Monday 2 March 2015

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream - A Review

Hello Lovelies, 

Today I have a review of a product I am pretty sure you'll have heard of. Charlotte Tilbury's Magic Cream. So is it really worth both the hype and the price tag?

I have what I can only describe as the driest skin known to man, it is also very dehydrated and is the absolute bane of my life! I have struggled so much over the years and tried out so many skin care products it is unreal, I'd read a lot about the magic cream and decided I needed to give it a try. 

So around 6 weeks ago I asked at the Charlotte Tilbury counter in Selfridges in Manchester if I would be able to have a sample of the magic cream, the sales assistant said yes of course but they didn't have any pots to put me any in so she would have to look for a pot, a couple of minutes later she came back with a little pot from the MAC counter and filled it with the magic cream, she filled it right to the top too which I thought was nice of her, she wasn't stingy at all with the sample. 

Unfortunately because I had a sample I don't have any nice images of the cream itself to show you but I didn't think you'd mind too much. I do however have some photos of my little sample pot of the cream.

My sample of magic cream after using it for almost 2 weeks

The magic cream on my hand

Actual Magic Cream packaging  

What Charlotte Tilbury Says About Magic Cream

My secret’s out… Over the past 20 years I’ve been mixing my own age-defying skincare known in the industry as CHARLOTTE’S MAGIC CREAM. I’ve been testing it backstage for years and models and my regular clients are already hooked. It’s a secret mix of patented anti-age ingredients, a hyaluronic acid booster plus floral extracts that lift and transform tired skin in an instant! Think of a wilting flower that’s just been watered – skin is flooded with moisture for a glowing complexion in a flash, no matter how dehydrated or lacklustre your skin may look.
A break-through, multi-tasking ingredient, the BioNymph Peptide Complex, fights the ageing process on all fronts: it stimulates collagen production and cell energy and fights free radicals, to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and smooth the skin. A hyaluronic acid booster called Sodium Hyaluronate floods skin with moisture, re-plumping the skin. And an infusion of rose hip oil and vitamin E bring your complexion back to life. Whether you’re stressed at your desk, dehydrated after a long-haul flight or an all-night hedonist with hungover skin, cheat the appearance of 8 hours sleep with CHARLOTTE’S MAGIC CREAM, for a lasting dewy, plumped-up finish. It’s one of my seven wonders for your skin!

What's In It? (ingredients)
Taken from the CT website - Water (Aqua), Homosalate , Glyceryl Stearate SE, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Octocrylene, Cetyl Alcohol, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Steareth-21, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Carbomer, Dimethiconol, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Chlorphenesin, Caprylyl Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Hydrolyzed Viola Tricolor Extract, Allantoin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Disodium Edta, Tocopheryl Acetate, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Sodium Hydroxide, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Michelia Alba Leaf Oil, Sodium Lactate, Coco-Glucoside, PEG-8, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopherol, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Plumeria Rubra Flower Extract, Ascorbic Acid, Citric Acid, Nicotiana Sylvestris Leaf Cell Culture, Linalool, Citronellol, Geraniol, plus a little bit of top secret magic...

My experience of using the magic cream
I was really impressed with the ingredients in the magic cream as they all seemed to be suited to my horrifically dry and dehydrated skin and I'd read on the Charlotte Tilbury website about the ingredients and was impressed,  the hyaluronic acid to seal in moisture and wild pansy to renew the hyaluronic acid, the rose hip and camellia oil and vitamin e for hydration and nourishment to my skin, vitamin A for firmness and smoothing and vitamin C to promote collagen activity to help promote a more youthful skin and lets face it who doesn't want more youthful skin at my age? There's also organic aloe vera, damask rose water and extract of frangipani to help fight the signs of ageing, and it's paraben free and mineral oil free too and has an spf of 15, so all round lots of good stuff for my skin. 
The little sample pot I received lasted 2 weeks with me using the cream every evening and around 3-4 mornings a week, a little really does go a long way.
Magic cream is a very rich cream and has a lovely subtle scent to it, it smells slightly rose scented but if you hate rose scents don't let that put you off because I hate rose scents and this is lovely, it is a very subtle scent as I said and a lovely one at that.

My Thoughts
The cream applies beautifully and feels amazing and very luxurious, it is fabulous for dry and dehydrated skin and ageing skin, it made my skin look lovely instantly, I can see why this works backstage for models who may have been on long flights etc. My skin loved the magic cream, it smoothed my skin and left it glowing, the cream was amazing under foundation and my skin looked lovely and glowing on days when I wasn't wearing make up. It really is amazing for people with a dry skin and especially dehydrated skin and devitalised skin, it plumps up the skin and gives it a lovely glow, smoothing at the same time, I loved it and my skin looked and felt lovely when I'd used it. 
I wouldn't recommend the magic cream if you have oily or combination skin or if you suffer with acne as some of the ingredients could trigger acne including shea butter, the spf and essential oils, but for those of you with dry, dehydrated, devitalised and ageing skin it is a god send, it really is a lovely product and I loved it.
Would I Buy Magic Cream
I personally wouldn't buy the magic cream but for one reason and one reason only, the price. Magic cream is £70 and for me it is just way too expensive, I couldn't justify spending that amount of money on a moisturiser no matter how beautiful it is, now if money were no object or we were in a better place financially I would buy this in a heartbeat, it would also make a beautiful gift for someone who loves their skincare and has dry and dehydrated skin but it is just too much for me to spend unfortunately, but that is the one and only reason I wouldn't buy it, if it sold for £30-£40 I'd buy it in a flash.

Overall Round up
I think it's fair to say I love the magic cream, it was an amazing product and if like me you have dry and dehydrated skin I would highly recommend it, if you'd like to try it out like I did, go to a CT counter and ask for a sample, you won't regret it, however you may like me wish you had more money to spend on lovely items of skin care! I haven't tried a moisturiser ever before and thought "wow this is amazing" and I've tried a lot of moisturisers over the years and especially since blogging  but nothing has had an instant effect on my skin like the magic cream, it's beautiful and I would highly recommend it to those of you with dry, dehydrated skin, it really is a game changer, I just wish it were a cheaper game changer.

If you'd like to try the magic cream it is available at Charlotte Tilbury counters in store on on line at the Charlotte Tilbury websiteSelfridges and Net-A-Porter for £70.00.

Have you tried the magic cream? What did you think?

Thank you for reading, much love as always,
Zoe x

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