Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation | Review

After lusting over this foundation for so many months, I bought the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation.


It is designed to be full coverage but completely weightless, creating a flawless second like skin. This foundation contains ‘magic’ ingredients such as Laricyl which is a concentrated mushroom extract for firming the skin, hyaluronic for moisture and Vitamin C for brightening. Charlotte wanted to create a foundation that would be suitable for everyone from people who suffer from acne, redness, discolouration or dull, tired skin. It also has SPF 15.



On application I found the foundation to set quite quickly so I would say to apply thin even layers and build it up. I wouldn’t recommend dolloping the foundation all over the face before blending as you’ll end up with patches that have dried before blending out. I like to apply this foundation with my fingers and really work it into my skin or with a damp beauty blender. I tried using it with a flat foundation brush and buffer brush but found it difficult to blend out.

The foundation sets demi-matte so if your skin is on the drier side like mine you need to make sure the skin is highly moisturised beforehand. I have found that the foundation goes a little bit flaky around my nose so try to keep on top of exfoliating and use a lot of hydrating products specifically around that area. On the rest of my face it sits beautifully, blends in with my skin seamlessly and the shade 3.5 fair is a great match for my skin. There is a good shade range with 12 shades to choose from, including shades for different undertones.



I have found that this foundation lasts relatively well, and is one of those foundations that wears nicely throughout the day. I have worn this through my 12 hour nursing shifts and it doesn’t look half bad when I finish. I have noticed a little bit of movement around my nose and chin but that is the case with most foundations.

As with all Charlotte Tilbury products the packing is gorgeous. It comes in a slightly frosted glass bottle with a white pump. Not only does it look beautiful on the dressing table, it is easy to see how much product you have left and I have had no problems with the amount the pump dispenses.





– SPF 15

– Lightweight and comfortable to wear

– Natural and skin-like finish

– Decent wear time and good skincare benefits



– Not suitable for extremely dry skin

– Sets fast so needs to be blended in quickly

– Needs a few layers to build up for high coverage


On the Charlotte Tilbury website there is a foundation shade finder and there are also some really good websites that you can compare your current/previous foundation shades to.

Buy the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation here – £32