Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation
4 April 2016
"Oh Charlotte, can you do no wrong?"... is probably what I said out loud when I tried the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation, and my love for it has only grown since that fateful first application. I'd heard a lot of hype around this product and as I trust thy fellow bloggers - e.g. my friend Hannah wears it and her skin always looks incredible - I decided to pop one in my basket whilst purchasing the two new pink lipstick offerings by The Tilbs.
With fifteen shades (accompanied by photos of models which is so helpful when buying online) I found it fairly easy to match myself to Shade 3 - Fair, described as a "neutral beige for light skintones with cool undertones". My initial thoughts were that it was pretty orange, but somehow as soon as you start buffing it blends seamlessly into the skin and I'm left with a perfect colour match, a flawless finish and the protection of SPF 15.
In terms of application I've never been a fan of using my hands, but the formulation has an almost skincare-like quality to it and whilst it works well with a brush or sponge, they don't work the product into my skin quite like the warmth from my fingers can. It's a really interesting consistency that feels part foundation, part serum/moisturiser and part gel. My skin is combination so I can appreciate how it's moisturising yet long-lasting, as it glides over dry patches (slightly different story with flaking skin, but to be honest I've never found a foundation that disguises that issue) and doesn't leave me with an oily forehead by lunchtime. I do set my t-zone with powder (MAC Studio Fix in NC20, holla) but I'd say the finish is demi-matte with a natural glow, so if you're dry or combination but lean towards the drier side you should be fine. If you're more oily, it might be worth picking up a sample first to see how it sits on your skin. Actually, scrap that, try and pick up a sample to test it out before purchasing whatever your skin type - it's an expensive foundation after all!
Of course the packaging is stunning, encased in a slightly frosted glass and with CT's signature rose gold lid - which does come off by the way, muggins over here didn't realise for the first few applications and when I mentioned my mistake in this video lots of you said you had no idea it had a pump either, so I thought it was worth a little mention now to save you from the same blunder!
Seeing as half a pump easily covers my whole face, I'm assuming a bottle will last a decent amount of time and it's currently my go-to foundation for day or night! If you're on a budget I'd recommend experimenting with skincare combined with makeup - e.g. as the Magic Foundation contains hyaluronic filling spheres, try Hydraluron - and in the meantime, I'll keep my eyes out for a more affordable dupe! There's also The Magic Foundation Kit which includes the foundation, Charlotte's Magic Cream and a brush for £80.
Have you tried anything from Charlotte Tilbury? Recommendations are welcome!