Beauty editors and celebrities all swear by this bestselling moisturiser for glowing skin

One sells every two minutes

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream
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It's hard to believe that the iconic Magic Cream created by Hollywood's favourite make-up artist, Charlotte Tilbury MBE, hit shelves 10 years ago. While there are many hard-working moisturisers out there that claim to be a cult favourites, few actually achieve status quite like the Charlotte Tilbury's Magic Cream. It's so loved, in fact, that one is sold every two minutes globally. 

Given the roaring initial success of the iconic Magic Cream, people wanted more. And if there's one thing Charlotte does best, it's giving the people what they want. Nowadays, the 'Magic' skincare line consists of 8 core products: The original cream, new water cream, a serum, a body moisturiser, a mist, a night cream, a lip oil and an eye cream

But what makes them all so brilliant? That's what we're going to break down. 

What makes Charlotte Tilbury's Magic products so... magic? 

In short: it's Magic Cream's instant ability to give skin a pick-me-up, especially after long days and late nights. The formula contains what the brand calls its Magic 8 Matrix, which is basically a fancy way of describing its blend of hyaluronic acid, bionymph peptides, vitamins C + E, aloe vera and frangipani extract, camellia oil, rosehip oil and shea butter. Essentially, each product is packed full of hydrating, skin-loving ingredients that help support the skin barrier (keeping it from feeling irritated and dry) and leave it looking plump. 

All of this, in my opinion, gives the Magic products the USP of being an ideal pre-make-up base, which makes a lot of sense given Charlotte's make-up artist background. Each product can be layered and mixed together to give a glassy, moisturised finish that soaks in well but leaves enough sheen on the skin before applying the best foundations

As someone with rosacea, this is pretty much everything I look for in skincare, particularly on the days I want to pack my make-up on to conceal redness whilst still appearing natural. Although at nighttime I use skincare products more catered to problem-solving my redness and rosacea-related breakouts, I love this group of Charlotte Tilbury products for the ultimate glowing base. Read on to get the (g)lowdown on each Magic product with texture swatches for each.

The best Charlotte Tilbury Magic products, reviewed by a beauty editor

1. Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream Swatch

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2. Charlotte Tilbury Magic Water Cream 

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Water Cream swatch

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3. Charlotte Tilbury Magic Eye Rescue 

Tori crowther with Charlotte Tilbury Magic Eye Rescue

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4. Charlotte Tilbury Magic Serum Crystal Elixir 

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Serum Crystal Elixir

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5. Charlotte Tilbury Magic Hydrator Mist 

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Hydrator Mist

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6. Charlotte Tilbury Magic Body Cream

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Body Cream swatch

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7. Charlotte Tilbury Magic Lip Oil

8. Charlotte Tilbury Magic Night Cream 

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Night Cream

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Beauty Contributor

Tori is a freelance beauty journalist and contributor for Marie Claire. She has written for various titles, including Allure, Glamour, Elle, Refinery29, Brides, and more. Currently training to be a nail tech, Tori is a total nail enthusiast and always has time to talk all things nail art. When she’s not writing about beauty and testing products, Tori can be found walking her rescue dog Pip, drinking great coffee, and eating as many croissants as humanly possible.