An Honest Charlotte Tilbury Magic Water Cream Review

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Water Cream is a new $100 gel moisturizer that promises to hydrate skin for 100 hours. This fragrance-free formula is a retake on Charlotte’s very popular Magic Cream. I think it was assumed that this formula was created with more oily skin in mind as it’s lighter yet still hydrating. The bonus is it lacks the old lady fragrance of the original Magic Cream (yes, I said old lady! Someone had to!).

Someone has to sit down and discuss how overpriced Magic Water Cream is for what you’re getting. Someone has to be honest. I guess that great responsibility falls on me. I love me some Charlotte Tilbury but Magic Water Cream ain’t it. It’s $100 dollars for a very water-based moisturizer that doesn’t contain anything that warrants the price tag. Sorry, Charlotte. I hope we can remain besties but if I’m spending some money on a moisturizer I expect more than squalane and niacinamide.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Water Cream comes with some amazing claims (how do they even get away with saying this stuff? Wait for it….! Ready? “In just 28 seconds pores appearance reduced by 54% percent and skin tone appears more even by 69% percent.” That sounds amazing but it’s not going to happen quickly and pores aren’t going to just “reduce”. May I recommend a good primer if you want your pores to be less visible? A hydrating gel moisturizing isn’t going to do that.

I do think Charlotte created the original Magic Cream as a priming moisturizer. I find priming moisturizers confusing sometimes as I never know if I should use them along with my regular primer or not. I use a priming moisturizer in the form my ride-or-die Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base. Full disclosure I don’t use it alone! I end up doing all my skincare and applying it when I’m ready to prep for makeup. I realize priming moisturizers are supposed to act as both but I prefer doing my skincare first. It’s entirely up to you how you use a priming moisturizer but I thought I’d mention this because you might notice Magic Water Cream isn’t as heavy as the original Magic Cream and not really a form of a priming moisturizer.

According to the brand, anyone can use this cream! Normal, dry, combo, and oily whoever wants to dive in can do so happily. I will say oily skin users might like it best as I’m dry and felt like I wanted a bit more moisture after using it. They call it “bouncy” in texture. Personally, it just feels like a lighter version of Magic Cream and doesn’t have the traditional gel consistency of other gel moisturizers I know and use. It looks and feels more like a cream versus a gel. That being said once it hits your face it def morphs and becomes more water and absorbs in a snap. It feels great to me. Lightweight, breathable, a little cooling, but not quite as hydrating as I would like for someone with dry skin. Does it provide bouncy skin? Not really. Does it feel dewy or sticky? Nope, it absorbs and leaves behind a smooth finish. Does it prep well for makeup? Eh..! Not really. I feel like I need a moisturizing primer after using this but my skin is thirsty so others might not feel the same.

I purchased a mini Magic Water Cream several months ago because I refused to spend $100 on the large jar. The mini is $30 and not worth that price either but it was the lesser of the two evils since I wanted to try this and also, review it. I used up the jar just this past month as it was purchased in September and I started using it around the 2nd week of September until now. In that time frame, I can’t say my skin’s texture improved nor did I feel like my skin looked brighter. I also, don’t feel like it gave me a glass-like, dewy finish that it advertised.

Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Squalane, Propanediol, Pentylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Glyceryl Glucoside, Niacinamide, Mannitol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Carbomer, Camellia Oleifera (Camellia) Seed Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Sodium Gluconate, Sodium Hydroxide, Tocopherol, Beta-Glucan, Sodium Hyaluronate, Backhousia Citriodora Leaf Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Plumeria Rubra Flower Extract, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-11, Citric Acid, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-9, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate.

As you can see there’s nothing in the above ingredients that warrant the $100 price tag and let’s not forget this is in a jar which means those ingredients that are good won’t remain stable for long. Sure, there’s squalane and niacinamide but let’s not forget that niacinamide is fairly low on the list which has me wondering how much is in here.

Is this overpriced with exaggerated claims? Absolutely in my opinion. You can snag products like Cerave Ultra-Light Facial Gel with Hyaluronic Acid for around $15 and it contains Niacinamide, Ceramides (which Charlotte’s formula does not have), and Sodium Hyaluronate. There’s no need to dish out $100 bucks on this. If you want a priming moisturizing that plumps and creates glass-like skin I’d go with Juno & Co. Moonshine Miracle Cream or Touch of Sol Pretty Filter Glassy Skin Balm Primer! And if you want a solid gel moisturizer Neutrogena Hydro Boost is the crème de la crème in the drugstore world!

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Water Cream is an okay lightweight moisturizer that doesn’t warrant its huge price tag. Sadly, I can’t recommend this one. If it’s something you REALLY want to try I’d go with the $30 smaller size and if you love it dish out for the larger $100 jar!

Good Luck!

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