Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation | Tried and Tested

I have been on the look-out for a new evening foundation, and heard a couple of great reviews on the new Magic foundation from Charlotte Tilbury. I was lucky that I had a voucher already (thank you Greta) so this was really a belated birthday treat.

The Charlotte Tilbury Magic foundation makes a couple of promises:

  • Work on all skin type and tones
  • Give a full coverage
  • Feel weightless on the skin



Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation, Brown Thomas. Classic and Wilde

I visited the large counter in Brown Thomas on Grafton street and was helped by a member of their team. I tested out a couple of different shades on my hand and settled on shade 5. This is a foundation that I will only be wearing when I have false tan on, so it is a little bit darker than my day time foundation. Shade 5 is a warm peach colour for medium skin tones with neutral undertones.


A warning: my tan is SHOCKING in the pictures below! The tan on my hands is always a little dodgy because I wash my hands so much but it is really noticeable under the flash.

Above with flash, below with no flash. One of the first things I noticed about this foundation is you need a little bit of elbow grease to get it on evenly. I use the expert face brush from Real Techniques, and this helps buff it into the skin.

No flash above, with flash below.

The creamy liquid foundation is quite luminous.


I have been trying it out for a couple of weeks and have a few thoughts on this foundation.

  • The coverage is medium in my opinion, but can be built up to full coverage.
  • It does feel light and weightless on my skin (slightly heavier than naked skin from UD)
  • You have to pay attention when blending the foundation in.
  • It leaves a velvety finish
  • I have combination skin (normal-oily) and I think this does suit me but I need a powder to set it. It does have hydrating properties so it would probably suit dry skin too.

TA-DAH: Here I am with my magic foundation face. I did apply my favourite concealer (urban decay naked) and a dusting of setting powder (matte maker). I am not a makeup artist at all, but I am really happy with the results from using this foundation.

If you are thinking of trying out this foundation I would recommend asking for a sample at a counter first. A 30ml bottle of Magic Foundation will set you back €40, which I think is reasonable for the quality but unless you test it out first it could be a waste of money for you.

You can buy the Magic Foundation by Charlotte Tilbury here.


Any questions? Let me know in the comments below and I will try to answer as best as I can.
Until next time

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