• Karen Lee

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream Dupe??

Updated: May 18



I haven't truly given Glossier's Priming Moisturizer Rich a chance until recently. As in, I've tried it as a sample, but it never made me want to finish the foil packet. I also have SO many moisturizers, so I never felt the need to purchase a jar of the stuff. As soon as I tried it this time around, the texture and finish immediately reminded me of Charlotte's Magic Cream.


I have the Magic Cream in the mini size, and I use it as a primer under makeup on days I want my makeup to look flawless, but don't need extra long-wear hour power. It creates a wonderful canvas for anything you might want to put on top. I prefer it over a primer because it just juices up my skin a little more than a typical primer would. I have some shallow acne scars that make it easy to visually see if a moisturizer is working or not. When my skin is hydrated, they are far less noticeable.


Otherwise, texture and performance wise, they are virtually the same for my purposes. They are a dense, balmy texture, that's definitely on the richer side, but not at all greasey. A little goes a long way. Both products make your skin very soft, probably due to the dimethicone.




The biggest noticeable difference is the scent. Glossier's has a lavender scent and Charlotte's has a rose scent. I find that the lavender scent sticks around a little longer, which might bother people.


One thing that stands out to me is that the Magic Cream includes peptides and the Priming Rich includes ceramides. Those two are "hot" ingredients for moisturizers. Generally a more expensive moisturizer doesn't mean it's "better". It usually does mean that the formula will likely feel "nice"at a superficial level when you put it on.


Pricing is where the products differ by a lot. For 50mL of product, Glossier's goes for $35, whereas Charlotte's goes for $100.


Below I have highlighted all the ingredients that they have in common.


Charlotte Tilbury's Magic Cream

AQUA/WATER/EAU, C12-15 ALKYL BENZOATE, GLYCERYL STEARATE SE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, GLYCERIN, OLUS OIL/VEGETABLE OIL/HUILE VÉGÉTALE, ISONONYL ISONONANOATE, CETYL ALCOHOL, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, DIMETHICONE, POLYESTER-7, PHENOXYETHANOL, NEOPENTYL GLYCOL DIHEPTANOATE, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER, STEARETH-21, AVENA SATIVA (OAT) KERNEL EXTRACT, CARBOMER, DIMETHICONOL, POTASSIUM CETYL PHOSPHATE, CHLORPHENESIN, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, XANTHAN GUM, HYDROLYZED VIOLA TRICOLOR EXTRACT, ALLANTOIN, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE, DISODIUM EDTA, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, CAMELLIA OLEIFERA SEED OIL, ROSA CANINA FRUIT OIL, ROSA DAMASCENA EXTRACT, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL, MICHELIA ALBA LEAF OIL, SODIUM LACTATE, COCO-GLUCOSIDE, PEG-8, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, SODIUM HYALURONATE, TOCOPHEROL, PALMITOYL TETRAPEPTIDE-7, PALMITOYL TRIPEPTIDE-1, ASCORBYL PALMITATE, PLUMERIA RUBRA FLOWER EXTRACT, ASCORBIC ACID, CITRIC ACID, NICOTIANA SYLVESTRIS LEAF CELL CULTURE, LINALOOL, CITRONELLOL, GERANIOL



Priming Moisturizer Rich

Aqua/Water/Eau, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Propanediol, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Tridecyl Neopentanoate, Squalane, Dimethicone, Cocoglycerides, Cetyl Palmitate, Glyceryl Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Aleurites Moluccanus Seed Oil, Ceramide NP, Ceramide AP, Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol, Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Mel/Honey Extract/Extrait de Miel, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Tropaeolum Majus Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Boswellia Serrata Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, PEG-40 Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Butylene Glycol, Polyisobutene, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ceteareth-20, Caprylyl Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Hexylene Glycol, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Aspalathus Linearis Extract, Tetrapeptide-14, Linalool


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