By Terry Highlighters

By Terry Sun Designer Palettes for Spring – Tan and Flash Cruise + Light and Tan Vibes

April 15, 2016


By Terry recently launched two new face palettes with bronzer, blush and highlighters cased in a single mirrored compact called the Sun Designer Palette ($82 for 15 g/0.53 oz). There are two options in this launch Tan and Flash Cruise 1 and Light and Tan Vibes 2. Both are simply glorious and well worth the splurge. I ordered both of mine sight unseen last month and the swatches on Beauty Professor’s blog confirmed I made the right choice to splurge. When they arrived in the mail I literally gasped – they took my breath away. Each palette comes cased in a slim mirrored compact with 6 shades of powders for the face (but I’ve also been using them on the eyes). The product description on the box:


“This exceptional palette creates an all-over radiant and sun-kissed look on both fair and tanned complexions. It features six elegant and sparkling shades playing the roles of bronzers, blushes and highlighters that enhance the skin’s appearance. Delicate, soft and airy textures in both matte and satin finishes allow to sculpt contours, brighten features, correct or intensify the complexion, all the while revealing the full splendor of the tan.”



Both palettes have beautifully pigmented powders that have a very soft almost velvety texture. The colors blend flawlessly on the skin in an effortless kind of way. Lasting power is excellent and does not fade. They meld nicely with the surface of the skin and adhere well to last all day long. There’s no chalky finish, no streaking and the colors stay true to what you apply on the face.


#1 Tan and Flash Cruise offers the perfect mix for a colorful summery look while #2 Light and Tan Vibes is the perfect your complexion but better kind of palette. It is hard for me to pick a favorite but #2 offers the most amazing mix of colors to give my complexion the kind of naturally glowy tan highlight and contour that I’ve been looking for for ages.



The only possible downside I find to these is the actual design and layout of the colors. They come in a beautiful embossed zigzag pattern which makes it virtually impossible to dip a cheek brush into just one color – but I suspect this was designed with the purpose of being able to mix and swirl colors together to be able to achieve a look with more dimension, color and glow. When I first put these to the test I thought the mixing of colors was going to be problematic. I’ve been able to dip a brush into 2 colors at a time or take a smaller detail brush to pick up a single color and apply to the eyes or face. I suspect making the palette bigger would have made the price more expensive – part of me wishes the pans were at least 2x taller to make picking up a single color easier. After playing with these for several weeks now I really don’t mind swirling colors together.
A closer look at each palette. Up first is #1 Tan and Flash Cruise which has:
Satiny raspberry pink
Coral peach with a slight sheen
Cool pink with a very soft shimmer
Pale nude matte
Medium warm tan
Soft muted peach





A closer look at #2 Light and Tan Vibes which has:
The most perfect golden nude shimmer
Iridescent peach gold shimmer
Pale champagne shimmer frost
Pale vanilla matte cream
Soft light peach pink
Soft nude tan matte





Bottom line both winners. I personally would have preferred larger pans that would allow for me to not mix the colors but I’ve found blending the shades to have a really nice effect on the skin. Sometimes swirling darker shades can result in a muddy mess but these blend beautifully together and the quality of the powder texture and pigment is literally to die for.


Finish of the brighter option Tan and Flash Cruise is more on the satiny matte side. There is a sheen in each of the colors but it’s in a natural luminous way that melds with the skin. Light and Tan Vibes has a more shimmery finish for the left side but it’s not overly frosty and layers beautifully on the cheeks over other colors or even on the eyes.


If I were pressed to pick just one, I would say the lighter one Light and Tan Vibes is my favorite. It has colors that are probably easy to dupe but the colors in this one are simply flawless and work without any extra effort required. It’s pure love.


I highly recommend both palettes. I’ve been told they are limited-edition but am not 100% sure. You can find them online at Space NK, Barneys New York, Beautylish and Saks Fifth Avenue. If you’re shopping at Space NK (US) don’t forget to take advantage of the savings offer code available through May 1, 2016 (all the details in this post here).


Have you checked out these palettes yet?

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  • Amanda Hollingsworth April 15, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    I cannot wait for my Light & Tan Vibes to arrive. I did think to go back last night and order Tan & Flash Crusie but it had sold out. I don't know whether to be relieved or not? I also picked up a Kevyn Aucoin Shadore thanks to you! But I have meant to try one of his blushes for ages as I have so much of his range already and bar one mascara that clumped I love it all. I did get amazing service from KA because they picked up on Twiiter that I'd didn't like the performance of their Curling Mascara and so sent me a new one from NYC which was a nice service touch I thought. Back to By Terry….I am always surprised when the palettes land how small they are but as you say the pigment is first class and so once I get using them I am never disappointed. Both these palette are getting rave reviews in UK too.

  • Amanda Hollingsworth April 15, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    Also available on net-a-porter! Xx

    • Sabrina April 17, 2016 at 10:19 pm

      Thanks for the update Amanda! Glad you bought Light and Tan Vibes πŸ™‚ I think you'll love Shadore by KA.

      If you already have the TF Contouring Trio I think you can safely skip the Tan and Cruise palette. They aren't dupes but will give a similar effect.


  • Hazel April 15, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    Fuuuuudge. I'm going to have to get both. Yup. I came on here thinking I was going to get the bright one aND now I'm like "but Sabrina likes the other one more aND we're the same skin tone etc". Omgosh. And then I asked another guru and she said the bright one for summer. I'm having a dilemma bc if these are limited then I gotta get both.

    • Sabrina April 17, 2016 at 10:20 pm

      LOL I thought the same thing. Go with the one that speaks more to you. You can probably get a similar effect with other products on the natural one. The colorful one isn't on my "must" list because I already have similar shades in other brands.

      I hope you find one you end up really loving!!

  • Amanda Hollingsworth April 15, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    I've just bought the first one as well …..I knew it would bug me if I didn't. If I don't use it I can always gift or eBay it. But I'd rather have the choice than regret not getting it. Xx

  • affecionada April 15, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    The Light & Tan Vibes is gorgeous!!

    • Sabrina April 17, 2016 at 10:20 pm

      It is πŸ™‚

  • Clever Girl Reviews April 16, 2016 at 1:21 am

    They are both beautiful!

    • Sabrina April 17, 2016 at 10:20 pm

      I know – such gorgeous colors.

  • Carly M April 16, 2016 at 1:58 am

    Sun Designer is so gorgeous!

    • Sabrina April 17, 2016 at 10:21 pm

      By Terry and her team did such a great job coming up with flattering shades.

  • Neely Sheucraft April 16, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    Would you mind explaining where you are using the colors in #2. I have it and love it, but not sure the best place for the colors. Thank you!

    • Sabrina April 17, 2016 at 10:24 pm

      Sure! I find these palettes are like eyeshadow palettes with lots of colors – no need to use all the shades on the face. I've been experimenting with 3-4 at most.

      I've been using my brush to mix the right bottom 2 shades for a soft bronze/contour. Then I take a detail brush and dip it into the right top pale color to soften harsh edges and blend.

      I'll try the same technique with the left side, but use it more as a glowy highlight. First I dip my brush into the top left 2 shades and apply like a neutral blush. I'll take a detail brush for the bottom left pale champagne to highlight along upper cheekbones or eyes.

      Hope this helps a bit!

      A lot of mixing and layering is involved πŸ™‚

  • SJ Sellers April 16, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    soooooo happy you reviewed this!!! i have been lusting after these! your swatches are always the best! must have them both! πŸ™‚

    • Sabrina April 17, 2016 at 10:24 pm

      Hi SJ – glad you liked the review πŸ™‚

  • Yuan Yuan May 9, 2016 at 8:35 am

    The Flash and Tan palette reminds me of Chanel's Sunkiss Ribbon blush, very similar!