March 11, 2016

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Night Rescue Cream Review & Swatches

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

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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

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?!

Magic Night Rescue Cream

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.

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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.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Night Rescue Cream

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Charlotte Tilbury Magic Night Rescue Cream swatches

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?

I would.

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.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Night Rescue Cream is available now at or get it at


I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Brit

    Have you or are you going to review the eye cream? I struggle with major under eye dryness and am very interested to see how it is.

  • blee

    After reading all that is in this I going to look up all the serums, oils, peptides, and moisturizers I use to see how this compares to your CTM. I like pumps for skin care items too. :0 Thanks for your review, Muse. 🙂

  • Kelly

    Totally agree with everything you said. I also love the daytime magic cream, pricing and all. The Wonderglow primer and Lightwonder foundation are my everyday go tos. Wondering if you’ve tried the new Magic Foundation?

    • Isabella Muse

      I haven’t yet Kelly 🙂 Hearing mixed reviews so haven’t dipped my toes in that pond yet!

      • Teresa

        I am using the Magic foundation. In comparison to the Light Wonder foundation, the Magic is a little heavier and covers imperfections better, yet it does not magnify my fine lines. I am over 60 and my skin is very dry. The Magic is not hydrating enough for me, so I mix a drop of Vitamin E oil with the foundation every time I use it. I think it would work well for younger women with normal to dry skin rather than us older girls with VERY dry skin. The Magic spreads very well and doesn’t take much. I use a beauty sponge to apply foundation since a foundation brush makes me look cakey later. The Magic wears very well too. I would compare it to Laura Mercier foundation, with a touch more hydration. Since it is not as expensive as the Laura Mercier, I think it is a good buy.

        • Isabella Muse

          Thanks for sharing Teresa! I’m curious about it but wish I could swatch in stores! So far haven’t seen it in store yet! Thanks for the mini review 🙂 very helpful!

  • Maggie

    Darn, I was secretly hoping this was going to be a dud (especially with the jar packaging), but this sounds exactly like what my dry, thirsty skin dreams of. Thanks for the great and honest review as always, Muse!

    • Isabella Muse

      my pleasure maggie 🙂 I actually love it. I’d buy it again for nothing else but the fact it is heavy duty hydrating 🙂

  • Katherine T.

    This sounds awesome for dry skin, but fragrance is in the middle of the list, so skip for me. I like her Wonder Cream, but it has a rose fragrance, really wish she had unscented versions for me, but then again, my wallet is relieved!