Welcome to Part 2 of my face cream battle!
After wearing the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream on half of my face, and the Nivea Q10 cream on the other half for a few weeks, I have concluded my results…
If you missed out the first part of my experiment it can be read here which includes the rules and conditions I set myself to make sure it was fair as well as a list of the ingredients contained in each cream (compared side by side).
So, here we go with the results!
Firstly let me tell you, it feels very odd to only apply cream to half of your face only and then reach for another one to do the other half! A few times I had to remind myself not to get carried away and do my whole face 🙂
I could tell straight away from the first application when both creams had just been applied, that they felt different. I don’t mean the texture of the creams themselves, I mean how they felt on the skin. The Tilbury side felt like it had a firming effect to the skin, it felt lifted somehow. I have never noticed this when I’ve used it all over my face, but when you only have it on half of the face with a different cream on the other side, I can definitely feel a firming action going on.
The Nivea cream sinks in much faster which is great for going in and applying makeup in a rush straight after (which is what I do most days as I have to get up so early for work!)
The Tilbury cream feels far more luxurious, not just the aesthetics of the jar but the richness of the cream too. I enjoyed this cream when I was able to allow more time for it to sink in like on the weekends.
(Nivea on the left, Tilbury on the right)
Day in, day out, the Tilbury side of my face kept my face moisturised for longer throughout the day compared to Nivea. It kept my skin feeling supple and hydrated the whole day through. The Nivea also did a good job but didn’t feel as nourished for the same amount of time. Neither cream had any effect in my oil production in my t-zone either in a positive or negative way.
At the end of the experiment, looking closely in the mirror, the texture of my skin on the Tilbury side was ever so slightly better than the Nivea side.
I did mention in Part 1 of my experiment that I had noticed some scaly texture on my skin which I thought could be down to the Magic Cream. I had dry patches all over my face but this cream wasn’t the cause. I worked out it was a cleanser I was using, which is a shame because I love it so much but I digress, sorry!
I found that the Tilbury cream went further, less was needed to cover the same surface area than than the Nivea, so overall I used more of the Nivea cream for the duration of the experiment.
At the end of my experiment I can tell you that the Tilbury cream performed better than the Nivea (which is what I expected of course for the difference in price and extra ingredients!); but not by much. It certainly feels fancy and a real treat for the skin, just the aesthetics of the jar alone make it feel that way but when you strip back the branding and presentation and just look at their performance, it’s a close call.
When you compare the ingredients between the two (see my first post) you will see that a lot of the main ingredients are contained in both creams.
Yes, Charlotte’s cream felt firming and hydrated my skin for longer, but does that justify the HUGE difference in price? I don’t think so. If I had to repurchase either cream, I would go for the Nivea over the Tilbury (I am sorry if that upsets anyone, but that’s just my opinion). I don’t think the Tilbury cream outperformed the Nivea enough to justify the difference in price.
This experiment has certainly opened my eyes to realise that you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg on skincare, so don’t feel like you have to. A good skincare regime will keep your skin looking its best. Remember a lot of people in the public eye such as the well known YouTubers, celebrities and TV stars don’t just rely on great skincare, a lot of them by their own admission get a little extra help by having cosmetic procedures such as botox to keep their skin looking plump and wrinkle-free.
There are probably a lot of great affordable alternatives to high end out there and I am going to enjoy discovering them!
I hope you enjoyed reading this skincare battle and if you have any suggestions for other battles you’d like to see, please let me know!
Bye for now