August 25, 2017

First Impression | Charlotte Tilbury Makeup and Skin Care

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation Unisex Healthy Glow Magic Foundation Goddess Skin Clay Mask

I still remember quite vividly the whirlwind surrounding Charlotte Tilbury's beauty line launch back in 2013 - I myself had not been familiar with the makeup artist, but once news broke that she had released her own products, she had definitely piqued my interest. I later learned that she was a household name in the makeup industry and worked with a slew of celebrities including Emma Roberts, Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian, JK Rowling and Kate Moss. Since her brand's launch at Selfridges in London, her products are not only available in Britain but also in stores in the US, Canada and the Netherlands as well as online. Her products are on the pricier side and I always wondered if they are worth the price tag. I recently had the opportunity to try a handful of her beauty products, and I am happy to report back on how I have been getting along with them.

Charlotte Tilbury Unisex Healthy Glow Hydrating Tint Moisturizer

The first product I put to the test is the NEW Charlotte Tilbury Unisex Healthy Glow Hydrating Tint Moisturizer* (US$40/C$50). When I first dispensed product out, I noticed it has a slight grey tint and was skeptical as to how it would give a bronze glow. My doubt quickly went out the window as I instantly saw my skin transform before my eyes with just a thin layer. My face appeared slightly darker and illuminated, my scars were less visible and my redness faded quite evenly. I've been enjoying wearing this tinted moisturizer on its own for a bit of coverage as well as as a base under my new foundation for added hydration (more about that below).

Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin Clay Mask

I am always up for trying a new face mask, and the Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin Clay Mask* (US$55/C$65) was no exception. I was expecting it to dry on my face after the recommended 10-minute mark as most clay masks do, but instead it remained in cream form, so I would say it is more of a thick cream that you rinse off with warm water. The mask is light pink/beige but turns white once applied to the face. This product is made with ingredients such as kaolin, sweet almond oil, sunflower seed oil and Vitamin E, just to name a few. While I did notice my skin looking brighter and smoother afterwards, I was not very fond of the perfumed scent. If you are also sensitive to fragrances in your skin care, I would recommend trying my Super Easy DIY French Green Clay Mask - it is all natural, super affordable and only requires 2 ingredients!

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation 5 Medium

And now, the product I was most excited to try after reading so many rave reviews, the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation* (US$44/C$50). Finding my perfect shade is always tricky, especially online, but thankfully the handy Foundation Finder is there to take the guesswork out of choosing. I ended up getting shade 5 Medium, a warm peach shade suitable for medium skin tones with neutral undertones. As someone who deals with imperfections due to acne, including redness and hyperpigmentation, I can confirm this a great option. Now, it isn't the highest coverage foundation I have tried - I would say it provides medium, buildable coverage on me personally, which is actually how I prefer it to be. The finish is not matte nor dewy, but somewhere in between. The formula has SPF 15 and is long-lasting, and wears well throughout the day with no need for touch ups when set with a light face powder. Key ingredients include mushroom extract to firm pores, Vitamin C to fight the effects of free radicals as well as hyaluronic acid to make skin look plumper.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation 5 Medium Swatch

As you can see in the swatch above, the foundation seems quite dark on the inside of my arm but matches well on my summer tanned face. You can see my before and after photos below - I have zero product on my face in my before picture, and the only products I have on in my after picture are the Unisex Healthy Glow Hydrating Tint Moisturizer and Magic Foundation

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation 5 Medium Before After

Have you tried the Charlotte Tilbury beauty line? I would love to know your thoughts and recommendations!

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52 comments

  1. I am not a huge fan of make up that has fragrances...however the way it looks on your face is really great! You look fabulous! I have never heard of this line before!

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  2. It looks like you've had a lot of success with I am always looking for a new beauty regiments that work. I will have to try these products.

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  3. I'd love to try the hydrating tinted moisturizer. I imagine it's lightweight and will keep my dry skin moisturized. Looks like great skin care products!

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  4. I am not in anyway an expert on makeup so depend on post like this to keep me informed and up to date. The before and after picture speak highly to how well this make up works.

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  5. I've been wanting to try her magic foundation but the tinted moisturizer looks interesting too!

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  6. I've heard of the Charlotte Tillsbury line and have wanted to try a few things but have yet to splurge on it. I really want to try the foundation in particular.

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  7. I had never heard of Charlotte Tilbury before reading your post. The product line sounds really great.

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  8. I have heard amazing things about Charlotte Tilbury's complexion products! I haven't bit the bullet yet and purchased any, but I'm thinking about it!

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    1. I've heard such great things as well, it really seems to be such a great brand to get behind and try out.

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  9. I love the Unisex Healthy Glow! Maybe I convince my husband to share this one beauty product with me. As we get older it's more important than ever to take good care of our skin with high-quality products.

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  10. That product gives great coverage. I love how it covers up the face spots

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  11. I have heard so much about Charlotte Tilbury as a brand, she apparently does some great make up. I would love to try the foundation.

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  12. I want to try Charlotte Tilbury products at some point. I've heard so much about them. http://www.mrsqbeauty.com

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  13. I want to try the clay mask. I think it will my skin and maybe my husbands too!

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  14. I have not tried this line yet but I have heard about it. I like the sounds of the clay mask especially of it not being dry.

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  15. I can see the beautiful result on your face. Though I am not used to wearing make up, I am up for trying it.

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  16. While I tend to be very loyal to my beauty products, I am willing to try new ones that come highly recommended. I've heard of this but haven't known of anyone who's tried it. I'm glad I found your post :)

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  17. The foundation looks lovely on you. It really gives your face a nice healthy looking glow.

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  18. I haven't heard of this brand before. I'm open to trying it out though, my skin always needs help. You look great!

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  19. Love discovering new beauty products. Recently, I've gotten into using more masks, definitely a nice way to pamper my skin!

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  20. Haven't tried Charlotte Tilbury but your makeup looks amazing. The foundation is a nice match for your complexion.

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  21. I would love to try the Charlotte Tilbury's beauty line. I have been looking for a new line to try. My skin has been so dry this summer.

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  22. I'm always on the lookout for a good clay mask, unfortunately I find one I like and they either disappear from the shelves or they change the formula.

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  23. This is a new brand to me! I will have to look for it!

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  24. What a difference the foundation has made how awesome. I am yet to try any Charlotte Tilbury products

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  25. I am always up for trying new skin care Brands and sometimes I'm even willing to try some new makeup brands too. I'm going to shop this post. Thanks

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  26. These look great, love the Charlotte Tilbury range. Such beautiful packaging too!

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  27. It's quite hard to find good products like this and I must say the result is amazing. Though the Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin Clay Mask is great, I'm quite skeptical of it having fragrances as I'm sensitive to it.

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  28. I can see that this brand and the range of products has been effective for you. Have not tried this brand but am tempted to try a few.

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  29. I love the result on you! I will need to find that product and try it myself!

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  30. I only wear makeup occasionally but, love when it looks natural and not caked on. You look great!

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  31. I like that you showed the before and after photos. Looks like this skin care product works really very well.

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  32. I'm not happy with my foundation so I'm going to check this out. I think I could really use all of these products. I am a believer in good skin care products of all types.

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  33. Oh wow I've been really curious about the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation. I love that its in the middle between finishes so its adaptable yearlong. Thank you for including the before and after photos, so helpful!

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  34. What a great line of beauty products. The before and after photos are very compelling!

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  35. What a great review! That makeup looks beautiful on you. I will definitely be checking into it!

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  36. I LOVE Charlotte Tilbury! She has the best makeup - loving these products too! They're the best!

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  37. I am not into makeup so trying a fragrance from this brand would be awesome. The makeup looks great on you!

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  38. I am unfamiliar with this beauty line. I will have to speak with my daughter about it. It does look understated but beautiful as well.

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  39. Was looking around for an honest review about this because I am not keen at all on perfumed products. They always give me headaches. Funnily enough you are linking to a diy clay mask. I never made my own and it looks so simple. Will let you know how it works out for me. Thanks for sharing. =D

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  40. These products look great and very simple to use. I heard about Charlotte Tillbury several times, but I haven't try the products before. Thanks for sharing.

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  41. For starters, I really like product packaging that looks like this…it makes me think that what's inside is high quality. This is the first time that I am hearing of Charlotte Tilbury's beauty line, but the year-round hydrating moisturizer has caught my eye.

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  42. Nice review. I really love the packaging of the product it's beautiful and I think overall that the product is good and worth a try.

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  43. I am not much of a make up user but I think the products you featured here are really great. Looking at the before and after photos sure convinced me to try it too. Thanks for your honest review.

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  44. I prefer the product for skincare than the one for make up 'cause when ur face is natural pretty you don't need anything. do you have any recommend for me?

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  45. I need to invest in some good skincare, now that I'm getting older. This looks like a pretty good investment!

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  46. Looks like an effective and great product. The images tell the story.

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  47. I am also someone that struggles with acne. I'm glad that the foundation worked out. It really did make a difference. I am someone that prefers a full coverage, although I'm not so sure that my face always likes that!

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  48. Wow! I love the results and how that foundation looks on you! I really love a simple and easy make up routine....this seems like it could get mixed in to my daily routine easily!

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  49. This is a new product for me. I like that you were able to use a small amount and for the coverage you were looking for

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  50. I love that it looked natural on you after the application. I haven't owned any CT because I find its price so steep!

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  51. I feel like I have tried so many different skincare options to try to get my acne under control. I think this might be worth a try.

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