Does Charlotte Tilbury's new foundation live up to the hype? We test it out

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Photo credit: Cosmopolitan
Photo credit: Cosmopolitan

I'm going to be totally honest with you, when I heard about Charlotte Tilbury's new Beautiful Skin Foundation, I was a teeny, tiny, little bit indifferent. Yes I said it. Don't get me wrong - I LOVE the Tilbury products, Charlotte's Filmstar Bronze & Glow is irreplaceable in my makeup bag. But when I saw a snap of the new foundation on my IG feed, I couldn't help but feel a little wave of 'meh'. Let me explain... It's January, I'm living my life in leggings, working from home and counting down the seconds till pay day. Sure, I want glowy, plumped, dewy, flawless-looking skin, but as my social life currently stands, the only person that will see my glossy-complexion-makeover will be the local DPD delivery driver...

Still, when I finally got my hands on that pale-pink Charlotte Tilbury box, excitement took over logic, and I couldn't wait to give the foundation a try.

My first impressions of the packaging were great - I much prefer a tube to a bottle (it's lighter in the makeup bag and easier to get every last drop out of) plus, the pump dispenser is simple to use and faff-free.

As someone with fair skin and pink undertones, I opted for shade '3 Cool' which Charlotte describes as "perfect for fair skin with cool pink undertones." There are 30 shades to choose from in total, ranging from deep to fair and in a mix of warm, cool and neutral undertones.

The foundation is designed to hydrate whilst offering a medium coverage, so if you're prone to dryness (or just prefer a dewier makeup finish) it's likely to work well for you.

For my skin, it was perfect. I primed my face with a little moisturiser/SPF beforehand and the formula blended seamlessly - even over the drier areas of my complexion (like, around the nose and brows).

It's a medium coverage, so whilst it made light work of neutralising the redness on my cheeks, a couple of blemishes still showed through (nothing a little dab of concealer couldn't fix though).

The foundation claims to hydrate, smooth, brighten, even and plump the skin (not bad, hey?) and have to say, it ticks every box. I noticed the pores over my cheeks looked smaller, whilst the fine lines on my forehead were smoothed. Feel free to zoom in and see for yourself.

The lasting power is impressive too, whilst most dewy foundations tend to have a shorter lifespan than their matte counterparts, I found the Beautiful Skin foundation to hold up well all day. Yes, there was a tiny bit of fading here and there, but overall my skin still looked fresh and even-toned.

Don't just take my word for it though, here's what a few of our favourite TikTokers thought...

Well done Charlotte, you've officially done it again.

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