I'd been meaning to write this post for a little while - as far back as October actually - but you know how it goes and, in a way, I'm almost glad I can write this review today, almost 5 months into using Charlotte Tilbury's Magic Foundation and feeling the same way about it as I did when I first applied it.

There's a reason why it's called 'magic'. This is a perfecting, medium-to-full coverage foundation which can be sheered out, but does dry down to a fuller coverage than most bases I'm used to using. It's plumping, perfecting, and does really good things for your face - not just while you're wearing it. Hyaluronic acid and vitamin C are added to the liquid to help it feel not only comfortable on the skin, but also super moisturising and reviving. It sounds odd to say, but my skin almost always looks a little more radiant after I take off this foundation from wearing it most of the day.

When you know, you know, yknow? Using this was like finding a 'Mary Poppins' equivalent of bases for me - it's not too shiny, it's not too matte. It brings a glowy healthiness to the skin, just dewy enough to look 'lit from within', but I'm never concerned about oiliness or shininess when I wear this like I can be when I wear something like Le Teint Touche Eclat foundation or the Diorskin Nude BB cream.

The shade range is a little hit and miss. When I first tried this in sample form, I had shade 3, which applied beautifully but oxidised just a little on my skin, which made me think it was a bit dark. Out of the bottle, however, 3 is a perfect fit for me and hasn't oxidised at all - at least, not noticeably so. Whilst the range does cover 15 shades, it does feel a little limiting when you're a 'between shades' tone, as I find these colours can cast quite strong peach or pink in tone. This is probably due to this being a colour-correcting foundation as well as an all-over base product.

Basically a selfie filter in a bottle. Enter this photo with not a lot of filter (quite a bit of fade, but nothing overly 'skin correcting'). Skin looking pretty ON POINT. Happy as Larry.

As you can tell, this foundation is a firm fave and has pretty much been my go-to since buying it. I usually apply with a Real Techniques Expert Face brush for a smooth finish and sheer out with my fingers if I need to - I do find this does apply extremely well with fingers, so a great one for travel/on-the-go.

Have you ever tried Magic Foundation? Would you give it a go?


  1. Oh this sounds like a must-have! I love the medium-full coverage foundations but oxidization does sound a little worrisome! I love the CT beauty range though so I may end up picking this one up soon!

    Stephanie | theFantasia.com

  2. I'm so tempted to give this a go! As soon as I got an email about it arriving in Canada, I almost got it right away. But then I looked at all the other foundations I still have to use up so I've put it on hold for now but once I use up a couple more foundations I think I'll have to get it! xx
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

  3. YAS, same boat as Celina. ^
    We finally have this in Canada and though I'm tempted to check it out, $$$. I'm already on the waitlist for her Light Wonder foundation (my shade is perpetually sold out) even though I realistically don't need any more basis. As for the oxidation, maybe it was just the environment/conditions for that day? (...unless you used that sample sachet on multiple occasions)


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