks for your input! :) I had no idea! Thanks for the link also. :D And also thanks for reading 20 posts. ;D I don’t know how I can keep using a brush without eventually washing it with water, though. Guess I’ll just have to be gentle and careful and follow the steps in that post! :)

  8. says: popsicle13

    I was trying to cut this brush out of my mind but after seeing you love this one I just can’t

    so now I put a star on them to make sure that I have to get it LOL

    I have hakuhodo too and you can wash this with water but not an alcohol-based cleansing spary because alcohol will destroy and dry out the hair

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