You know I am a full on foundation junkie, right? I love testing out new bases even though I have a few favourites that tI always turn back to. This Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation has been talked about quite positively in blogging circles so I was really keen to try it out. This is my first CT base product!
I met Charlotte recently and her personality and passion for her brand is just infectious. I am not saying that in a kiss-assy way, I am saying that she believes in her brand 100% and you can see that she tries her best for every product and that in turn made me very enthusiastic about the brand too. She is the best sales lady, ever. She could sell me liver patties, AND I HATE LIVER PATTIES.
But back to foundation. Magic Foundation is a full coverage base which comes in a pretty well made glass jar like this:
I have no complaints about the CT brand packaging, I love the vintage-retro-flapper look – it is classy without being boring.
I was matched to shade 7 (I am a MAC shade NC35) which is a neutral caramel for Medium to Tan skintones with a warm olive or golden undertone. Shade 7 looks a bit dark on my face although it matches my neck (which is about 2 tones darker than my face). It’s also a strong yellow based shade, I would say I am a tad more neutral than this foundation but once it’s all blended in, it’s quite natural.
This has a pump (good) and dispenses enough for one application each time. The texture is that of a thickish liquid, and it does have quite a opaque coverage which I personally love (if you prefer lighter bases, Charlotte does that too) but I really like a base that gives a completely flawless finish.
Compared to other bases in my collection it is heavier than my beloved RMK Creamy Foundation and Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk. It is about the same as my current love, MAC Waterproof Foundation and Estee Lauder Doublewear in terms of coverage. I found it covered pores, redness, small marks etc. I found it had quite a nice light feel once set (lighter than Doublewear) especially when applied with a brush and buffed in. Longevity is good, it seemed to stay in place for most of the day.
My current no. 1 foundation in zee make up bag is the MAC Waterproof because it gives so much coverage and a really dewy glow. How does that compare to Magic Foundation?
Well I would say that Magic Foundation has a drier finish, which can almost look a bit powdery. Prepping the skin before hand like with a primer is important if you suffer from dry patches – I have dry areas and I found Magic Foundation could cling a little to those if I didn’t prime underneath.
I didn’t need to powder after using Magic Foundation but I have a drier skin type. I actually think oilier skins would adore this foundation because of the kind of finish it has I think can cope with the oilies.
Here is the base on me – it covers flaws well and blends easily:
This is a really good foundation for Photography!
This foundation is in there make up bag and I am enjoying it as a matter full coverage foundation – so good for when I have busier more full on days as I know it will last. If I want a glowing hydrating full coverage foundation I will reach for the MAC I mentioned earlier. If I want something super light and natural then I go for something else entirely.
There are 12 shades of Magic Foundation to cover most skintones, see them here