Catherine Reviews..

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Liz Earle Skin Tint in Bare 01

A ways back I wrote about my first impressions of the Laura Mercier Oil free Tinted Moisturiser. Now, maybe a year later, I stumbled upon another tinted moisturiser that I think I love even more. It's the Liz Earle Skin Tint in Bare 01. I have been using Liz Earle skin care for several years now, way before they even released their makeup line. However, I hadn't really tried anything from their makeup line because I really don't like ordering make up unseen and there is no Liz Earle counter here. I always feel like that no matter how many swatches and reviews you read you'll never really know exactly how the product will look and feel.

However, when I ordered my usual skincare order they had a special deal where you got a full sized skint tint in the colour of your choice. I quite like wearing a sheer coverage base during the day so I thought I'd make an effort and give this one a try, it was free after all! I ended up being pleasantly surprised, the colour match is great for my skin, even better than the Laura Mercier offering which can be a little too dark and yellow sometimes. 

The coverage is super minimal but the sheer wash helps even out my skin and helps concealer blend in better, all while still looking super natural. It does give a very glowy effect which is really good for my dry, sometimes dull skin but probably means that those with oily skin should steer clear. The formula can be a little tacky after it's first applied but I find applying a finely milled sheer powder on top helps. Despite its texture I feel like this skin tint has pretty good staying power especially because I don't use a primer with it.

Even though I got this free with purchase I would definitely consider purchasing it again especially considering it works out to be cheaper than the Laura Mercier TM offering at 21GBP for 40mL. It has SPF 15 and is available on the Liz Earle website which ships internationally.
Swatch: Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint in Bare 01

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

By Terry in Review: Light Expert and Touch Expert Advanced

Well, it certainly has been a long time since I posted on this blog. There are probably a few different reasons for my absence but none of them really warrant wasting space here.

I do have a post for you today about two well-tested products from By Terry. The first is the Light Expert in the shade 1 - Rosy Light and the second is the Touch Expert Advanced in the shade 1. These products both have a in built brush with a click-pen mechanism. The smaller product of the two, the Touch Expert is a concealer/highlighter hybrid and the Light Expert is a foundation.

By Terry Touch Expert Advanced and Light Expert.

The Touch Expert Advanced is a product in the same vein as the YSL Touche Eclat. In fact, apart from the shade selection and the colour of the packaging they may as well be the same product. This is unsurprising, however, as the creator of By Terry, Terry de Gunzburg, was involved in the development of the original YSL product. I have previously used the YSL Touche Eclat and liked it enough to repurchase it. I do think that I prefer the By Terry version because it seems to give slightly better coverage and I like the peachy pink tone better than the shade of the Touche Eclat I was using. It works very well as an under-eye concealer and a highlighter and I use it in conjunction with the Nars Radiant Touch Concealer in Chantilly as a blemish concealer.

The only real con with the Touch Expert Advanced is its price. The By Terry Touch Expert Advanced is 68AUD vs. 55AUD for the YSL version. All in all I would still recommend this product but if you are already using the YSL Touche Eclat and liking it I see no real reason to spend $13 more on the By Terry version.

The Light Expert foundation is a little more controversial. It seems that it is supposed to be similar to the Touch Expert Advanced as it is also a click-pen just in a foundation form. Firstly, I would be hesitant to call this a foundation, mostly because it is very sheer, sheerer than some BB creams or tinted moisturisers. The sheerness does however lend itself to its mode of application with its built-in brush which supposedly means you can just click, swipe it on, blend and go. It's a product that should deliver maximum results for minimum effort. But does it? Not exactly. The brush doesn't really apply the product evenly (see swatch below) and it's also pretty clumsy and useless for blending. A lot of the time I click some onto my hand and use another brush to apply and blend. When I'm in a rush I do sometimes blob it straight on to my face and blend out with my fingers.
L: Touch Expert Advanced (shade 1) R: Light Expert (shade 1)

The formula itself is very blendable and I love the shade match. It really does brighten the skin and blur imperfections without looking like you're wearing anything. I bought this when I was in New York for around 45USD and it was great whilst I was travelling because it was so compact and still relatively easy to apply. Despite its issues it's a lovely base product for people who don't like wearing base products.

Have you tried any of the By Terry base products? What do you think?
<3 Catherine