Review ~ Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation


I’ve been uber excited to try this foundation as it promises a lot – perfect skin to be exact. Charlotte Tilbury products are very highly regarded by makeup artists and customers alike – the luxe packaging, quality of product and wearable colours and textures all contribute to such a reputation. Magic Foundation was “Five years in the making, a new generation of youth boosting, full coverage foundation that morphs to your face in a weightless texture, for a perfect second skin finish that lasts all day” giving a “flawless, poreless coverage” and I have to say, for the most part I agree with all of this.


This is definitely a full coverage foundation, akin to something like Estee Lauder Double Wear or Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24h with a demi matte finish – for foundation for myself this is definitely my preference – dewy foundations rarely give me anything like the coverage or the staying power I want. Still being acne prone at the grand old age of 32, I do sometimes have slightly textured skin so I need something that is long-lasting but with a little luminosity to the finish.  A little of this product goes a long way, and I used (as I nearly always do on myself) Bare Minerals Prime Time underneath to prep my skin beforehand – I always, always apply primer under all foundation, I just can’t cope without it now! I applied this foundation with a buffing brush to smooth on thin layers and build up product gradually to ensure it is completely blended in and has “merged” with the skin.  The bottle and packaging are of course, the beautiful art deco inspired creations we’ve come to know and love from CT.

I purchased shade 3 which I chose online, but this is more yellow than I usually go for so I mixed it with shade 2 which gave me the perfect neutral toned shade. I was considering buying this for my professional kit anyway, so I’ll be picking a few more shades to go alongside it as well as one for myself – coming into winter I’d go for a 2 instead, 2 being a fair shade with a pink – neutral undertone.  The shade range for Magic Foundation is good, with 12 shades ranging from fairest porcelain through to deep ebony.

Once blended this foundation sets to the skin reasonably quickly and I would say for drier skin types you may not need to powder to set, as this does dry down to a demi matte finish (as it claims to). On my skin (combination dehydrated/blemish prone) this wore well, easily giving 10+ hours of flawless wear, and I love the coverage and finish it gives. For some this may be more of a “going out” or winter foundation, as I know a lot of women choose light – medium coverage for day to day.

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As with any full coverage foundation, it definitely benefits from blusher, bronzer and highlighter to add shape and colour back to the skin – I’ve used the new Illamasqua Sculpting Pallette with The Balm Cabana Boy Blusher and this lip colour is La Splash Lip Couture Liquid Lipstick in Rose Garden.

There as far as I can tell is only one drawback – and that unfortunately is the smell. Personally if it does the job I can get past virtually any smell within reason, but this does have an aroma best compared to the biscuit-y smell of fake tan, which might not be everyone’s cup of tea! Overall though, I have to say so far it’s certainly looking like love for Charlotte Tilbury Magic! Have you given this foundation a go yet?

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation is £29.50 and is available online at

Emily x


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Emily Turnbull //

Hi Amy, the SPF thing is actually a bit of a myth – it’s not every foundation which has SPF in which flashes back – there aren’t many on the market without it so it would be very slim pickings if that were the case! It’s really only products with a high SPF of at least 25, those which have a high titanium dioxide content and those with a high pigment content, like Double Wear – even then it’s not always the case so it’s best just to try it and then check with a flash photo. This foundation doesn’t flash back in photos. Hope this helps! x

Keeley //

Thanks for showing before and after photographs. I’ve had a sample of this and so many blogs these days just show it on the skin or a swatch. I’m definitely going to go back for the full size as I loved how dewy this made my skin look.