June 24th, 2016
We are quickly moving to Fall colour collections, but there are a couple of Summer makeup items from By Terry that I wanted to showcase. The key attraction of the collection is of course the stunning Sun Designer Palette which is available in 2 colour combinations, and I had reviewed Tan & Flash Cruise here. That is a stunning blush/highlight/bronze palette and I highly recommend you check it out before it is too late. In addition, By Terry has released a few fun coloured eyeliners and a new sheer colour lip balm, both of which I’d like to show you today.
A colored eyeliner is always a fun way to inject some colour into your makeup wardrobe without going OTT. For my heavily hooded lids though, coloured liners are mostly a waste of money because even the best pencil liners smudge over time and lose their colour intensity. So my safest bet is with a fluid liner, and By Terry Line Designer is one of the best that I’ve tried.
This slim tube swivels up to reveal a fine brush tip dipped in the liquid liner. The brush does not splay out but remains firmly in a point to allow the finest lines to be drawn. At the same time, it has the optimal elasticity that is neither too floppy nor too stiff, so you can get a clean line done and flick out the perfect cat eye in 1 swift stroke. There are 5 metallic shades including black, shimmering bronze, ultra-violet, navy blue, and turquoise blue (shown here). These dry reasonably fast, and once it sets, it is completely budge-proof and waterproof. The only way to remove it is to soak it with a good eye makeup remover… no amount of scrubbing off with plain old soap and water would remove the final stains from my arm after swatching, so go ahead and jump into the pool with this!
This is definitely the year for coloured lip balms it seems, and By Terry Hyaluronic Sheer Rouge is the most decadent one yet. Formulated with hyaluronic acid, this lipstick plumps and fills in lines for the most luscious pout. As the name describes it, this is a sheer lipstick with a glossy finish that somehow amps up the colour of this Rose Boom Boom shade in a casual chic way. It also contains some UV filters to protect the lips, handy when you’re going to be hanging out soaking up the sun all summer, although the actual SPF is not rated. I find that this is really a very lovely lipstick, it moisturises my lips without any sticky feel, and has decent longevity (4-6 hours with minor sips of water but no eating).
Here are the swatches of the 2 items that I have:
While I was vacillating between writing a review on just 2 products that don’t quite go with each other (in my own OCD mind), I was reminded by Lily’s post (here) that I still have yet to get around to reviewing By Terry Cellularose Moisturizing CC Cream so I decided to just throw it in here. This was actually released last year and not part of this year’s Summer 2016 collection, but I remembered I liked it and it has been sitting on my vanity for the past 6 months or longer, so it is high time I got around to it.
I don’t usually like CC creams, because all the CC creams that I’ve encountered so far are much too thick for my liking. And that is perhaps the biggest reason why I found myself liking this By Terry CC Cream, because as you can see from the swatch above, it is really very fluid. Of course, with anything this fluid, it tends to sheer out substantially.
I messed up the setting on my camera so this picture is not zoomable, I really apologise for that. But essentially, there is not very much difference before and after applying By Terry Cellularose Moisturizing CC Cream. It sort of evens out any redness I have, and gives a brightening look to the skin, but apart from that, it doesn’t hide blemishes nor do very much in terms of smoothening pores, etc. What it does do though, is provide a nice base for a powder foundation, which is typically what I do. Lately, whenever I’m working from home, I like to wear this CC Cream with a layer of Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder on top. The combination is ultra lightweight, stays on well all day, and looks natural without looking like I applied a full face of makeup just to potter around the kitchen by myself!
But as I’m contemplating this review, I was reminded again what perplexed me about this product. By Terry as usual brings out all the superfluous marketing spiel about how this is moisturizing, multi-tasking etc. But apart from some low doses of Centifola Rose Native Cells and Alba Rose Native Cells, there is nothing by way of skincare in there. The roses are supposed to intensely hydrate and bring about an inner glow… all nonsense of course. And by now I’ve grown so accustomed to sun protection in my base products that it took me a very long time to figure out that there is absolutely no SPF in this “multitasking” CC cream.
And here is my summer bare-look courtesy of all things By Terry as mentioned here today! Update: I forgot to mention when I was typing this up before, that I had added some darker blue shadow and smudged them along my lash line just to amplify the effect of the liner. I have heavily hooded lids, so liners just sort of disappears on me the moment I open my eyes, and it’s also quite impossible to photograph. As a result, the turquoise Line Designer pulled much darker than it really is in real life.
Overall, I do recommend you check out the new By Terry Hyaluronic Sheer Rouge as they are immensely comfortable on the lips and pack a good dose of colour for day wear. The Line Designer is great if you’d like a fuss-free way to wear a pop of colour on the eyes without fear of smudges. The Cellularose Moisturizing CC Cream is a lovely lightweight makeup base if you have extra cash to spare and are not really looking for a true multi-tasker (separate moisturizer and sunscreen still needed!).
What plans have you got this summer?
This post featured products that were kindly provided for my consideration. Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own honest, unbiased views.