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By Terry Compact-Expert and Stylo-Expert Review + Swatches

October 9, 2017

By Terry Compact-Expert Dual Powder and Stylo-Expert Click Stick Review | The Beauty Look Book

By Terry launched several new products for fall including a new powder called Compact-Expert Dual Powder ($46 each for 5g/0.17 oz, made in Italy) and concealers called Stylo-Expert Click Sticks ($34 each for 1 g/0.035 oz, made in Korea). I saw the new items last month in person while I was in Santa Barbara and found a Space NK store near my hotel and picked up a few of the powders, when I got home I decided I needed all the colors so ordered the rest online from Nordstrom. I also ordered three of the concealers as I wasn’t sure what color I would be, in store swatching seemed to have shades that were either too light or dark but I decided to give it a go.

The Compact-Expert Dual Powders are also called All-Over Perfection matte and glow powders. The box says these powders are made with Intensive Mimetic Camouflage technology which is supposed be “self-adapting” light-focus pigments. I’m not really sure I understand fully what that means or if this really means anything significant but I do find these have a lightweight soft blendable texture that give the skin a beautiful natural glow and tint of color. Each compact has two shades, a center that is shimmery and an outer ring that is more satiny/matte. I don’t know that I would use these all over the face as the size of the product makes it pretty hard to dip a powder or brush blush into just one color. Also most of these don’t strike me as setting powder colors. I do like these as highlighters or blushes, even on the eyes though. They are like a softer slightly more matte version of the Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Powder Blushes. Lasting power is quite good – they stay put all day long on me. There is no detectable scent and have a smooth flawless finish.

By Terry Compact Expert Dual Powder Review Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

The lighter shades are all really pretty light in color. Pigment is sheer to medium but buildable. The only color that resembles my skintone is 4 Beige Nude, the others look similar on me but a lot of times lighter colors can do that. If you are on the fair or light end of the skintone spectrum I think you’ll be thrilled to find a few options light enough for you!

1 Ivory Fair, 2 Rosy Gleam, 3 Apricot Glow, 4 Beige Nude

By Terry Compact Expert Dual Powder Review Swatches - 1 Ivory Fair, 2 Rosy Gleam, 3 Apricot Glow, 4 Beige Nude | The Beauty Look Book

By Terry Compact Expert Dual Powder Review Swatches - 1 Ivory Fair, 2 Rosy Gleam, 3 Apricot Glow, 4 Beige Nude

Shades 5 through 8 show up better on my skintone as blush or bronzer. I love every single color. If I had to skip any, I think Choco Vanilla can pull a little bit too warm on my skintone.

5 Amber Light, 6 Choco Vanilla, 7 Sun Desire and 8 Mocha Fizz

By Terry 5 Amber Light, 6 Choco Vanilla, 7 Sun Desire and 8 Mocha Fizz | The Beauty Look Book

By Terry Compact Expert Dual Powder 5 Amber Light, 6 Choco Vanilla, 7 Sun Desire and 8 Mocha Fizz

Next up are the By Terry Stylo-Expert Click Stick concealers which I think rival Cle de Peau (at least the original formula, I haven’t tried the new one). The By Terry ones have a smoother finish that glide on the skin easier. I’ve loved Cle de Peau for years but the biggest complaint I’ve heard from readers is that the formula is too opaque and dry and can tug on the skin, especially under the eyes. The By Terry has rich opaque coverage but blends out to medium coverage – it’s not as full coverage as the Cle de Peau ones but still has impressive coverage I was able to build. Swatching can be a little deceiving as they are really opaque when you swatch them and they look pale, but they will look more forgiving on the skin if you don’t have an exact match. In store I thought the shades would be too light or dark. If I were to find my exact match it would be in between 8 and 10 (there’s a pretty big gap there). 8 is the closest but pulls a little olive – for my concealers I tend to want a little bit more warmth as an exact match can be a bit sallow-looking on my olive skin.

I tried 4.5 and 5 as well. Oddly enough all three work for me under the eyes – the color you pick really depends on what kind of coverage, undertone or effect you need. You can definitely use these to brighten or highlight or contour. They are creamy enough that you can layer on top of your foundation and it won’t look cakey. These wore well on my skin under the eyes and didn’t crease, budge or cake – you do need to set with powder and if you have dry patches I recommend you make sure you prime or moisturize the skin well first.

The biggest downside I’d say is the price for the amount of product you get. The By Terry Stylo-Expert Click Stick runs $34 for 1 g while the Cle de Peau is $70 for 5 g. A quick look at price per oz on other concealers show that the By Terry one is indeed on the high side and while I do understand the quality, packaging and design is all there I do think they should give us more product in the tube.

Shown below 4.5 Soft Beige, 5 Peach Beige and 8 Intense Beige

By Terry Stylo-Expert Click Stick Concealer 4.5, 5 and 8 | The Beauty Look Book

Swatches next to other shades I use: Diorskin Forever Under Cover Concealer 30 and 31, NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Ginger, Milk Makeup Flex Concealer in Medium and Sisley Phtyo Cernes Eclat #2.

By Terry Stylo-Expert Click Stick Concealer 4.5, 5 and 8 swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Quick looks with four of the shades on the face plus different matching/coordinating lip colors:

By Terry Compact Expert Dual Powders | The Beauty Look Book

One last look and overall thoughts: I am really impressed with the powders – they are smooth and have a natural glow on the skin. I could have skipped #1, 2 (these are too light) and 6 (too warm) but really all the colors are wearable and I know I’ll wear each shade on a regular basis. This isn’t something I feel I can say about entire collections but in this case I can. The concealers are really good in terms of wear, quality and finish. my feelings on these are the same about those Hourglass Confession Lipsticks – the price is really just too much given the mount of product that they give you. If you can find a shade that works for you I don’t think you’ll be disappointed, but I can’t help but feel like it’s kinda a rip-off price per gram.

By Terry Compact-Expert Dual Powder and Stylo-Expert Click Stick Review | The Beauty Look Book

I bought all the shades myself but received three powders as press samples which I’m going to give away! One person will win #4, #5 and #7. All you have to do is subscribe to my newsletter, be sure to enter via the Rafflecopter widget below – it’s open internationally but you must be 18 years or older to enter. Giveaway ends 10/14/2017 and I’ll select ONE winner within 48 hours after it ends and contact them via e-mail.

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Have you tried these? What did you think? If not which shade do you have your eye on? Note there is a Space NK/Nordstrom GWP going on now online only if you have these on your wishlist. I believe Space NK will have a gift in a week or so as well.

I found these at Space NK and Nordstrom. Also available at Barneys New York, Bloomingdale’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Net-A-Porter and Beautylish.

 

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  • Aaron Ku

    Ahhh finally your review is here!! The swatches are amazing as usual. I already have it in my Beautylish cart and was just waiting for your review for a final push for purchase! I originally was going to get #1 in the Dual Powder as a setting powder/highlighter. (I am NC15/ GA LS #4 for reference) I knew #1 is going to be too light and you definitely confirmed my thoughts. I actually saw Lisa Eldridge’s latest youtube video and she used #4 to contour lightly which persuade me to go for #4 in the Dual Powder, especially after your swatches and review. I will give the concealer a go as well, I am only planning to use it under eye so maybe it will last just a tiny bit longer. πŸ˜…πŸ™„

    Thank you Sabrina for your great review as usual! (it’s my first time commenting!!)

    • TheCafeMakeup .

      Thank you Aaron for the pointer to Lisa’s review–that’s helpful too! Sabrina, what can I say? This post is beyond beautiful!!!!

    • Nice! I need to watch Lisa’s video for more ideas πŸ™‚ Glad you liked the post and thanks for leaving a comment πŸ™‚

  • Sunnykm

    Sabrina thanks for the review!

    I am glad you brought up the form in which these come–color within a color. It is so difficult to pick up the color you want without the other. I purchased the Charlotte Tilbury blush compact and love the outer color but the inner is just not good on me. So it is going back to Nordies. I wish the beauty companies would give us a great color in one compact to work with and manipulate instead of the brush dance of trying to dip only into one color.

    Karen

    • nic

      Agreed. This little booger can be a nightmare if I am in a hurry.

    • Me too!

  • nic

    I have 1 and 2 and LOVE them. I want 3 and now all of them except 6!

    • I used the Wayne Goss Face set to face swatch these, I really like #11 and #12, I also used the Wayne Goss Air Brush as well and the MAC 116. I prefer any of the soft ones from WG!

      • nic

        I got the brushes except for MAC! Will play when I get home from work! Now, please review the Tom Ford lipsticks for fall! I am holding out until I get the reviews.

  • Tatiana

    Thanks for reviewing and showing swatches of these. I only use my Cle de Peau concealer for blemishes and redness near my nose. I’m curious to try this one under my eyes as I’m starting to develop dark circles due to lack of sleep and aging. I looked up the ingredients and I was happy to see there was no fragrance listed.

  • Kyla Ewing

    Those powders are gorgeous! I love 4, 5 & 8!! I could see using 4 for a setting powder, and 5 as a blush and 8 as an all over bronzer!! So lovely!!

  • Sondra

    I can see how you end up with all of the powders. I was making a list & trying to narrow it down and I finally just added them all to my order. (except for 6)

  • Lisa C

    I can’t thank you enough for this great review! I’ve looked everywhere and could only find one or two shades being reviewed. I’m so excited to try these and your review on all shades helped me out. Now I want like 4 or 5 of them, they are stunning and I keep hearing how awesome they are.

  • DB_Boston

    I’ve been waiting for your By Terry review! After reading the Click Stick Concealer is similar to Cle de Peau but creamier, I had to order one. I initially thought that the circular packaging of the powders would be difficult to separate with my brushes, but I’m now in love with Apricot Glow and may have to order that one soon. Thank you for such an in-depth review!

  • satelliteoflove

    OMG the Slow Burn – Sun Desire combo is soooooo gooood!

  • Suzanna

    I’m glad you did this post! I was wondering about those powders and have nowhere to see them. I dislike returning things to Barney’s. Your pics have narrowed it way down to the apricot one, but I wonder if I really need that since my foundation always oxidizes a bit to yellow (YSL Fusion Ink).

    Nars Radiant continues to be the best concealer for me, so I’ll skip this pricey By Terry. I do like the line overall, though.

  • Oh wow these look incredible

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  • The Compact Expert seems a really interesting product! xx

    Carolina’s Makeup Life

  • These are absolutely amazing, love your pictures and the swatches. I am so happy with the concealer, it never dries out my problem areas.

  • Wow, thanks for the honest review, Sabrina! My favorite compacts were #3, #4 and #5. That’s kind of a bummer that the sticks didn’t have a lot of product for the price, but from your swatches, I think I’d give them a try! I’m trying to figure out which compact to get so your review REALLY helped! Thank you! xo

    She Sweats Diamonds

  • Nadine Maurer

    #4 seems to be my fave! Thank you for all the swatches and your honest review.