Darlings, let's dive into the rose-gold world of Charlotte Tilbury
What do Penelipe Cruz, Charlotte Tilbury and a 18-year old have in common? Love for a "feline flick", of course. Before online tutorials were a huge hit, I would draw makeup inspiration from magazines and ads; my favourite piece being Penelope Cruz' look for Mango. I was absolutely in love with her Bardot-esque hair and mesmerizing cat-eye makeup in particular. Back then I had no idea how to apply makeup, but I still wanted to rock that look on my best friend's wedding day. So, I went to a "professional", showed the image and closed my eyes, imagining how gorgeous I would look (while "the makeup artist" kept on eye-rolling and unenthusiastically slapping on a smelly foundation). When I looked in the mirror, I did not just look like a bad carbon-copy, but I was also left with a wobbly-liner-mess on my eyes, detaching strip lash and hundreds of ugly photographs. That day I've decided that I would become my own makeup artist and little did I know who was the key source of my inspiration - Charlotte Tilbury, darling.
Charlotte's Magic Cream (100 USD for 50 ml/ 1.7 FL.OZ; Made in Switzerland) is certainly the most expensive product in her line, but it is indeed magical. This used to be Charlotte's secret backstage weapon for a long time. Fast-forward to 2013, the formula finally became available to us [mortals] and looking at the ingredients, I spot a lot of hydrating oils (various types of Rosehip Oil, Camellia Oil, Shea Butter, Michelia Alba Leaf Oil), multitasking anti-aging BioNymph Peptide Complex and Hyaluronic Acid (aka my bae). Texture is quite rich yet never greasy. Little goes a long way and it blends seamlessly, leaving you with instantly smooth/baby-soft skin. There is a faint floral scent here, but it never lingers.
Final Thoughts: I absolutely love this cream as it transforms my Sahara-skin into a perfectly hydrated, plump canvas in one step. I see it more as a skincare item and would totally use it without any additional moisturizer. It also has SPF 15, which is an extra bonus. I think it would be brilliant for those of you with normal, normal-dry, combination-dry, dry, very dry skin types. However, it might be a bit heavy for someone with oily skin. Now, whether you want to spend hundred dollars on a cream is totally up to you; personally, I will be waiting for the Sephora sale. A- (minus for the price).