Review: By Terry Cover-Expert Foundation

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I mentioned in passing that I’ve been trying out different foundations to become my new every day base, and By Terry Cover-Expert Foundation is definitely the front runner.

By Terry Cover-Expert Foundation I admit, I am completely suggestible. You tell me something costs a lot of money (and that it’s French), and I’m going to assume it’s just better. (I mean it has to be, right? That’s why they can charge so much money? Cause there aren’t any Unicorn hairs in there…)

But I’ve known and been convinced about the quality of By Terry products for ages. Okay, since I read about them in Born to Shop Paris by Suzy Gershman (what do YOU read before you visit a city?!), which has been my bible since the first time I visited Paris many years ago. By Terry was a more recent addition to the book, but if Suzy vouched for it…she’s NEVER steered me wrong. (My most successful duty-free perfume shopping was an entry in her book.)

She talked about the quality of the products and the density of the pigments and how Terry de Gunzberg, the creator, was actually the creator of the YSL beauty line. (She invented Touche Éclat! Need I say more?!) So when in Paris a couple of years ago, I picked up a few products, loved them, and have been itching to try more. So why not head to this brand for a new foundation?

I hadn’t read a lot about the offerings from the brand in terms of base products, so I chose Cover-Expert because it seemed like the best current offering (at the time I purchased it) for my oily/combination skin. The description on the tube reads:

The stretch-velvet texture, full correcting pigments and exclusive light-diffusing complex ensure “expert” perfecting camouflage for ultra-flawless matte coverage.

Incidentally, I chose my shade based on the recommendation on Findation, and it was spot on—in case you’d like to know if it was accurate. (It’s the second shade I’ve chosen correctly with it, as well.)

It’s definitely a medium coverage, but I like that (at least while my skin is cooperating). It’s the perfect in-between foundation, what you’ll want to wear every day. I don’t even feel it on my skin. You can build it up, but on days I feel I need a little more coverage, I actually just dab a tiny bit of the sample of the Laura Mercier Silk Crème Foundation sample I got only on the spots I need it. And I’ve also gotten a sample of Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation, which is firmly full coverage, should I need it, but I actually haven’t thus far (and I’ve stayed away from even trying it because I don’t like the feel of heavier foundations on my skin if I don’t need them!)

Basically, when my skin is cooperating, I know it’s not perfect, but I also don’t want to cover it all up. And this foundation is perfect for that.

By Terry Cover-Expert Foundation

Shade 03 Cream Beige

Let’s see it in action!

By Terry Cover-Expert Foundation

No makeup?! Never say I don’t do anything for you!

So here’s something you won’t see very often. Me without makeup. Not a stitch. I’m washed, toned, moisturized, and primed.

By Terry Cover-Expert Foundation

With foundation only

And here’s me with just the Cover-Expert applied. No concealer, no powder. For some reason, I look so much paler, but it really is just the lighting in the photos.

By Terry Cover-Expert Foundation

Fully done

This is how it looks with my NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer and By Terry Touche Veloutée (By Terry’s “improved” version of Touche Éclat, which I suckered myself into trying also) and Sunday Riley Soft Focus Finishing Loose Powder(, which the makeup artist suckered me into buying when I bought the Effortless Breathable Tinted Primer—more on this, soon).

By Terry Cover-Expert Foundation

And just for easier comparison, here they are side by side by side.

It has a very perfume-y, though pleasant, scent (it’s not bad, I promise! it just adds to the ritual and luxury of applying your makeup). The consistency is pretty thin and liquidy; just yesterday too much came out of the tube, and I had to put the extra into a little container to use up another day. (It’s definitely too expensive to waste!) But it smooths on and blends in beautifully. I buff it in with my Sigma F80 Flat Kabuki Brush. I don’t notice that it oxidizes on me at all as the day goes on.  I don’t see it collected in the crevices by my nose.

I put it on in the morning and get home about 13 hours later, and while I’m not completely shine free, it’s not the kind of oily I used to get, where I could swipe my finger across my forehead and see where the oil got wiped away. I look “dewy.” It’s not egregiously oily, although if I was going out somewhere, I’d probably use my Clinique Pore Minimizer Instant Perfector. Still, I’m extremely happy with it. Good thing, too, for $65! (I know, I know.)

But at 1.7 oz, you get more for your money, it’s a very portable tube, and the coverage and lasting power is amazing. I’m sold!

Have you tried this? Or any By Terry products? What’s your go-to everyday foundation?

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