March 25th, 2015

By Terry Eye Designer Palette in Smoky Nude

Nude palettes are always popular, but a good one is very hard to come by. Practically every beauty brand has their own nude palette, but often when you get beyond 4-5 shades, the palettes all end up looking the same. They are often rifled with the same problems of too many similar tones in varying intensities, or a big bifurcation between dark and pale shades without much variety in between. And so, it is something truly special that commands a second look from me, and that is the new By Terry Eye Designer Palette in Smoky Nude.

By Terry Eye Designer Smoky Nude Palette

By Terry Eye Designer Palette is a new limited edition offering featuring 10 complementary shades that may be used either wet or dry. There are 2 palettes to choose from – 01 Smoky Nude, and 02 Colour Design. It was a very tough decision to choose between the 2, but I eventually gravitated towards Smoky Nude. I am gradually getting to that stage in life where I find myself reaching for nudes more often than colors as my lids are starting to get more crepe-y and I just don’t feel like drawing more attention with colours. It could also be a function of been-there-done-that, and I need a brief respite.

By Terry Eye Designer Palette Smoky Nude

Whichever way you look at it, By Terry Eye Designer Palette is a stunner. The eyeshadows are all neatly laid out, and tightly packed so that even with 10 x 1.4gm of product, it still manages to fit nicely in my palm (barely bigger than the Chanel L’Intemporel Eyeshadow Palette or the Hourglass Modernist palette). It also does not hurt to have a classy embossing of ‘By Terry’ ringing each shade to up the pretty factor; and an actually useful 2-ended brush (fluffy all-over shadow and thin angled liner) and clear mirror included to make this a true travel-friendly palette.

By Terry Eye Designer Palette Smoky Nude

My number 1 requirement for a large palette is to have some color variety (not monotonal like the Urban Decay Nude palettes or the Laura Mercier Artist Palette) to create a variety of looks depending on your outfit and mood. Here are some swatches to prove the point, starting with the top row:

By Terry Eye Designer Palette Smoky Nude top row swatches

The top row of the By Terry Eye Designer Palette in Smoky Nude attracted me the most for the variety of shades and tones. But after swatching, I was even more in love as I discovered hidden shimmery goodness that I had not expected from press pictures and even looking at the palette in person. From left to right according to their placement on the palette, the shades are:

  • Dark navy charcoal with a satin finish
  • Medium coppery brown with a soft shimmery finish. This is one of my favorite shades in this palette, and when applied lightly, gives the illusion of very fine iridescence, similar to what you would achieve with something from SUQQU.
  • Medium, cool-toned dove grey with sparse hidden shimmers over a satin finish. I’m really starting to fall for greys, and cool-toned medium greys like these are best for a day-appropriate smokey eye look that is not as austere as black nor aging like warm-toned browns and silvers.
  • Light-medium shimmery taupe. Another personal favorite – you simply can’t go wrong with a taupe like this! It layers beautifully with the dove grey next to it, or charcoal navy. The only thing I would point out here is that I had expected this shade to be more of a silvery green based on how it appeared in the palette, but against my skin, it actually turned more taupe than green.
  • Dark brown with a matte finish. This is the kind of shade that often makes me nervous as dark browns tend to age my already forlorn lids, and matte compounds the problem. But it layers beautifully with the other shades in the palette to create very classy looks! It also seems somewhat patchy in the swatch and was the “driest” of the lot (which is like finding a dry spot in the midst of the pacific ocean…. Impossible illusion!). Regardless, it applies smoothly with a brush, is well pigmented and effortless to blend.

By Terry Eye Designer Palette Smoky Nude bottom row swatches

The bottom row of the By Terry Eye Designer Palette in Smoky Nude was what held me back initially. On first inspection, they all seem like pale matte pastels, which generally do not fare well on me. However, I was surprised to find that with the buttery smooth By Terry formula, even mattes perform well, and each of these shades perform a different function (instead of just 4 duplicative highlight shades!). From left to right according to their placement in the palette, the shades in the bottom row are:

  • Medium neutral-toned dove grey with a matte finish. This one pulled towards lavender whereas the one on the top row pulled more grey. The 2 complements each other well, and this one works both as a light outer corner shader, crease blender and all-over shade.
  • Pale pastel cool-toned baby pink. Often baby pinks tend to sheer our or turn chalky on me, so I was surprised to find this one still retained sufficient color to remain characteristically pink (not chalk) nor is it powdery. A real gem indeed, and makes for a sweet eye look when paired with the matte lavender-grey beside it.
  • Pale cool-toned peach with a matte finish. This one unfortunately did turn slightly chalky on me and is somewhat powdery when I tried to pile it on for the photo. In reality if you only use the lightest dusting, it will be completely fine. This may be used to tone down the dark brown in the top row, or as a brow-bone highlight.
  • Matte white. This shade looked like a pale yellow/green in the palette but applies white on me. It is incredibly fine though and has the tendency to “disappear” into the skin when applied. Therefore, it works as a brow bone highlight, or an allover base shade to set eyeshadow primer before applying the rest of the shades.
  • Light cool-toned brown with a matte finish. This provides a lovely counterpoint to the 2 browns in the upper row, and has sufficient color to be worn on its own too.

I always wonder how neutral palettes can keep selling out, especially since every makeup lover owns at least 1. But I really should know better, because us beauty lovers really can’t ever get enough. And especially when it comes from a brand like By Terry. To be honest, I was very apprehensive when approaching this palette because I have had mixed feelings about By Terry products in the past. Which makes it all the sweeter to find a gorgeous palette with some of the best textures. These eyeshadows lasted me all day even when my lids were at their driest and most fickle, no fading nor creasing, simply brilliant.

And here are just a couple of eye looks that I’ve been playing around with. Very understated because I’ve been having non-stop meetings for the past week, and I’ve been trying hard to camouflage really inflamed, sometimes swollen skin (no need to draw more attention to the face than necessary!).

By Terry Eye Designer Palette Smoky Nude EOTD 1

By Terry Eye Designer Palette Smoky Nude EOTD 2

I should also point out that the By Terry Eye Designer Palettes retail for EUR78 for 10×1.4gm. In contrast, a regular By Terry Ombre Veloutee Powder Eye Shadow retails for EUR30 for 1.5gm each. Unfortunately, the pricing of the palette seems to vary by markets – it is currently listed at GBP69 on SpaceNK UK – and I am unable to obtain the pricing for Singapore. In any case, it is certainly priced on the higher-end of the market as is consistent with the By Terry collection, but it is unique as By Terry does not usually carry eyeshadow palettes, and this Smoky Nude palette is truly worth investing in. By Terry Eye Designer Palettes will launch at Escentials in Singapore in May.

Have you tried anything from By Terry and what was your experience with the range?

xo Linda

This post featured a product that was kindly loaned to me for my playing pleasure.  All views expressed here are my own honest, unbiased opinion. In fact, I ended up buying 1 with my own money shortly after swatching, which is currently making its way to me from EU!

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