3 New Things from Charlotte Tilbury | Magic Foundation, Eyes to Mesmerise & Medium-Dark Filmstar Bronze & Glow


It's been a busy time over at Charlotte Tilbury HQ with so many amazing releases in the past couple of months. I picked up three new products from the permanent line (I managed to resist the pretty packaging of the Norman Parkinson collection, as lovely as it looked). Now I've had a chance to give them a proper go I thought I'd do a review and some swatches of the products.

Magic Foundation | £29.50


When you call your product a 'Magic Foundation' you're setting the bar pretty high! The claim is that this provides a full coverage whilst feeling weightless on the skin. It is supposed to erase pores and redness, brighten up dull skin and provide a long-lasting demi-matte coverage whilst also hydrating the skin. It's 12 shades also aim to cater for the full spectrum of skin tones. These are all very bold claims but I thought if it does what it says it will then Charlotte Tilbury has bottled my perfect base, so I had to give it a go! (And yes, I literally went on the first day it was released to buy this...)

I was colour-matched at Selfridges in Manchester city centre by a really helpful lady. I won't lie, I've had some bad counter experiences with this brand so I had been apprehensive, but thankfully it was for no reason this time. I was matched to shade 7 out of 12, which seems pretty representative of where I am on the human skin tone spectrum so I have full confidence in this foundation's ability to work for both the fairest and the deepest skin tones. I very rarely get a great match straight out of the bottle, even in high-end foundations, so I was astounded that I found one here.

One pump gives a natural but good coverage, but I tend to go for two and use the second to build up on any areas I want a bit more coverage (it's very easy to control how much comes out). I never usually apply foundation with my fingers but I gave it a go with this and it worked really nicely for a natural finish. It looks natural yet flawless on the skin (though definitely not a 'no makeup' makeup look), it does an excellent job of covering imperfections and blurring pores before you've even added on your concealer. I've also noticed it doesn't settle into any fine lines, it seems to sit in a very flattering way on the skin. 

I love the satin finish of this; a full-on matte foundation can be a bit drying but anything too dewy sends me running for the hills with my combination skin! I've heard a few people mention they found it clung to their dry patches. Whilst I didn't find this with my skin, I wouldn't recommend this on drier skin types (maybe check out her Wonder Light foundation instead). It does contain SPF so it may not be one for wearing to events with flash photography. A few people have mentioned they didn't think the wear-time was great but I haven't found that problem (I will let you know how it goes on a work-to-out 12 hour+ day though!) If you like Nars Sheer Glow, I think this will be right up your street!

Finally, I have to mention that gorgeous packaging. There's something so beautiful and luxurious about Charlotte Tilbury packaging, it really makes you feel special when using it. This comes in a frosted bottle with a rose gold top. It almost reminds me of a perfume bottle and fits right in on my dressing table. I also think £29.50 is a reasonable price as around the £30 mark is to be expected for a high-end base with the standard 30ml of product, however this looks and feels so premium.

 



Despite being a certified cream eyeshadow junkie, I didn't snatch these up as soon as they came out as for some reason I thought they were around the £30 mark. However once I realised they were a more reasonable £22, I decided to pick up a shade. I chose Bette, as it's a beautiful glowing, dewy gold; I honestly can't deal with how stunning this colour is!

The texture is very much like a mousse formula so it goes on like liquid gold. It's an absolute dream to apply and blend in and it really brings the eyes to life. However there's one negative and it may be a deal-breaker for some of you... Around the 5-hour mark I noticed it had creased a fair amount, even though I was wearing a primer. By the time it hit 8 hours it was quite faded and looked quite glittery and nowhere near as multidimensional. 

With something like the Max Factor Excess Shimmers, which cost around £8 a go, it's something I can forgive but for £22 the wear-time is quite disappointing! Bette is a lovely shade I will use and love but I don't think I will be purchasing another shade, unfortunately. I will probably reserve it for dinners out (where I only need to look good for 4 hours tops) or as an inner-corner highlight, where creasing won't be a huge issue. It's a real bummer as the shade is so beautiful and looks amazing when first applied.





For the longest time I never picked up the legendary Filmstar Bronze & Glow palette, as although the highlighter looks wonderful I just knew the bronzer wouldn't have much payout on me and for £50 it just had to be perfect. When I caught wind of a new Medium-Dark shade and was kindly given a Selfridges voucher by my colleagues after leaving my job, I knew I had to have it. I love how receptive the Charlotte Tilbury brand seem to feedback and that they make an effort to cater to different skin tones. 

It's such a luxurious product, you really do feel like a star when you use it. It comes in an embossed rose gold casing and inside you have your two shades, again embossed with the same fan pattern and what to use them for. The powders both have a level of shimmer in there without being glittery at all on the skin, they just leave a dewy finish. They're a lot more pigmented than you'd think (which led to some interesting results on my first use of this) so I apply them quite lightly and build them up where necessary. The texture is an absolute dream to work with and the bronzer blends into the skin effortlessly.

The Sculpt Bronzer is the perfect shade for me; it's not too deep that it's a contour, it just adds a gorgeous amount of colour and warmth to my face. It has a slight sheen in it, which doesn't bother me at all, it just enhances the skin's glow. It's that perfect place between a full-on metallic shimmery bronzer and a cool-toned contour powder. The Highlight shade is a warm golden colour. It's definitely going to be orange on fair skin, but obviously people who are Shade 5 or paler in the foundation are better suited to the original. I think the highlight can also work for skin tones several shades darker than my own, though I'm not convinced the bronzer shade would have good payoff on anyone beyond Shade 9 in the foundation (perhaps there's a Dark-Deep shade in the works?) The highlighting shade is beautifully dewy and warm but still looks natural enough for everyday wear. All in all this lives up to the hype for me and I'm really pleased I finally get to join the Bronze & Glow club!





Overall there are two loves and one like, so I'm pretty pleased with my little haul!

Have you tried any of these new products from Charlotte Tilbury? What's on your wish list from her?


 


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56 comments

  1. You look beautiful. I'm a big fan of the CT Bronze & Glow and have hit pan, so it's looking a little worse for wear! I need to try the foundation and a few eye products.

    Emily x
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    1. Thank you so much and wow, hitting pan is impressive! xx

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  2. The Magic Foundation does sound pretty amazing - plus you look so pretty!

    Lucy | www.foreverseptemberr.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. Oh wow you look gorgeous in those pictures! The foundation looks pretty amazing on you as well, might have to put that one on the list for next high-end foundation to try!

    Love, Charline | Charline Has a Blog

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  4. All of these products look amazing on you! I'm really interested to know how the Magic Foundation would work on my skin x

    Blushhx

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  5. I will be definitely trying the new foundation, really want to see how 'magic' will it be for me :) You look beautiful! I can't get over how perfect your eyeliner looks, totally envious ;) x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

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  6. The magic foundation sounds amazing, must put it on my high end wish list! It's a shame that the cream eyeshadow creased, the colour is absolutely gorgeous, I would have considered buying it but creasing is a huge no no for me! :(

    Just Little Things xo

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  7. Who doesn't love some CT?! All 3 products look beautiful on you! Because I have dry skin, I won't be trying the Magic Foundation because I don't think it would suit my skin. I've heard lots of people complain about the cream shadows creasing, which is a real shame given the price. I have a CT wishlist as long as my arm! xx

    Beautylymin

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    1. It's gutting as it looks so pretty when first applied xx

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  8. The foundation is something I really want to try, I'm obsessed with trying new bases! You look lovely x
    Emma | Emmys Beauty Cave

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  9. CT really is ticking all of the boxes at the moment! It is a shame about the lasting wear of Bette, but as an occasional makeup item it is stunning and I guess at £22 it's better to save it for special evenings :) I have dry skin so may look into the Wonder Light foundation :)

    Style Sunrise☀

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  10. Wow you really are a stunner and your eyebrows, just beautiful! I really wan to try the foundation and think that I might when I can get to a counter, I already have the Bronze and Glow and I love it..a lot!
    Great post and even better pictures :)

    Pams Stuff and Things

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  11. You look gorgeous in these pictures Jasmine! Honestly, when I feel like the Birmingham CT staff are a little rude too - maybe it's just a "thing"?? It's strange because Charlotte herself comes across as so lovely and friendly... but the foundation is amazing my mom is literally in awe of how smooth it makes my skin look. The eyes to mesmerize & filmstar bronze and glow look lovely too but a little bit too expensive for me for what they are - hence I was surprised about the foundation only being £29.50! It's a shame about the eyeshadow wear time, but then again price tag doesn't always promise longevity I suppose. Great post hun xxx

    Karan| studentbeautyhack

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    1. I'm so glad it's not just me who found the staff at the Birmingham Selfridges counter really rude - it's super off-putting. And yes it is quite odd pricing! xx

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  12. I really need a Charlotte Tilbury Splurge haha as I only own their Bronze and Glow. I really wish I could have got on with the new foundation :( But it does look amazing on you hun :) I love that they have added more ranges to the bronze and glow and the fact that they do listen to the customers. The casing is just so beautiful, and the highlight is gorgeous definitely looks lovely on you hun :)

    Charlee XO | CharmedCharlee

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  13. Fab picks! The new foundation sounds lovely! I am a huge fan of Nars Sheer Glow so hopefully this one will be a winner for me too! I can't wait to try it out! Same with the Bronze and Glow, I so need to get my hands on it! it looks so beautiful! Shame about the eyeshadow though as it looks super gorgeous!

    Lauren | Styled By Lauren

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  14. The foundation does look pretty gorgeous on your skin! I might have to try that one when my Nars runs out. I too thought £29.50 was very reasonable for a CT foundation, I would have expected it to be closer to the £35 mark!

    Kat | www.kathorrocks.com

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  15. I have tried her Magic foundation (I am shade 3) and I quite like it. I love Bette on you! It's gorgeous. It's surprising how it looks warmer when blended. Xx

    Alexandra | Glam O’Clock

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  16. The foundation looks like a great colour match for you Jasmine! I don't own anything from Charlotte Tilbury but the packaging is gorgeous and the products have such a good reputation!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

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  17. I have never tried any Charlotte Tilbury but I am looking to purchase some. I just need £100000 to have a good time hahaha. The foundation sounds lovely.

    Lee | www.wonderringg.blogspot.co.uk

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  18. The Magic Foundation is on my wishlist now, I've heard great things about it oh my!! xx

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  19. These are all on my wishlist! Really great products and review!

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  20. I thought the foundation was going to be a lot more expensive than that too, I would have guessed close to £50! It sounds amazing for the price. It'a a shame about the eyeshadow as the shade really is stunning :)

    Velvet Blush

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    1. I know, such a shame but the foundation is well worth a look! xx

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  21. I'm obsessed with Charlotte Tilbury's packaging!
    -Maria
    IN1997

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  22. So nice...I like your blog.^^
    Maybe follow each other on gfc
    Let me know follow you then back.
    bye :)


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  23. It's a shame the cream eyeshadow's wear time was disappointing as it's such a gorgeous shade. I really want to try more from Charlotte Tilbury, especially some of their base products. x

    Jordan Alice

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  24. Eeeeee! Welcome to the Bronze & Glow club! I literally had to work overtime at work for this and boy, was it worth it. You look so beautiful in your photos, everything has complemented you perfectly! I am dying to try CT eyeshadows! I have my eye on a few palettes, the cream ones as you have mentioned and I think there are the chunky pencil type shadows? I just want it all!

    Brogan xx

    broganjay.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you so much lovely! I have one of the stick eyeshadows and they are definitely longer-lasting but the packaging is really rubbish and they can get dried up :( xx

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  25. lovely you look Jas :) I love CT packaging! That eye shadow shade is to die for...So pretty! I got some of the CT stuffs for myself :) I got most of the matte lipsticks, highlight powder in light and a lipstick from their original line..loving all of that :)

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    1. Thank you lovely! The matte lipsticks are incredible! xx

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  26. This is beautiful! I love Charlotte Tilbury, even though I've only tried the Filmstar Bronze and Glow and two palettes, but overall quality and design is perfection. I just found your blog, loving it! :) X


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  27. Such gorgeous products! I haven't tried Charlotte Tilbury yet (shock!) but I have my eyes on the Filmstar Bronze & Glow, a Matte Revolution Lipstick and her setting powder. xx

    Daniela | MissNewBeauty.net

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  28. I have the CT Magic Foundation and I love it! Like you say, it sits beautifully on the skin..really impressive all round :) As always, you are looking lovely Jasmine. Great post! :) xx

    Brenda BusyBee

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  29. That foundation sounds right up my street. I am planning a CT order soon, so this is a well timed post for me. Great post, Jasmine!
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  30. I loved reading this, what brilliant reviews :) I kinda wish we could mix and match the film star bronze ad glows! I would put the original highlighter with the deeper contour shade. I love NARS sheer glow so I'll defo keep an eye on the magic foundation..however I kinda have my eyes on the light wonder because it seems more to my preference in general ^_^ glad you had a good experience on the counter Jasmine!
    Iqra |The Blushing Giraffe x

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    1. That's how I feel about Filmstar Bronze and Glow as the original highlighter definitely could've worked for me xx

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  31. Love the look of the Bronze & Glow, may have to invest!!

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  32. So interested in that Magic foundation, I really do love Sheer Glow though and I wonder if this can knock it off it's top spot in my eyes! Only wish CT were more readily available in Australia, sadly we can only order it online which makes choosing shades for foundations really awkward.

    www.thesundaymode.blogspot.com.au

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  33. I really need to try some more CT! I love the look of the eye shadows and of course, Filmstar Bronze and Glow!

    Jasmine | jasminehardingmakeup.com

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  34. The eyeshadow looks so gorge! I have never tried any CT products but I'd love to give the foundation a go - sounds right up my street!

    Laura x
    Must Have Girl

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  35. I was at the CT counter recently and had to walk away only because I was in a hurry! I would have picked up that foundation though since it just seems so nice, although maybe not so great with my dry skin.

    Angie x | Chocolate & Lipstick || UK Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

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    1. I think Wonder Glow is better for dry skin :) xx

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  36. lovely lovely packaging :D good thing the products live up to the pretty packaging :D

    i've got a nifty beauty discovery too, do check it out here: 
    http://notjessfashion.com/make-up-call/

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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  37. I recently got a sample of the Magic foundation. It's quite nice..still giving it a good trial. Love love love the eyes to mesmerise...I really want to try them but I can't justify the cost!

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  38. I am so addicted to Charlotte Tilbury products so it was really good to read your reviews of some of her products. Im definitely tempted to pick up the Magic foundation next time Im in town. I must admit the ladies at the Leeds Counter are always really lovely to deal with whenever Ive gone to the counter at Harvey Nichols which is good as it is off putting when you are dealing with some of the other make up counter assistants like MAC.
    Leighlee

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  39. Thank you for your comments - hope it helped some of you decide what to pick up next ;) xx

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  40. Had my eyes on Betty but ended up going for Marie Antoniette because I thought suited my skin tone better. Betty looks amazing on you, though. I love the formula. Shame it creased on you so quickly. It lasts pretty well on me and I consider my lids to be fairly oily. xx

    Renata
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    1. Whenever I want my cream shadows to last super well, I apply something like the UD primer potion underneath and they last all day!!! Even in hot weather. Maybe try that? The shade is so pretty, it's worth making the best of it. :)

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    2. As I said, I wore my tried and tested primer that works for me but it still creased very quickly and I have heard a lot of people say similar things unfortunately! xx

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  41. You look gorgeous in the pics and the cream eye looks amazing. Shame it creased so quick. I love the bronze and glow palette too, but my fave thing from CT is the colour chameleon pencils. They last all day on my with no creasing!
    girlavie.com xx

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    1. I have one of those and definitely think they're longer lasting than the Eyes to Mesmerise! xx

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