There are a few rituals I partake in each time I take a visit to Space NK. I smell the NARS Body Glow, groan, then decide remember that I keep my pins covered up all summer negating the need for it. I then attempt to colour match myself to Chantecaille’s Future Skin Oil-free Gel Foundation, promptly give up and turn to swatching every single shade of the By Terry Ombre Blackstar Cream Eye Shadows up my arm. More often than not I can’t decide between the shades with about five of them hovering on the edge purchase. Before something silly happens I walk away and turn my attention to something else. But with EstÃ©e’s recent rave on the shade Bronze Moon and a bit of egging on on Twitter, one was pushed into the basket, along with an old By Terry favourite and out I walked from my most recent Space NK jaunt with a bounce in my step and a bag of B.T goodness.
So, let’s address the gawjus stick of creamy colour first. After much deliberating (about 15 minutes worth), I plumped for Misty Rock, a bronzey/taupe hybrid that can shine almost mauve-y in some lights. Swept over the lid, and quickly blended out you can achieve a sheer shimmer-tinted wash, but drawn on with just a bit of smudging in the corners and leaving the rest of the lid untouched it sets to a more opaque finish.Â On first application it’s beautiful, but the selling point here is its lasting power. I tested it applied at 7am sans primer, went about my daily business on a particularly schwetty day in London and by 10pm it was still in place – the colour wasn’t as full-on but no creasing, na-da and the subtle wash of shimmer was still in tact. But hey that’s what you expect when just the swatches on my hand had to be removed with an industrial strength eye makeup remover. I’m planning my Ombre Blackstar mark II purchase and it’s currently between Blonde Opal and Bronze Moon.
The second thing that weaselled its way into my basket was a forgotten friend from the past, their Touche VeloutÃ©e Concealer – you remember that one? This was my concealer of the season last summer, but when the last click presented itself I moved on to cover-up pastures new. It’s a brush-on, liquid, sorta illuminating but dark circle zapping formula, that’s perfect for when I fancy something a little lighter than my usual Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer. It’s so good, that I do sometimes end up brushing this all over and blending in as a one-stop shop for base. Opps.
The deats? A roll-on wash of lid luxeness, a.k.a – the Ombre Blackstar Cream Eye Shadows will set you back Â£27.50 from Space NK and Touche VeloutÃ©e, Â£35 again from Space NK. Pricey (the receipt was swiftly stashed away upon return), but overall a successful bout of By Terry beauty buyin’.