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By Terry Nude-Expert Duo Stick Foundation Review + Swatches

August 13, 2018

By Terry Nude-Expert Foundation Review

The latest from By Terry is her new Nude-Expert Duo Stick Foundation ($48 for 8.5 g/0.3 oz, made in Korea). I’ve been a really big fan of the By Terry foundation bases including her Cover-Expert and CC Cream. It’s been a while since I’ve played with stick foundations and I think this new formula is quite nice. The Nude-Expert Duo Stick currently comes in 10 shades with a twist up stick on one end and a small sponge applicator on the other. These are split formula creams, half is a semi-sheer highlighter and half is a foundation. They are on the compact side but there is actually a lot more than I expected based on the packaging. I’ve played around with these for a little over a week now. I’m happy to report that it holds up remarkably well in humid weather. More thoughts and review below. I’m thrilled to be able to share swatches of the entire lineup as well.

By Terry Nude-Expert Duo Stick Foundation review and swatches | The Beauty Look Book

The formula is creamy, smooth and glides on the skin nicely. It is heavily scented with a scent I find hard to put my finger on. It’s not quite floral, but it almost smells like a sweet almond cake. The scent isn’t too strong though and it did not irritate my skin. Texture is semi-emollient in the sense it’s creamy but has a nice dry down so it’s not greasy. They are packaged in a similar size/format to the Glow-Expert Highlighters (my picks reviewed here).

By Terry Nude-Expert Duo Stick Foundation review | The Beauty Look Book

The Nude-Expert Duo Stick is described as having a matte finish, but with the highlighter portion there is a satiny glow. There are two shades of highlighter in the entire lineup. The first five shades have a champagne pearl color, the second five shades have a sheer golden champagne color. Pigment/coverage wise I find it very natural for a stick. There is enough coverage to smooth out and even the skin but it still looks like skin. I’d rate it medium in coverage. I still need concealer for under the eyes and spots but for an everyday natural effortless base this is excellent. It smooths out my skin tone, blends evenly without any streaking, looks natural with a radiant matte finish. I think it would be suitable for a wide range of skin types.

By Terry Nude-Expert Duo Stick Foundation review and swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Lasting power was really good on my skin. It truly does have a semi-matte finish. In terms of stick foundations, the Hourglass Vanish Seamless Foundation Stick has more opaque coverage. The Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Stick Foundation also is more opaque and thicker with a heavier feel. I haven’t replaced either in a while, right now I don’t have a good match in the Hourglass lineup (I’m a lot more tan than I was in San Diego!) and the Make Up For Ever one is one I feel like I should definitely replace but I haven’t had a chance to swatch and rematch myself.

Swatches of all the colors below. I think they’ve done an excellent job at formulating colors for light to fair skin tones, however there are definitely gaps for those with medium-tan, olive to deep skin tones. My best matches are either 7 Vanilla Beige and 9 Honey Beige right now. The MAC equivalent is NC35 or NC37 (which is what I wear in the Studio Fix Fluid Foundation Formula). I truly hope they will consider expanding the color lineup because I think it’s an excellent formula but limited on colors.

Current shade lineup:

  • 1 Fair Beige
  • 2 Neutral Beige
  • 2.5 Nude Light
  • 3 Cream Beige
  • 4 Rosy Beige
  • 5 Peach Beige
  • 7 Vanilla Beige
  • 9 Honey Beige
  • 10 Golden Sand
  • 15 Golden Brown


By Terry Nude-Expert Duo Stick Foundation | The Beauty Look Book

Swatches of each portion mixed together then applied on the arm. The shimmer side is sheer enough that it gives the foundation a hint of glow on the skin:

By Terry Nude-Expert Duo Stick Foundation swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Just the highlighter side swatched, you can apply it by itself on the skin, but with any duo-split formula I usually find it’s best just to mix them:

By Terry Nude-Expert shimmer side swatches

By Terry Nude-Expert Duo Stick Foundation | The Beauty Look Book

Below wearing:

By Terry Nude-Expert Duo in Honey Beige 9 | The Beauty Look Book

Some more swatches and comparisons, first set is with the lightest colors compared to the Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Concealers in 1N, 1C, 2N, 2C and 2W. I think the color lineup for fair skins is pretty good. I know a number of my fair skin readers struggle to find something light enough in color, I hope you find a match here!

By Terry Nude-Expert Foundation Stick Shades 1, 2, 2.5, 3 and 4 vs Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Concealers

Second set is lined up next to the three Stylo-Expert Click Sticks I bought last year in 4.5, 5 and 8:

By Terry Nude Expert Foundation swatches vs Stylo-Expert Click Sticks

One last look at all the colors:

By Terry Nude-Expert Duo Stick Foundation | The Beauty Look Book

Bottom line, excellent formula and I’m happy to have a few colors that match my skin tone. The mix of glow and matte is really nice and easy to wear. It gives me enough coverage to even out the skin and texture feels lightweight enough to not feel heavy even in humid weather. I really hope they expand the color range – what they have now is limited! You can find the By Terry Nude-Expert Stick Duos out now. Available at Beautylish, Barneys New York, Bluemercury, Space NK and Revolve. Do you have a favorite stick foundation?

Foundation sticks provided courtesy of By Terry team for review.


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  • Alysha Evans August 13, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    These seem like a really lovely product, but the lack of shade range is inexcusable. Almost all fair skin shades, and one medium shade? With most companies working to release a minimum of 40 shades ranging from the fairest of the fair to a spectrum of deep shades, this range seems completely tone deaf. By Terry’s products are almost all star pieces, but to completely dismiss any potential buyers by excluding them in the first place is just…bad marketing at best, and indefensible at worst.

    • BeautyLookBook August 13, 2018 at 3:16 pm

      Yes, I agree with you. There are so many good things to love about this formula and it makes me sad that the color selection is limited.

    • BeautyLookBook August 13, 2018 at 3:16 pm

      Yes, I agree with you. There are so many good things to love about this formula and it makes me sad that the color selection is limited.

  • Megan Harrington August 13, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    Thanks for your in depth review. I think it’s absolutely ridiculous for a makeup brand to release a new foundation with this limited of a shade range. It’s 2018 and you’re only releasing ONE deep shade?! Like the comment below, it’s not only poor marketing, it’s tone deaf marketing. A range like By Terry already alienates many consumers with their price point (which is their prerogative of course) but are they trying to suggest a certain skin tone gravitates to their products with releases like this one? Who is doing the PR here? Was there not one person who could have predicted what is surely going to be massive blow back? You would think with the major success of Fenty Beauty and the recent debacle with Tarte, more companies would take note, even if it’s solely from a business stand point if they’re not going to care about diversity and inclusion wrt cosmetics. It gives By Terry a bad name in my book and I will not be purchasing future products.

    • BeautyLookBook August 13, 2018 at 3:12 pm

      I don’t have answers to your questions, sorry! But I really do hope they expand the color range. Why shade selection for foundations/concealers is limited with any brand is a mystery to me.

  • Jina Jung August 13, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    Wow this shade range is laughable. I assumed because of the numbering that there would be a 11, 12, 13, 14 (not even considering there should be shades 16, 17, 18, 19, 20). Looking further into it that doesn’t seem to be the case, which just makes it worse because they’re acknowledging the jumps in shade range, but they’re just choosing not to include the shades in production. I typically love By Terry products, but this is inexcusable.

    • BeautyLookBook August 13, 2018 at 3:06 pm

      I agree, the number skipping is pretty odd!

  • Andi Rain August 13, 2018 at 4:12 pm

    Beautifully thorough review! BY TERRY products are consistently exquisite and this foundation stick is no exception! Hopefully the shade range will increase but in the meanwhile, thank you for sharing a wealth of detail on the new launch! xx

  • Arianna August 13, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    Looks amazing! I’ll have to look into this brand. I’ve heard great things about them 💞

    Arianna |

    • BeautyLookBook August 14, 2018 at 6:25 pm

      She has some beautiful options!

  • Lemon Aid August 14, 2018 at 6:38 am

    I’ve never tried foundation sticks, somehow I feel like I might end up with a mask effect slipping off. I live in an area that is quite warm and humid so I always have to use poweders to set any kind of foundation. Do you think they will perform well on a rather oily skin type? Thanks!

    • BeautyLookBook August 14, 2018 at 6:25 pm

      Yes, I do think it would work well on oily skin. I live in South Florida where it’s humid and it held up really well.

      • Lemon Aid August 15, 2018 at 3:37 pm

        Thank you!! ☺

  • Marcia Scully August 15, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    Not yet. I would like to give it a try after reading your review. I’m also waiting for your thoughts about the Westman Atelier foundation.

    • BeautyLookBook August 15, 2018 at 3:46 pm

      I’m dying to try the line! I’m so bummed I don’t have a Barneys near me. Debating whether to just order online blind sight unseen or wait until my next NY trip.

  • Rebekah Smith August 15, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    I loved the finish of this formula so much, but sadly, on my aging skin it creased and pooled in every fine line. Primer didn’t even seem to help, I tried every trick I know! I was so bummed! You, however, look amazing as always💖!!

    • BeautyLookBook August 15, 2018 at 3:46 pm

      Oh no! Sorry to hear that 🙁

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