Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray & Magic Serum Crystal Elixir Review

How have you been doing? The months past Covid outbreak have been a bit crazy. As much as I enjoy luxury beauty, i’ve been keeping things quiet as I don’t think anyone ‘needs’ a new red toned palette or that brand new MLBB lipstick. The current situation puts things into perspective doesn’t it?

I still however feel that life’s little luxuries and some new makeup lighten the mood and therefore happy to share these exciting launches with you. I haven’t been blogging but IG has been updated (infrequently!) and I have been talking about some of the products in this review. 

Charlotte Tilbury Setting Spray

The Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray promises 16 hour wear of flawlessness. No melting, no fading, no creasing.

Firstly, I love the overall aesthetic of the packaging. It actually comes in 2 sizes and I picked up the larger one (which I regret now as i’d have found the mini more useful in terms of portability). The bigger size is a generous 100ml for ($35) which should last a while though and more value price/ml.

The mist is fine and delicately fragranced, just enough to signal the brands ‘luxury’ positioning but never lingers. Which I love. On application there’s no tackiness or dewiness. I was expecting more of a ‘glow’ with this product but relieved there’s no oily feel or tackiness. Usually setting sprays always end up so dewy and unless you have dry skin and crave that glow, no one needs their face to be shiny when set. 

The overall appearance is that your foundation is now one with the skin. I can’t claim to have seen any blurring effect or ‘shrinking of pores’ but I do love that it seems to control excess oil and prolong the wear of foundation. 16 hours might be a stretch given I live in a hot and humid climate year round, but it’s capabilities of holding makeup in place is pretty impressive. 

I like that it also ensures the makeup looking fresh without drying up and locks in the moisture. (Glycerin is in the ingredient list which is a known humectant). Other than that the ingredient list also contains a few other skincare ingredients I enjoy such as Aloe Leaf Juice  and Camellia leaf extract. Both found in skincare that soothes dry skin.  

Charlotte Tilbury setting spray

Bottom line, I do enjoy the product and think is just lovely. It achieves a perfect balance of keeping makeup in place without sucking all the moisture out of your skin. Normally long wear setting sprays feel so dehydrating or sticky, and this does not.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Serum

Along with my Setting Spray I ordered the mini Magic Serum. As far as minis go this one was shockingly tiny! I only ever wanted to test it out but the size is pretty decent if you have trouble deciding on splurging on the full sized product. 

The full size retails at $80. Not too bad considering most luxury products of a similar category retail around the same price. 

The Magic Serum is packaged in a luxurious glass bottle, (even the mini!) and comes with a dropper dispenser. Not my ideal packaging for skincare since air and impurities can end up in the product causing contamination, but this one is all about ‘Vanity Goals’, pretty packaging that adds to the whole ritual of indulging in expensive skincare and looks good in any boudoir.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Serum

The texture of this is ultra luxurious, it’s silky without the silicone-y feel and absorbs beautifully! I honesty don’t intend to use this in my day to day skincare but instead a primer for dry skin when I use my Westman Atelier Foundation. I noticed it needed more slip for smooth application (over my flakey areas) and this does the job perfectly. Even though the box comes plastered with a million (exaggerated) claims, I do enjoy the serum and find it amazing for soothing and prepping dry skin. Makeup does look more glowy and fresh and all I need is 4 little drops for the entire face.

P.S- The ingredient list is pretty impressive too. I’ll add in all the details right at the end of this post. 

Bottom Line

I feel the serum and setting spray does deliver. The larger bottles are definitely more value for money but the setting spray is good to try out in a smaller size if you are unsure if this works for your skin. Plus it’s more travel friendly! 

I like that the serum in particular spreads so well and instantly plumps the skin up for flawless makeup application. I haven’t tried it long enough or consistently to confirm the claims of ‘skin looking younger’; but then a mini wont last long enough to see real long term results.. However, I feel this would be a lifesaver in the drier months to come for keeping the skin nourished and hydrated under makeup. It’s an expensive primer in my eyes rather than skincare and I do enjoy it! Dry skin types will LOVE this.

Have you picked up any of these? I’m so tempted to try the Magic Cream Light. I could have sworn I ordered one but can’t seem to find it. The packaging looks suspiciously similar to one that La Mer does &  curious to see if they are alike at all. I might just order one. 

Ingredient list

Magic Serum –

AQUA/WATER/EAU, NIACINAMIDE, GLYCERETH-26, TRIHEPTANOIN, GLYCERIN, METHYL GLUCETH-20, SILICA, CAMELLIA OLEIFERA SEED OIL, QUARTZ POWDER, AMETHYST POWDER, RUBY POWDER, GOLD, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) OIL, PHENOXYETHANOL, DIMETHYL-ISOSORBIDE, POLYSORBATE 20, GLYCERYL STEARATE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, OCTYLDODECYL OLEATE, BENZYL ALCOHOL, MYROTHAMNUS FLABELLIFOLIA LEAF EXTRACT, PEG-100 STEARATE, OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE, SCHISANDRA CHINENSIS (MAGNOLIA) FRUIT EXTRACT, CARBOMER, SODIUM GLUCONATE, SODIUM HYALURONATE, CHONDRUS CRISPUS (CARRAGEENAN) EXTRACT, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, SAUSSUREA INVOLUCRATA CALLUS EXTRACT, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE, POLYGLUTAMIC ACID, PENTYLENE GLYCOL, SORBITOL, MAGNESIUM ASPARTATE, ZINC GLUCONATE, ROSA CANINA FRUIT EXTRACT, POLYHYDROXYSTEARIC ACID, OCTYLDODECANOL, SODIUM BENZOATE, PROPANEDIOL, BIOSACCHARIDE GUM-4, XANTHAN GUM, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE), PLUMERIA ALBA FLOWER EXTRACT, PLUMERIA RUBRA FLOWER EXTRACT, LITHOTHAMNION CALCAREUM EXTRACT, LACTIC ACID, POTASSIUM SORBATE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, COPPER GLUCONATE, HYDRATED SILICA, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, CITRIC ACID, SOLANUM TUBEROSUM (POTATO) PULP EXTRACT, ACETYL TETRAPEPTIDE-11, ACETYL TETRAPEPTIDE-9, DEHYDROACETIC ACID, ASCORBIC ACID, GLUTATHIONE, LIMONENE, GERANIOL, CITRONELLOL, LINALOOL, CITRAL.

Setting Spray –

INGREDIENTS: AQUA/WATER/EAU, AMP-ACRYLATES/ALLYL METHACRYLATE COPOLYMER, PVP, PHENOXYETHANOL, PENTYLENE GLYCOL, PROPANEDIOL, POLYSORBATE 20, CITRIC ACID, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, ALOE BARBADENSIS (ALOE VERA) LEAF JUICE POWDER, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE), POTASSIUM SORBATE, GLYCERIN, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, CAMELLIA OLEIFERA LEAF EXTRACT, PISTACIA LENTISCUS GUM, HYDROGENATED LECITHIN, LEUCONOSTOC/RADISH ROOT FERMENT FILTRATE, PHENETHYL ALCOHOL.

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