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I tried the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream— and I'm blown away

This popular moisturizer lives up to its magical name.
woman applying charlotte magic cream
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When I imagine a dreamy, glowing goddess complexion, I think of one makeup artist and one skin care product only — Charlotte Tilbury and her wildly popular Magic Cream. According to the brand, the creamy moisturizer is the No. 1 luxury face cream in the U.K. and one pot is sold around the world every two minutes! It's also a constant staple in almost every beauty YouTuber's skin care routine, so I've had my eye on it for quite some time.

I have been in desperate need of plumper, youthful-looking skin as the stresses of the past year and a half have definitely taken a toll on my texture and glow, so I figured now was the perfect time to finally give Charlotte's Magic Cream a try. Luckily, I was able to get my hands on it — plus, a few of the brand's other popular skin care products — and I can honestly say it truly lives up to its magical name.

Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte's Magic Cream

My new regimen started with the Goddess Skin Clay Mask, which has been a game-changer for extracting all that gunk that builds up after working out or falling asleep with my makeup on. I plan to use the brightening clay mask once or twice a week to achieve the look of smaller pores and fewer blackheads.

Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Clay Mask

Next up was Charlotte’s Magic Serum Crystal Elixir, which was definitely the most adventurous product for me. I didn’t use a serum before trying this one, but this “supercharged secret” gave me the hydrating glow that I am always envious of but could never achieve. This elixir gave me the youthful glow that reviewers refer to when they claim wrinkles appear reduced 100% of the time after using this product.

Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte's Magic Serum Crystal Elixir

The third step on this magical skin care adventure felt like wrapping myself in the most luxurious and buttery soft spa robe — but it was actually the insanely popular Magic Cream.

woman showcasing charlotte magic cream
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After just one coat of this magic collection of oils, I noticed a difference in the appearance of my combination-to-oily skin. My face appeared much silkier and smoother. I have always been very prone to breakouts, and I was always hesitant to use a thick moisturizer for fear of my pores getting more clogged. I can honestly say that after taking the leap and using this product, there were no additional breakouts. In fact, after a few uses, I am proudly zit-free.

showcasing charlotte magic cream
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Last but certainly not least, the final step was the Wonderglow Primer. As someone who wears foundation every day, I was happy to see that this soft primer adds a glowing yet shine-free look to my skin and wears perfectly under my makeup products.

As the holiday season approaches, I am looking forward to picking up a few of these products for all the skin care lovers on my list. Although, let's be honest, I'll probably end up keeping a bottle or two of the Magic Cream for myself!

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This article was originally published on Sept. 29, 2020.