Thursday, 19 May 2016

Worth the splurge? Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation.

charlotte tilbury magic foundation
I work hard, I deserve a little treat now and then, I should be spending more than £10.00 on foundation at my age. These are the words that have been going round and round in my head for quite a while now. It's called justification. God knows why I need to justify any of this. I am my own woman, I don't answer to anyone. Well no one who can give me a disdainful look about buying make up!

Charlotte Tilbury is not easily available to me and so during a recent trip to London Town (to attend my first ever blogger meet no less), I decided to hot foot it to CT after the event via a detour on my way back to Paddington.

For me to spend £29.50 on a foundation, I need to get it right, I need to get the right shade. Well I need someone to tell me what shade I am because this is not a skill of mine. So with a determined and purposeful swagger I waltzed into Charlotte Tilbury's Beauty Boudoir in Covent Garden. I walked straight up to one of the sales consultants with the beautiful eye make-up and said "I'm here to buy the Magic Foundation". What a knob.

Anyway the consultant quickly tested some shades on me and told me I'm shade 5 medium, which is a warm peach for medium undertones. So with a smug look on my face, I took myself and my bag of Magic foundation and a few free samples back to the train station.

I've been using this for a few days and I really, really like it. The box says it is a full coverage, demi-matte, long lasting foundation which is enriched with hyaluronic acid, laricyl and vitamin c. I would say this foundation is medium to full coverage, so depending on how much coverage you want you can go from a light-ish base to a more flawless complexion.

The sales consultant told me that the ingredient laricyl goes on to your skin but actually moves with your skin, she described it as almost stretching with the skin's movements. I don't know about that but I can say that this covers my skin flaws well, minimises open pores on my cheeks and forehead and gives a lovely fresh, slightly glowing finish which does last all day.

It does sit a little around the edge of my nose and does collect in the pores I have on the side of my nose but I don't blame the foundation, all of them do this on me. I need actual polyfila to disguise those bad boys!

The sales woman did say that this is best applied with the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Complexion foundation brush, as you need to buff it in to skin rather than rubbing it in. I didn't buy one as I already have two foundation buffing brushes which I really like. And the CT one is £45.00. (I don't work that hard!).

The packaging is lovely, as you would expect, and the glass bottle comes with a pump. Essential on any bottled foundation I think.
charlotte tilbury magic foundation
I mean I do think Magic is a big claim to make, and whilst it hasn't turned me into a 20 year old beauty with taut skin, it has given me a glow and as close to flawless as I'm going to get. This foundation feels like £29.50 worth, and so for that it is worth the splurge.

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7 comments

  1. I see Charlotte Tilbury EVERYWHERE, it's probably about time I went out and bought some of her makeup really! I usually go for light coverage foundation, how do you think this would work with a damp foundation brush to lighten it up a bit? Anna x | www.skinporium.co.uk

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    1. Hi Anna. I think it would work really well. I use 2 layers for full coverage but I know 1 light layer will be great when I want a lighter coverage. Thanks for your comment. Julie x

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  2. I love the CT light wonder foundation, my daughter likes the magic but it doesn't sit well on my super dry skin, the light wonder is lovely for me though :) loved this post, you made me laugh calling yourself a knob ha ha, cheered me up :) great post as always xxx

    Zoe ♥ MammafulZo

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    1. What a lovely comment Zoe, thank you. Xx

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  3. I always feel slightly scared about approaching those types of counters, silly really! Made me smile... You are so not a knob! ;-)

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  4. I've been humming and arring about this foundation since it has come out, but your post has convinced me to make the splurge! I have nominated you for the Liebster Award on my blog - http://getupmakeupdressup.blogspot.co.uk/2016/05/leibster-award.html, I am so sorry if you have already been nominated! Tavi xx

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    1. Hi Tavi. Oh thank you & no I haven't been nominated. I also think this foundation still looks good by the end of the day, so hope you like it. Thanks for your comment. Xx

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