Tried & Tested

On trial: Charlotte Tilbury Unreal Skin Sheer Glow Tint

On trial: Charlotte Tilbury Unreal Skin Sheer Glow Tint
This article is part of a paid-for partnership with Charlotte Tilbury
Gilly Ferguson,-Contributing Editor

One to make dull, lacklustre skin, sing! But does Tilbury’s NEW foundation stick deliver?

What is Charlotte Tilbury’s Unreal Skin Sheer Glow Tint?

Touted as Tilbury’s ‘ring light effect’ foundation – this skin smoothing tint stick offers sheer-to-light, buildable coverage for a super-natural, soft glow finish. 

Charlotte Tilbury Unreal Skin Sheer Glow Tint
Charlotte Tilbury Unreal Skin Sheer Glow Tint

What makes it magic?

Available in 20 shades – the featherlight, easy glide, easy blend texture gives a second-skin foundation finish, in just 15 seconds. Unreal Skin Sheer Glow Tint is also clinically proven to help strengthen your skin barrier – so the more you wear it, the better your skin looks and feels! Consider this the ultimate no-foundation foundation.

  • In an instant – skin looks 97% smoother, 67% plumper & stays hydrated for up to 24hrs
  • After 6 weeks – skin feels 13x firmer & wrinkles appear reduced by up to 38%*

It blurs! It smooths! It gives you the softest, freshest glow! It’s a ring-light effect in a foundation stick!

Charlotte Tilbury MBE

What’s in it?

Light mapping mesh tech™ (for a 3D-effect glow), plus smoothing emollients, hyaluronic acid (to hydrate) and micro-fine pearlescent filters for a celebrity soft-focus blur. 

Charlotte Tilbury Unreal Skin Sheer Glow Tint is infused with collageneer™ for firmer-looking, plumped-up skin, skin barrier-nourishing daikon radish seed oil and vitamin E. 

Charlotte Tilbury Unreal Skin Sheer Glow Tint

How does it compare to other Charlotte Tilbury foundations?

Choose the right foundation for your skin type:

  • For full, long-lasting coverage: Airbrush Flawless Foundation
    Best for oily, acne-prone skin – this stay all day, featherlight-feel, full coverage foundation gives a natural-matte finish.
  • For medium coverage: Beautiful Skin Foundation
    Best for dry and/or combination skin – this hydrating, plumping, skincare-infused formula is buildable, for all your skin needs.
  • For a sheer glow boost: Hollywood Flawless 
    Best for all skin types – to prime, blur, smooth and illuminate – it's your A-list filter, for a red carpet megawatt glow, in real life.
  • For sheer/light coverage: Unreal Skin Sheer Glow Tint
    Best for all skin types – whether you have oily skin (but prefer a light-coverage foundation that blurs) or dry/combination skin in need of a skin-smoothing, hydration hit, Unreal Skin is buildable and easy blend for a sheer finish.

How to apply

Glide from the centre of the face outwards, blending with fingers (as you would a moisturiser) or using Hollywood Complexion Brush – building to customise coverage. 

The results: before & after


What does it feel like?

Gorgeous. Easy glide (thank you, smoothing emollients) and hydrating (thank you, hyaluronic acid) – Unreal Skin’s blendable, buildable, BRILLIANT texture feels featherlight to touch, leaving skin feeling deliciously dewy with a bit of bounce.

What does it look like?

Gorgeous! With micro-fine pearlescent filters (for added glow), and sheer-to-light coverage that blurs pores, fine lines and diffuses both redness and breakouts alike – it made my tired, dull, lacklustre skin, sing! 

The verdict

Full disclosure: I’m in my stick makeup era – blushers, bronzers, hands-free, multi-use glow sticks – I can’t get enough of them. So I had high hopes for Unreal Skin Sheer Glow Tint

Meanwhile my chin (always keen to set the bar high) churned out a behemoth of a breakout, to help put Unreal Skin’s skills to the test. Thankfully Tilbs’ doesn’t disappoint. 

The texture is glorious – glow-giving and silky-smooth, Unreal Skin glides on like a dream – ideal for time-poor types who want to feel great, now. 

Coverage is sheer – but light enough to conceal the perioral dermatitis along my chin and jawline for a soft-focus finish. It didn’t fully conceal my mega spot (even my camou’ concealer couldn’t) but a light dusting of pressed powder layered on top did the job.

And boy is it fast (15 second application) – it even stayed put throughout my seven year-old’s sports day. My ‘dewy’ skin even got a few compliments at the coffee stand, which is a first.  

Consider it your ‘best-skin day' – a one-swipe glow stick that gives instant, rested holiday face. And who doesn’t need that!? ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑

*Clinical test on 33 people after one application.
**Clinical test on 33 people over 6 weeks.

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