Charlotte Tilbury Unisex Healthy Glow and Magic Cream

You can’t have an interest in the skincare industry without knowing about Charlotte Tilbury. Her skincare and makeup is loved by critics the world over however is a brand I’ve never really had much personal interest in. Why? Like benefit, I mentally associated it as being a makeup-first brand, with skincare as an afterthought.

However, I have just received a huge Aspinal of London box with a big sticker on the front saying ‘Mr. Tilbury’. Assuming this wasn’t a coded marriage proposal from Charlotte herself, I was intrigued at the prospect of targeted men’s skincare products. However inside a stunning, leather, MANFACE-monogrammed bag was nothing but products from the Charlotte Tilbury core line as well as a new Unisex Healthy Glow.

Now, I pride myself on my principles and integrity within the skincare industry (the rest of the time, so-so) and I refuse to be pandered to as a male in a predominantly female dominated industry. But… this worked.

Now, the actual feature product – Unisex Healthy Glow – I don’t really care for. There’s nothing wrong with it, but when you’re as paper-white as I am, all tinted moisturisers look stupid; there’s just no way to blend them in. It’s one of those colour-burst products that comes out white and changes colour on blending. The colour on me was a sort of terracotta-peach and way too dark. But, for reference, when I do use cover and concealing makeup products I’m Bobbi Brown 0 and add ‘depth’ with 0.75.

However, what did catch my eye was the Charlotte’s Magic Cream.

It’s just my kind of moisturiser, being water based but thick in texture (not greasy) so it’s perfect for dehydrated skin. On application, my skin felt immediately comforted and they’re not joking when they say it makes you look better; I went from Gremlin to Gizmo in 30 seconds.

It’s loaded with anti-oxidants; a broad spectrum SPF15 for all-year sun protection; moisture bonding hyaluronic acid and a range of essential and non-comedogenic oils for skin conditioning. There is a touch of dimethicone in the top quarter of the ingredients but that doesn’t bother me too much. Oh, and there’s also a little shea in there too, which providing it’s formulated correctly, is a great ingredient for oil-prone but dehydrated skin as it helps to restore the acid mantle and regulate skin function without being heavy and blocking.

I can definitely say that Clarins Beauty Flash Balm pales in comparison to this both from the visual and skin health benefits. Although it’s worth noting that Magic Cream is twice the price at £70 for 50ml.

So although I’m not a fan of the Unisex Healthy Glow, I can definitely recommend that any guy should check out the Magic Cream. I’m yet to use the other bits and pieces from the kit, but if this is anything to go by, I think you can safely assume they’re good.

Charlotte’s Magic Cream Treat & Transform Moisturiser SPF15 is available at £70 for 50ml.


The Magic Night Cream is also gorgeous. It’s a gel-balm texture and although is a touch sticky until it dries, it’s enormously comforting and it gives you the same feeling of the Magic Cream when you get up in the morning. Big thumbs up!


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