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Finder Beauty Fave: Charlotte Tilbury Magic Serum Crystal Elixir

Posted: 22 May 2020 7:00 am


What's so magic about it? These are my honest thoughts of Charlotte Tilbury's Magic Serum.

When Charlotte Tilbury first announced the Magic Serum in early April, I was really excited. If you're not familiar with the brand, the Magic Cream is one of the most popular and best-selling products. While I've never tried it before, trialling the Magic Serum was the next best thing.

The Magic Serum is unlike any other skincare product I've seen before – and I think that's why I was so interested. A serum powered by crystals? These are my honest thoughts.

The quick verdict

Why is it good? I love the immediate effect it offers – a youthful looking glow and a totally hydrated complexion.

How much is it? $100 for 30mL

Where to buy it: Charlotte Tilbury, Cult Beauty and NET-A-PORTER

The Magic Serum promises to improve the skin's appearance by making it look more glowy, hydrated and youthful looking. At the same time, it's also meant to enhance and smooth the skin's texture.

That sounds like a whole lot of promises, and on top of all that, the list of featured ingredients is pretty long.

Just some of the standout ones include a ground-breaking blend of peptides to target wrinkles and firm the skin, vitamin C for radiance, a holistic "5-crystal complex" and polyglutamic acid which is known as a hydration powerhouse.

Similar to the Magic Cream, the serum version is a universal product and it's suited for all skin types. Charlotte promotes it as "science powered skincare for clinical results".

When the Magic Serum first showed up on my doorstep, I think I squealed with excitement. The serum arrives in a gorgeous glass bottle, filled with a magical milky, white liquid.

I've been using Charlotte Tilbury's Magic Serum for three weeks, every single morning. I tend to use about two drops and that works to cover my whole face and neck. After application, I follow up with my normal daily moisturiser and sunscreen combo.

Something to note is that it is definitely fragranced, kind of like a regular perfume smell. It wasn't unbearable, but it was something I had to get used to.

The first set of images is before I started using the Magic Serum. My skin wasn't terrible but you can see that it was definitely dehydrated and lacked that healthy, youthful glow.


The next set of images showcase my skin after three weeks of continual use of the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Serum. I'm not saying this is a miracle product that you absolutely need in your routine, but I did notice a difference.

My complexion now looks hydrated and radiant, and I don't know about you, but I'm loving the glow in these photos!

One of the things I truly adore is the immediate effect. As soon as the serum dries down (which doesn't take long at all), my skin looks more alive. I've also noticed that my large-ish pores around my cheeks and nose look smaller – so that's a big tick in my books!


One of the most interesting (and questionable) things about the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Serum is the fact that it's powered by crystals. No really, one of the ingredients is a "5-crystal complex inspired by holistic wellbeing and the healing frequency of light and energy".

The art of crystals has been around for a while, and while it's not something I practice, this is the first time I've personally seen it used in skincare.

But what can it actually offer? That, I'm not so sure about.


Similar to most of Charlotte Tilbury's products, the Magic Serum doesn't come cheap. It retails at $100 for 30mL, which is rather expensive, especially since you're not getting a ton of product. Considering I use two drops a day, I can admit that I'm already 3/4 through the bottle.

Does the product make a difference? Yes.

But do you need it? I'm sure you can find something similar on the market for a cheaper price. When it comes to Charlotte Tilbury, you're paying for the brand and the luxurious packaging, so the decision is up to you!

Where to buy

I love shopping directly from Charlotte Tilbury online, but you can also hit up stockists like Cult Beauty and NET-A-PORTER.

Tune in every Friday for our Finder Beauty Fave. We go hands-on to find the best beauty buys, testing out new products and old favourites to see what's really worth your money.

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Main image: Instagram user ctilburymakeup

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