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This “magic serum” had an 8,000 person waitlist—but it’s finally back in stock

Rachel Lapidos

Rachel LapidosApril 20, 2020

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We may not be able to control much in the environment of a global pandemic, but one (small) thing that we have some power over is what we put on our face. And, since now is the most opportune time to start incorporating long-game skin-care products, we’re especially glad that one highly coveted serum is back in stock. Enter: the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Serum Crystal Elixir ($80).

If you’re not familiar, Charlotte Tilbury is a celebrity makeup artist that gives the faces of Kate Moss, Victoria Beckham, and many others a glow-up (literally).. often with her eponymous skin-care and makeup products. Out of her extensive line, though, her newest serum (which launched April 16) has garnered an 8,000-person waitlist. Why the hype? Well, the Magic Serum Crystal Elixir happens to contain a slew of hydrating, brightening, and texture-smoothing ingredients that transform skin into the glowiest version of itself.

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Shop now: Charlotte Tilbury Magic Serum Crystal Elixir ($80)

To whisk away skin dullness, the serum uses superstar antioxidant vitamin C, aka a dermatologist-fave brightening essential (note: it will take awhile to see results with vitamin C, so be patient). It also plumps up your skin with polyglutamic acid, which is a moisturizing ingredient that provides four times more hydration than hyaluronic acid does. The serum also includes peptides, which work to stimulate your collagen production, and niacinamide, to protect your skin’s barrier. And nope, we’re not done yet. The serum contains plant-based adaptogens, too, like the first light snow lotus and the resurrection leaf, both of which improve your skin barrier function so that it remains strong and thriving. Basically, the elixir is a full-on overachiever.

If this is any indication of this serum’s waitlist status, know that Charlotte Tilbury’s cult-fave moisturizer, the Magic Cream ($100), is purported to sell every two minutes. The good news is that the serum plays well with others (so you can layer it with other serums from your beauty shelf to double the fun) and it’s good for all skin types. Oh, and if you’re into healing crystals, note that the elixir contains ruby, moonstone, quartz, and amethyst, all of which are said to bring out good vibes. If there’s anything that we could use a little more of at a time like this, it’s that.

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