Charlotte Tilbury Beautiful Skin Foundation Review

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Many makeup products excite me when I find out its fungal acne safe. Cream products and foundation are the main ones. I am finding out that the newest foundation from Charlotte Tilbury is fungal acne safe with only three triggers in here that are minor – Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Hydrogenated Olive Oil, and Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate. I would still recommend patch testing because fungal acne is tricky. Please look at my What is Fungal Acne post here and Ingredients That Cause Fungal Acne post here. I brought Charlotte Tilbury’s new Beautiful Skin Foundation when it was available on Space NK. I’ve been testing this for a while now with and without primers and testing how it does well with other products on top of it, like powders and creams. I also tried it without setting it with powder, setting spray, or finishing spray. I have to say that this is a favorite. I am finally here to share my review after a while, so here are my thoughts.

The formulation of Beautiful Skin Foundation is a newer product in Charlotte Tilbury’s catalog. The claims are that it is a medium-coverage foundation that contains skincare ingredients like hyaluronic acid. It is long-wearing – up to 16 hours, has a natural finish, and is best for dry, combo, and normal skin types. I wear the shade 14 Neutral (deep with neutral undertones). The range differs from her previous foundations; for instance, this foundation has 30 shades, while the *Airbrush Flawless Foundation has 43. I am unsure if she will ever upgrade her shade range, but I’ve noticed that not everyone can find their airbrush shade twin in this foundation.

It is a thicker formula, and a little goes a long way. It has a dewy natural finish on the skin, and I notice that it works better with a brush which is my preference. It reminds me of the It Cosmetics CC Cream without the SPF. Yes, this foundation doesn’t have SPF, which is not a deal breaker for me. A foundation with SPF brings no benefits because we should be applying the regular amount of SPF, which is two fingers from the index to the middle finger to cover the face and neck. That would be too cakey if we did that with our foundations. 

My skin type is dry and sensitive; I don’t have to worry too much about powder with this foundation. My trouble area would be around my nose because I wear prescription glasses. The ingredients here are more suitable for dry skin than oily skin because the t-zone areas might need powdering throughout the day. This foundation is full of skincare ingredients below:

Hyaluronic Acid: A fantastic ingredient for those with dry, dehydrated skin or who want to reduce wrinkles and fine lines. It is also wound healing and reduces scarring.

I will say that I am happy it has this ingredient, but if this is the only product with HA that you are using, I’m afraid you will not see the same results of a HA skin care product like a toner or serum. 

Rose Complex: Targets signs of stress in the skin, such as dryness, pigmentation, dullness, and dark circles. It claims on Charlotte Tilbury’s website that it reduces the signs of fatigue, resulting in skin that looks brighter, smoother, hydrated, and more “youthful. 

I can say that I have hyperpigmentation around my chin area, with texture as any normal person, and my skin does get dry or has dry patches sometimes. I believe that this foundation is my skin but better. It is also a buildable foundation, but full coverage isn’t my favorite foundation look. I usually spot conceal with my concealer and then go over it with a foundation, or I go in with a skin tone setting powder or powder foundation. 

Hyalurosmooth:  This evens out your skin tone and texture, which I agree does even out my skin pigmentation and leaves my skin looking smooth. It does this by targeting the effects on the skin by targeting uneven texture. It also locks in moisture by providing hydration, making your skin look plumper and smoother. 

Bix’Activ™: This helps reduce the appearance of oiliness and the sign of pores and shine. I can agree with this, but again I have dry skin, but my problem area is my nose. I barely see any rubbing or any need to powder my nose. It is more surprising without powdering. I wore it recently without powder, which still amazes me every time.

Coconut Extract: This plumps up the skin by providing the skin with the ability to hold water by strengthening the skin barrier over time. It reduces water loss or Transepidermal water loss. 

C.T Defence: Prevents pollutant particles from penetrating the skin and strengthens the skin barrier. This is good to know, but again this is a foundation, not a skincare product. It is cool but not something I can’t live without in a foundation.

I wear the shade 14 Netural, perfect for my skin tone. To conclude this review: 

Does it cover pigmentation?

Yes, it is also buildable, and I could cover my hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone.

Does it cover up texture and pores?

Yes, the foundation is very flattering, giving my skin a better and smooth look.

Is it suited for dry skin?

Yes, it is all about skin prep. I try to have a simple skincare routine when putting on makeup; it lasts all day without my skin feeling dry. I am also not a primer user because I feel that my skincare is enough for makeup to last on my skin with this foundation. 

Is it suited for oily skin?

Yes, if you prefer a satin, glowy foundation, then I recommend it. 

Is it suited for mature skin? 

Yes, this foundation works great with texture and dry skin, giving my skin a smooth and blurred look. This also has some skincare benefits, allowing the makeup and skin to feel less dry or oily. 

Is it transfer-proof?

I don’t notice any transfer. It sets well without setting powder or setting spray for me. I say it holds up pretty well for me.

Does it last 16 hrs?

I haven’t worn it for that long. I don’t think any regular consumer would be wearing this that long. But it lasts throughout the day without fixing it with powder because it doesn’t get patchy for me.  I wear it from 9 am – 6 pm, a normal work day. 

Do I recommend this?

I say yes because it is makeup, what may work for me might not work for you, and that’s fine. I’m not too fond of skin types because I can say yes, it works great for dry or texture skin or oily skin, which might not be the case for others. This is just based on preferences at the end of the day. I encourage you to try it out and see if this might be a foundation you love or think is okay. It is makeup, and you can always take it off. 

This foundation retails for $49 the same as Airbrush Flawless Foundation.

Charlotte Tilbury’s Beautiful Skin Foundation: 9/10

Check out my other foundation reviews:

Dior Backstage Face & Body Foundation

Huda Beauty’s Glowish Luminous Tint Foundation