This foundation is absolutely beautiful, there's no doubt about it. Minimal coverage but a beautiful sheer glowy finish that really is my skin but better. I tend to think that it's worth paying a little extra for a really great skin product and makeup base, as if your skin looks great that's half the battle won. However, this foundation lasted me two months, at most. I used it sparingly, sometimes with my fingers and sometimes with a Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. I really don't wear a lot of foundation at all, so I was shocked at how quickly it ran out. At £44,00 I think it's completely unacceptable. Compare it to my MAC Face and Body, which I've never managed to finish a bottle of and which is almost half the price, or really any cheaper high street foundations which last months longer, and it persuades me that as much as this might be my HG foundation, I refuse to pay that much for two months worth of use.
Everyone should buy this. Yes, seriously. Everyone. This is the most beautiful foundation I have ever worn. In fact, it is the foundation that I dreamed existed somewhere out in the universe, but until I found this one, never did. I have ruddy, super-pale, sensitive and dry skin. I also have very large pores on my cheeks. Because of this combo, I can never find foundation that doesn't cake up on me, look too matte, or just sit on top of my skin like, well, makeup. The closest things I have ever found to this kind of finish are BB creams or tinted moisturizers. But, those can be greasy or emphasize the imperfections they aim to blur. This stuff is magical. It has a lot of slip between your fingers, kind of like the Armani Maestro foundation. But, it spreads beautifully and leaves you with this GLOW. You can see my real skin through this, but an evened-out, dewy version of my skin. This stuff is really expensive, but I will buy it until they stop making it. This, plus a little Touche Elcat and Nars Orgasm Blush, and I look like I just woke up, no matter what time of day it is. Recommend!
I want to love this product but when I put it on it separates and dries unevenly so it looks odd-it leaves a pwderly residue in some spots and a glowy finish (which i want) on others-it just looks like I have been unevenly sprayed.What am I doing wrong? i put it on with a By terry blush over lightly moisterised skin.
This foundation is absolutely magical. I am pretty sure I have never seen a foundation finish both this beautiful and this natural. It looks like supple, dewy, glowing, moisturized *skin* rather than anything remotely resembling "makeup."
If you look at this product very closely, the pigments are so micro-tiny and reflect enough light that they are very close to literally invisible. You can look at this on the face from one inch away and I swear you will not see any sign of foundation whatsoever. When I first saw an HD close-up photo of someone wearing this on a blog, I was absolutely stunned by how you could see her pores more than you could see her foundation (and it wasn't because the foundation was making her pores worse!)
This has a strong scent which I really love...it's luxurious in a very old-school and feminine way. The product applies beautifully with fingers. It wears flawlessly for hours and hours and absolutely does not emphasize or "settle in" to lines or pores in any way. Basically, it wears just like a lovely moisturizer.
It is also very hydrating and I'd say a bit on the oily side, though not heavy. Worn over a rich moisturizer, it was way too luminous for me. I'm not sure how appropriate this would be for someone with oily skin; it would certainly need primer and/or powder with it, I think. On my skin, which is normal to dry, I find it is best worn over a very light moisturizer or sunscreen and not much else. However, I'm sure it would be fine over thicker lotions as long as one powdered it. (Even over the thick lotions and without powder, it doesn't slip off.)
#2 is a beautiful match for my skin which is quite fair and pinky/cool. I would say #2 is a true neutral. I can also wear #3, which is similar but distinctly more warm/yellow. Unlike most yellow-based colors, however, it looks good on my skin and adds warmth in all the right ways. From what I have seen of the colors, they are really excellent, at least in the light/fair range which is what I've tried. None of the colors oxidize or get darker/orangey with wear; they stay very true and beautiful, and simply blend even *more* flawlessly with your skin over time.
Other foundations that I love are Nars Sheer Glow, Urban Decay Naked Skin, Ellis Faas Skin Veil, and Bourjois 10 Hour Sleep Effect...however, I'm going to go ahead and say that this is the best I've ever tried, and definitely the best in the dewy-finish category. (UD Naked Skin is very close to as good, but in the demi-matte category, and a lot cheaper, so get that if you want those things.) This is wildly expensive for a very small amount, but you really get what you pay for. If you're looking for a foundation that is imperceptible--and yet really makes flawed skin look utterly lovely, young, and perfected--you couldn't do better.
I have to add to the rave reviews of this. I have dry, sensitive skin and was worried that the fact that this product is said to dry to a matte finish meant that it would emphasise my dry patches. Well, it really didn't! In fact it smoothed them over better than any 'dewy' foundation I've ever used (LM TM, Chanel Vitalumiere, Chantecaille Just Skin to name a few). It is a matte finish but it is also glowy - I'm not sure how it does it but the finish is just gorgeous. I've heard reviewers talk about wanting to find a foundation that looks 'lit from within' - this does it! The coverage is not heavy, as the name suggests, but it does offer more coverage than the Laura Mercier TM (with a less sticky finish). It covers my scars but for spots I have to use a concealer (which is what I was expecting really). The lasting power is also great, although bear in mind I have dry skin.
Shade-wise I was really torn between 3 and 7, both of which have yellow undertones. I am about an NC20, and Vanilla Beige (7) worked great for me. 3 (cream beige) was possibly more like my actual skin tone but as the coverage is so sheer and natural you can definitely go up a shade if you want a slightly more tanned finish, with no fear of tide marks (7 is probably more NC20-25, whereas 3 is NC/NW15-20 I would say).
The only criticism I would give is that it is quite strongly scented. My skin didn't react to it but others' might.
Hope this is helpful!
I have now been using this for about two months...and I love it, if possible, even more than before. Nothing, I repeat NOTHING, goes on like this -it's like smoothing liquid velvet onto your face, or the fluffiest souffle in existence. And it is literally impossible to see on your face while offering good coverage. How does it do this?!
Out of boredom yesterday I tried on my old Laura Mercier TM and my YSL Teint Touche Eclat. The Laura Mercier felt so sticky and went shiny in minutes, while the YSL sank into my pores and looked a little glittery, rather than glowy. By Terry is my HG. I use it in the daytime - it lasts forever, is glowy but not shiny, and covers small spots - and at night, layered up a bit to give a more polished effect. I have never, ever found a foundation like this! HG.
I took my time writing about this product. In the meantime, I tried GA luminous silk and Le Metier. Those didn't compare to the quailty of by Terry sheer expert cover. I'm a no.4 rosy beige. I'm so ridiculously tired of SA's trying to put me in YELLOW tone foundations. I am peaches and cream and this is a perfect match. It leaves my skin creamy looking and flawless. No balling up, No oxidizing, and No blotting needed when I'm using this incredible foundation. I am a foundation junkie, but since my last trail with Le Metier and GA I am done searching. Sisley is a very close second!
I've been hunting for a winter foundation for the past 2 months and I've tried all the hyped high-end products, all of which ended up as a disappointment either immediately or within a week. And I thought Chanel vitalumiere was the best one of all and bought the full-price product -- until I tried by Terry sheer expert. It may very well become my HG. It's medium coverage, covers imperfections but doesn't cover skin(you skin still looks natural but better); it goes on so smooth and blends so easily (obviously it has silicone, but which product doesn't); leaves your skin a natural glow. You need only a little product to cover your face. I especially like the cream texture of the product, I can always get just enough to cover my face (unlike other brands which I almost always end up getting more than I need).
The only flaw is that it doesn't cover dark circles. When I first applied, I thought it did, but in 5-10 mins, it melted into my skin and became the color of my skin, which means, dark circle started to show again. So if you have the same problem as I do, you'll need to cover the dark circle separately. Or maybe try their cover expert foundation. Other than that I had no complaints.
This is the best foundation I’ve ever used. In recent years I had switched to TM as I found all foundations, even the lightest formulations, to look obvious and ‘mask like’ on my skin. Sheer Expert is different. The texture is incredibly light and gives a very natural ‘no-makeup’ appearance while creating an air-brushed effect and giving a bit more coverage than a TM. I was previously a fan of By Terry’s Light Expert (not really a foundation but a ‘complexion enhancer’) which has a similarly lightweight texture but comes in an odd range of colours: no. 1 is very pink, no. 2 is very peach, the rest are far too dark for me. Sheer expert comes in the more usual ‘flesh toned’ shades. However, unlike other reviewers, I have had problems finding a colour that matches my medium fair, cool toned skin. As others have noted, shades 1, 2 and 3 are very pale. The SA insisted I choose no. 4 which I felt was darker and warmer than I am used to using – she said that 1, 2 and 3 would be far too light for me. However, I have now bought no. 2 (neutral beige). It does, indeed, appear pale against my skin, but it blends in perfectly. I’ve been using it for a few weeks now and it’s definitely better than the no. 4 on me. In fact, neither colour really matches my skin, though both work in different ways. The SA clearly thought I needed ‘warming up’, but I prefer a fairer look.
This foundation dries fairly matte - I have quite oily skin but I don’t need to use powder with it. Excellent product.
I just quickly tried this on in my local Space NK. The finish is BEAUTIFUL, glowing, flawless, and has quite good converage - more a light medium than a sheer. I tried this in shade one and two - the shades seem to have great undertones, quite neutral, a tad on the yellow side - but so so neutral, meaning is effortlessly melts into skin. i'd say that the lightest shade - 1 - is probably a NW/C10 or lighter, and the 2 is probably about a NW/C15. I am a nw/c18 i'd say :), I normally wear the lightest shade in foundation and both of these were too light!
Anyway, amazing job By Terry. Makes your skin look flawless and beautiful like nothing else and really melts into the skin. Great stuff! But you would definitely need a concealer (though honestly in terms of coverage, this didn't provide much less than the Cover Expert. Both make skin look amazing! This is more dewy - but the Cover Expert definitely provides a lot of glow :)!)
Expensive, but definitely worth it! The best thing I have ever put on my skin!
Makes skin GLOW! Looks gorgeous on skin - glowing, smoothed out, supple - radiant! Has a sheer but adequate coverage. GREAT shade range, I am normally the palest shade - but in this I am shade 3 (about MAC nw18) and it matches really really well! It has great natural undertones, not too orange or pink or yellow. I'd say it's more on the cool side, but a true skin color - not strong undertones. Very impressed.
HG for its beautiful effect on the skin - gorgeously glowing and smoothed out. Like an Angels face haha :)! However, not got much coverage, so would need to be mixed with a higher coverage fdtn or used with a good concealer.
It also contains no skin irritants or acne causing ingredients. Some claim cones are bad for their skin...having read up on them - on sources backed with research and science, they are actually skin conditioners, and don't have a high rate for causing break outs or irritations. However, I don't want to disregard people's experiences and personal opinions, we all have unique skin which may react badly to certain chemicals that others have no issue with :).
edit; sometimes slides around a bit!! looks kind of greasy/wet/i scracth my skin and it leaves a mark...weird, doesnt work great with other products!
redeit = omg this is so f*cking gorgeous. I have started to apply it very lightly - and it's glowy perfection, when it slid around an dlooked too wet, i think i applied too many different kinds of products and too thickly. Now I apply a very light amount and it is just beautiful! I find the coverage to be quite good even though it's sheer (when applied thick it has high medium coverage) - but i find when i apply too much it obscures my face sructure as it looks too thick and mask like! Anyway awesome product - no breakouts from it at all :o). Love how i tmakes my skin look and has pretty amazing lasting power! The shades also run quite light so watch out for that :)!