Hello, lovelies! Hope you all had a marvelous Halloween. I can’t believe we’re in November already!
O. M. G. I got a gorgeous package in the mail from Charlotte Tilbury, and be still, my beating heart, it had three fab products inside! One of them was her Magic Foundation, which I’ve heard SO much about. (Check out our Instagram for a sneek peak at what else was inside!)
Would you believe I’ve never tried any of Charlotte’s products…?!?! I know, terrible, right…?!? I’ve always wanted to, but every time I go to place an order, something happens to interrupt my shopping- identity theft, hospital visit, etc. Arrrgghhh… So, needless to say, I was thrilled with the mail carrier the day this arrived!
The reason I decided to try the Magic Foundation first was because I recently switched to a higher strength of tretinoin, so my skin is red and irritated. On top of that, it’s been a stressful month so my skin is broken out… yuck. This seemed like the perfect time to see if this foundation really was magical!
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Charlotte’s Magic Foundation is ideal for those with issues such as acne, melasma, or rosacea as you can get full coverage. But, this foundation doesn’t just cover flaws- it’s also a skincare product. The collagen-boosting formula is purported to reduce the appearance of acne in nine weeks, and reduce age spots for 75%. Most women agreed that it matched their skin tone and (comfortably) lasts all day, as well as gave perfect looking skin (Charlotte Tilbury, n.d.).
How does this foundation accomplish all these wondrous things? Vitamin C and hyaluronic filling spheres help plump the skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and aging, while concentrated mushroom extract helps moisturize, firm, and tighten pores. To top it all off, it has an SPF of 15 (Charlotte Tilbury, n.d.)!
The foundation is housed in a fab looking glass pump bottle, with a rose gold-tone lid that kind of resembles a magician’s hat, and Hollywood style graphics. The foundation I received is the shade Medium 7, and it blended seamlessly onto my face. Since I’ve never used it before, I wanted to see how it performed on its own without the extra moisture from a wet BeautyBlender, so used my Urban Decay Optical Blurring foundation brush.
The formula is very light weight, and super easy to spread and blend. I would say, though, that it’s not full coverage with just the thin amount I used. I just kept spreading it out because it was SO. EASY. However, after adding just a tiny bit more, I got full coverage in my problem areas with no issues- so it’s very buildable without looking cakey.
I wore this for a good eight hours (over the REN Perfect Canvas Silicone Free Skin Finishing Serum) before washing my face, and it didn’t seem to fade or wear away at all. The strangest thing I noticed while wearing this foundation is that my skin actually looked like skin. It looked like my skin, only in great condition- it didn’t look fake, and it sure as heck didn’t look like I was wearing a full coverage foundation!
I never felt like I had on a mask like I do with other full coverage formulas, it wore very well, and was definitely comfortable as advertised. My all-time favorite foundation in regards to coverage and finish is the NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation– this is comparable, and on a par with that. However, to get the perfect finish, you need to use your hands with the NARS. With Charlotte’s, I can use a brush, so this may even have a slight edge over NARS. (Wow, I can’t believe I just said that… sorry, NARS, I love you, but less messy hands…)
Charlotte Tilbury (n.d.). Magic Foundation. Charlotte Tilbury. Retrieved October 31, 2017, from www.charlottetilbury.com.
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