[unpaid/sample/affiliate/ad] Imagine, if you take the numbers on the packaging at face value, skin that is 337% more radiant. Surely we’d be able to see each other in the dark? This brand loves a number splash and previously unheard of ingredients – Nanocacao O? Let me explain….
There are some lovely, reliable ingredients in this oil – avocado, olive, babassu, raspberry seed, blueberry seed and evening primrose which by anyone’s standards makes a delicious skin food for softer and more hydrated complexions. Cocoyl hydrolized collagen is a blend of coconut acids and collagen but the other two – Nanocacao O and MAXnolia O are specifically blended for the Charlotte Tilbury brand by Mibelle Biochemistry AG who get a name check on the CT website which is really unusual. On the bottom of the box there are two asterisk notes – *tested on 30 people and **tested on 15 people. At first, I couldn’t find what they referred to but on closer inspection, the tiniest nano-dot asterisks appear by the claims on the side of the box with claim of +206% more hydration in one hour tested on 15 and the rest of the claims tested on 30. So, Nanocacao O, according to Mibelle is a ‘lipophilic fraction of cocoa beans that is encapsulated in a nanoemulsion. It de-stresses and relaxes the skin and reduces skin tension’ while MAXnolia O is ‘a water-dispersible active powder that is based on a premium magnolia bark extract. MAXnolia inhibits the activation of NF-κB, which is a key mediator in the skin’s chronic inflammation process. It manages to neutralize internal aging factors and reduce skin redness’. I am not sure how relaxing and reducing skin tension could show on skin outside of a lab in any meaningful way so I’m going to shout that one as a marketing dose. I’m not sciencey enough to know about MAXnolia O without disappearing down a rabbit hole of things I don’t understand for the rest of the day so I’m just going to crack on 🙂
Setting obfuscation aside, Charlotte Tilbury Collagen Superfusion Facial Oil is a lovely oil – it smells spa-ish and feels at home straight away on the skin. It’s recommended that if your skin is extra dry, top with Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream but you could just as easily top with whatever you’re currently using. It’s a similar routine to the one I’m using at the moment which is REN Overnight Recovery Balm (which is oil-ish) topped with Irene Forte Hibiscus Night Cream and that is a match made in heaven. So topping your oil might be the best thing you ever did and it’s not something I see recommended very often – mostly experts will say to add the moisturiser then the oil because the oil is occlusive and keeps the moisture in but the other way around is working very nicely for me. Try it both ways maybe.
If you love a facial oil, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with the Charlotte Tilbury Collagen Superfusion Facial Oil – it does contain essential oils so if you’re sensitive to those it’s not for you but it’s ticking all the boxes for a nourishing skin treat and it would do so without all the shouty claims that might stand up in a lab but I just can’t square as standing up on a human face (visibly reduces the look of wrinkles by 80%?). Charlotte Tilbury is one of the most popular brands on my site and the most searched for so maybe it’s just me that gets irked by the claims – it bothers me because it taps into women’s biggest fears about how they look using clever wording to make promises that assuage those fears. Anyway, on that note, Charlotte Tilbury Collagen Superfusion Facial Oil is £60 HERE.
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CT claims (and product names) kept me from buying anything from the brand for quite some time (it sounded sort of cheap advertisement from yhe 1950’s!). When I bit the bullet, however, I became a fan. Not everything works for me, but a lot of it does, and when it does, it works wonders.
Don’t like the skincare line though (too much perfume in the products) but I love facial oils so now I’m on the fence.
Must check if there is perfume added… and might cave in!
Well, this is the thing – they could do just as well without the claims but most of it is beautifully formulated and does a great job. I suppose I feel cynical enough about the claims to flag up their clever wording but mostly, I think the products are great.
A scientist friend explained the basics as best he could that MAXnolia O is the oil soluble version of MAXnolia which comes from Magnolia Bark and helps to reduce inflammation and calm redness – my view is just tell people what is in your bloody product if it is THAT amazing!
Well quite – magnolia bark is a well known extract that we are relatively familiar with. I might start souping up ingredients.. Hyalu-TRIPLEXXX-MultiFaster-ronic Acid. And so on.
Is “reducing skin tension” the 2022 way to say anti wrinkle?
I have avoided this brand after trying the much hyped pillow talk lipstick which looked awful on me.
Pillow Talk doesn’t really suit me either but I absolutely love their balm formula for lips in Crystal Happiness that gives just a tiny wash of milky pink. I don’t know what skin tension is… maybe nobody does.
Yes me too. Pillow Talk lipstick is bland in colour and not at all like the image on their website.
I’m 61 and started using CT’s Superfusion Collagen oil, it is amazing and I am hooked. After about a month I noticed the fine lines around my mouth had definitely softened and in some cases disappeared. My overall skin tone is healthier, less red areas and my cheeks which are without lines anyway are glowing and smooth.
I can definitely say, as someone with age related wrinkles, that the firming and plumping effects have noticeably worked. I use it every morning and follow with moisturiser with sunscreen in (hot Queensland sun). That is my only beauty routine as I am lazy but the gorgeous aroma from the oils in the product have me always looking forward to the fragrant smooth on. Love it!!!!
That’s great to know – I think we tend to see CT as a make up brand and don’t take the skin care as seriously so it’s good to see that it’s getting a good review from you 🙂