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New By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra-Balms

July 23, 2021

By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra-Balm Review and Swatches

My latest love is the new By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra-Balm ($38, available at By Terry). By Terry created six perfect neutrals for lips in a tinted balm formula and every single color is perfect. The team kindly sent 2 and after seeing a few previews online I immediately ordered the other 4. I have all 6 swatched today. I think they’re great everyday kind of colors – basic staples without being boring.

The Hyaluronic Hydra-Balms are creamy and have a moisturizing feel without too much slip. Pigment is pretty good in coverage with medium level opacity. Formula-wise they have hyaluronic acid to add moisture and give the lips a full plump look. She also added a water gloss complex to give it a naturally glossy look. They do have a perfumed powdery rose scent but on me I feel like it fades within a few minutes (or my nose gets used to it).

Lasting power is similar to the Chanel Rouge Coco Bloom or YSL Rouge Volupte Shines. You will need to reapply every few hours but if you add a lipliner underneath lasting power is better.

By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra-Balm Review and Swatches

I really love the colors she launched. I would love to see her add more shades to the line in the future too though! Maybe some more pink browns or toffee shades!

  • Shade 1 Sexy Nude is a light cool-toned nude, I thought this would be too pale but it’s really pretty on
  • Shade 2 Nudissimo is a light pink with coral tones, this is the only one I felt too pale for my skin tone, but if I layer it with a lip liner or another lipstick it’s perfect
  • Shade 3 Tea Time* is the perfect tan beige
  • Shade 4 Dare to Bare* is a pretty soft berry neutral
  • Shade 5 Secret Kiss is a brown pink (love this one)
  • Shade 6 is a berry red nude

Swatches below:

By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra-Balm Swatches

Sexy Nude, Nudissimo, Tea Time on the lips also wearing:

By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra-Balm Sexy Nude, Nudissimo, Tea Time

By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra-Balm Sexy Nude

By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra-Balm Nudissimo

By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra-Balm Tea Time

Dare to Bare, Secret Kiss, Love Affair

By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra-Balm Dare to Bare, Secret Kiss and Love Affair

By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra-Balm Dare to Bare

By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra-Balm Secret Kiss

By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra-Balm Love Affair

100% love and the formula is comfortable, hydrating, not too heavy or thick. I also think the colors are perfect for everyday. Highly recommend. You can find them online at By Terry.

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Press samples have a * next to them. All other items purchased by me.


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By Terry Brightening CC Palette Beach Bomb

April 27, 2021

By Terry Brightening CC Palette Beach Bomb review

I’m excited to share a look at some newness from By Terry today! She recently launched her new By Terry Brightening CC Palette in Beach Bomb for this spring-summer and it is beautiful. If you loved or own last year’s Sunny Flash Palette (which is still available, review here) I think you will also love this year’s Beach Bomb. The colors are perfect for that soft summery vibe and if you like super soft powders that have a nice glow and shimmer I think you’ll love the texture of this one.

Beach Bomb has four brightening CC powders. They’re soft illuminating powders with color and glow. They also contain rosehip oil to add moisture although I don’t really notice any added hydration. Below in direct sunlight:

By Terry Brightening CC Palette Beach Bomb review and swatches

Different lighting below:

By Terry Brightening CC Palette Beach Bomb review and swatches

Colors seem best suited for anywhere from fair to tan skin tones. If you are deeper than the darkest bronze shade in the palette I suspect the colors will be more highlighter versus blush colors on your skin. For my medium tan skin this is perfect.

By Terry Brightening CC Palette Beach Bomb review

Colors in the Beach Bomb palette:

  • Bright Sand a soft peachy sand glow (acts as a highlighter on my tan skin)
  • Peach Perfect is a peachy coral
  • Pink Sunset is a cool bright pink
  • Golden Bronze is a warm bronze (last year’s Sunny Flash is a bit more golden/yellow)

By Terry Brightening CC Palette Beach Bomb swatches

I have last year’s Sunny Flash swatched next to Beach Bomb below:

By Terry Brightening CC Palette Sunny Flash vs Beach Bomb

By Terry Makeup Look Brightening CC Palette in Beach Bomb

You can layer and mix all the colors for a variety of different looks. I applied three of the colors separately on the cheeks (layered with the first highlighter shade). Below wearing:

Look 1: Beach Bomb Palette with Bright Sand and Peach Perfect on the cheeks, By Terry Lip Expert Shine in Peachy Guilt (swatches of all the colors here)

By Terry Beach Bomb Peach Perfect and Lip Expert Shine in Peachy Guilt


Look 2: Beach Bomb Palette with Bright Sand and Golden Bronze on the cheeks, By Terry Lip Expert Shine in Bare Flirt with Pat McGrath Permagel Lip Pencil in Done Undone

By Terry Brightening CC Palette Beach Bomb Golden Bronze and Lip Expert Shine Bare Flirt

Look 3: Beach Bomb Palette with Bright Sand and Pink Sunset on the cheeks, Cle de Peau Radiant Lip Gloss in 6 Rose Pearl (swatches here)

By Terry Brightening CC Palette Beach Bomb Pink Sunset + Cle de Peau Radiant Lip Gloss in Rose Pearl


By Terry Brightening CC Palette Beach Bomb review

I love how soft and pretty the colors are! The shimmer in this year’s Beach Bomb seems a bit stronger and more glowy than last year’s Sunny Flash, but I still find the glow wearable and soft. Lasting power is pretty good and it stays put on the face all day for me. The palette has the signature By Terry Rose scent (has added fragrance). It is noticeable but isn’t too strong in my opinion, although your mileage may vary depending on how sensitive your nose is.

Bottom line I love it. I think it’s a really pretty option for spring to summer and versatile with the warm and cool tones.

You can find the By Terry Brightening CC Palette in Beach Bomb available now at By Terry. Also available at Beautylish, Selfridges and Space NK.

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Beach Bomb palette provided for review. Other press samples featured also indicated with a *.

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By Terry Paris Mon Amour Palette + Twinkle Glow Highlighter

January 8, 2021

By Terry VIP Expert Palette in Paris Mon Amour and Twinkle Glow Highlighter

Happy New Year to you all! I have my first review of the year with a look at some items from By Terry. They launched a new VIP Expert Paris Mon Amour Palette* and Twinkle Glow Highlighter* over the holiday and I have swatches for you today.

Twinkle Glow CC Highlighter

By Terry Twinkle Glow CC Highlighter

The Twinkle Glow CC Highlighter has sold out most places but is still available right now at Beautylish. It’s a multi-dimensional highlighter that has a soft peachy rose gold shimmer to it with a very luminous glow. It’s not quite as metallic as the Becca Shimmering Pressed Perfectors but has that same soft texture and a similar vibe in how it catches the light and adds shimmer. On my medium tan complexion, it pulls warm and almost bronzey but still has enough contrast on my skin to be a highlighter color. If you’re lighter than me it will definitely pull more on the bronzey side. If you are darker than me I feel like the gold tones will be more visible.

By Terry Twinkle Glow CC Highlighter

Swatches below next to the Brightening CC Palette (back in stock and reviewed here) which has a softer shimmer with sheerer pigment and the Diorskin Nude Luminizer in 01 (which has a more visible glow).

By Terry Twinkle Glow + Brightening CC Palette Swatches

It has a smooth application even though it’s quite shimmery. Lasting power is excellent and it stayed put without fading all day on me. As lovely as it is I don’t know that I would call it a must-have – you can get a similar effect with other brands.

By Terry Twinkle Glow CC Highlighter makeup look

VIP Expert Eyeshadow Palette

By Terry VIP Expert Eyeshadow Palette Paris Mon Amour

The VIP Expert Palette in Paris Mon Amour has a mix of satins and mattes. I really like the combination of colors! It has a couple warmer shades that make for pretty layering but also has a good mix of neutrals so it’s not too warm. Colors include:

  • Matte white
  • Satin cool brown
  • Shimmer baby pink
  • Shimmery soft peach coral
  • Deeper dusty matte brown
  • Darker bronze shimmer
  • Metallic sparkle gold (works as a topper)
  • Shimmery wine plum
  • Shimmery sandy taupe
  • Matte ivory

The colors have a soft look to them but are easy to layer and blend. You can create a wide range of looks with this palette and I do think it’s one you can wear year round.

By Terry VIP Expert Eyeshadow Palette Paris Mon Amour swatches

Look wearing a few other By Terry favorites (press samples have a * next to them):

By Terry VIP Expert Eyeshadow Palette Paris Mon Amour makeup look Sabrina

By Terry Makeup Favorites Sabrina

Makeup bag shown below is from the Cuyana Travel Set. In case you missed it you can read about my Favorite Makeup Bags in my roundup here.

By Terry Favorites The Beauty Lookbook

Hope you found these swatches and makeup looks helpful! You can find most of the products online at By Terry. They’re also having a pretty good sale with some major markdowns on the By Terry Sale Page.

Quick note that the highlighter was limited-edition and has sold out most places by now. I was able to still find it at Beautylish as of this morning if you have it on your wishlist!

I took some time off the blog for the new year but regular posting will resume next week! Stay tuned for more beauty newness soon.

Press samples have a * next to them.

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By Terry Summer Collection 2020

April 15, 2020

By Terry Summer 2020

I’m so excited to share a look at the By Terry Summer Collection today! I received a few pieces as press samples and immediately ordered the remaining items online to try everything. If you like glowing luminous makeup, I think you’ll love what she launched for summer. There are a few skincare items as well that are part of the new product lineup which I haven’t tried yet but am dying to. Today’s post focuses on the makeup launches.

Brightening CC Palette in Sunny Flash

By Terry Brightening CC Palette in Sunny Flash

The Brightening CC Palette is a truly stunning glow palette with 2 highlighters, one luminous blush and a bronzer shimmer. The colors in the palette have a soft blendable texture. Everything is luminous and glowy but in a smooth non-frosty way. I do think the shades are different than the previously launched Brightening CC Powders, although they have some similarities. Palette colors are not labeled on the compact but according to the website, the shades include:

  • No 1 Champagne Blush a soft beige yellow shimmer (this is a tad more yellow than the Brightening CC Powder in Apricot Flash
  • No 2 Pink Petal is a soft glistening pink with tiny super fine micro sparkles (this one one warmer and deeper than Brightening CC Powder Rose Elixir)
  • No 3 Vibrant rose is a perfect fresh rose pink shimmer
  • No 4 Desert Sparkle is a soft golden bronze shimmer (more shimmery and slightly more golden than Brightening CC Powder Sunny Flash)

I would describe this as a softer variation of my beloved Becca Chrissy Teigen Palette (now discontinued). The By Terry Brightening CC Palette is versatile in the sense you can wear it on its own if you want an all over glow. Or you can layer onto your regular blush/bronzer for just a subtle highlight.

By Terry Brightening CC Palette in Sunny Flash

By Terry Brightening CC Palette in Sunny Flash swatches

Beauty breakdown below wearing:

By Terry Brightening CC Palette in Sunny Flash Makeup look


By Terry Summer 2020 CC palette

Brightening CC Blush in Rosy Flash

By Terry Brightening CC Blush Rosy Flash

The Brightening CC Blush in Rosy Flash is a new formula in the By Terry lineup. It has a similar concept to the Brightening CC Serums in the sense that it has the same Optical Glow technology they use in their formulas. The Brightening CC Blush is essentially a sheer luminous liquid blush. It’s very natural on my medium skin. I can layer for more color, but blending it out gives a barely there glow. One pump is more than enough to apply to the cheeks. I find that if I could truly measure it, I’d probably say I only need 1/2 a pump to apply the product.

Living in humid Florida I don’t know how this will last once we are back in the outdoors on a regular basis. It doesn’t really have a powder dry down. It remains slightly dewy but not too dewy.

Straight out of the pump vs blended:

By Terry Brightening CC Blush Rosy Flash

Below same base/eye makeup as the above photo. Cheeks just have the Rosy Flash Brightening CC Blush. Lips are the Sisley Phyto Lip Twist in #2 Baby.

By Terry Brightening CC Blush Rosy Flash


Ombre Blackstar

By Terry Ombre Blackstar New Shades Immaculate Light, Rose Elixir and Sunny Flash

The Ombre Blackstars are among my favorite cream shadow sticks. There isn’t anything on the market quite like the ones from By Terry. They have the most beautiful pearl quality with high shine and gorgeous pigment. There are three new shades listed as limited-editions but I hope they consider adding them to the permanent lineup because I LIVE FOR these kinds of colors!

  • Immaculate Light is the perfect champagne shimmer with a tiny hint of peach
  • Rose Elixir is a light cool-toned pale rose shimmer
  • Sunny Flash is the perfect golden bronze

If you can wear shimmer on your eyes I think these are hands down must-haves. They have an emollient blendable texture long enough to blend or layer on the lids. Once they set they are pretty much budge-proof.

By Terry Ombre Blackstar Summer Shades 2020

Swatches to other colors:

By Terry Ombre Blackstar swatches

Tea to Tan Face and Body

By Terry Tea to Tan Set

Last but not least is By Terry’s cult classic Tea to Tan Face and Body Spray. It’s now available in a duo set and travel size. I don’t typically use self-tanners on the face because I have sensitive skin and feel I can only tolerate some on the body. Also many have a slightly thick feeling or leave a film on the skin which I don’t like. This is the first one I’ve tried that I really like.

There is a very fine gold shimmer in the bottle which mixes into the liquid when you shake it up. The full size comes with a spritzer while the travel size does not. For the full size I spritzed product on a brush and then applied to areas I want more color.

Once it’s on the skin I am pleased to report I didn’t experience any color transfer to the clothes. It stays put pretty well. It has a lovely summery scent I can’t put my finger on. It almost smells like gardenia and tiare maybe?

Overall I think the collection offers some really lovely products to brighten one’s look and certainly one’s mood these days. While you might find similar options in your current stash, I do think the CC Palette is really lovely and one I’ll be reaching for frequently this upcoming season. I can’t get enough of the new Ombre Blackstar colors, hoping they’ll be permanent because they’re truly lovely!

You can find the By Terry Summer 2020 Collection available now online at By Terry. I ordered a few things from their website and shipping was relatively fast. They also have some nice deluxe samples with purchase (there are different options depending on how much you spend). A few items have started to appear online at Beautylish and Space NK.


The By Terry Brightening CC Palette and Ombre Blackstar Eyeshadows were provided for review. Other items purchased by me.


By Terry Highlighters

Holiday Glow with By Terry

December 6, 2019

By Terry Starlight Rose Holiday Collection

Holiday season is here and it’s this time of year that I’m all about the glow. So many of you loved the glowing holiday makeup looks from past seasons so I’ve put together some new ones for more ideas and inspiration! As a lover of all things glowy I’m thrilled to partner with By Terry to give you a closer look at their new Starlight Rose CC Serum and Starlight Rose CC Powder. Both products are beautiful for that natural glow from within kind of effect.

By Terry Starlight Rose CC Serum and Powder

By Terry Starlight Rose CC Powder

CC Serums

For me the best way to add a natural glow is to start with a good base. I like mixing in liquid luminizers into foundation to add some radiance and color to my look. I also sometimes will use a shimmery fluid and apply all over on top of moisturizer but under foundation for a healthy glow. The key is to find something that has the perfect amount of shimmer with a lightweight feel so if you layer it with your skincare and foundation, it adds glow without being too heavy. The By Terry CC Serums are perfect because they they have a fluid lightweight texture and nice velvety dry down so it lasts all day and looks like skin but better.

By Terry CC Serums Starlight Rose and Sunny Flash

By Terry CC Serums Starlight Rose and Sunny Flash swatches

Her classic Brightening CC Serum is a glowing base that comes in four color options to add radiance and color correct the skin in the most natural way possible. I’ve used these for years and although quite a splurge a bottle lasts me a very long time. This time of year I love Sunny Flash which adds warmth and glow to my skin. I either mix it in with foundation or use it as a subtle bronzer. It brightens up the skin to give it some life!

By Terry CC Serum Sunny Flash

Each year she has a special limited-edition color of her CC Serum and this year’s is Starlight Rose. This is a soft rose with subtle gold shimmers infused to brighten the skin. It contains rosehip butter which helps the skin regeneration process and hydrates as well. It’s sheer when blended but is easy to build up with fingers on the cheekbones. I like using this as a primer under foundation. It’s truly stunning and if you splurge on one fluid luminizer this season, I think this is the best option.

By Terry CC Serum Starlight Rose

By Terry CC Serum and Powder Swatches

CC Powder

To add more glow as a highlight the Starlight Rose CC Powder has three colors pressed into a beautiful mirrored compact. The colors have a soft radiant shimmer to them with what By Terry calls “soft focus micro spheres” to blur skin and smooth lines. I find it adds a really pretty highlight to the cheekbones or anywhere you want added highlights. There’s a glittery overspray to add a festive quality to it. Underneath you’ll find three finely milled pressed shimmering powders that make the skin glow.

By Tery Starlight Rose CC Powder

By Tery Starlight Rose CC Powder

Below Left: with overspray, Right: powder underneath

By Tery Starlight Rose CC Powder

Longwear Ombre Blackstar

To brighten or define the eyes the Ombre Blackstar has been a long-time favorite. These are among the longest lasting cream shadow sticks I’ve tried. Bronze Moon has been a staple for as long as I can remember loving makeup! It was one of my first By Terry purchases when I discovered the brand. (Also available as a mini in this Starlight Rose Best of Set which I think is super cute.) Blond Opal is the perfect highlighting color. For the lids either Misty Rock (shimmering purple) or Frozen Quartz (lighter shimmering cool rose) are gorgeous picks. I love Black Pearl for a smokey eye and the color also doubles as a liner if you use a detail brush to smoke out the lash lines. I like these for on-the-go options because they’re easy to apply and blend with fingers or intensify your look to take it from day to night.

By Terry Ombre Blackstar

By Terry Ombre Blackstar Frozen Quartz and Black Pearl

An everyday look I’ve been loving and what I’m wearing in this post:

By Terry Starlight Rose Collection Review

I’ve found my perfect Holiday Glow with By Terry – overall lots to love with the Starlight collection. I think the Starlight Rose Glow Booster CC Serum is the perfect luminizer to add an all over sheer glow to the face without being too shimmery. It makes the skin look radiant and blends in beautifully.


You can find all the By Terry products featured online at

Many thanks to By Terry for partnering to sponsor this post. Gifted items include the Starlight Rose CC Serum, CC Powder, Sunny Flash CC Serum, Ombre Blackstar in Blond Opal and Misty Rock, Nude Expert Foundation, Lip Expert Shines. 

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By Terry Lip-Expert Shine Review + Swatches

March 19, 2019

By Terry Lip Expert Shine Review and Swatches

By Terry launched 32 new shades for the lips in a Lip-Expert Shine and Lip-Expert Matte ($34 each for 3 g/ 4 ml). The color range for both formulas is perfect for the person who wants a classic no-fuss kind of lip. They give the most beautiful classic Parisian chic kind of vibe. I’ve been a long-time fan of her tinted lip balms but the only lip color product I’ve truly loved from her line is the Terrybly Velvet Rouge in Lady Bare. The new Lip Experts have completely won my heart. I have the review split into two parts since there are so many colors it’s taken me a while to test, swatch and edit the photos. Today’s review focuses on the Lip-Expert Shine.

These are liquid lip vinyls but act like a high pigment gloss. They’re packaged perfectly in a twist tube that has a little snap when you close it. Applicator is a sponge tip with a unique shape to help give you precise application.

By Terry Lip Expert Shine Review via The Beauty Look Book

Some of the colors are sheerer than others but in general they can cover the entire lip, have a soft glossy sheen, are not sticky and aren’t thick. They have a nice hydrating feel, just like a gloss. Finish is very comfortable with the prettiest soft sheen. Lasting power is pretty average – on me I thought they might fade/slide off easily because of how soft they felt. They do stay put as long as I don’t drink or snack, color fades on the lighter shades quicker within a few hours. Deeper bolder shades seem to last longer.

By Terry Lip Expert Shine Review and Swatches

Four of the shades are available in both the Shine and Matte formula so you can alternate finishes in Vintage Nude, Rosy Kiss, Red Shot and My Red. I’ll swatch them side by side in my Matte feature, but for now here are swatches of all the Lip Expert Shine colors. All lip swatches done on bare lips. For skintone reference my skin tone is a Laura Mercier Flawless Finish Foundation in Buff, Laura Mercier Flawless Lumiere in Latte and NARS Radiant Finish Foundation in Punjab.

Shades 1 through 8:

  • 1 Baby Beige – is a neutral cool beige
  • 2 Vintage Nude – is a deeper medium brown beige
  • 3 Rosy Kiss – is a perfect medium light rose pink cream
  • 4 Hot Bare – is a medium rose brown
  • 5 Chili Potion – is a chili brick orange
  • 6 Fire Nude – is a soft red pink
  • 7 Cherry Wine – is a deep wine cherry red
  • 8 Juicy Fig – is a plum purple, this is one of the few that applied streaky

By Terry Lip Expert Shine Swatches

By Terry Lip Expert Shine Lip swatches

Below, shades 9 through 16:

  • 9 Peachy Guilt – is a perfect peach
  • 10 Bare Flirt – is the prettiest soft pink peach nude
  • 11 Orchid Cream – is a cool-toned orchid pink
  • 12 Gypsy Chic – is a hot deep pink
  • 13 Pink Pong – is a bright pink
  • 14 Coral Sorbet – is a bright coral
  • 15 Red Shot – bold warm red
  • 16 My Red – bold classic red (on me Red Shot and My Red pretty much look the same)

By Terry Lip Expert Shine lip swatches

By Terry Lip Expert Shine Lip Swatches Review

These are among the most lightweight soft glosses I’ve tried. There is a heavy lipstick kind of scent to them but it does start to fade after a few minutes. With the small precise applicator I do find I have to swipe back and forth and layer a bit to cover my entire lip, but it’s not something I mind. Alone these are perfect swipe and go kind of glosses. To extend the wear I’ve added a lip pencil underneath and then applied the gloss on top.

These have a soft finish so if you’re into the full coverage lip vinyls these might be too natural looking for your taste. I like that they’re natural but not too natural. Some of the lighter colors do seem to have a sheerer finish than the bolds but I can still get very good coverage where my lip is covered entirely.

I’m hard pressed to pick a favorite shade. Bare Flirt is easily one of my favorites because I love neutrals. I do love shades like Rosy Kiss because finding a neutral-cool pink rose that isn’t too blue is hard for me to find. Peachy Guilt is also fun, especially for summer and I think Hot Bare is such a nice neutral that isn’t nude.

You can find the By Terry Lip-Expert Shine out now. Review on the matte versions to follow as soon as I can swatch/edit all the colors. I’ve been testing them for weeks now and really like them for a comfortable lightweight matte.

By Terry Lip-Expert Shines available at By Terry, Bloomingdale’s, DermstoreSaks Fifth Avenue, Barneys New York, Net-A-Porter, Nordstrom, Beautylish, Bluemercury and SpaceNK.

By Terry Lip Expert provided for review.


By Terry Holiday Gift Guide

By Terry Gem Glow Holiday Collection Review + Swatches

December 12, 2018

By Terry Gem Glow Holiday 2018 Review | The Beauty Look Book

By Terry launched some beautiful pieces for the season with the Gem Glow Holiday Collection. There are a couple new individual products and a number of beauty sets to choose from. Today I have a look at their Gem Glow Trio Highlighter ($65 for 5.5 g/0.19 oz), Gem Glow Brightening CC Serum ($91 for 30 ml/1 fl oz), Mini Baume de Rose ($24 for 3 g). In addition I’ve added swatches of some eye makeup including the Eye Light Palette Terrybly Paris 2 ($49 for 9 g/0.31 oz) that launched earlier in the fall plus some swatches of the Ombre Blackstar Cream Shadows since they usually have a few shades in one of the holiday sets. My thoughts on each product below.

By Terry Holiday Gem Glow Collection Review | The Beauty Look Book

Up first is a look at the Gem Glow Trio Compact Highlighter. It’s a stunning mix of pink, pearl and soft peach shimmers. The little yellow spots are overspray but it’s very soft so what you see in the compact is pretty true to what you will find underneath. I swatched each portion individually and swirled.

By Terry Gem Glow Highlighter Trio Compact Review

By Terry makes some of the most beautiful complexion products but they’re all very expensive. I do really love their Compact Expert Dual Powders (I still do) even though they cost an arm and a leg. This holiday season I found myself truly overwhelmed with all the highlighter options and for the first time in many years I did not review or purchase the holiday ones from Chanel or Tom Ford. After trying the options from NARS, Hourglass and Marc Jacobs combined with the dozens launched this year alone I feel like they’re all starting to look the same. I probably would have not purchased this By Terry Gem Glow Highlighter as I’m really set for life with highlighters in general, but out of all the ones I’ve seen this year this one has the prettiest presentation. Like many of her other face products there is more than one color in the pan with a small divider in the compact. The small spacing makes it virtually impossible to get individual colors which I don’t mind. But you will most likely have to swirl or mix shades with a regular face brush.

The pigment and color payoff are excellent. On my skin this translates into a beautiful pearly glow. It performs well, applies smoothly, stays put and doesn’t emphasize my pores. I find it has enough sparkle to be perfect for holiday. The shimmer is truly stunning on the skin making this a beautiful option I think will suit a wide range of skin tones. I do really love this one but the color can probably be duped.

By Terry Gem Glow Highlighter Trio Compact Review

By Terry Gem Glow Highlighter Trio Compact swatches

Next is a look at her Gem Glow Brightening CC Serum. It’s a pearly rose gold that is very sheer. I’ve purchased several of her CC Serums in the past and they are extremely expensive but beautiful. They are sheer enough to use all over the face for a very soft subtle glow. It’s rose scented and it does not irritate my skin.

By Terry Gem Glow Brightening CC Serum

I do like the way it gives the skin a lit from within glow without any greasy emollient finish. The dry down has a soft almost velvet feel which is nice because any added shine with a shimmer product can often translate into a greasy look. If you’re looking for a liquid highlighter this is not the product for you, it’s too sheer to be used as a highlight. If you want something more glowy or visible I’d recommend Armani Fluid Sheers or a stick cream highlighter like the Hourglass Vanish Flash Highlighter sticks.

As beautiful as this product is I think you can get a nearly identical effect with the Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow or Brightening Youth Glow Primer for a fraction of the price. I know ingredients aren’t the same so it might not be fair to compare them, but effect is similar. I do think the By Terry Brightening CC Serum is a beautiful product. I love that it comes with a pump and the bottles I owned in past years lasted for a long long time.

Swatched on the hand straight from the pump and then blended out you can see how it just adds a luminous sheen to the skin with barely any color.

By Terry Brightening CC Serum Swatches

For holiday she usually launches a Mini Baume de Rose packaged in a cute ornament form. It took me many years to bring myself to splurge on the full size but it’s 100% worth it. The minis are $24 each which is easier to justify as a splurge even though it’s tiny. I think it’s one of the best treats you can gift yourself. A look at the mini vs full size:

By Terry Baume de Rose mini vs. full size

Next are some swatches of her Eye Light Palette Terrybly Paris 2. I haven’t tried any of her shadow palettes before as they’re usually out of my price range. This one retails for $49 and I’ll say up front it doesn’t swatch well on the arm or hand but on the eyes it’s MUCH much better. For those who are tired of the red, orange, pink or glitter palettes that seem to have taken over the beauty world today, you’ll find this one different for the neutral lover. It is very natural but has a nice range of colors for a polished muted classic eye. The colors are soft but they do give a beautiful wash of color you can layer or mix. I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I think it would look really nice especially on fair skin tones. They have varying degrees of sparkle but the overall feel is very soft, airy, lightweight and has a subtle sheen.

By Terry Eye Light Palette Terrybly Paris Review

By Terry Eye Light Palette Terrybly Paris swatches

Last but not least she has some of her Ombre Blackstars in a Trio this year with Blond Opal (shimmery pale champagne gold), Misty Rock (metallic purple) and Bronze Moon (shimmering bronze taupe) for $95. They usually retail for $38 each so you do get a little price break. For some reason I remember these being more expensive individually, I’m not sure when the price changed. Most of her colors have an intense shimmer pearl. These are some of the prettiest cream shadows that stay put on my lids without any issue. I’ve included swatches of a few other colors that I still have.

By Terry Ombre Blackstar Blond Opal, Misty Rock and Bronze Moon Review

By Terry Ombre Blackstar Blond Opal, Misty Rock and Bronze Moon Review

By Terry Ombre Blackstar Blond Opal, Misty Rock and Bronze Moon swatches, Frozn Quartz and Ombre Mercure

An easy holiday look wearing:

By Terry Holiday 2018 Beauty Look

By Terry Holiday 2018 Review + Swatches

Overall I think these are beautiful quality pieces that are well made. If you splurge I think you’ll be happy with any of these items although I do think there are more affordable alternatives just as good to pick with other brands. The highlighter is such a beautiful piece to look at especially with the design and I think it’s a really pretty color with excellent pigment. Photos cannot do the swatches justice – the sparkle is so gorgeous and mix of colors a sight to behold. I do think you can get a similar effect with other shades though.

You can find the By Terry holiday pieces out now. Everything is limited-edition and you may have to shop around for some of the value sets. By Terry is available at Beautylish, Dermstore, Space NK, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue and Barneys New York.

Have you checked out any of the By Terry holiday items? What has been your favorite holiday launch this year? For those curious additional items featured in the opening image: Simplehuman Sensor Mirror Pro 8 Inch in Rose Gold, simplehuman Compact Mirror and a Cuyana Vanity Case that I just ordered and will review in the near future.



By Terry Gem Glow Highlighter, CC Serum, Baume de Rose and Eye Palette provided for review. Ombre Blackstars are from my own collection.


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