However, a few weeks ago, a Charlotte Tilbury parcel turned up at my door. I had a pencil in my diary for a Zoom webinar to celebrate a new launch from the brand the week after, but at the time, I had no idea what the product was set to be. The product, it turned out, was Charlotte’s Magic Cream Light (£75). That’s right, people. She heard us. A Magic Cream alternative for oily skinned guys and gals that delivers skin-perfecting radiance but with a matte, natural-looking finish is finally here.
And for the last few weeks, I’ve been giving it a go. Unlike the serum, Magic Cream Light is very much a heavy-duty moisturiser. It’s formulated with vitamin E, SPF20, anti-blue-light technology and the brand’s patented peptide-based smoothing and perfecting ingredient, Replexium. On top of all of that, it has a matte, veil-like finish that doesn’t leave the skin feeling suffocated. Most importantly for me, the finish isn’t dry-looking, either. I often worry that matte finishes will leave my complexion devoid of glow, but Magic Cream Light still lets that healthy sheen shine through. Also, unlike the original, the packaging comes in the form of a glass bottle and pump as opposed to a heavy jar and lid, which gets a big hygiene tick from me.