Saturday, August 27, 2016

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation in "3 Fair": Review and Swatches

Disclaimer: The product featured was provided for review.
A product created after five years of research and development, the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation ($49 CAD) is described as miracle in a bottle. Designed for all skin types and concerns, the foundation promises high coverage with a lightweight and skin-like finish. I've been testing this out lately and today I want to share with you my thoughts on the formulation. To read on, click......
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation in "3 Fair"
The Magic Foundation from Charlotte Tilbury comes in a simple frosted glass bottle. The convenient pump dispener has a shiny rose gold cap. There's nothing too fancy about the packaging but it looks and feels very luxruious. I am not sure why but the Canadian shipment of the packaging has a white sticker label masking the printed label on the bottle. The only difference I spot is that the paper label does not say SPF 15 while the printed label on the bottle does.
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation in "3 Fair"
With hyluronic acid for hydration, laricyl mushroom extract for pore tighting, and vitamin C for brightening and radiance, the Magic Foundation is available in 12 different shades. I have here "3 Fair", which is equivalent to NC15 to NC20 from MAC. The foundation promises full coverage and it indeed is great at camouflaging blemishes and acne. The formulation is super cushioning upon application, erasing any uneveness and englarged pores. I found it a bit difficult to blend so it's best to apply right after moisturizing. With that said, the foundation felt very hydrating despite having a demi-matte finish.
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation in "3 Fair"
Unfortunately, I had a lot of trouble with the wear. Everything about the coverage, the texture, and the finish was excellent during application and the first couple of hours. However, because I have oily skin, things started going down hill after four or so hours. My skin got very oily and shine started accumulating on my T-zone even though I powdered after application and blotted throughout the day. My biggest issue, though, was with creasing. The foundation on the skin between my brows and around the corners of my nose basically slipped and slid around and creased visibly. At the end of the day, big streaks of foundation creases were apparent near the corners of my nose!
So all in all, I really wanted to love this foundation because the application and the finish were just amazing. It was lightweight and very skin-like, which I can't say about a lot of foundations I've tried in the past. However, the wear just didn't stand. This product might wear better if you have normal to dry skin, but on my oily skin the Magic Foundation turned into a bit of a mess.

Charlotte Tilbury is available online and in stores at Holt Renfrew and Nordstrom.