Saturday, 10 January 2015

Review - Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream


The Charlotte Tilbury line was easily the most exciting launch in recent years. I love the makeup and have written about it on numerous occasions, but what of the skincare?

There's an eye makeup remover, a cleanser and the most talked about of all - the Magic Cream.

Is it capable of magic?
Well, yes. But only for a certain, very specific group of people.

What is it?
The story of the cream is that Charlotte made it herself and used it backstage on the models and it came to be known as 'the Magic Cream'. Well I think we can politely dismiss this as excessive marketing. If CT made this particular cream herself, I'll eat a tub of it in a video. I do wish they'd said 'this is inspired by my backstage work when I would mix creams together because I could never find anything good enough' - or some such - but what do I know? 
The claims underneath the 'product information' on the website are so far reaching that if this were ever to air on QVC, they would have to re-write the entire description, so extreme are they.

What's in it?
All the ingredients are listed on the website - score!
'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...'

Ok well for starters it shouldn't/doesn't have a 'little bit of top secret magic' because that would be illegal, but brilliant marketing is an integral part of Charlotte's success...so carrying on...

Possible Allergy/acne triggers?
Sunscreens
Shea Butter
Silicones
Essential oils

What's not in it?
Mineral oil
Parabens

Anything else?
Peptides

Who is it for?
What they say:
'Everyone I come across, from models to my mother, has dehydrated, stressed-out, fragile skin. You may have an oily T-zone, but all skin types benefit from a rich, oily cream.' *spits tea all over keyboard*

No. This is where I saddle up my horse and move to the next rodeo. 

What's good /not so good about it?
This cream is amazing for people with really dry, devitalised skin.  Even better, ageing, dry, devitalised skin.
It is, in my humble opinion. entirely inappropriate for those of you (us) with combination, oily and god forbid - acne skins. It is designed to make your skin look fabulous quickly - and I can completely see it working backstage on models who are on their 40th show at the end of fashion week and need to look fabulous and glowing for 10 minutes on the catwalk. To that end, if you need to look BOOM AMAZING for an evening out, you will get the same result - worth bearing in mind.
But: for the average consumer struggling with skin issues outside of dryness such as combination, spots, redness, acne - basically everyone else, it's a no from me. 
Which is fine, I'm sure as the brand grows there will be additions to the range and we may see 'Magic Lotion' or some such more appropriate for the rest of us. The range is crying out for a serum - and then we can all join in the fun.

How do you use it?
As you would any thicker moisturiser - spread between your fingertips briefly, apply straight to the face and massage in.
Although touted as the only moisturiser you need, do not sleep in this
Sleeping in SPF is a: pointless and b: a waste of your hard-earned money and c: comedogenic.

If dryness is an issue for you, or you skin has been looking dull and devitalised, by all means check this out. My Mum loves it. 
I would err on the side of caution and not buy without sampling if you have any of the other skin types/conditions.


Charlotte Tilbury's Magic Cream is £70 and available on her website www.charlottetilbury.com/charlottes-magic-cream and at all CT stockists.




69 comments:

  1. Quote of the day: 'This is where I saddle up my horse and move to the next rodeo' Thanks for doing the most honest reviews!

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  2. Thanks Caroline. This did wonders for the back of my hand in store but had been wondering if a) it was a bit much for my actual face and b) if everyone from the honesty-led side had been politely avoiding it.

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  3. With all the ingredients colour-coded, it actually looks like a very simple base with the few skin boosting ingredients in very small amounts (look how far down the list the peptides are)! Wish CT was in Australia though so I could test it out for myself

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    1. Hi Ivana,
      I am in Australia and have bought CT makeup from the Net-A-Porter Australian website. However obviously we can't test before hand so it is a 'blind' purchase and maybe not worth the risk (unless you have money to burn)with this cream given the above review.
      Lynda

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  4. Hello, Looking at the product composition, £ 70.00 is way to expensive for the ingredients selected. x

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  5. I love using it under my makeup. I have dehydrated /non blemished skin and no acne problems at all.And I just put on a thin layer on my face concentrating on the drier parts and it keeps my makeup in place and I don't get shiny during the day. One thing you won't get is "supermodel skin" by using this ! It comes at a hefty pricetag and a beautiful but unpractical jar ( I decant it into the small jar) I don't know if I will repurchase once I run out. There are so many great moisturerich face creams out there to be tried and tested, so I will probably move on once I run out. Great review Mrs H !

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  6. I didn't have any doubt about the excessive marketing claims and I'm afraid that the same goes for some of her other products as well. Charlotte is full of contagious energy but imagining her mixing up ingredients in her kitchen to make her magic cream, well it goes a bit too far. Easier to imagine Kate changing nappies ;). Far more realistic.

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  7. Love how honest you are....I really wanted this to work for me but unfortunately it was way too heavy and made my spot prone skin worse.

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  8. You are wonderful. Thank you

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  9. Thanks for a great review,now I'm ️glad I opted not to splash out on it without a sample.

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  10. I honestly love reading your blogs and watching your videos! X

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  11. Thank you for this! Really helpful!

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  12. Actually went to the CT counter in Selfridges the other day. I have v. Oily skin. Was disappointed to see only one foundation and surprised at how many of her MUA had the most shiniest/oiliest skin. Kind of put me off the brand until they extend the range. Maybe. xx

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  13. Thank you for this review. I have been looking on line for ages at the reviews & there are hardly any - none as honest as this. I have had my eye on this for ages as I love her make up but when I asked for a sample on line they 'don't have any'! Would be happy to buy a sample. I may cave in at some point but for now I'll pass. x

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  14. I love Charlotte and some of her items are gorgeous so I bought this cream, just to see what the hype was about. I was more than underwhelmed (borderline annoyed). It seemed like glorified Nivea cream to me and it did absolutely nothing for my skin or my makeup. Worst investment in skincare I ever made.

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  15. love your honest review! i was told on the charlotte tilbury counter that i was able to use it as a day and night moisturiser and sleep in it! when i asked is it ok to sleep in even though with SPF, she said "of course!"...... i received a sample pot during their initial launch and found it too heavy for my dry but sensitive skin, and gave it to my mum who doesn't mind it.

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    1. The counter told me that this, combined with the SPF foundation would give protection of SPF 30. Ahem. Make up is brilliant but the price of this is insane.

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  16. It doesn't have mineral oil listed as mo or parffin. It has c12 15 which is a substance derived from mineral oil. Carbon chains with 12- 15 atoms of carbon in a particle are pretty much the same thing. It gives that silky, slippery texture...

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  17. I love your reviews Caroline! I had considered trying this out but I have acne prone skin and, having read your review, will definitely be steering clear! Thank you so much! :)

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  18. brilliant, honest and brave post. Love your integrity and your complete lack of interest in jumping on the bandwagon of the day.Money is too hard earned these days to be wasted on the latest "must have cult product."

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    1. I agree Eve, brilliant, honest and brave...

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    2. Yeah well said eve, and big respect to Caroline 💋

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    3. just because one does not praise an item does not mean that one is "brave" or "honest". All opinions are subjective. It is too easy to be negative - I actually am amazed by how good the new CT night cream and CT eye cream are. However this is my opinion - everything is different for everyone. That's why samples exist. I have a dryish, 70-year-old skin, some wrinkles....and it feels wonderful on the skin. Plumps my skin up no end overnight, so in the morning it looks really refreshed and good.In my opinion....on my skin.....

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  19. Caroline when I read on Twitter that you'd be reviewing this cream I was fully prepared for a gushing review as there seems to be real wank fest over CTs products amongst the media and blogging community. Whilst I agree some of her products are lovely as with other brands, I'm not convinced on others. Thank you for an honest opinion!

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  20. Hi Caroline, love your blog and videos. What makes me think this cream is not remotely worth the price or the hype is the fact that most of the ingredients are listed after the preservative Phenoxyethanol. Same with Emma Hardie Moringa cleansing balm, the Moringa, which is the freakin name of the cleanser is listed after this preservative as well. How can there be enough of those ingredients if there is more preservative in the product than beneficial ingredients?

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  21. Thank you for your honest review. I will now rarely buy a product that has not had the CH seal of approval. I realise that everything that works on your skin will not work on mine but love that you also include this statement in you review and tell us why or what ingrediants might be the issue. My love for you and your blog grows with each post. I was very interested in your comment about QVC I have always been sceptical about the sales technique on there but your post suggests they are careful about claims they make should I be taking their features more seriously I wonder. Thanks Caroline x

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  22. I love how honest you are! x
    http://my--socalledlife.blogspot.com.es/

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  23. This sounds good, although the marketing is a bit biased and recommending a £70 cream to the toally wrong skintype is a bit our of order! x

    Beauty Soup || UK Beauty Blog

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  24. Brilliant review!!!! I love the way you write, will be staying clear of this product now as i'm combination too, thanks for the info

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  25. Thanks for the review Caroline. I love how honest you are, which is why I read your blog, soak up all your advice and buy only CH recommended products! PS. I can not wait to meet you on Monday in Belfast!!!!!!

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  26. Thanks for your review. I was afraid that this would be yet another review where one person in the industry scratches the back of someone else in the industry, so thank you for showing that we can depend on honest reviews from you!

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  27. Thank you Caroline. And holy cow! The cream is expensive.

    Samantha Series

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  28. Hi Caroline,
    Any recommendations on oil controlling/balancing/absorbing moisturisers? I know you hate mattifying, sorry!

    My core products are all ren right now so it's there clay cleanser, clarifying toner, vita mineral omega oil & supplement moisture cream (all products you recommend, no surprise there.) but after a few hours I'm left with an oily nose/forehead. Tried REN's combo & blemish moisturiser but no luck.

    Any advice appricated,
    Thanks!

    P.S. Tried the REN vita mineral cream after meeting you in Dublin it's amazing for calming down spots! I don't know how or why but really does a better job then everything else I tried, duo/night detox etc etc.

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  29. I had literally noted the fact you hadn't reviews this in the year or so since it's launch... I took that to mean you were't impressed. Pleased to hear it is at least near magic for a select few at 70 quid a pop... but sounds as if it's not an everyday for me... and for the 'quick fix' plumping I'll settle for a 30 quid this works in transit that usually perks and plumps just enough for a special occasion or a dehydrated no-glow day.

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  30. Really interesting what you said about not sleeping in spf! Does this go for all moisturisers/products with spf in them too?

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    1. All products with spf never sleep in them x

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  31. Really appreciate your honesty :) <3

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  32. Finally someone said it. You rock, Mrs Hirons.
    Justine

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  33. I'm glad you made this review and I'm glad I did not purchase this cream as I have acneic skin. Their marketing is insane and I almost fell for it. I do hope you do a review of the Glossier Phase 1 set. I got their priming moisturizer but despite the glowing (pun intended) reviews, I think my skin had an adverse reaction to it because spots turned up all over my cheeks - not sure though, maybe it's the monthly hormonal attack. I double-checked the ingredients and it has shea butter in it and I immediately remembered one of your posts saying shea butter can be an irritant. Anyway, I'm sticking to my tried-and-tested Kate Somerville Goat Milk Cream for now.

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  34. Caroline, you are THE most reliable source and THANK YOU :)

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  35. Caroline,
    Will be interested in your thoughts on the Multi-Miracle Glow Cleanser, Mask & Balm...

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  36. You are hyterical. Love your take on things. As a "woman of a certain age" I enjoy using the cream. I'd heard rumors that the original cream was a mixture of maybe Nivea and vasoline. Something like that. Anyway. I enjoy the cream and also like her primer, tiny amounts of her makeup, her brains and glow plus her concealer. Use them everyday with a light touch.

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  37. It's so refreshing to see and truest honest review by a blogger. I was actually thinking of buying this but I'm so glad i read this! My oily face would have hated it. Love you caroline! X

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  38. This is why we can always count on you! Great review, Caroline. I love the colorful bits explaining about allergies. Very useful. Thank you!

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  39. Thank you for your very honest review! This seems much to expensive for what it is..... And in any case, you told us ages ago to invest our money in the treatment stage ;)

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  40. I'm so delighted to see you review this as I'd been wondering about this Magic Cream, hopeful but doubtful. I had wondered if I could use it as a night cream as it would undoubtedly be too heavy during the day (see she a butter!) My spots/blemishes would not have been impressed. Hadn't had a proper look at the ingredients, thanks for highlighting the Spf. Great to see it but really making it a day cream. Love the pot it comes in, hopefully they'll come up with something a tad lighter. As always an informative, funny review!

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  41. Brilliant stuff. I was looking for 'but how good is it really?' reviews when it first came out, but there was nothing to be seen – just a flurry of ever-so-slightly sycophantic gushing from people lending support to (or terrified of offending) the supremely talented la Tilbury. (And with her industry sway, I can understand not wanting to incur her stink-eye, either.) I gave it a sniff in store, and immediately thought: Ponds. Or NIVEA. Either way, an exquisitely packaged mix of creams that have been around for donkeys, with a WHAM of a price tag. And hey – if it works for you, terrific – but it's nice to know I'm not alone in my sharply raised eyebrow. And I hope Tom Ford is getting a cut of the cosmetics range. The quality can't be denied, but there. I said it.

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  42. BEST REVIEW! THANK YOU CAROLINE, AS ALWAYS

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  43. Thanks for an honest review, Caroline. I've been stalking Magic Cream on Nordstrom.com (I'm in the U.S.), and you've confirmed what I suspected - it's complete marketing hype and not worth $100. I'd much rather get her Filmstar Bronze & Glow or one of the other makeup products, which look fabulous. Unfortunately, none of her products are available in-store near my home, so I just have to drool over them online.

    I've recently subscribed to your YouTube channel, and I find you charming, honest and fun to watch. Keep up the great work. :-)

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  44. My skin falls squarely into the 'aging, dry, dehydrated' demographic, and I bought this cream--but don't find it magical. It's certainly not moisturizing enough for my skin on its own. Used on TOP of all of my regular skincare, it functions as a mediocre primer beneath tinted moisturizer or foundation. Simply put, it didn't live up to my expectations, tho I do like the smell (old-fashioned cold cream, as another commenter said). Her makeup, on the other hand--LOVE the blushes and lippies.

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  45. I believe the high price is because of the bio-nymph peptide complex ingredient which is patented by her. But I have no idea what this really means. CT is an amazing seller and marketer, I can't believe it's taken her this long to have a product/line.
    I have a love/hate relationship with her products. The Super Model Body was the worst and did nothing, but I do like her lipsticks. Overall this brand is just hype and talk, sweetie sweetie darling. I really don't recommend buying any of her products until you can try it out yourself.
    One other thing, the MUA on her counter always have awful makeup and they look like they've been punched in the eyes.

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  46. I believe the high price is because of the bio-nymph peptide complex ingredient which is patented by her. But I have no idea what this really means. CT is an amazing seller and marketer, I can't believe it's taken her this long to have a product/line.
    I have a love/hate relationship with her products. The Super Model Body was the worst and did nothing, but I do like her lipsticks. Overall this brand is just hype and talk, sweetie sweetie darling. I really don't recommend buying any of her products until you can try it out yourself.
    One other thing, the MUA on her counter always have awful makeup and they look like they've been punched in the eyes.

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  47. That`s why i love you:hooonest opinion,very polite.i can imagine this is hard when you work at the same industry...so hard ))but you have a talent.and i`m injoying your reviews,thank you for this

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  48. I am so glad you did this review! I think that most of the beauty industry is reluctant (scared) to give negative /constructive criticism of CT's products. I own some of the CT make up, some great, some average. Good review Caroline!

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  49. Caroline, I'm not sure if you'll read this and if you do I'm sure you've read/heard this before but THANK YOU for your honesty (and humour) it is very refreshing in this industry and so very welcome!

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  50. I saw Magic Cream in London at Selfridges, but ran out of money. I just bought a $6 jar of Ponds cream for dry skin. Winter and central heating has left my complexion so dry. I hope it works!

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  51. I've been really excited to try this product. Finally let myself order it. COULDN'T WAIT for it to arrive. And now, I'm sitting her with a blazing hot, swollen, and frightenly-red face, as I'm obviously very allergic to it! Back it goes! Wish I would have read your review first!

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  52. I've been desperate to try this. But I also need a night cream,one for everything really. I thought this would be the answer. Until I saw the price. I love Charlotte. I watch lots of UTUBE tutorials of hers. She's so enthusiastic. I believe that the marketing of this won't be down to Charlotte. She'd never have said YES SLEEP IN IT. If you have sensa I've skin. We must not forget their are always money makers throwing suggestions at people like Charlotte. I'm sure it will be a great product. For the select few. I'm going to buy a tial. I'll see for myself. Lol I may live to regret it....Thank you for your very honest opinion. It's refesing ......Angela

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    1. She said it to my face on more than one occasion. I love Charlotte but she's a makeup artist, not a skin expert, hence the not seeing a problem with recommending that people sleep in SPF. Do not sleep in this cream.

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  53. I've just slept in this and it is like vaseline! Stuck all over the pillow and my face was still oily and sticky this morning, had to wash it off! Luckily I only had a sample as this was way too oily for my skin and I'll probably break out because of it.

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  54. Jeepers!!! I only just tested this in store today and while the marketing spiel was great and the cream did feel magical on my cheeks (had nothing on face), the feeling didn't last very long!! To top it all in off its €93 here in Ireland - it would want to preform feckin miracles at that price!!!

    Love your work Mrs. Hirons!! My hubby overheard me watching one of you're vlogs on how to deal with spots and you are at your acid phase - he knows you as the 'take it to tits' lady!!! lol xx

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  55. When one of the Charlotte Tilbury counter staff did a foundation match for me recently, he wanted to prep my skin with Magic Cream first I had to tell him, despite his protestations that I would love it, that a) there is no way that a cream as thick and rich as that was going to be right for my acne-prone combination skin and b) if a £30 foundation only looks good when applied over a £70 moisturiser, it's not the foundation for me.

    I do really like a lot of the CT makeup (including the foundation as fortunately it actually applies beautifully over my usual, much lighter moisturiser) but I definitely don't think I'd go there for skincare.

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