I was in desperate need of new foundation a month ago and I’d seen advertisements for Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Foundation all over the place, so it seemed like fate when, on a trip to Nordstrom, I stumbled upon a beauty show. Charlotte Tilbury just happened to have a table at the show and I was able to get a full face of the Magic Foundation applied. The makeup artist used shade 01 on me and, for the first time ever, my foundation actually matched my pale (pale, pale), rosy skin tone. I didn’t love how thickly she applied the product, as even after she applied a dusting of setting powder my face felt tacky, but I bought a bottle anyway since the tone and appearance were almost flawless.
The foundation promises to “conceal imperfections, glide on like a dream and…give you perfect-looking skin every single day. A concentrated mushroom extract improves firmness, tightens pores and moisturizes; hyaluronic acid filling spheres reverse wrinkle grooves to retexture the skin within one hour; and supercharged vitamin C gives you a lit-from-within effect. It’s also great for those with acne scarring, mature skin and normal to tired, dull skin.”
While I’m not sure how I feel about mushroom extract, I do find that I rarely use highlighter or luminizer when I wear this and my skin texture feels great both while wearing the foundation and after removing it. It’s lightweight with medium coverage.
The bottle itself is beautiful, with a gold cap and a glass bottle. The pump is just plain white plastic, but I think one pump is the perfect amount of foundation for one layer of medium coverage. I’ve found that the best way for me to apply it is with my fingers on lightly moisturized skin. I dot one pump on my forehead, cheeks, nose, chin and jawline and tap/blend with my fingers, then tap with a beauty blender. If I want more coverage, I apply one more pump in the same method.
I’ve found that I definitely need a dusting of setting powder over this foundation, as it has a tendency to slide around if I sweat at all. I’ve also noticed it sticks to any dry patches and makes the flakes look really prominent, which was disappointing since the foundation claims to cover all imperfections and not stick to dry patches. However, the coverage is flawless and very natural looking; the foundation doesn’t look too thick or cakey as long as I apply it with my fingers and a sponge and it blurs out my dark circles and blemishes. I also love that this has SPF 15 and while I still always use an SPF moisturizer under my makeup, I’ve been using a retinol treatment that requires extra protection.
I’d give this foundation 4/5 stars. In the month since I bought it, I haven’t made too much of a dent in the bottle which is reassuring since it is a pricier foundation than I usually spring for. I think I’d buy it again if I had the money lying around, but I’m not sure if I’d be willing to shell out $44 anytime I need a new foundation.
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Charlotte Tilbury ‘Magic’ Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15, $44