Charlotte Tilbury’s new foundation combines long-lasting coverage with impressive skincare benefits – The Independent

As with everything post-March 2020, the ongoing pandemic has caused serious shifts to our beauty routines, namely a desire for a pared back, minimalist aesthetic that blurs the lines between make-up and skincare.

Our continued focus on health and wellbeing paired with lifestyle changes has seeped into our cosmetic interests, as brands move away from heavy coverage products in favour of lighter, hybrid formulas that deliver skincare benefits as well as the perfect make-up finish. Margaux Caron, a global beauty analyst at Mintel, agrees, arguing that “the core of the acceleration of hybrid makeup products is made of deeply-rooted trends that have only been accelerated by the COVID-19 crisis, and are thus now established trends that will remain true after the pandemic has abated.”

Forever ahead of the curve, Charlotte Tilbury is tapping into this ongoing trend with its latest foundation formula that was three years in the making. After spotting a gap in the market for a medium coverage option that features skincare benefits, the brand created “beautiful skin” (£34,, a foundation that claims to deliver a hydrated, plumper smoother and brighter complexion, all while providing 16-hour wear. We’re always skeptical of a make-up product that claims to improve your skin health as you wear it, but Charlotte Tilbury never shies away from ambitious assertions, and has undertaken clinical trials to back these results up. The brand has a newfound focus on hybrid formulas after launching its primer-turned-SPF in the summer of 2021.

Aside from its coveted lipsticks and “magic” skincare, Charlotte Tilbury’s foundation range is one of its most popular lines. Its airbrush flawless foundation (£34,, a full coverage matte formula, has remained our favourite heavy duty base product since its launch back in 2019. Thanks to our oily, acne-prone complexion, we usually favour full coverage, but with the rise in glowy formulas that “look like skin”, we’re willing to branch out, particularly for a foundation that features so many skin nourishing ingredients. Read on to find out how the luxury brand’s latest foundation fared on our skin.

How we tested

We used the formula religiously over a two-week period, analysing the ease of application, finish, buildability, longwear and any skincare benefits that came from wearing it. We didn’t change our existing skincare routine in order to give the formula a genuine test, and tried wearing it both with powder and without to test the different finishes it gives.

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Charlotte Tilbury beautiful skin foundation: £34, – available from 4 January, join waitlist now

(Charlotte Tilbury)

  • Shades: 30
  • Finish: Medium coverage
  • Release date: 4 January online, 6 January in-store

The formula

Much like many other Charlotte Tilbury products, this foundation is infused with hydrating powerhouse hyaluronic acid, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. There’s two patented complexes at work too: “bix’activ” looks to reduce oiliness and the appearance of shine and pores, while “hyalurosmooth” claims to even out texture, and reduce dryness …….


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