By Terry is one of those brands that I’ve always wanted to try but was a bit put off by the price. Some of their products aren’t too expensive, but some of them make your eyes water a little bit. However, I decided to take the plunge and treat myself to a few bits to see if the brand lived up to the hype.
I’m not going to lie, I do kind of miss the days where I was happy with drugstore makeup, but sadly those days have gone. We all know by now that I’m a bit of a makeup snob (not sorry), but my bank balance doesn’t always match my tastes, so buying these products was a bit of a splurge and not something I could do regularly. Sometimes though, a girl just has to treat herself.
The first thing that I knew I wanted to try was the Cellularose Brightening CC Serum.
I’ve seen this product all over Instagram and heard so many people raving on about it that I knew I needed to give it a go. I didn’t have a clue what shade to pick so I went for Apricot Glow. This was a risky one as I’m pale and should probably have gone for Rose Elixir probably but I wanted something that would carry me through to the warmer months. Also, I’ve seen some people use a shade that looks so much darker than their skin tone and they’ve made it work so I figured I could get away with going a bit darker. At £61.00, this could have been a costly mistake but thankfully it seems to be working.
This is a colour-correcting serum that helps to enhance your radiance. It brightens, moisturises and corrects and I am fond of a multipurpose product. I don’t really tend to wear much foundation anymore, so I was hoping that this could be a good alternative. Enriched with White Rose Stem Cells, the serum contains a Brightening Agent and Vitamin E to leave your complexion looking luminous as well as being protected throughout the day.
It promises to leave your skin looking blurred, smooth and even-toned thanks to Light-Reflecting Prisms and Soft-Focus Micro-Spheres. All of this sounds amazing to me, but it just hasn’t lived up to the hype at all. Admittedly, the more that I use it the more I like it, but I find that it works better when I use it alongside another product – I certainly can’t get away with just using this on it’s own. For me, the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter works better and is cheaper. If I put that on first and then a bit of the CC Serum on top, then I feel I get a better result. For now, I’m on the fence with this one. I do like it, but I don’t love it and the price tag puts me off.
Next up is the Compact-Expert Dual Powder.
Again I went for Apricot Glow to match the CC serum, but there are 8 different shades available so there’s more options than with the serum. First of all, this is very pretty for a pressed powder … almost too pretty to use. At £38.00 it is quite pricey but I don’t find it to be too much money for a powder.
This is a cleaver little powder, with both a matte powder and a more glowing shade together in one compact. You can use the shades alone or together and they are enriched with soft-focus pigments. I really like this powder and have found it great for setting my makeup, mattifying and adding a gentle highlight. It leaves my complexion looking healthy and it isn’t at all cakey.
I also picked up the Sun Designer Palette in Happy Sun.
I’ve lusted after this palette for so long, so I bit the bullet and picked it up. With a 6 buttery powders in a mixture of blush, highlighters and bronzers, this is just gorgeous. The powders literally glide onto the skin and are ideal for brightening the complexion, enhancing the cheekbones and blurring out any imperfections. You can use the powders alone, or mix them together to get a unique shade and the result is gorgeous. Due to the design of the palette, it is easier to mix them together, but if you want to use a specific shade, just use a smaller brush.
The texture of the powders is really nice and fine and they blend beautifully onto the skin. I was a bit worried that the shades would be a bit too dark for me, but they work well and leave me with a gorgeous healthy glow and warmth to my skin. This palette is designed for deeper skin tones with it’s rich bronzers, but if you have a gentle touch, then you can get away with it. I absolutely love this palette.
Finally, I tried the Mascara Terrybly.
This is the product that I was least impressed with – in fact I feel like I’ve totally wasted £35.00 to be honest. The mascara is a Growth Booster and contains Lumicoat Care technology to help boost volume, curl, length and thickness. It also promises to prevent clumping and has a flexible formula that combines lash tint with the growth serum.
Now I can’t comment too much yet on if it makes your lashes grow, but I can comment on how it performs as a mascara … how do I say it’s a bag of shit nicely? It didn’t add length or volume, no matter how many coats I applied. I’ve resorted to using it almost as a lash primer and using another mascara over the top of it, just to get some results. I wish I’d opted for the Lash-Expert Twist Brush instead,
Overall, I like most of the products that I have tried from By Terry and I will definitely be trying more from them in the future.