Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation Review & Swatches

Monday, June 13, 2016



Today I'm reviewing the British beauty blogger favorite, the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation. All my favorite vloggers on the other side of the pond LOVE this stuff (Alix from I Covet Thee and Suzie from Hello October). This foundation has been available in the UK for a while now, and when it was finally released in the US a few months ago, I had to see if this was truly "magic" or just a standard formula wrapped in euphonic packaging. 

First off, let me just say that I was so hesitant to try this because I've been madly in love with my Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua for months now (dare I say it's my holy grail foundation). When I love something, I typically want to stick with it - if it ain't broke, why fix it? I'm glad I took the risk, though because I LOVE the Magic Foundation! I'd say it's the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua thicker, more long lasting sister. The Magic Foundation has more coverage, but by no means is it the fullest foundation on the market. It flawlessly evens out skin without feeling overdone or cakey. The Magic Foundation definitely caters towards more dry skinned gals (even though it claims to be universal). From the reviews I've seen on YouTube, women with oil skin despise this product. 

Below are some swatches of the Magic Foundation vs. other foundations in my collection. I've also described my skin type and why I love this foundation below so you can see if it's a good fit for you.


About my skin:
My skin is normal to dry and acne-prone. In the summertime, I can get a little oily in my t-zone. The only discoloration I have on my skin are the acne scars on my chin.

Why I love this foundation: 
It's long lasting! This something I don't like to admit, but I'm a sweaty girl. If a foundation can last me through a day of commuting through the city, it's a winner. This foundation lasted through one of the most humid, rainy days we've had yet this summer. I do top this foundation with my favorite BECCA Blotting Powder Perfector and set my makeup with Smashbox's Primer Water, which may help with the lasting power. The only fading I saw was on my chin, but I'm always resting my chin on my hand at work so I blame me, not the foundation, for that. The best part is that this foundation is buildable. I like one pump for a nice light coverage, two pumps for a more flawless complexion. 

Application recommendations: 
I tried applying this foundation with a brush and a BeautyBlender and I by far prefer the sponge over the brush. The flat-top kabuki brush I was using left the foundation a little streaky, so a damp blending sponge is definitely the way to go if you're looking for that airbrushed look. If you have dry skin like me, I definitely recommend a hydrating primer underneath the Magic Foundation (my favorite is the Too Faced Hangover Rx Primer). 

So do I recommend this foundation? 100% YES! If you're still hesitant to buy this foundation or don't think it will work with your skin type, see if you can get your hands on sample of it before you commit to the $44 price tag. But in my opinion, it's worth every penny. 

What are you thoughts on the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation? Let me know if the comments!

1 comment:

  1. I have very oily skin, it's so hard for me to find something with coverage and shine control. Right now, my current obsession is: http://www.bobbibrowncosmetics.com/product/14017/22257/Makeup/Face-and-Cheek/Foundation/Long-Wear-Even-Finish-Foundation-SPF-15/New. It feels great and covers my acne scars.

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