Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation Review

Day 21: Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation

Level of coverage

Full-medium to full coverage.


A matte finish but light in texture.


Lasts very well and offers reliable coverage but you may wish to powder the t-zone through the day.

Techniques that you might need to know

Definitely apply this with a fluffy brush to buff it out to a flawless finish. Your Magic Cream will be a great option to prep this with. Don’t waste your Wonderglow primer under this – the finish is so full that it won’t necessarily show through. Save that for use with your Light Wonder foundation.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation 1

You’ll like this if…  

– You want a full coverage that doesn’t dry or cake through the day

– You like Double Wear but want something slightly less full and easier to remove

Avoid if…

Don’t avoid but be mindful that you won’t necessarily need this is if you have mostly problem-free skin. This works especially well to offer coverage for the likes of redness or acne.

Products that work well with this 

Charlotte’s Magic Foundation offers a very full coverage. She recommends buffing it in with something fluffy like her Magic Complexion Brush so that you achieve a flawless finish without being too thick or heavy.

Everything else I need to tell you

This is a great full coverage option for anyone that doesn’t want to feel anything too heavy on the skin. Although it works well on all skin types, I’d recommend prepping with something very hydrating if your skin is dry.

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If I had to describe this foundation in one sentence…

A full coverage matte foundation that lasts the day, applies very easily and comes off quickly with cleanser.

Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Foundation costs £29.50 and is available nationwide. I wrote a much more detailed piece about this foundation last summer which you can find here – it offers more insight into ingredients and skincare benefits.

To read more of my foundation reviews, see the full #FoundationFebruary list HERE.

Charlotte Tilbury Mini Miracle Eye Wand

I wrote about Christmas and her Magic Foundation straight away, but I wanted to really take my time with the Mini Miracle Eye Wand and ensure that it was amazing before I wrote about it.

I’ve taken my time. It’s amazing.

Charlotte Tilbury Mini Miracle Eye Wand 3

Let’s start with the fact that Charlotte’s wand is a world first in that it has a brush on two ends. Step 1 contains a Hydrating and Lifting Eye Cream, and Step 2 the Illuminate Under-Eye Light Reflector (concealer). Both are released with a quick twist and click, then applied using their respective brushes. As with all of her products it’s just so quick and easy. You don’t even need to pat anything in with your finger, let alone carry an additional brush.

Charlotte Tilbury Mini Miracle Eye Wand 5

Here’s how it works…

Step 1: Hydrating and Lifting Eye Cream

  • Can be used twice per day
  • Contains hyaluronic acid, plumping the skin and great for keeping skin hydrated therefore no drying, clumpy concealer
  • Bio Extract of Salicornia to reduce loss of water, again keeping everything fresh and dewy
  • Acanthium promotes cellular repair
  • Cyclodextrins to lift the eye dome
  • Rice Proteins to reduce bags, fighting ageing and fatigue

What’s great about this cream is that it slightly tightens when you apply it, really firming the eye area and keeping everything in place. It’s a bit like a pair of spanx for the eyes. If you haven’t had a lot of sleep, this helps to sculpt you back to normality.

Charlotte Tilbury Mini Miracle Eye Wand 2

Step 2: Illuminate Under-Eye Light Reflector 

I really, really get on well with this. Sometimes I find that concealers with lots of coverage are heavy and ageing, but lighter concealers don’t do enough to colour correct. This strikes a perfect balance of the two, offering instant colour correction and evening out the skin tone but with a light, dewy consistency.

  • “A million lights” light-reflecting micro-particles to diffuse light
  • Mother of Pearl to add radiance
  • Polypeptides to minimise dark circles over time
  • Silky elastomers to smooth over wrinkles

Charlotte describes this as part of her ‘treat and transform’ range of skincare and make-up hybrids, designed to ease the appearance of fatigued eyes over time and brighten them instantly.

Charlotte Tilbury Mini Miracle Eye Wand 1

If you’re yet to find a concealer to take away bags without sitting in your lines, look no further. This is it.

Charlotte’s Mini Miracle Eye Wand is available in 5 shades and will be £29 available from October.

You may also wish to read:

Charlotte Tilbury Christmas 2015 Gift Guide

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation

Having the quality time with Charlotte was so inspiring. When you hear her speak you realise why her brand is taking over the world the way that it is – she loves women and she genuinely just wants every woman to look the best possible version of themselves. It’s that simple and yet she makes it so utterly quick, fun and glamorous.

Me and Charlotte Tilbury

First on the agenda was an insight into her brand new, upcoming Magic Foundation. Charlotte told us that this product has been 5 years in the making, since before she even had investment into her brand.

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Her inspiration was the fact that she had never quite found the perfect full coverage foundation and frankly needed it in her kit. She recalled shoots in which she would mix a little bit of everything to make her perfect full base and said that one of two things would happen. Either the full coverage finish would start to cake and dry out as the day went on, needing constant retouching, or the photos would look beautiful but the model in the flesh would have 6 inches of make-up on. These factors in mind, she began working with both skincare and make-up labs to create a formula that delivered a hydrating, full coverage finish and something to give that retouched finish to the everyday girl.

Now that she has it, she says, “I feel like I’ve given birth!”

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation 1

Charlotte’s Magic Foundation is what she describes as a “new generation” hybrid of anti-ageing, full coverage foundation. What she said of existing full coverage foundations seemed true to me too; she finds that they can feel heavy, be drying, pull on the skin and definitely age the skin. Hers is a weightless, easy to buff formula that will flatter every age, skintone and skin concern. And she’s so confident in how great it is that her campaign images are before and after shots, completely unretouched.

Here’s what it covers and treats…

  • Acne and Acne Scarring: minimises the production of sebum after 9 weeks
  • Redness, Rosacea, Discoloration and Melasma: reduces production of melanocytes over tiem
  • Mature skin: smoothes appearances of wrinkles in 1 hour and age spots reduced by 75%

And here’s what’s in it…

  • Laricyl, a concentrated mushroom extract. Charlotte was laughing that this didn’t sound very glamorous but in French medical legend it was sought after as an elixir for longer life. It firms, tightens pores and hydrates the skin.
  • Hyaluronic Filling Spheres to ensure that moisture is retained and the base stays hydrated all day, thus no drying or caking.
  • Vitamin C (VC-IP) for anti-oxidant properties, great for those of us working in the city.
  • An SPF 15.

For best application of Magic Foundation, Charlotte is releasing a brand new Magic Complexion Brush. You can also see her brand new Mini Miracle Eye Wand in this photo, but I’ll tell you about that in my next post…

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Eye Wand

This sits somewhere between the Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush and the Real Techniques Buffing Brush, both of which I love. What this does is buffs the foundation into the skin, giving a flawless, air-brushed finish. Charlotte says this will work especially well for women with acne or rosacea because it won’t force foundation into the pores. It’s ridiculously soft and doesn’t pull or wipe products across the skin. This is coming out in September also and comes in at £45.

Personally I just think that what Charlotte does so well is listens to the women that use her make-up. I know from working on the shop floor that women love her Light Wonder foundation (which is also lovely for a fresh, dewy complexion) but that lots of women need to team it with added Retoucher (her concealer) to get a fuller coverage finish. I don’t know another brand that acts on feedback quite so personally, on a complete level and with no other motive but to help the women who love it.

I’ll show you my before and after on Instagram very soon!

Charlotte’s Magic Foundation will be available this September at £29.50.

You might also like to read: Charlotte Tilbury Christmas 2015

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