Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream SPF 15 | Product Review & Ingredients
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Charlotte Tilbury’s secret is out. Her Magic Cream is a secret mix of patented anti-aging ingredients combined with a hyaluronic booster and floral extracts to lift and transform tired skin in an instant.
Experience/Skin Type: Medium weight cream with light floral scent. For most skin types – except for extremely oily.
Key Ingredients: A break-through multi-tasking ingredient, the BioNymph Peptide Complex, fights the aging process on all fronts: it stimulates collagen production and cell energy and fights free radicals, to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and smooth the skin.
A hyaluronic acid booster called Sodium Hyaluronate floods skin with moisture, re-plumping the skin. And an infusion of rose hip oil and vitamin E bring your complexion back to life.
Quick Review: Affordable luxury in a richly textured cream that transforms tired skin into a glowing, healthy complexion. Is it magic? While it won’t banish all your skin woes (dark spots and acne still require specific attention) it certainly WORKS.
The amount of hype that surrounded the U.S. launch of Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Cream rivaled that of the iPhone 6. Honestly, I’ve never heard of Charlotte Tilbury – though I do recall her Killer Cheekbones Set ($110) being sold at Nordstrom and wondering what warranted such a high price tag. With all her celebrity credentials aside, when Beautylish sent me a pre-sale invitation for her Magic Cream, I didn’t bite (unfortunately) – but became intrigued.
Since then I’ve invested quite a bit in her line and while it can read as insincere – I love ALL her products. Seriously and truly. Putting that aside for later reviews (although if you must – I really love her mascara), let’s focus on the Magic Cream. This is the product that will likely put her on the beauty map.
At face value, it is a standard moisturizer with a standard amount of sun protection (SPF 15). There is a definite floral scent (likely from the rose oils) that some may find a bit much, though I find it rather nostalgic, pleasant and not overbearing at all. The slightly dewy texture of this cream has left some oilier customers debating – but as someone with combination skin who lives is ridiculously humid Hawaiian weather, I think it does a magnificent job at keeping skin hydrated without feeling occlusive.
The trick is to follow Charlotte’s method of application (see below) and not using too much product. Magic Cream works wonders as a pre-makeup base and I noticed that my skin didn’t look dry or tired throughout the day. It was a bit “greasy” like other users have noted, but not in a bad way. Once the product absorbed, skin felt fresh and dewy. If you feel a child’s skin it feels moist and has a tiny bit of shine. This is how it felt to me. Using the Wonderglow added a tiny bit of luminous glow and any foundation I used over it (Bobbi’s Skin Stick Foundation is amazing) lasted all day – but yes, I needed to blot midday. Still, no breakouts or rash from the SPF.
I read a review that likened Magic Cream to Embroylisse 24 Hour Miracle Cream ($28, dermstore.com). When it comes to the overall experience, there is some truth to it – both creams are very European with a deceptively rich texture that effectively moisturizes and plumps the skin plus has a floral scent. As a fan of the Embroylisse (I have tube next to my bed) I suppose you could be just as happy with the blue and white tube, but I will say that since I’ve been using the Magic Cream every morning, my skin is monumentally more glowing and soft. Plus I like using Embroylisse on my legs and arms at night – which is what you should use a $28 cream for. However, if you are more frugal with your beauty budget, the Embroylisse is a nice non-SPF substitute (but not a dupe). The M.Steves Multi-Benefit Moisturizer is also a non-SPF rose oil based cream that works well at night in conjunction with Magic Cream.
At the end of the day I can see the $95 price tag and seemingly ordinary product being a purchasing deterrent – but its one of the best investments I’ve made so far. Thus far I have not been a big fan of the “DAY CREAM” but Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream SPF 15 has surpassed any expectations I could have for something labeled MAGIC. Maybe it isn’t magical but since its a SPF moisturizer that I enjoy using and doesn’t make me break out – I’d definitely say its a miracle.
CHARLOTTE TILBURY MAGIC CREAM SPF 15 INGREDIENTS: Water (Aqua), Homosalate , Glyceryl Stearate SE, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Octocrylene, Cetyl Alcohol, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Steareth-21, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Carbomer, Dimethiconol, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Chlorphenesin, Caprylyl Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Hydrolyzed Viola Tricolor Extract, Allantoin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Disodium Edta, Tocopheryl Acetate, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Sodium Hydroxide, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Michelia Alba Leaf Oil, Sodium Lactate, Coco-Glucoside, PEG-8, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopherol, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Plumeria Rubra Flower Extract, Ascorbic Acid, Citric Acid, Nicotiana Sylvestris Leaf Cell Culture, Linalool, Citronellol, Geraniol, plus a little bit of top secret magic… (Source: charlottetilbury.com)
How to use: To lift your complexion and boost collagen, apply the cream to the tips of your middle three fingertips and blend, starting from the lower cheek and moving out, stimulating blood flow. Tap cheeks to decongest puffiness. To define your cheekbones, place your forefingers under your cheekbones and push upward then outward. Repeat three times. To define the jawline, use your thumb and forefinger to gently pinch your jawline in two-second increments, moving along the line of your chin outward. To smooth wrinkles, apply cream to the tips of your middle three fingers and massage the cream into your forehead and move out toward your temples.
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Charlotte Tilbury products are available at beautylish.com and nordstrom.com.