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Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Foundation and Light Wonder

Charlotte Tilbury, the famous make-up artist, is really creating a lot of buzz in the beauty world with her own, aptly-named skin care and beauty brand: Charlotte Tilbury.


She launched the brand in 2013 at Selfridges in London. Now, you can find her products in all the big department stores, such as Harrods, Nordstrom, Bergdorf Goodman and many more!


I have heard a lot of good stuff about the skin care line, especially the Magic Cream. Then, we have the always sold-out Pillow Talk lip stick, which is the ultimate favorite of millions. Lastly, the foundation, or so-called basic beauty products, are of amazing quality as they include skin care ingredients, too. We will cover these in this post 🙂

To give you, my lovely reader, the best review possible, I bought both the foundations:

Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Foundation in 7
Charlotte Tilbury’s Light Wonder Foundation in 8

I have tried these for over two months to see how my skin reacts to the products.

To keep it all simple and easy to compare, I made a table with all details for both the foundation types. Then, further down, you can read more about certain elements as well as, of course, my final recommendation 🙂

 Elements Magic Foundation  Light Wonder 
 Content (ml, oz) 30 m, 1.0 fl. oz.  40 ml, 1.4 fl. oz.
 Consistency (Semi-)Thick Liquid  Thin Liquid (water-based)
Coverage   Full Coverage Light Coverage
 Buildable  Yes Yes
 SPF Yes – SPF 15 Yes – SPF 15
Ideal Skin Type   All + Frustrating Skin Issues * Dry, Normal and Combination
 Foundation Finish  Semi-Matte Skin-Like
Magic Ingredient(s)  – Mushroom Extract (tightens pores)
– Super-Charged
Vitamin C (helps reduce wrinkles and ageing)
– Pseudo-Ceramides (keeps skin 18 hours hydrated)
Formula * Tightens pores,
flooding skin with moisture for a comfortable, nourished yet flawless finish
Youth-boosting actives help to reduce wrinkles, fight uneven skin tone & smooth over your skin for a baby-soft effect
Long Lasting   Yes Yes
 Best Application with *  Brush or Beauty Sponge Fingertips or Brush
Long- Term Use Benefit  Helps skin build new collagen
Reduces the appearance of age spots
Reduces the appearance of acne
Renewal by kick-starting collagen production
Delays wrinkles
Hydrated and young-looking skin
Bottle *  Glass Plastic
Price   $44 $46

I want to touch on some of the elements mentioned above in the table in a little more depth.

Starting with Ideal Skin Type: As you can see, it states that the Magic Foundation is ideal for “frustrating skin issues”This means that it helps to cover and treat problems such as Melasma, Acne and/or Rosacea.

Moreover, while both are liquids, the Magic Foundation is a thicker liquid compared to the Light Wonder. Therefore, it’s essential to use the right tool(s) with the foundation.

As stated in the table, for the Magic Foundation it’s better to use a brush or sponge. I would highly recommend to start applying with a brush. Afterwards, you can use a sponge to soak in any excess product.

For the Light Wonder, as it’s a water-based foundation, it’s very easy to apply it with your fingertips for that skin-like effect. A brush also works well, but do consider that, due to its watery consistency, the brush can soak-up quite some product.

Then, we have the formula of both the foundations. This is the element that makes Charlotte Tilbury’s Beauty Products stand-out from all other brands. It’s not only a foundation to cover uneven skin tones, skin issues and more, but it also heals and treats with the beautiful ingredients 🙂

Lastly, the bottle of the Magic Foundation is prettier. The Light Wonder, however, is more travel-friendly as it comes in a plastic bottle rather than a glass one.



Personally, I used the Light Wonder mainly in the summer. Therefore, I had picked up a #8 instead of a #7, which is my Magic Foundation shade.

During summer I am tanner and I don’t like to lader on foundation. I like it light and airy. Moreover, my dry skin loves the hydration this foundation adds to the skin.

Then, the Magic Foundation is perfect for parties or on days when you want that extra coverage. This doesn’t look heavy on the skin, but of course you can tell that make-up is on.

It’s very hard for me to choose one or the other, as each has its own benefits. I feel that it does treat the skin with care. After removing the foundation my skin doesn’t feel irritated, dehydrated or anything similar.

I love the finish, the formula and the way it makes my skin appear.

Comparing the price with what you get, I think it’s a pretty sweet deal 🙂 You do get 10ml more of the light wonder, but do consider that due to it’s watery consistency you might need a little more than the full coverage Magic Foundation.

I would like to end by saying Charlotte Tilbury has really touched another level with her beautiful beauty products. It’s totally worth it, and I am sure you will love it.

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Are you already using CT product(s)? If so, which one(s) and do you like it/them?

Which of the two foundations would you like to try out?


Curious to read your comments! Thanks for reading 🙂

Looooooove, Ankita




11 thoughts on “Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Foundation and Light Wonder Leave a comment

  1. I agree with you, the choice is hard to make – however I have given each foundation its purpose which makes me buy both lol! 🤣 talking about their lipsticks, I am in looove with the Matte Revolution Lipsticks- they are mindblowing – as my lips are super dry! Xx


  2. I really wanted to try this foundation. But, its so freaking difficult to find the matching shade by checking online swatches. A foundation for troublesome skin is what I am exactly looking for.


  3. I would love to get this foundation. Never tried anything from CT. But a foundation that is good for your skin. Hell! Y not? Thanks for the amazing review.


  4. Online is indeed very hard, however if you order on the Charlotte Tilbury website itself u can choose 3 (I think) minis/ samples – therefore I would recommend to order maybe a beautiful lipstick or the wonder glow (amazing product) and get those foundation samples – haha! Or just head to a CT counter ❤️


  5. This is the post I was waiting for since I saw your post on Instagram, I have been eyeing these both since some time, Love all the CT products I have ( Eye shadow sticks, face palette, lipsticks, love them all), Great comparison and review!

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