By Terry Eye Makeup

By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Bronze Moon

January 18, 2014

I’ve always been fascinated by the By Terry line but it’s one of those brands I had never ventured into. I took my first baby step into the brand with the Baume de Rose which lives up to all the hype. During my last trip to Barneys New York in Beverly Hills last month, the product specialists showed me the Ombre Blackstar Color Fix Cream Shadows and the Brow Mascara (thoughts on this soon). I had about six different cream shadows swatched on my hand. I let the cream shadows sit on the back of my hands for about a minute. When I tried to remove, I found that none of them budged when I tried to wipe them off. The colors all applied very smoothly and blended easily upon first swipe before drying down to a budge-proof finish. I literally wanted to purchase one of each color limited myself to test one first. I picked a classic shimmering bronze: the Ombre Blackstar in Bronze Moon ($43 for 1.64 g/0.58 oz).

The Ombre Blackstar shadows contain an ultra-smoothing Tahitian black pearl extract which makes most of them brighten the lids with reflective shimmer particles. Bronze Moon is a neutral shimmery bronze. The texture is creamy and pigment is easy to control but you need to blend quickly after application. Once it sets and dries, it really does have a “tattoo-hold.” It feels natural on the lids after it dries, you can’t feel any pull or layers of product like with some cream shadows. On me it lasted from 5 am past 8 pm without budging, fading or smudging. Do note that I have normal to slightly dry lids. I rarely have issues with cream shadows being too moist. Most primers I try tend to be a bit too dry in texture when they dry down causing the skin to almost shrink and stretch. By Terry Bronze Moon is a really nice color on the lids. It’s one of those colors that works perfectly all by itself. No other highlighter, base, crease or liner needed for me. Just the shadow and one coat of mascara.

Swatched heavily and then blended out:

Comparisons to Chanel Illusion d’Ombre in Initiation (review here), Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Cocoa, Urban Decay 24/7 Shadow Stick in Rehab, MUFE Aqua Shadow Stick 20E, Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow in Moon River and Bobbi Brown Cream Shadow in Bronze Sugar (swatched here).
Out of all of these, the By Terry Bronze Moon has the best staying power. On the lids its the most neutral in color, not quite as bronzey or silvery.

I’m really impressed with the staying powder, pigment and blendability of Bronze Moon. The lasting power is far better than most cream shadows I have tried before. The price is high though which has prevented me from wanting to look at them in the past. I will definitely be checking out the other colors my next trip to Barneys or SpaceNK, however it will be a while before I can bring myself to buy another one due to the high price tag. If you have any favorites from the By Terry line I’d love to hear about them!
By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Bronze Moon ($43) is permanent and is available at Barneys, SpaceNK, and Bloomingdales.

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  • LCanemone January 18, 2014 at 6:14 am

    Hi Sabrina. I have Brown Perfection and Misty Rock. I love using the Brown Perfection as an eyeliner with a small brush (not a liner shape). The black panties blog has several swatches if you would like to see more. I'm new to the world of cream shadows, and these have been very easy to use. Plus the wear time is impressive! — Louisa

  • Anonymous January 18, 2014 at 6:36 am

    We shop with you at the same store for By terry products:). I really love their growth booster mascara and Touche Volutee concealer (not sure if I spelled the last one right), But they have really limited selection of products from this brand in Barneys. So I think I will go this Saturday to Space NK in Bloomingdales in Centure City mall to check the rest of the line out. I do not like their parking as much though:).

  • Fashion Mumblr January 18, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Really lovely post and great images for comparing brands! I am currently using the Laura Mercier caviar stick in Khaki and I adore it, so easy to use! Wasn't aware of so many other brands that did a similar thing so i'll definitely be checking them out!

    Josie xoxo
    Fashion Mumblr

  • Sunny January 18, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Hey Sabrina, thanks for the review! I've been really curious about these because I'm obsessed with eyeshadow sticks. I haven't decided to take the plunge so far because apparently it could smudge fast on some. My lids are normal to oily so not all formulas last well on me. I suppose the only way to find out is to get one and see how it works! This shade is gorgeous!

  • Bella January 18, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    I also have Bronze Moon and love it; I use it often for a one-sweep lid look. I have Misty Rock, too, but I prefer the Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Amethyst to this one and seldom break it out.

  • Stacey Jane January 18, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    Getting this particular shade in the UK (I am British but live in Dubai but buy mostly online from the UK) is impossible! Even in Dubai, the By Terry counters never stock it. So pleased to see a good review as I have found one in the US and it's winging it's way to me, yey!!!

    Stacey Expat Make-Up Addict

  • Jen27 January 18, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Ooh la la! You're definitely tempting me with this one. The shade is gorgeous and the lasting power sounds so impressive! Loving the look of that Urban Decay pencil too 🙂

  • Laura MyNewestAddiction January 18, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    I am drooling! I have Misty Rock and LOVE it. I think it is time to pick up more!

  • jessigreer January 18, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    You may like the new Densiliss liquid foundation-I've had it in my rotation since it was released. Another pricey item, but for me it was worth it. Gorgeous finish. The Cover Expert foundation I find to be 'meh', but I love the Sheer Expert foundation when I'm on the go or wanting the most natural look.

  • Eileen January 18, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    Bronze Moon is a cult classic and for good reason. It is truly neutral and looks great on many different skin tones, it applies smoothly and evenly, it doesn't budge once it sets, and because of the way the light plays with the dimensional aspect of the color, it really is a "this is all you need" type of eyeshadow. It's not often that I wear only one shadow, but on those lazy days when I do, Bronze Moon is a frequent choice. That's not to say I only wear it alone. I usually don't, but it is nice to have a few stand alone shadows like Bronze Moon in my stash. As for the overall quality of Bronze Moon, it is the best stick eyeshadow formula I've tried so far. On my somewhat dry, mature lids, it is only marginally better than the ones by Laura Mercier but much better than the ones by Bobbi Brown, Chanel, and Clé de Peau. How well it performs, though, will ultimately be determined by the condition of your lids. For those of you who are new to ByTerry, the shadow sticks are ridiculously over-priced and the color selection is only OK, but if you are willing to make the splurge and Bronze Moon intrigues you, you couldn't make a better first selection.

  • Teri January 18, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    I swatched the sticks a few times and yes, they are amazing when it comes to staying power! The one thing that scared me off is how metallic some shades can look but seeing it blended outt makes it a lot better. I'm very tempted to get one now ^^.

  • Catherine @ bcrueltyfree January 18, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    I'll admit, it's pretty gorgeous! Probably my favorite out of the swatches, along with the UD. I do love shadows in stick form, so convenient for busy mornings

  • MakeupByAmrita January 18, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    Wow, Bronze Moon is such a gorgeous color! I thought I'd found a great bronze in Chanel Initiation, but your comparison swatches show that it pales in comparison. That UD swatch looks quite lovely as well 🙂

  • Jenny January 18, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    Wow! I am in LOVE! It's beautiful and the lasting power sounds incredible. I love how it's close to Initiation, but a little bit more neutral and doesn't have the large glitter particles in it, making it more daytime friendly.

  • Nicole January 19, 2014 at 1:44 am

    Rose Quartz is another lovely shade you should definitely check out! It makes for a great starting point.

  • Anonymous January 19, 2014 at 1:58 am

    I love BT Hyaluronic Hydra Glow (my go-to gym makeup, because it's sheer but matte so it covers up any discolorations but my skin still feels breathable) and BT Hyaluronic Hydra Powder for my finishing powder (my dad bought it for me and he wasn't very impressed because he said it just looked like very expensive baby powder lol). Both products really help my dry winter skin.

  • Amber Hunter January 19, 2014 at 5:36 am

    So much bronze goodness in those swatches! I've been loving a bronze eye lately and you've given me some great options to look into. Thanks for this review!
    Lovely Notions

  • Sophie January 19, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    Ohhh this looks gorgeous <3

  • Sara BeauTime January 20, 2014 at 12:21 am

    Thanks for the great view. By Terry eye shadow sticks are way cheaper in Europe, they are the same as Laura Mercier sticks which are way expensive once compared to US. It is hard to tell why there are such difference but these are pretty nevertheless and are surely worth a try.

  • Charlotte Hartwell June 8, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    Oh no… This shade is my weakness! I've literally just added all those similar shades to my wish list!

  • Morgan Hart January 1, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    Gosh I have heard so many great things about this that I'm really tempted to try it out! I'm a big By Terry fan, everything I've tried is amazing (though the price tag always makes my wallet cry).

    Morgan //

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