Fact: I am a devout worshipper at the makeup altar of Charlotte Tilbury. All her products—from her Matte Revolution Lipsticks to her hard-to-explain-yet-completely-necessary Hollywood Beauty Filter—are just so good. And by good, I mean they’re easy to use, have amazing textures, and generally help me look more like I am a respectable adult who has her shit together. But even so, I was a little less excited than I’d normally be when I found out her newest launch was none other than a concealer. I test and hoard every tinted moisturizer and foundation known to mankind but regard concealer as something I reach for occasionally when I’m breaking out or when I accidentally stayed up all night rewatching the entire first season of Laguna Beach.
Of course, now that I’m getting older and notice bags, lines, and dark spots creeping up that never existed before (ugh), I find myself relying on concealer to cover my sins more and more—but still. It's boring.
Then, I tried Charlotte Tilbury’s new Magic Away Liquid Concealer ($32) and everything changed. Namely, all my pores disappeared. I also stopped wearing foundation. And now I think I’m obsessed with concealer. This new liquid concealer comes in a sleek wand and features a sponge-tipped applicator with a pointed tip that makes it super easy to swipe in the crevices of your face. The very special thing about this particular concealer, however, is the formula. It’s just the right amount of matte and creamy where it won’t appear chalky or cakey even if you apply multiple layers. It’s made with something fancy called Persian silk tree bark extract, which has a gummy texture that gives this concealer the crazy stretch ability it has.
I've always thought the idea of a concealer "stretching" was weird and more marketing talk than anything. What is my concealer, an '80s Jazzercise model? Why would I need my concealer to stretch on my face?
After using this product, I finally understand. Instead of settling into fine lines or sitting on top of your skin like a mask, this concealer acts more like a thin veil that tightens and blurs everything at once. The effect is sort of like Spanx or pantyhose, but for your face. (Do people still say pantyhose?) I watched Charlotte apply a copious amount of this concealer on one hand and couldn’t believe the difference. Suddenly, every wrinkle had vanished, every dark spot faded, and all that was left was light-reflecting skin that still looked like someone's actual skin.
Here is a photo of me with a bare face.
Ever since I’ve started using this concealer, I’ve tossed my tinted moisturizers and foundations to the wayside. As the temperatures in New York reach sauna status, my sweaty face wants less and less product piled onto it but also gets oilier and, thus, more annoying. What I love about this concealer is that I can use less of it than I would with a blurring foundation or tinted moisturizer, and because of its "stretch" ability, the final effect is more fresh-faced and natural, and less “I wore too much makeup and now resemble a melted wax figure.”
Here is a photo of me after using the Magic Away Liquid Concealer, with absolutely zero photoshopping and taken in the exact same lighting five minutes after.
I apply it generously around my nose, on the inner parts of my cheeks, forehead area between my brows, and chin. The wand makes it super easy to swipe on wherever, and then you just blend the formula in with your fingers. The final effect is like if you used Snapchat's blurring filter IRL, as you can see in the photo above. I should mention that if you’re looking for something to cover acne or severe redness or melasma, you might be better opting for a heavier-duty concealer. But if you’re looking to blur out large pores (me), brighten dark circles and spots (also me), and help your skin look naturally luminous and ageless (me me me!), this concealer just might be your new holy grail. If anything, I've found that it actually settles into your skin and looks better as the day goes on.
It gives a more matte effect after you first use it, then gets a bit dewier a few hours later. I cannot sing enough praises about this concealer, and at $32, it’s actually one of Charlotte’s more affordable products—and in my opinion, worth every damn penny.
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Liquid Concealer will be available in 16 shades on CharlotteTilbury.com on August 23 and in stores worldwide September 6. In the meantime, shop some of my other favorite Charlotte Tilbury products below!
The least-drying matte lipstick you'll ever try.
Use this as a highlighter or primer—or both.
This foundation is an OG and still one of my favorites.
Contour-highlight newbies will appreciate this duo.
People always compliment me when I wear this product.
This balm removes all your makeup in one go and doubles as a mask.
Click here to see four editors take Charlotte Tilbury's Hollywood Flawless Face Filter for a test run.