Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream Review

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream Review – Too Pricey?

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It’s called the Magic Cream, but does it really live up to its name? In general, I’m a fan of Charlotte Tilbury products. I’ve reviewed quite a few Charlotte Tilbury products from skincare to makeup. Usually, they are luxurious and on point!

I got a few samples of the Magic Cream moisturiser to try out and I’m going to share the results with you in this Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream Review. Let’s see if can live up to its magical claims!

What is Charlotte’s Magic Cream?

I decided to write this Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream review because there has been a lot of mixed reviews about it. Some say they can’t live without it, and others say it’s overhyped and no more special than a regular, simple moisturiser.

Charlotte’s Magic Cream is the product that made the brand. Tilbury came up with the formula to help rejuvenate the skin of supermodels backstage. According to her, it became so popular and in-demand that she just had to share it with the world.

It comes in an attractive jar with a rose-gold lid, I love the packaging- it’s so pretty and inviting. And of course, it has the trademark Charlotte Tilbury look to it, which by the way, I love!

The UK version is listed as having SPF15 but strangely the American one seems not to have any sun protection. That could be because of the US’s strict laws on what ingredients can be used in sunscreens. I touch more on that here.

What does the Magic Cream do?

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream Review

Its main claim is to fight ageing in every way with Magic Cream’s BioNymph Peptide Complex. This is a breakthrough ingredient that “fights the ageing process on all fronts, stimulates collagen production and fights free radicals, to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and smooth the skin.”

It also contains floral extracts and a hyaluronic acid booster to give the skin a moisture boost. This seals the moisture in, making the skin super soft.

It has Vitamin C and A which both improve the smoothness and firmness of the skin. These help to restore youthfulness to the skin.

Does it live up to its claims?

When I looked into the anti-ageing claims, I found it all not quite as it seems. There is no research to prove that BioNymph Peptide Complex can fight free radicals. In short, antioxidants are a better option and while the cream does have some antioxidants, on the ingredients list, they are written near the end. This usually means there is very little of it, the way cosmetics write their ingredients is always in order of the most prominent to the least. If you want an anti-ageing cream I would not recommend getting this one as I don’t think it lives up to its anti-ageing claims.

Another issue is the packaging. The moisturiser comes in a jar and once you open it, it’s exposed to the light and air. This causes the ingredients to break down. Skincare products are better in a pump form. I know many many products come in jars, however, when you are paying Charlotte Tilbury prices, you expect the brand to think of everything.

Lastly, some of the ingredients are not for sensitive skin so if your skin is sensitive its better to use a moisturiser with better ingredients for sensitive skin.

My experience

The first thing I noticed when applying the cream was how thick the consistency is. Personally, I prefer a thinner consistency, I don’t love thick creams, but that wasn’t the worst of it. The cream left a really tacky and sticky feeling to my skin that after a while, I simply wiped some of it off. If you don’t mind thick creams and you don’t mind spending a couple of minutes massaging it into your face, then perhaps you’ll like the cream. For me, skincare needs to be comfortable and not in the way.

That being said, I definitely noticed a difference the next morning, my skin was softer, clearer and had a glow to it!

Another thing I don’t love is that it has a dewy finish, it leaves the skin a bit glowy. I prefer a matte finish but that’s just my personal preference. I think this cream is more for dry to normal types of skin because of the dewy finish. It also has a bit of a fragrance. This doesn’t really bother me, but skincare brands that pride themselves on being the top of the game should know better than using products with fragrance. Fragrances are best avoided in skin care products as it increases the chances of developing a sensitivity to fragrance. Which no-one wants.

On the whole, I would say its a pretty good moisturiser but I think it is over-priced. There are some amazing moisturisers out there for a lot cheaper. I highly recommend the Lancôme Cleansing Fluid- Galatéis Douceur which I have reviewed here, it’s one of my favourite moisturisers. Alternatively, check out my blog post on the best moisturizers for sensitive skin. There’s something there for everyone’s skin and everyone’s price range!

Having said all the reasons why I don’t love the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, I need to mention that my 94-year-old grandmother swears by it! She uses it every day and loves how it feels and the effects it has on her skin. So although there is room for improvement, there are many people who love it!

I hope this Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream review has helped you to decide whether this cream is for you. If you’ve used it, let me know what you think of it. I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences in the comments below:)

The Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream comes in 2 sizes 50ml and 150ml.

Do you love Charlotte Tilbury products? Check out some of my other Charlotte Tilbury reviews here.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream can be bought from Charlotte Tilbury US/UK

Hollie xx



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4 Responses

  1. Lidia

    Thanks for the very balanced review on the charlotte tilbury magic cream. It’s nice to see a review with both advantages and disadvantages as it makes it easier to decide if it’s the right product for you.

    When it comes to beauty products, I also love the packaging and when it comes to creams I like them to not leave a residue on my skin so that’s really nice to know about this cream. I too have someone of an oily complexion so it’s not good to get a dewy look with creams and I usually prefer non-fragrant creams – that’s just me though.

    Again, thanks for the really good review on this cream!

  2. Cherie

    Thank you for a very honest review on this product. I know lots of women spend so much money in buying expensive beauty products with the notion that they are effective and should live up to its price. However, that is not always the case. I think it is still best to know our skin type to find the right moisturiser.

    • Hollie

      The cost of a product very often has no connection to how good it is. Often you’re just paying for the designer name. Good luck:)

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