Monday, 2 May 2016

Charlotte Tilbury Makeup Review

Before I get into this review, I just have to say how excited I was that Charlotte Tilbury commented on my Instagram photo!!!!!! I know she comments on a few girls photos asking to use their images but I literally screamed when I got the notification. I was so excited, it absolutely made my entire day!


Charlotte Tilbury is renowned for high quality, beautifully packaged beauty products which are highly regarded by makeup artists & her customers. Stunning Art Deco packaging makes her brand stand out from the rest & I always find myself drawn to her beauty counter like a magnet. Everything about her brand is glam, glitzy & it's just fab!

Last week I decided I wanted to try out Magic Foundation. A foundation which is demi matte, so it gives you that matte look you want without sitting on top of your face. It aims to almost act like a second layer of skin and wear so lightly on your face with a really full coverage. It claims to cover acne and acne scars, fill in fine lines and wrinkles, smooth over pores to give a more flawless finish as well as lasting all day. I've never used any of her products before because they are slightly more pricey even though I always hover around her counters, but I felt like treating myself after a very busy couple of weeks in work. I have quite oily skin with large pores so this foundation sounded perfect for what I need. I struggle to find a foundation that lasts longer than a few hours, so I'm always willing to try a new product in the hope that my quest to find "the perfect foundation" will finally cease.

Every foundation you use is different. They will all require different methods and techniques to apply it & will work differently depending on how you have prepped your skin. It's all about trial and error really to find the perfect method for your skin type & the foundation you're using. I've had to use this foundation a few times with different moisturisers, primers & powders to find the perfect end result so I've decided to list each time I have used it so you can see what I used.

Prep & Prime - The first time I used it, I moisturised with my trusty Neutrogena Oil-Free moisturiser. Secondly, I used Benefit's Professional primer which is more like a balm than a cream.
Foundation & Powder - I applied my foundation using my MAC 187 brush in a circular motion to aim for the full coverage I want & then set the foundation with Charlotte's Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder.
Outcome - It looked awful. Like so bad. The foundation mixed with the primer whilst I was applying it and it kind of went creamy on my skin. I looked like I had so much makeup on & the whole point of this foundation was to look like I had less on. It was patchy, you could see the foundation sitting on top of my skin & it had this bizarre texture.

Prep & Prime - I moisturised with Neutrogena Oil-Free moisturiser & used Benefit's Professional primer again.
Foundation & Powder - This time I applied the foundation used my Real Techniques Scuplting Brush & really pressed the foundation into my skin rather than circular motions because I think I was just moving the makeup around my face & not letting it set. I set the foundation with the Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder again, but also with Laura Mercier's Translucent Setting Powder as I had contoured that day.
Outcome - It looked slightly better but still a little patchy. Same kind of texture as the first time, slightly creamy and sitting on top of my skin.

ATTEMPT No. 3 (before I nearly launched the foundation in the bin)
Prep & Prime - Again I used my Neutrogena moisturiser, but this time I changed my primer to a more a creamy/lotion type formula. I used the Smashbox Photo Finish Light primer.
Foundation & Powder - I applied my foundation with both the MAC & RT brushes. I used the MAC one first & then just pressed in the rest of the foundation & I got a really good, solid coverage. The girl at the counter told me not to use a beauty blender with this foundation as it will literally soak up whatever is on your face. So obviously I had to try it out for myself because as soon as someone tells me not to do something, I will do it. I tried it on my nose & after about 2 times of pressing the sponge on my nose, I had nothing left on there. It absorbed nearly all of it. So I wouldn't recommend that at all. I set all of that with both powders I used the time before because I had contoured again as this time was for a night out.
Outcome - LOVED IT. LOVED IT. LOVED ITTTTTTTTT!!!!!! It looked so much better. I had a few people comment on how nice my foundation looked and how it looked quite natural and soft so I was made up! It lasted all night, I didn't touch it up once. My face didn't go oily & when I got in, it still looked the same. I was really pleased with the outcome.

A couple of other things I noticed with this foundation is it has a bit of a smell to it. It smells a bit clinical & of plastic if that is possible? But it disappears pretty quick. It is also very build able so you can easily achieve the heaviness you want & a little bit does go a long way.

Overall, once I'd got the technique right, I loved this foundation & will definitely buy it again but I think I'm going to save it for my evening wear as it just lasted so well. I didn't see what it was like on photos but if you have any opinions let me know down below because I'd love to know how it photographs.

I hope you all enjoyed reading my review of the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation.
See you next time.


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