Charlotte Tilbury Foundation Review – Magic vs Light Wonder

If you’ve read my blog for a while you’ll know that I’m a massive Charlotte Tilbury make-up fan. I love the luxe look and feel of all her products and I love to follow her instagram and see that all my favourite celebrities are also wearing the same lipstick as me on a Saturday night! One product I really wanted to try from her collection was her foundations. Charlotte states that they give you flawless, radiant, and glowing skin. I have now tried both of these foundations for many months so thought i’d review and compare them together. Depending on what skin type you have this post will help you decide which of her two foundations will be best for you.

I love both drugstore and high end foundations. I love to find the perfect foundation that matches your skin tone, provides some coverage, and stays put all throughout the day and into the evening. I have about 7 different foundations that I wear depending on my skin at the time, what I’m doing (work/going out), and whether I’m going on holiday or going into town for cocktails.

I don’t like to spend too much money on foundation. I’d probably say £35 would be my limit. Therefore I think that the Charlotte Tilbury foundations are very reasonable for a high end product and similar to prices of MAC. Both of the Charlotte Tilbury foundations are meant to be used in small amounts to cover the skin and then more applied if needed. Therefore when a little goes a long way you feel like your money has been well spent

1.Magic Foundation 

The first Charlotte Tilbury Foundation that I tried was the Magic Foundation in shade ‘2 – Fair’. The Magic foundation is the full coverage foundation in the foundation collection with SPF 15 and ingredients like vitamin C to help boost your skins appearance and make it look more youthful and plump! This foundation costs £30 for 30ml and comes in a beautiful glass bottle with gold lid and pump applicator.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation - Shade 2 Fair

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation – Shade 2 Fair

I haven’t really got on with this foundation. I have combination skin with an oily t-zone and dry cheeks. I have found that the texture of this foundation is almost like cream to powder when you apply it on the skin. At first it looks so flawless and smooth but then after a while it started to go very patchy on my cheeks and forehead. I have tried applying this with a multitude of different make up brushes, beauty blenders, and even my fingers to try and increase the stay put but I always get the same results. Even a primer won’t help!. I now use this foundation as a concealer under my eyes where it actually stays put and I have to say the coverage is amazing. I think oily skin would best suit this foundation, if you have dry skin then I wouldn’t recommend.

2. Light Wonder Foundation

Charlotte Tilbury’s Second foundation release and the second one I tried was the Light Wonder Foundation in Shade 3 – Fair. I would say that I’m actually shade 2 but I wear shade 3 when I have tanned! This foundation is a light/medium coverage with SPF 15 and ingredients like Pseudo-ceramides  which keep your skin hydrated. This is why my skin loves this foundation as it is hydrating and not drying!

Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation - Shade 3 (Fair)

Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation – Shade 3 (Fair) Front

This foundation is £32 so £2 more than the magic foundation but its actually 40ml so you get more product for your money. The packaging is actually a plastic bottle with a gold lid and no pump applicator.  I actually prefer this as you have a better control of how much foundation you want to use, and it is travel friendly packaging instead of the glass that really isn’t! I apply this foundation with a flat foundation brush and start from my t-zone outwards to make sure everything is covered. I then use a translucent setting powder to set the foundation and it really does keep my skin looking flawless and healthy all day. I would say this is the better foundation for every day wear if you are going into town shopping, or working. This foundation definitely works for combination and dry skin types.


I still use a more full coverage foundation in the evening. I love the Rimmel match perfection foundation as it really provides full coverage, hydration, and stay put for any occasion. Have you tried these two foundations before? What did you think of them? Let me know in the comments and read what other people think on my Twitter and Instagram

I hope this post has helped you get a clearer understanding of these two foundations and helped you decide which one may be better for you!

Lots of Love.

The Beauty Analyst xo



  1. Eleni November 9, 2017 / 7:50 am

    Very interesting review Emma! I LOVE Charlotte Tilbury products but I haven’t tried the foundation (Estée Lauder double is difficult to walk away from!). I have similar skin to yours so I might give Light Wonder a go xx

    • thebeautyanalystblog
      November 10, 2017 / 10:26 pm

      Thank you for reading and leaving me a comment beaut!! I really want to try double wear, think this year might be the year I give it a go. Light Wonder is great xxxx

  2. Mary November 10, 2017 / 7:32 am

    Chantecaille foundation is good enough for hydration with very good texture &a coverage with spf 15 but quite costly.
    As for concealer / highlighter maybe even a touch up the infamous YSL Touche Éclat pen is highly recommended but needs to be used up better by 3 months or so it might dry up a little if stored too long.

    • thebeautyanalystblog
      November 10, 2017 / 10:27 pm

      Ooo I’ve always wanted to try that brand so many I should try their foundation to see what it’s like! And I actually use the Charlotte Tilbury retoucher pen as well as the magic foundation and that really hides my dark circles xxxx

  3. Kerry LifeandLoves November 12, 2017 / 6:39 pm

    Im a huge Charlotte Tilbury fan, but up until this week, hadn’t tried a foundation from the brand! Im the same as you, I have quite a few foundations on the go as I like different coverages for different days. I got a sample of the magic foundation, and so far love it! I have a normal, combination skin, so no dryness anywhere, but do have an oily T-Zone. Im interested in trying the Wonder Glow aswell now, reading this! Thanks for sharing x

    • thebeautyanalystblog
      November 12, 2017 / 9:29 pm

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting Kerry!! I think the Magic foundation clearly works for some but only if you have the suitable skin type. The Wonder Glow is so great! So glad you got a sample too!! Xxxxx

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