Aug 102014

Skincare Sunday3I’ve been hearing about Charlotte Tillbury’s Magic Cream ($95.00/ 1.7 oz) for so long, and am pleased to report that it is finally coming to the U.S. via Beautylish, Nordstrom and some other retailers including Bergdorfs. There’s a 24-hour pre-order window today if you’d like to reserve one for purchase. Given that the cream has sold out internationally in the past, I suppose that it’s nice to know that yours is reserved. If you miss the window, I’m presuming that the product will be made permanent.

Skincare Sunday7I was fortunate enough to receive a review-sized version as a give from Wayne Goss (thank you Wayne!!). Overall, this is a luxe moisturizing multi-tasker that Charlotte Tillbury has been using on her clients for years. As she says:

The BioNymph Peptide Complex is a unique, patented anti-age ingredient that multi-tasks in the skin, fighting the ageing process on all fronts. It increases collagen & fibre levels, prevents fibre break-down, fights free radicals and stimulates cell energy to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, improve skin elasticity & generally smooth things over.

Sodium Hyaluronate forms a film of hyaluronic acid over the skin to seal in moisture, whilst extracts of Wild Pansy promote the renewal of hyaluronic acid in the skin surface to retain moisture. Skin is plumped-up and youthfully dewy.

A mix of rose hip oil, camellia oil and anti-oxidant vitamin E transforms a grey complexion into hydrated, mirror-shine skin, nourishing Vitamin A helps improves skin firmness and smoothness and energetic Vitamin C is able to promote collagen activity for more youthful skin.

Damask rose water and organic aloe vera stimulate skin regeneration, fighting the signs of ageing, naturally and gracefully.

Extracts of Frangipani, the symbol of eternity, form a soothing, purifying and hydrating comfort-blanket on the skin.

When Charlotte’s Magic Cream is applied to skin, it gives it a fabulous youthful glow.  Really, it’s very pretty by itself and adds a lovely glow under foundation as a primer. It gives a glow comparable to Tom Ford’s Illuminating Primer, but Charlotte’s Magic Cream is richer in texture (meaning that Tom Ford’s feels lighter, and not quite as deeply moisturizing). Certainly, Charlotte’s Magic Cream would work as an overnight moisturizer although with an SFF 15 rating (including UVA protection), it’s clearly geared for daytime wear as well. Tom Ford’s Primer is clearly, well, a primer. The Charlotte’s Magic Cream does have a scent, which is of course quite the norm for luxury products that are born in Europe.

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Overall, now that I’ve been introduced to this lovely cream, I’m going to continue to use this generous sample to look for longer-term results. For now, I would say that anyone with dry skin, or those looking for anti-aging benefits, should investigate this cream. It feels lovely, luxe, and illuminating.  Ingredient list (click to enlarge):

tillbury magic cream ingredients

Charlotte Tillbury’s Magic Cream is available Beautylish, Nordstrom and some other retailers including Bergdorfs.

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  6 Responses to “Charlotte Tillbury: Charlotte’s Magic Cream Review”

  1. That’s an amazing cream!!! I’m off to the UK in a couple of months so this’ll definitely be on my list.
    So cute!! xx

  2. I am trying not to buy it, but I think I can’t resist.

  3. I have dry skin and this Magic Cream has intrigued me since the first time it launched. When you say the glow is comparable to TF primer, do you mean that it has shimmer/microshimmer/glow particle in the cream? Or does the glow come simply from the cream being emollient? Thanks, Amy, for the post.

    • It’s comparable in that there appears to be some glow particle in the mix. It’s not something I can see with my eyes even in strong light but it seems to give off a super-glow that’s just a bit beyond straight moisture (crushed pearl effect). It’s subtle but it adds to the glow effect. It’s far more emollient than Tom Fords, but there is also some added boost from the product.

      • Thanks, Amy! That really helps. Some crushed pearl particle tend to transfer but maybe because this cream is very emollient, it will stay. The proof is in the pudding!

  4. I cannot wait for Charlotte Tilbury to come to the U.S. I have had my eye on her WonderGlow and Gold Bar highlighter. I’m going to pass on the $70 Miracle Cream. I love my heavy-duty moisturizer, and am concerned that the antioxidents being in a jar will be unstable once oxygen hits it.

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