Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation


'Is it magic, or is it foundation?' - no doubt if you follow Charlotte Tilbury on social media you would have heard this fabulous, yet fairly ridiculous, slogan for her newest base. It's not really magic per say, but it is a strong rival for Estée Lauder Double Wear (reviewed here). Now I absolutely love Charlotte and her range, but sadly this is one product I haven't found myself using. Mainly, because I've gone right off full coverage foundations - just a bit of concealer and a dusting of powder for me, thank you! If you're a full coverage fanatic, you will most probably get on with this grandly. It really does cover everything and has a eerily flawless, poreless finish.

What I really want to talk about are the shades - it's available in 15 - and I know lots of you order online without getting to try it out in person. From left to right above are swatches of Magic Foundation in the 'fair' shades 1, 2, 3 and 3.5. The best match for my skin tone was 2, a 'pink-beige for very fair skin tones with cool undertones'. My skin leans more towards neutral than cool, so don't let the 'pink' description put you off.

It may not look it in the photo, but 1 (the palest of the range) 'a neutral beige for very fair skin tones with cool undertones', is seriously pale - a godsend for those who always find even the lightest foundations come up too dark. 3 is described as a 'neutral beige for skin with cool undertones' - but I find it quite a bit warmer than 2, and ideal for days I'm wearing a light fake tan.

Finally, 3.5 is a 'warm golden-beige for Light Skin Tones with warm golden/yellow undertones' - it's actually lighter than 3, but with a distinct yellow finish so is definitely suited to those with yellow undertones or excess redness. It did not suit me, at all - but my friend who has mild rosacea loved it!
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