I’m letting the sails out to make way for a chat about the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream and the Charlotte Tilbury Multi-Miracle Glow. These two dynamos are a bliss blast for skin in need of hydration, illumination, blurring and revamping. For the dry skin set, these two items will deliver the plumping up, smoothing and glowy effect we all seem to be in search of.
Charlotte’s Magic Cream is a properly heavy, mildly fragranced cream that can stand reliably in place of a conventional primer. It provides a smooth base from which to apply foundation and any other liquid or cream illuminators you may use in your routine. My first experience with this cream happened at the end of 2014 and it lasted me well through the following year. During the warmer months I only apply to the outer parts of my orbital bone, but I especially love this cream during the colder months, as it enlivens the face, smooths fine lines and imparts a subtle illumination that’s not off putting. This cream feels heavy between the fingers, which may scare some away. However once it is pressed into the skin it slips in easily without any residue. On my dry skin specifically, it delivers the hydration that is needed and has never clogged my pores or brought on spots.
Once in a while, when my skin is in dire need of straight hydration after my end of day cleanse, I apply this and wake up to skin that is stabilised and hydrated. In terms of the formulation of Charlotte’s Magic Cream, there are a number of humectants such as glycerine (to draw water to the outer layer of the skin), shea butter, camellia oil and sunflower seed oil. It also contains a patented Bio-Nymph Peptide Complex, along with sodium hyaluronate, a very similar ingredient to hyaluronic acid (HA). I am quite pleased to have this cream in my cabinet again, as we are at the start of the coldest months. The best part is that it now comes in a larger size and the art-deco inspired jar is a treat to behold.
Moving on to the Charlotte Tilbury Multi-Miracle Glow, this multi-use product, coupled with Charlotte’s Magic Cream, is a perfect pairing for those who prefer to stick within a brand rather than having bits from several ones. A balm-cleanser and mask in one jar, this is for your Saturday Spa Day at Home. Also my second jar, this is a pale pink beauty that is a worker bee at heart. If you don’t want to work hard to remove the ‘day’ from your face, including full makeup, just ensure your hands are clean, use a spatula and apply this to your face as is and massage it in. Everything becomes emulsified and is removed with the utmost ease. Use a cloth if you’re inclined or your hands if you prefer. Just try not to get it into your eyes, otherwise it makes cleansing easy.
Conversely, if you are beginning your day, this works as an easy daytime cleanser, and if left on for an extra five minutes, it dials up the illumination of your skin. A tiny amount is needed with this cleanser, and if you are under Charlotte Tilbury’s spell, you may consider a three-part routine starting with the Multi-Miracle Glow, followed by Charlotte’s Magic Cream, then the Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow, a primer/perfector.
Formulated with oils of camellia, rose hip, sunflower seed, cloudberry fruit and cranberry, Multi-Miracle Glow will not parch your skin. This cleanser is to be massaged into the skin, as cleansers should be, but because it is well formulated, it sinks in and goes to work. If you’re using it as a mask, you’ll have a bit of a feminine ‘scent halo’ around you, which I adore. You may tailor how long you’d like to keep this on for, although five or ten minutes is sufficient.
Charlotte Tilbury as a brand came on stream in 2014, starting in the UK and since then, it has made its way to the wider world, positioning itself as a brand that celebrates the sensual aspects of using makeup and to an extent, skincare. There’s something very alluring about this brand and I’m looking forward to its evolution and how it may up the ‘dazzle factor’ in my beauty cabinet.