Foundation Friday | The Charlotte Tilbury Foundations


Welcome to my new feature – ‘Foundation Friday‘ and what better way to start than with a pair of Charlotte Tilbury foundations?

I have a bit of an addiction to foundations – whether they’re high end or drugstore, I live and breathe achieving the most flawless base possible. Firstly, I have normal/combination skin with a t-zone that is definitely on the oily side. Over the years, I’ve gone from wanting as much matte coverage as possible to wanting a more natural, dewy finish.

Charlotte Tilbury is one of my favourite make up lines of all time so it’s no surprise that I have the two foundations from the line, front and centre on my dresser. These couldn’t be any different but I enjoy them both in equal measures. So, what’s the scoop?

Let’s start with the newest, Magic Foundation (£29.50) in the shade 4 Fair which is designed to fit with all skin types and concerns as well as all ages. This all round foundation aims to provide flawless, pore-less coverage with a lightweight feel. When promoting this, Charlotte had a series of videos showing the foundation in action -whether it’s concealing acne and rosacea, covering dark circles or redness, it seemingly does it all.

That was enough for me to indulge and I’ve been using it on/off for a few months now. At first I wasn’t too sure, I think it was a mix of using too much and not the right tool to apply. Anyways, it got pushed to the back of my rotation but now I’m 100% a Beauty Blender convert – it’s firmly at the front.

Let’s hit you up with the pro’s and con’s:

Pro’s :

  • The bottle has a pump
  • It covers redness, dark circles and spots thus resulting in less concealer
  • Though high coverage, it’s lightweight and long wearing (it only started to breakdown after a mammoth kettle bell session the other day)
  • Blends quickly and evenly
  • Low SPF, meaning less likely to get flashback and photographs well (SPF 15)


  • The lid is a little difficult and easily comes off
  • Slightly thick in consistency so easy to overuse


For me, this is suitable for all skin types and concerns as it really does tick so many boxes. The finish is quite natural but has a buildable medium – full coverage with little effort. You can build it up in areas where you may have more redness or dark circles. It doesn’t settle into fine lines or look cakey either. There is a Magic Complexion Brush which accompanies this foundation that I’m quite intrigued to try. Currently, there are 15 different shades ranging from fair to dark which is a nice mix of shades for all skin types.

Onto Light Wonder Foundation (£32) in 4 Fair which is the pricier of the two foundations and oddly, is pretty sold out. Maybe it’s down to it being a favourite of Kylie Jenner? I thought I wouldn’t be too much of a fan of this but it’s actually my favourite, primarily for good skin days. The formula is lightweight, luminous and hydrating whilst giving a perfected base to the skin. I’ve found this is is a sheer finish but has a nice amount of buildable coverage which I really like as I can wear it both day and night.


  • SPF15
  • Luminous healthy glow
  • Squeeze-able packaging, easy to use
  • Extremely blendable
  • Buildable coverage


  • Doesn’t cover all pigmentation
  • I feel I have to use quite a bit to cover my face
  • More expensive than the other foundation
  • Not as high coverage, meaning concealer is a must


Personally, I think this would suit dry to combination skin as I’ve found on bad skin days, it can begin to breakdown around the t-zone area later on in the day and so my pores were more prominent but on good skin days – this looks absolutely beautiful. My skin looks really healthy, glowy and in a really natural way and that’s good skin I can get behind.

Which of these floats your boat?

Love, Kate xo