Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation Review

I’ve been working my way through the Charlotte Tilbury line and so far, I’ve loved everything I’ve tried. Naturally, I had to try the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation. I mean, it says magic.🧙‍♀️🔮✨

I’ve been in an in between space with foundations, trying them here and there but not married to any in particular. I am flirting with foundations. I’m being foundation promiscuous.

I’m always looking for something full coverage with a luminous finish that looks like skin and doesn’t settle into the large pores on my cheeks. Is Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation the one or is that too much to ask?

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation in 3.5

Charlotte Tilbury’s site doesn’t describe the Magic Foundation as well as Sephora’s site, which I find is often the case. From the Sephora site, is quite the mouthful of dreamy claims, including:

“A long lasting, medium-buildable coverage foundation with a demi-matte finish and SPF 15 to protect skin.”

“a miracle in a bottle”

“for everything from minor imperfections to more full coverage skin concerns like acne and rosacea”

“recommended for those with acne scarring, mature skin, and normal to tired skin”

Purchased with my pro artist discount. Post contains affiliate links.

Shade Range: 6/10

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation is available in 20 shades. That isn’t all that impressive considering many brands now offer 40+.

I ordered shade 3.5 Fair which is definitely a great match depth wise, meaning it’s not too light or too dark. Charlotte Tilbury describes 3.5 as: Warm golden-beige for fair skin tones with warm golden undertones

However, despite it saying it has a warm undertone, as with most foundations, it’s still not yellow enough for me. It’s a pretty good match but I would not consider this to be a truly perfect match.

Comparing Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation to 2 other foundations that I wear.
Fenty 130 is the most yellow undertone I own while the NYX Natural one is very neutral so I consider CT’s 3.5 more neutral undertone.

Coverage: 6/10

The Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation is truly medium coverage.
It claims it’s good for people with melasma but I definitely disagree. It does not fully cover melasma, post-blemish marks or deep areas of pigmentation.

I applied it with both my damp beautyblender and a dense kabuki style brush. When applied with the brush, the finish was worse but the coverage was the same.

Formula/Finish: 7/10

Despite containing hydrating ingredients, the formula is not particularly hydrating. On my skin, the finish is definitely matte, not luminous or dewy. I can get by without setting it because it’s that matte.

On a positive note, it does not accentuate my pores or settle into lines. I assume it’s because it contains silicone fairly early on in the ingredient list.

The formula and finish remind me most of Fenty Pro Filt’r Foundation. Like Fenty, it’s matte but Fenty is far fuller coverage, has better yellow undertones and wears longer. See my original review post of that foundation HERE.

The photos below show what Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation looks like on. All photos taken on my iPhone in natural lighting. 

Wear: 7/10

I would rate the wear as average. It’s not exceptional, not weak. It wears just fine. Fine and dandy.

I tried this both with and without the Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow Primer. It didn’t make a dramatic difference that I noticed.

Packaging: 9/10

I always dig a frosted glass bottle and even moreso, I love a pump. Pump, pump, pump, pump it up! I am deducting a point because the lid fits onto the pump in a strange way that definitely takes a few tries.

Value: 6/10

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation retails for $44 for 1 fluid oz. I’ve paid far more for foundations I loved, (hi NARS, with your animal testing ass) and I’ve definitely paid less, (hello Collab Bright Spark!)

Overall Score: 68%

The video below from my IGTV shows you how the foundation applies and the level of coverage. As you can see, my skin has much to cover!

What I liked

  • Quality packaging with pump
  • Consistency
  • Sits nice on the skin

What I didn’t

  • Matte finish
  • Medium coverage
  • Undertone is not yellow enough

Do I recommend Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation?

While it’s a nice, medium foundation that sits really nice on the skin, for $44, I think you can do better. For dry skin especially, it’s not magic. I prefer a foundation with a more dewy, skin -like finish and I would not repurchase this.

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