Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation {Beauty}

There are two things in beauty-land that I am basically an eternal sucker for. One – if you put the word magic/miracle/wonder etc on a product. Yes, that’s right marketing bods. I am your girl – full 100% sucker for those product buzz words that will have me throwing my money at you and running out of the door before you can say ‘gimmick’. The other thing I am a sucker for is basically anything by Charlotte Tilbury. So if you combine the words Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation … you bet you have my attention.



I first used the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream last year around my wedding. It was one of those times where I knew there was something good about it but couldn’t put my finger on what this was (that’s probably the magic part). I knew my skin liked it and it made a great base for my dehydrated skin before make-up. I liked it so much I used a whole pot and am now contemplating if I like it enough to part with £70 to stock up again.


But longwinded story about the Magic Cream aside, the newest product on the block is the new Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation. Who doesn’t want foundation? I can already hear my brain telling me that THIS will be the foundation that gives me flawless skin that looks natural and lasts the day without need for touch ups.

The foundation itself is basically a new higher coverage foundation than the existing range has – more matte, less glowy than the existing Light Wonder. It promises a ‘poreless long lasting finish’. It’s been five years in the making to manage to combine flawless coverage with a lightweight feel. The benefits and things it tackles is a pretty extensive list – from tightening pores and reducing shine to smoothing appearance of wrinkles within an hour.

Ingredients wise the key ones are:

‘magical laricyl’ – not one I’ve ever heard of before. But this is a mushroom extract that’s concentrated to help skin hold moisture.

‘Hyaluronic filling spehere’ – hyaluronic acid is basically another buzz word that I can’t get enough of. Helps the skin hold the water in and plump up the skin over the period of an hour.

Super-charged vitamin C (VC-IP) – Helps to fight free radicals that can be responsible for skin damage and ageing.

SPF 15 -to protect skin from sun damage.

Basically, to summarise – its a pretty impressive sounding foundation. But with all the claims and the magic word… does it do as it claims to?! How good is it… well, below you have the lovely totally make-up free before and the with foundation after photos so you can have a gander and decide for yourself.

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As I mentioned earlier this week, my skin is not in the best state at the moment. I’ve been a big fail at drinking enough water so it’s dull, dehydrated and generally a bit lackluster. Which means fine lines are showing more, I have sporadic break outs and dark circles.

Note to self – DRINK MORE WATER.

So on trying this foundation I had high hopes – a name like ‘Magic Foundation’ will do that to you – and right now I’m somewhat impressed but not blown away. As I said, my skin isn’t in the best state, so I am giving it a bit of a rough test. But the one thing that I think takes it from ‘excellent’ to ‘good’ is that I find it does make my skin feel quite dry and I find fine lines are more visible at the moment when I wear this. I’ll be interested to see if this is still the case when I’ve upped my water intake again.

Coverage wise it’s ideal though – medium and build-able and it certainly doesn’t feel heavy on the skin. Which is good as I hate a heavy feeling foundation.

I would say this foundation is one to try if you like a medium but light feeling foundation but want the option to build it up. You have oily to combination skin and shine is the biggest ‘issue’ you want to tackle with your base. If you have dry skin then I’d suggest go for the light wonder – it really is a glow-giver.

On the other hand… there’s another new product on the Charlotte Tilbury counters that I can’t wait to get my grubby little mitts on. The product is called ‘A mini miracle eye wand’ and it’s a double ended eye-duo – with hydrating eye cream on one end and under eye illuminator on the other. My tired/dehydrated eyes are in desperate need of this product!

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation * is available now (£29.50) from Selfridges & John Lewis

*PR sample or gift



  1. September 22, 2015 / 8:08 am

    Great review.
    I dont tend to wear foundation as it seems to sit on my skin and is quite visible? I’m always on the look out for that one product that makes the difference. Tracey x

  2. September 22, 2015 / 8:59 am

    Hmmmmm, well that’s disappointing – I was so excited when I saw you’d reviewed this, being a huge Charlotte Tilbury fan. If it makes your fine lines show and you’re a spring chicken, I don’t hold out too much hope for myself! I adore her original foundation anyway, maybe I don’t need to change after all, but will pop into Selfridges to investigate! X

  3. September 22, 2015 / 3:20 pm

    It looks so lovely on you! Sad to hear about the disappointment as I adore Charlotte Tilbury and her products. It won’t be released here in the USA until Spring next year (sad face) but I definitely will be trying it out on my super fair oily and acne prone skin to see if it really lives up to the claims! I am a full coverage type gal so this is right up my alley.

  4. Annabel
    September 22, 2015 / 11:50 pm

    I havent brought into the CT hype, but I think I could be swayed here. I love the finish!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

  5. September 23, 2015 / 12:07 am

    I did quite like this foundation, but like you, I did find it to settle into lines and dry patches which was a bit of a let down to be honest! In her tutorials, she does apply a generous amount of the magic cream before applying and I’ve tried to use embryolisse as a sub to no avail! I need to drink more water too so I’m hoping it will work better for me when I do get myself in gear haha xx

    Karan| studentbeautyhack

  6. September 27, 2015 / 9:58 pm

    i love how it gives that natural finish! but your skin is amazing as it is!

  7. October 8, 2015 / 9:59 pm

    This foundation looks lovely on you! I have wanted to try a Charlotte Tilbury foundation for a while now and as I have fairly oily skin this might be a good one to try for me. xx
    Louise |

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