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The best full coverage foundation? Let’s find out! Watch me try the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation for the first time and see how it looks after 10 hours! Let me know in the comments what foundation you’d like featured next 🙂

My lip colour changed around a bit, at the beginning it was By Terry Rouge Expert Click Stick in 4 Rose Ease* (can’t find this online? Maybe it’s not out yet)

I experimented more with application and I still favour the beauty blender.

Shade Info

I used the shade 6, which I would eyeball at around NC25-30 (warm toned and leaning olive). Click here for swatches and olive foundation comparisons. Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation in 6 is: DARKER than Koh Gen Do Aqua in 213 and Bourjois Healthy Mix in 52. It is LIGHTER than Armani Luminous Silk in 6, Armani Luminous Silk in 5.5 and Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation in 4.

I am about an NC25 with an olive undertone and Magic Foundation in shade 6 was a touch dark for me.

Wanna hear about my favourite foundations? Click here.

Complete List of Products Mentioned

Charlotte Tilbury – Magic Foundation in 6* (US buy here) (AUS buy here) (UK buy here)

Charlotte Tilbury – Magic Cream* (US buy here) (AUS buy here) (UK buy here)

Hourglass – Mineral Veil Primer* (buy here)

Urban Decay – Naked Concealer in Light Neutral (review here) (buy here)

Rouge Bunny Rouge – Diaphanous Loose Powder* (review here) (buy here)

Wayne Goss – The Air Brush* (buy here – currently sold out but hopefully it will come back!)


* Denotes products sent for consideration. I’m always honest with my reviews 🙂

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  1. Hi Karima! I have tried this foundation and to be honest, I wish I had saved my money. I didn’t get any coverage at all with it and when I tried to build it up it looked VERY heavy and I’m not really cool with that. Then when I went about my day it just separated and went all patchy and it was just a nightmare. I was expecting such great things too considering it’s from Charlotte Tilbury and it’s a ‘magic’ foundation.
    Just off topic, but do you know if the Air Brush is a permanent addition to Wayne’s collection, or if it’s only out for a limited time? I missed out on getting it from BeautyLish and it’s up for sale on eBay for a horrendous price, but if it’s not coming back into stock I am willing to pay for it.

  2. Very interesting – I haven’t picked this up because I’ve been reading and hearing mixed reviews. I’m quite oily this time of year (in Canada) and I feel like this foundation may make my face look like an oil slick.

    Love your videos 🙂


  3. Interesting review! I have dry to normal skin, but I adore this foundation!

    I do have an off topic question for you! Considering you have a variety of high quality Japanese brushes (Hakuhodo, Wayne Goss, Suqqu, etc…), some of which are composed of the delicate blue squirrel hair, I was wondering if you could offer some essential tips on keeping them in good care? I’ve been contemplating investing in some, but I hear blue squirrel hair is so fragile that it calls for an extra tender touch when using, cleansing, and maybe even storing.

    Thanks love! xx

    1. Hi, if it’s of any use I own suqqu, chikuhodo blue squirrel hair brushes and I can highly recommend the bobbi brown conditioning brush cleanser which I’ve used on my brushes for the last few years and it has kept them in excellent like new condition.

      1. Thanks for your recommendation, Julie! I will definitely keep that in mind the next time I stop by the BB counter. May I ask how often you wash your brushes?

      2. Your welcome robin. I wash most of them weekly, never have I gone two weeks without cleaning them all. Be sure to keep the bristles pointed downwards while cleaning them. I always use kitchen roll to get rid of excess water and wrap them in it too while they dry.

    2. My best tips regarding caring for Japanese brushes: don’t mash them when washing, use a mild detergent and dilute considerably and get some brush guards (I dry them in brush guards, helps to prevent fraying).

  4. Hi Karima, I tried this foundation months ago. I firstly purchased the light wonder as my skin is slightly on the drier side especially in UK winter. Sadly they were both a miss for me. The light wonder did nothing for my mid forties skin in terms of coverage and the magic foundation was bloody awful. I have many more lines and larger Pores than yourself and whilst the coverage was really good it congealed in laughter lines, pooled in pores and like in your vid oil slick around the nose area. I tried different primers and setting powders but got the same result with every product I used. Once again my purse strings suffered with all the hype. I’ve spent, I want to say a small fortune when in actual fact a large fortune on foundations these past years and I keep going back to my old favourite ysl touche eclat illuminating which has now been discontinued for its horrid twin, the awakening formula. I would be extremely grateful if you could recommend some good foundations similar to the ysl as I’m going eBay crazy stocking up on the old formula, also if you can some colour matches for nw20 skin tone.
    many thanks Julie x

  5. My experience with this foundation was also same as yours! Shinny oil slick in few hours despite using my holy grail Hourglass Veil primer. I thought this was just my oil/ combo skin. But, looking at your experience I was quite surprised.

    Btw waiting to hear about your take on Marc Jacobs Remarcble foundation. I love it!

  6. Hi Karima 🙂 You’re so pretty 🙂 Will you do a tutorial on this look? It’s beautiful <33
    Thank youu 😀