By Terry Sun Designer Palette in Tan & Flash Cruise

April 29, 2016

Let the sun shine!!  I was initially planning on checking this out in person when it hits stores in Singapore before buying it, but after seeing this gorgeous By Terry Sun Designer Palette pop up all over Instagram, I couldn’t resist and ordered it from Beautylish.  And what do you know, it seems that this baby will be available in Singapore sooner than expected.  So, this should be a timely post for those of you still considering it!

By Terry Sun Designer Palette Tan & Flash Cruise

This post was originally supposed to be published yesterday, but then some disgusting sh*t happened, and I have been trying to shake it off all day, but finally decided the best way to get everything off my chest is to just pen it down.  For many years now, I’ve been telling myself that friends don’t come easily, and whether in business or in life, sincerity is the best policy.  I am a straight shooter when people are in the wrong, but also fiercely loyal towards my friends.  I’ve never been skilled at deceit or evil-plotting, and never fabricated lies to sow discord.  Yet in the 3 years that I’ve been blogging and active in the social media circle, I’ve seen more backstabbing than I’ve ever witnessed in my entire life.  What is the point, exactly?  Just to get a few more free products?  To earn a few more followers?  How pitiful!

I thought I chose my friends wisely, and that by treating people with sincerity they’ll return the same.  Until yesterday when I was practically slapped in the face.  I guess I was the one who has been dreaming idealistic dreams all along.  I’ve never belittled Instagrammers, but some people that I used to consider as “friends” have been accusing me of things that just proved to me how completely clueless people are about what it really takes to maintain a blog.  Even just writing a proper review takes hours and hours of work.  I am publishing 4-6 posts per week, that translates into hundreds of hours of work per month.  How dare anybody who only has to take 1 flatlay and a few sentences of “review”  cobbled together from press releases try to trivialise what I do??  So often I’ve read pure nonsense “reviews” with not a single makeup look or swatch.  Skincare “sharing” just days (if not hours) after receiving a product… *rolls eyes*

Oh and it gets better.  Apparently I’ve been writing to brand managers introducing myself as some-Instagrammer’s friend.  Seriously, grow a pair.  Get some balls.  Start penning down a real blog.  And tell me why I should have to introduce myself as an “Instagrammer” when I have an entire body of work right here to prove myself?!  If a PR can’t be bothered to click on a link to check out my blog, or doesn’t appreciate my blog, then it’s much better not to force a marriage.  And I’m not so desperate that I can’t go out and buy myself whatever that’s not sent to me.  In any case, my real friends know that I’m always more than happy to put them in contact with PRs if they even just ask.  If any of my friends were to introduce themselves as my friend, I’ll be flattered.  If a supposed “friend” feels otherwise, it can only stem from a deep sense of insecurity.  And after all these years of working with PRs, I’ve never been in a position where a PR would tell me of these nosy business, and I am seriously doubtful any PR would be that unprofessional.  Sure, we’ve all heard gossips about xyz writing to PRs, blah blah blah… but who has actually seen those emails??  Tell me, and prove me wrong it’s not all just bullshit crap started by jealous people out to flame their competition?

So yes, I’ve said my piece, and I’m sorry if this bored you terribly.  But I needed to get it off my chest.  And now, we can (and should) focus on the beautiful things in life!

By Terry Sun Designer Palette

By Terry has released 2 gorgeous face palettes called the Sun Designer Palettes.  I had a hard time deciding because they both looked equally pretty.  In the end, I took some advice from other Instagrammer friends overseas (probably the modern-day equivalent of pen pals???) who have seen both palettes in real life, and picked Tan & Flash Cruise (1).  The palette comes in a sleek mirrored compact with a stunning design on the cover that is replicated in the dimensional surface of the powders inside.

By Terry Sun Designer Palette - Tan & Flash Cruise

The palette is divided into 2 halves – the left contains 3 different-hued blushes, and the right contains a highlighter and 2 bronzers.  Each shade is a large enough sliver for a regular-sized cheek brush to sweep over without much fuss, but the blushes are so pigmented you really only need to press your brush gently and apply.

By Terry Sun Designer Palette - Tan & Flash Cruise

I absolutely love that this Tan & Flash Cruise palette has a wide variety of warm- to cool-tones, and matte to shimmer finishes!  Here are the swatches:

By Terry Sun Designer Palette - Tan & Flash Cruise swatches

From left to right, the shades are:

I was a little worried when I first opened up this palette because there was quite a bit of powder kicked-up within the pan.  However, once I started using this By Terry Sun Designer Palette in Tan & Flash Cruise, I was reassured that none of the shades are powdery at all.  The matte highlighter and shimmery bronzer is an interesting twist, and they actually work to give a luminous sheen to the cheeks.  The matte beige also works well to set undereye concealers and to tone down the shine along the t-zone that everybody is prone to in the hotter months ahead!  And as I already mentioned above, the blushes are pigmented!!  Start with a light hand, and blend blend blend!

Sabrina at The Beauty Look Book has swatches of both palettes here; and you can also take a look at Indigo Kir Royale’s review of Tan & Flash Cruise here.

Have a wonderful long weekend, spend your time wisely with people who truly matter, and don’t let nobody dull your shine!

xo Linda

24 responses to “By Terry Sun Designer Palette in Tan & Flash Cruise”

  1. Regina says:

    Hi Linda! Very sad to hear about this. 🙁 You’re a dedicated blogger and I’m amazed at how you’re able to cope with your blog, job and family life. Moreover, your reviews are incredibly detailed and swatches and photos are always captured beautifully. You’re an inspiration to me! 🙂 Keep up the wonderful work!!


    • silverkis says:

      Hi Regina dear, I don’t know how I missed out on your sweet comment before! Thank you so much for taking the time and effort to leave me some encouragement, and for supporting my blog! Love you, and hope to see you again soon!

  2. Deslé says:

    Oh my gosh this palette is absolutely stunning!!!! xoxo

  3. Lily says:

    Oh gosh don’t get me started on these Instagrammers. They know nothing about blogging. Putting our skin out by testing various products, sometimes breaking out because some products don’t work well, taking time to actually edit every single photo and writing coherent reviews without cutting and pasting. So much time taken! Some of these so called Instagrammers have mediocre blogs and all they do is just to post their Instaphotos online. Review? What review? No swatches, no before after photos, nothing. And they call themselves social influencers. Riiiiight….
    Don’t you worry about them Linda. Good quality blogs are here to stay and you are one of the most sincere and genuine people I’m fortunate enough to call a friend.
    Oh yeah, and this palette. Saw it around, but I don’t know. Not tempted. So, my wallet screams YASSS!
    Btw, do you know if Tom Ford Platinum cream shadow is in stock already? LOL!

    • silverkis says:

      Thanks Lily, you are right, blogs as personal IG photo albums are nonsense. It’s just for PRs to tick off the check box that says “blog”. And really, don’t get me started about how much in dermatologist fees I’ve paid over the past years to get my skin back to normal after trying out unsuitable products! That’s the reason why it really galls me to think that people are claiming that I don’t have to test the products and merely copy their views.
      Btw, your Platinum is on the way!! :*

  4. The first few paragraphs are so very well put together, I read it two times and I am saving this post so that I can read it again and again.
    I don’t know really where this ill driven ambition to get a few more products come from or the will to take others down by playing the unfair cards of lie and deception. I am without words that these happen to you. I know you for years now and know you enough that you would never do such things, let alone talk about other people all alone. I love the way you get it off your chest, here in the blog. Much love, hope you get over it soon.

    • silverkis says:

      Hi Sara, I read it probably a 100x and I’m still not sure if I said it right. LOL! In any case, i’m sure we are all sick and tired of this relentless need to get ahead of everyone else. Why can’t we all go and hang out and have fun together? Thank you so much for your vote of support. I really appreciate our friendship, and I know you keep me in check at times as well! xxx

  5. Alison says:

    Yours is one of my top three go-to blogs because of the writing and photo quality, your obvious sincerity, Linda, and of course the fact, that you and I have similar coloring and wear the same shades. I also got this palette very early on, and I absolutely love it. The quality is exceptional, and although I don’t usually do much bronzing or sculpting I’m adding that in too sometimes. I’m not a fan of backstabbing and am sorry that happened to you. I can’t imagine the amount of time it takes to get products, really report on a product, do makeup, take photos, edit and publish. Anyone who can’t tell the difference between that and a few product shots must need a redo on their eyeglass prescription! Your entire approach to relating to people is filled with common sense but some people don’t have that. Instead of what they are doing, they should look on you as a role model.

    • silverkis says:

      Thank you so much Alison! I loved our little chat sometime back, and yes we definitely love the same things. I do a bit of sculpting & highlighting whenever I can because it definitely makes me look more awake… and this palette is simply amazing. Even that shimmery bronzer seems so unlikely, but works on my skin tone because it does not pull orange on me.

      I appreciate your support so much, Alison. Love reading your comments, and trading views. And it is for this reason I keep on writing. It is certainly not for the naysayers!! :*

  6. Dom says:

    I’m so sorry to hear what you’ve gone through. I do appreciate your in depth reviews and the time you take to write them. Unfortunately, I’m all too familiar with what you are talking about. In the end, these actions by others stems from a place of insecurity.

    Keep doing what you’re doing and don’t let others dull your shine–you said it best!


    • silverkis says:

      Hey Dom, it’s so sad that people with the same passion can’t band together but feel the need to pull each other down. I love your Instagram account and blog too,… fighting!

  7. Yvonne Chua says:

    How sad to hear of what those pathetic jealous monsters did… Well, shake them off and you are better off without them. You are doing a great job over here. Jiayou!

    • silverkis says:

      Thank you so much Yvonne! I am so touched to see your comment here, and surprised to know there are actually readers out there who are taking time to read and not just scan for pretty picts!! Love ya!!

  8. Jacqueline Ma says:

    Aw babe I’m so sorry people are giving you grief. Sigh, some people are just that petty and jealous. Don’t let them get to you. No matter what, trust that you have an awesome blog with very good content. We love you.

    • silverkis says:

      Thanks Jacqueline! Wise words indeed, and if these didn’t come from people I had considered friends to begin with, I would have easily laughed them off. But still rivers run deep. Thanks for your vote of confidence!! xx

  9. Eileen says:

    I’m sorry you’ve had such a disillusioning experience, Linda, but it is good that you were able to vent. You come across as being one of the most genuine people in the blogosphere. You are intelligent, thoughtful, personable, and articulate in your reviews. You take care to create enticing layouts, your swatches and modeling of products is first rate, and your split-image pictures give us a realistic idea as to how products will look and perform. Believe me, all the time and effort you put into your work is quite evident and it is truly appreciated. When I read your reviews, I know I’m getting your personal take on the products and not just some regurgitated PR spiel. In short, Linda, you strike me as a competent and confident woman who is enthusiastic about beautiful products and is eager to share them with her readers. Those mean-spirited and immature detractors you’ve encountered are pathetic and are acting out of their own insecurity and jealousy. Consider the source and relegate their snark to the rubbish heap!

    As for those beautiful palettes, I ordered mine a couple days ago and am eagerly awaiting it 🙂

    • Christina says:

      Hi Eileen, I’m curious what prompted you to get this palette over the other one. I recognize your name and writing style from other forums, and if I recall correctly, you’re fair and wear similar foundation shades as well, though I exhibit quite olive tones. I just cannot decide which one to get!

      • Eileen says:

        Hi Christina,

        Yes, I’m fair with warm, slightly peach, undertones—neither yellow nor pink, but caught somewhere in the middle. LOL I don’t consider myself “neutral” because neutral usually looks too cool on me.

        After reading Sabrina’s review and looking at all her swatches, I opted for the more vibrant palette because I thought the other would look a bit blah on me for summer. With mid and deeper toned colors, I use a fan brush or my current fave, Wayne Goss’ #14. With either brush I can get beautiful color without all the intensity. Another trick I use when using a darker blusher is to remove the excess pigment from the brush by lightly swiping it on a tissue. So, yes, I ordered the more colorful palette for summer. If I had been in the market for something basic and year-round, perhaps I would have selected the other.

    • silverkis says:

      You’re always so kind and generous, Eileen. I’d hate to turn this blog into a bitter, constantly ranting battleground. It’s a slippery slope, and I’m grateful you are still with me after all these years! I think I’ve definitely grown, sometimes I’m embarressed at my older posts, but I keep them there nonetheless because they mark my growth as a writer and beauty reviewer. I certainly hope I bring an intelligent voice to the mass, and more than just the superficial impressions that is prevalent. Enjoy your new palettes!!! Let me know how you like them!

  10. Christina says:

    I’m sorry you had to go through that! I’ve followed you for a while now and think you’re one of the most sincere bloggers out there, and I enjoy reading your in-depth reviews and thoughts.

    As for the palettes, I keep vascillating between the two options. I like the bright blush colors in Tan and Flash, but I am super fair and have a feeling these shades would be extremely intense on me. Plus, I don’t use bronzer. I like the lighter overall feel of Light and Tan but wished there was one more blush shade. Again, I don’t wear bronzers because most look pretty dirty and dark on me, so I’m not even sure I should get either palette. Oh, the dilemmas of a makeup junkie!

    • silverkis says:

      hi Christina, it’s always so wonderful to hear from you! Thank you for taking the time to leave me some love! :* I felt exactly the same way as you about those palettes, if only they can merge the 2 palettes together! I ended up with this one because I thought I’d get more use out of it. The other one is too pale and too much beige/brown for me. I don’t wear bronzers either, but I do contour, and these shades work well for my purpose.

  11. Lynnrv says:

    Way to go girl! Don’t let those bashers take you down…. You’re doing a great job & I love your blogs 😘😘😘

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