I reviewed Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream earlier this month for you and I decided I’d follow up with my thoughts on Charlotte Tilbury Magic Night Rescue Cream ($145) which I ended up liking a hell of a lot more than the regular Magic Cream.
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Night Rescue Cream, her original Magic Cream, and the new Magic Eye Rescue Cream were available some months ago in the Magic Skin Trilogy which was $285 and sold out rather quickly although it is now back in stock at www.charlottetilbury.com.
I was fairly unimpressed with Magic Cream and some of that stems from the very high price tag. It’s lovely stuff but the price point just doesn’t match up to what you’re getting plus add in the fact it comes in a jar and well, it feels like you’re burning money.
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Night Rescue Cream is considerably more impressisve and I fear for my safety with this stuff as it is $145 and I can see myself repurchasing it because I actually love it!
But why the jar?!
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Night Rescue Cream is an marketed as an “Intense Firming, Plumping Balm-Elixir” which comes housed in a heavy, elegant jar that’s 1.7 oz in size. I have to express how much I dislike the fact it is in a jar but to add insult to injury they don’t even include a little spatula to use with the cream. Come on, seriously? $145 and you can’t throw a plastic spatula in the box? Ok, so yeah, not a big deal as I have tons of them laying around but it still irks me.
There’s a lot going on here but one of the biggest claims here is that you’ll “wake up to the best skin of your life”. YUP! Truth! If you have dry skin and you use a drop (yes, a drop!) of Magic Night Rescue Cream you will wake up to the best skin of your life.
This was 5 years in the making and contains a mix of ingredients that transforms tired and dull skin into a gorgeous, smooth, soft complexion. It contains time-released reitnol (which means nothing courtesy the poor packaging) as well as glycerin, water, and a host of other ingredients including Vitamin E, and BioNympth Peptides which act to stimulate collagen production apparently while fighting off free radicals and reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Plus it also contains caster seed oil for super moisture.
Here’s the thing…
A lot of what this promises to do isn’t exactly what my current skin needs. I might not fit into the exact demographic that the cream is suited for as I don’t yet have finer lines on my face nor has my skin lost elasticity. My skin is dry and dull and this addresses both those issues brilliantly. If it maintains my youthful glow in the future I’ll be happy and I must say if you’re keeping your skin well hydrated in your youth chances are in your older age you’re going to look good so that’s one benefit to using this cream. Secondly, it hydrates like you would not believe. I can’t express how moisturizing this stuff is. It’s seriously the end all night cream for me! I don’t need anything else in my skincare life, this is it.
However, it isn’t a formula everyone will like. It’s thick, balm-y, sticky, tacky, heavy, and feels like vaseline on crack. The best way to describe it is a melted down balm with a creamy consistency. A little goes a very, very, very, very, very long way. It’s extremely sticky initially but it absorbs fast enough and leaves behind a very well hydrates slightly tacky finish. I apply it perhaps a little too generously in the evening (two pea size amounts on either cheeks, massaged in). Typically I apply my essence, serum, etc…and follow up with this as the last step in my nightly routine. I also tend to give myself a ltitle facial massage with it as I apply.
In the morning, I look amazing. Well hydrated, soft, smooth, and brighter. My dullness is considerably eased since I started using this (I started at the end of December and the pot still looks like I just purchased it) and my drier areas are completely elimated.
As I said it isn’t a formula for everyone. It takes some getting used to and it is quite heavy but I love what it has done for my skin and I feel like if I continue to use it that my skin will thank me 5, 10, or more years down the road.
I will be a bit of a negative Nancy though and say that the price is a little too high. It’s jar packaging which means many of the active ingredients likely will spoil quickly and won’t be terribly beneficial. In that case, I’m left with a highly moisturizing cream that isn’t doing much else than providing moisture. It’s a shame they didn’t put it in a tube of some sort to keep it fresher for longer.
Would I buy it again though is the real question isn’t it?
Crummy packaging aside, this is one of the heaviest moisturizers I own and one of the most effective at fighting dryness and giving me the skin I’ve always wanted. So yes, I’d be willing to splurge on it again.
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Night Rescue Cream isn’t without issues but for this much moisture I’m willing to put up with them.