I’m actually bringing a bit of a negative review to ATB today, but I think it’s so important to discuss products that aren’t all sunshine and roses in order to keep up that authentic blogging community image and all that jazz. Of course, this isn’t me completely bashing the product, as it may work wonders for someone else while it just simply didn’t work for me. But unfortunately Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Night Cream isn’t a product I’ll be trying again.
The CT Magic Night Cream is said to work as an anti-ageing cream and also an ageing preventer, with the ability to intensely plump and firm the skin. Now, I don’t know about you, but I’m all for firmer, healthier skin. I’m also worried about the onset of wrinkles and at the ripe old age of 22 I’m starting to see some little ones forming on my forehead as I’ve spent most of my days this year frowning over my university books (damn you, education!). I was really looking forward to giving this product a try.
Let’s firstly discuss the positives. One thing I love about CT is their lavish packaging, and the Magic Night Cream is no exception. The night cream, which costs a whopping £100 (I didn’t pay, but received it as part of a editorial internship goody bag) and took four whole years to create, comes in a beautifully packaged tub with the pretty gold lettering that is so distinctive to the brand. It’s a really sturdy tub too, so not likely to break if you’re taking it away on a trip with you or if you drop your makeup bag.
The cream itself feels really lovely. It’s very thick and includes eight magic ingredients to help plump and rejuvenate the skin, including anti-oxidant Vitamin E, Frangipani to soothe the complexion, and Olus Oil to give a lovely finish. However, and this is what sadly put me off the product, after application it feels really sticky on the skin. It doesn’t actually sink into the pores whatsoever, leaving a sticky, gloopy residue on the face.
Admittedly, I thought this was rather odd and did a little research and spoke to other beauty bloggers on Twitter to see if this was the case. It feels more like a mask than a night cream and I was worried that it would wreak havoc on my oily skin type. With reassurance that this was how the product was supposed to work, and with knowledge that it could be used for all skin types (it says this on the Charlotte Tilbury website), I left it on over night and waited to see what it would be like the following morning.
Honestly, I woke up the next morning with my face practically stuck to my pillow. I prised my skin away from the cotton sheets to find that the cream was still not sunken into my face, and in fact it felt quite greasy and oily. Nevertheless, I had expected this so went to wash it off as part of my usual skin care regime and found that my face had in fact broken out and I had a few little pimples forming on my forehead and chin. As someone who really tries to keep a squeaky clean and make-up free face where I can in order to abolish pesky breakouts, I was really gutted that this had happened; so gutted in fact that I neglected to wear it again and I will be passing this product onto my mum.
I’ve read lots of really positive reviews about this product, but for me this is definitely not one for all skin types and certainly not one for oily skin. Admittedly I only tested it just for one full night, but I didn’t want to risk any further breakouts, especially as I’ve spent the best part of the last year finding out what products do and don’t work for my skin type. If you have dry skin that’s in need of a little rejuvenation then I’d say definitely give it a go, but for the extortionate price tag I’d suggest grabbing a sample before you splash the cash.
Have you tried this product?
What did you think of it?
Lots of love,