Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation

by Sarah

Charlotte Tilbury happens to be one of my all time favorite professional makeup artists; so it’s no surprise that I was really excited when she launched her own cosmetics line.

Within such a short span of time, her range expanded and although there are many key pieces I absolutely adore from her line, I’ve wanted to try the Magic Foundation since its launch a few months ago. It’s now been almost a month that I’ve been testing it and I wanted to give you beauties my thoughts on it…


Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation in No:6 Medium

Magic Foundation is described as: miracle in a bottle which transforms skin, regardless of age, type or tone; as well as providing skincare benefits. With a weightless feel (yet full coverage), the foundation also caters for skin issues such as acne, rosacea and melasma.

As with all of Charlotte’s cleverly advertised products, it’s hard to not get excited about such claims. But of course, especially for a foundation, the proof is in the pudding so here’s a run down of my experience with Magic Foundation:

Charlotte Tilbury Magic FoundationThe foundation comes in a standard 30ml/1.0oz glass bottle. It has a beautiful rose gold cap tying in with the theme of Charlotte Tilbury’s line. As much as I love that the bottle has a pump, this part of the bottle is plastic – which somewhat cheapens the look in my opinion.

The very first time I used this foundation, I applied it with a flat top kabuki brush. I found the application to be streaky and a bit uneven. I felt I had to go over it with more product to achieve the type of coverage (and effortless application) that I’m used to with my other favorite foundations.

This was a bit disappointing but being all part of trial and error, I figured I’ll experiment with different brushes or the beauty blender next time.

Once the foundation settled into my skin, it looked pretty good. The finish is satin – which is not fully matte but not dewy either. I had couple of spots and some redness at the time and it seemed to have covered it all quite successfully. It also wore OK throughout the day. I didn’t notice major negatives but I also wasn’t wowed by it. It was…just OK.


Ever since that first try, I have used this foundation with many different brushes, the beauty blender and primers; and whilst the beauty blender definitely applied it better than the brushes, I found Magic Foundation to be very “temperamental” to say the least. Its coverage, application and performance varies greatly depending on the products you use with it…and sometimes even how your skin may be one day to the next.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic FoundationI tried using all of my Charlotte Tilbury products together (as Charlotte does in her demonstrations) – which is the Magic Cream as a base, followed by my Wonder Glow Primer and the Magic Foundation thinking it would be a guaranteed way to be totally blown away by this foundation but unfortunately it hasn’t happened.

In my honest opinion, is this a bad foundation? No, not at all. Is it as magical and miraculous as it’s claimed? Not really.

The fact that I cannot tell how the foundation will apply and trying to work out what products I should use to get the most out of it is a big disadvantage for me. Especially on a day to day basis, I’d like to reach for a foundation knowing it’ll do its job from application to when I decide to take it off.

As with all products, things can vary from person to person so if you’ve been interested in Magic Foundation, I highly recommend you get a sample and try it out.

Otherwise you can either purchase or get more information HERE

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation retails at $44 and comes in 15 shades. I’m shade No:6, which is a mid tone yellow based color perfect for my MAC NC30-35 skin tone.

Have you tried the Magic Foundation? What are your thoughts on it?

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MelissaD May 11, 2016 - 6:56 am

I had the same result with this foundation, it’s very average. I didn’t return it but I don’t use it very often. Thank you for the honest review.

Sarah May 12, 2016 - 8:54 am

Hi Melissa, I’m the same. I had high hopes for this foundation but to be honest, it doesn’t perform any less or more than some of my drugstore foundations. Thanks for your feedback :)

Renee May 11, 2016 - 4:07 am

Thank you for this review! I’ve been hearing mixed reviews for this foundation so I’m glad to get your opinion too. I might still get a sample to try but I’m not sure if it’s worth $44. Thanks again!

Sarah May 12, 2016 - 8:50 am

Thanks Renee, definitely one of those try before you buy products.


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