I must say, I had absolutely no intention of writing this blog post. I bought Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Foundation after a long time dithering over whether I really needed another one (I already have a wardrobe of five I use on a regular basis). I had a voucher, there was 10% off, you know how it is girls. Thing is, I just can’t get on with it. I actually kind of hate it. Am I the only one?
By now you have probably read about 25 blog posts extolling the virtues of this foundation – apparently it’s the best thing since sliced bread. And I was SO ready to love it. But it just doesn’t match up to the pure joy of Estée Lauder’s Double Wear.
I wanted to give the Magic Foundation a fair go, so I tried it with a whole range of bases and applications to see how it stacked up. It’s probably worth pointing out I have combination skin that I think is maybe a bit dehydrated at the moment.
First I tried the Magic Foundation with my usual primer and applied with my fingers. Exactly how I apply all my other foundations.
Here is me with just the foundation on (#nofilter – I just tried to blur out my messy bedroom in the background!):
And here I am (looking slightly happier) with the rest of my make up on (still #nofilter):
I tried a different primer.
I tried applying with a beauty blender.
I tried applying with a brush.
I tried it with powder on top.
I tried it with powder foundation on top.
But the results, with varying degrees of intensity, have all been the same!
Every single day I have worn the Magic Foundation, it has become patchy around my nose, stuck into the wrinkles under my eyes and lodged itself into the creases between my eyes and from my nose to the corners of my mouth. In the picture below, you can see how it has become patchy around a lovely spot I had and gathered into shiny clumps on my nose.
The coverage is nowhere near as full as Double Wear and I find I need a lot of product (two pumps) per application to get a full face worth.
I did my best to get a picture of my worn out face, but the light in winter is BAD and it’s not the most flattering angle. Again, no filter on this one! (Sexy).
Would I Buy It Again?
The only reason I haven’t put this on depop to sell is because it only worked out costing me £6.50 so it’s comparable to what I would spend on a similar day to day foundation that’s a bit rubbish. And that’s exactly what I’ll be using it for – day to day in the office, when I’m not too bothered about it looking rather worse for wear come 5pm.
The one thing I will give it is that the colour is perfect for my skin tone. I wear shade #4.
As soon as it runs out, it will be consigned to the bin, never to be bought again! Sorry Charlotte, the Magic Foundation just didn’t cut it for me.
Have you got the Magic Foundation? What did you think?