When looking on the Charlotte Tilbury Website, everything looks glamorous. The packaging is reminiscent of old Hollywood, the price tags are luxe, and the ingredients are A+.
The Magic Night Cream is no different. The $145 moisturizer (I told you — luxe) is paying for what Tilbury calls a BioNymph Peptide Complex which, according to the site, promises to both reduce the appearance of wrinkles and increase the skin’s elasticity. It also includes Winter Daphne Stem Cell Extract, Time Released Retinol and Red Algae Marigel, all of which claim to protect the skin from future wrinkles and damage. The site even promises that I will wake up to the BEST SKIN OF MY LIFE, in all caps.
I don’t have wrinkles. I am 21 years old. I do not need retinol (yet). But my mom does, which is why CT even entered my life in the first place. My mother wasn’t a fan, and I came home one morning to find it on my vanity.
I wish I could say I loved this cream as much as Tilbury said I would.
It smells amazing, first of all. Like wow. But then I tried it on and things got…sticky.
This cream make my skin feel as I’d smeared Vaseline all over it, and the feeling never went away. It got so bad, in fact, that I literally stuck to my pillow that night. I thought at first that I’d maybe used too much, but then I realized that using anything less than the small finger scoop that I had used was nearly impossible. The consistency is like a full balm, almost like the kind
you use to take your makeup off at night. It’s not very spread-able, making minimalism impossible. This was a cream for the extra type, and I was extra pissed that I’d used it.
In the morning, my skin did look good. The film had all but disappeared (as in, I still felt a little tacky) and my skin’s redness levels were vastly reduced. But was it really worth the filmy layer, and the sticking to the pillow?
For $145, I want perfection. I want glowy, I want dewy. I want smooth. I don’t want to feel like I’ve bathed in Petroleum.
Better luck next time, folks.