Charlotte Tilbury | First Impressions

For such a long time now I have been infatuated with Charlotte Tilbury‘s work and her products. Although I had not tried any of her products until very recently, I was always obsessed with them because the packaging is so stunning.

Around three weeks ago I ordered my first Charlotte Tilbury product which was Eyes To Mesmerize in Bette. Because I loved it so much, last week I lashed out and ordered Charlotte’s new Magic Foundation as well as the limited edition Matte Revolutionย Lipstick in 1975 Red. This post will focus on my first impressions of the Magic Foundation and Matte Revolution lipstick.


Magic Foundation

I had super high expectations for this product, and because of these expectations I really did not like it at all when I first tried it. The bottle says this foundation is full coverage and demi-matte, so I expected just that – a full coverage foundation that left an almost matte finish with a hint of glow. I first tried applying this foundation with a brush, but that was a mistake. When I applied it with a brush I lost all coverage, the foundation seemed to just rub right off! I then started to panic and began applying this foundation with my fingers. By applying it with my fingers I had a little bit more coverage, but I would definitely say this foundation does not provide me with ‘full coverage’. The Magic Foundation only gives me light-medium coverage and you can still see all freckles, scars and pigmentation on my skin. I do like a light coverage base, so I wouldn’t be bothered if this was marketed as a light foundation. What does bother me though is this is meant to be a full coverage foundation, so I expected just that – a FULL coverage look.

The next thing I didn’t like about this foundation is that it sticks to any dry patches on the skin. So, if you have dry and flaky skin I would definitely recommend you not buy this product. This is definitely suited to more oily skin types. This foundation is completely matte on me, so I can’t use any setting powder at all as my skin is so dehydrated. When I applied a setting powder the first time I used this product, my skin looked seriously dull and lifeless. Without a setting powder though, I can tell that the foundation begins to fade in certain areas throughout the day.

In a nutshell, I was initially disappointed with this foundation because it didn’t meet my expectations – however after using it a couple of times and knowing what to expect, I am beginning to like the product a little more. I do make sure I use an illuminating primer underneath this foundation so that my skin doesn’t look too dull. I wouldn’t recommend this foundation if you are trying to find your perfect holy grail foundation, or if you have really dry skin. If you are like me and enjoy trying out new products or you like a lighter foundation, then maybe give it a try. I will continue using this foundation until it has run out, but just not for special occasions, big events, or days when I need my make up to last a long time.

Matte Revolution Lipstick in 1975 Red

Again, I had very high expectations for this product. In short, I was not disappointed at all with this lipstick! It is matte, long lasting, and so vibrant in colour. Although it is matte, it is not drying at all on the lips. The tip of the lipstick is quite sharp which makes it easy to define and outline the lips. The lipstick looks more orange on me than I expected, however it is still a gorgeous colour that is unlike any other lipstick I own. The rose gold packaging is also so beautiful!

I would love to hear your thoughts on Charlotte Tilbury products!

G xx


21 thoughts on “Charlotte Tilbury | First Impressions

  1. Great post! I’ve ordered a sample of the foundation, I’ve heard very mixed reviews so I am very interested to try it now. Also that lipstick looks stunning. I think I’m going to treat myself to one of the matte lipsticks as they do sound amazing xx

    1. I’d love to hear what you think of the foundation! I was really disappointed – my expectations were too high I think! Thank you! I love the lipstick so I recommend buying one! ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

      1. You aren’t the first person that’s said that to me! I will definitely write a review on it. I’m glad people are being honest though as it’s made me lower my expectations xx

    1. Ooh I’ve never tried the powder but I really want to! Does it provide any coverage or is it more of just a setting powder? ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

  2. Oh good to hear what you think about the foundation. I would love to try it, but will definitely wait untill i can visit a counter in person to test it first ๐Ÿ™‚
    xx Anne

    1. I definitely recommend doing that ๐Ÿ™‚ unfortunately there are no Charlotte Tilbury counters in Australia so I had no chance to sample it first!

      1. Same problem here, I will have to wait untill I take a trip to the UK ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Wish they would add some more international counters soon!

    1. Thank you so much for the recommendation! I’ve wanted to try it but wasn’t sure if it was worth the price tag. Good to know it’s worth it! X

  3. I feel exactly the same about the foundation. I’ve tried the blush and that is nice but I don’t think the foundation is as good as some ae making out. I actually think the new maybelline matt and powerless is better for coverage and finish. Glad I found someone who doesn’t have a rave review, I was worried I was using it wrong. x

    1. Me too! I’m glad I’m not the only one who has this issue with the foundation. I was also beginning to think I was applying it wrong.. It was so hyped up and I feel so disappointed with it ๐Ÿ˜ฆ xx

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