By Terry Densiliss Foundation & Hyaluronic Hydra Powder

April 22, 2014

I have been seeing so many rave reviews about this By Terry duo that I went out and bought them without actually trying them properly in person. This is very unusual for a brand that I am not all that familiar with. Up until now, my relationship with By Terry has been solely based on my experience with the Terrybly (excellent) Crayon Kohl (reviewed here), and my continued belief that they are (terrybly) expensive. But when SpaceNK came out with its fairy godmother of all beauty bags in February, I made the investment without a second thought.

By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Foundation


By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Foundation has been billed as the next-generation anti-aging foundation and serum in one product. It is a fluid foundation that contains a patented Mimetic Factor that evens out the skin tone and gives a youthful radiance. At the same time, it claims to contain high performance anti-aging ingredients to firm the skin, and smoothen fine lines and wrinkles.

I had very mixed feelings about this foundation, and took a long time to distill my thoughts before posting this review. Regular readers of my blog will know that I love foundations, and am willing to break the bank on good foundations. In fact, after going all out for the Guerlain Orchidee Imperiale Cream Foundation (reviewed here), everything seems paltry in comparison. So, I am not going to tell you how expensive the By Terry Terrybly Densiliss foundation is, even at USD115 for 30ml. And I did not expect to be blown away the way the Orchidee Cream Foundation knocked my socks off, but I did expect to be pleased at first application. The dilemma was that I was not impressed at all.

The Densiliss foundation gives a light-medium coverage that is buildable to medium but not a whole lot more. It is also long-lasting and matte on my oily combination skin, which is usually recipe for instant success with me. Where I had problems with this, was I found it to be too matte such that it emphasized any dry patches or flaking skin. Good foundations should float over surface imperfections, not cling to them. Also, the finish was too flat for my liking. Healthy, natural skin should glow when the light hits it; not glisten with oil (good god no!); but it should still have some healthy shine to it. If you don’t know what I mean, just hold your arm up next to your face in front of a mirror and compare how the skin looks where the light hits. The Densiliss foundation absorbs too much light and left my complexion flat and tired-looking.

I don’t usually scrutinize ingredient lists, but this Densiliss foundation has been touted to be 50% skincare, 50% makeup… which piqued my curiosity. The only beneficial ingredient I could spot was mid-way down the list “Hibiscus Abelmoschus Extract”, which has been known to inhibit the degradation of certain growth factors in the skin. Nice, but nowhere near to the 50% skincare claim.

There are some good qualities to By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Foundation – I liked that it is light weight and controls shine well. However, I would not rank it highly within my personal favorites. And at that price… there are certainly better, such as this and this.

By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Powder


By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Powder is not marketed nor sold as a companion for the Densiliss foundation, it just so happens they are both in the market at the same time. This is the most finely-milled loose powder that I have ever encountered. So ultra-fine that a cloud of powder is released every time I open the lid and dip my brush in. In fact, you can see from the picture above how the powder had fallen out onto the table just from me opening the lid and placing it to the side.  It is supposed to be colourless, although that does not mean transparent…instead, it is a white powder that leaves me looking fairer. It is too fine for it to leave a visible chalky parlor, but still makes the skin look visibly whiter.

It goes on very smoothly, thanks to a high amount of silica (not due to any hydrating properties), and stays on all day. I found it to be quite mattifying, which is great for oily combination skin types or those living in humid climates. This is an all-matte powder without any shimmers, so I personally prefer using it over foundations that leave a dewier finish to matte things down a bit. My very first reaction upon receiving it was to pair it with the By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Foundation, but that just left my face way too flat, even a liberal dusting of Guerlain Meteorites could not revive me.

Although it has been described to contain skincare benefits, the only beneficial ingredient in its composition is sodium hyaluronate which is able to draw water (both from the atmosphere as well as from deeper within the skin); and some hydrated silica (probably to prevent the sodium hyaluronate from drawing water from the skin and thereby drying it out).  As for actually infusing my skin with water, or any other benefits, I remain skeptical especially after the hundreds of products I layer on before it.

After having used this for awhile now, I do find myself liking this powder quite a bit for the long-lasting power and smoothening ability. However, at USD59 for 10gm of product, this is the most expensive loose setting powder yet! And the packaging is rather unbecoming for a high end product, a light plastic tub without so much as a powder puff included. This last point bears belaboring because I tried carrying this with me thinking it is a convenient portable powder, only to find half the powder had fallen out of the sifter, and lost quite a bit in a big cloud the next time I opened it!

I hope this satisfied your curiosity… I have had many Instagram friends ask me about my opinions on these 2 products and I wanted to be able to give you my honest, unbiased opinion. There are many who are in love with these, and rightly so as everybody has different skin types, lifestyles and preferences for base products. I just happen to have a lot of foundations and powders, and am rather opinionated. Would love to hear your thoughts if you have tried them!


8 responses to “By Terry Densiliss Foundation & Hyaluronic Hydra Powder”

  1. Aslan says:

    Totally agree with your review. I have a love/hate thing with By Terry products. There are some key products that I really love (the Densiliss concealer, their glace blushes), but most just really dry out and dehydrate my skin. I think it’s because she relies too much on sodium hyaluronate for hydrating factor, but as you noted, sodium hyaluronate can and often does dry out the skin more. Guerlain is my hands down favorite foundation. Nothing beats it. Every time I try something new, I always come back to the refined finish it provides.

    • silverkis says:

      Thank you for stopping by and leaving me your love, Aslan! Yes i’ve been drooling at those glace blushes for a long time, and i heard great stuff about the concealer too. The new BB cream is also supposedly very good. But somehow the hype never quite lives up to the price for me.

  2. sirilovise says:

    I was considering purchasing this foundation after an instore trial, as my beloved Tenue de Perfection is a tad too dark, though I had mixed feelings about the finish – there was something about it that didn’t sit quite right, and unlike my Tenue de Perfection, this was less than touch proof. Thought it was just me, so I am relieved to read a review that so well expresses my own sentiments. Might I add, though, and it might be my imagination, that Tenue seems to leave my dry skin slightly more glowing than the Densiliss?

    • silverkis says:

      Hi there, thanks for sharing your experience! I agree, Tenue de Perfection leaves a more velvety, luminous finish. The By Terry is much more matte, and flat on my face.

  3. Bummer about the foundation! I had my eyes on it as well. I love their face serum, so was hoping their foundation would be just as amazing.

  4. I am waiting for my Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation to run out and then i am going to buy the New Chanel Perfection Velvet Foundation. I have tried out the samples and it is lovely, not too matte and gives great medium coverage on my combination oily/dry skin.

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