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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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10 comments on “Review: By Terry Cover-Expert Foundation”

    • Oh my god, I TOTALLY agree! I don't know what I would do without makeup. Even on days when I only use a little to even things out…

      Do you use any By Terry products? I'd love to know what you DO use. The whole "French beauty mystique" and all… 🙂

  1. It looks great on you! Glad it worked out, it's terrible when you buy a foundation and it ends up not working for whatever reason (I have a drawer full myself, yuck). My go-to base makeup lately has been Missha Perfect Cover BB cream (shade #13, aka lightest of the light). The coverage is good but it doesn't feel like you're wearing a mask… it might be too oily if you have very oily skin though.
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    • Thank you! I'm really super pleased with it, luckily, though I've gotten so much better about insisting on sampling and actually returning things even if they're used if I don't like them. This one was a leap of faith, but to a company I had great faith in. I'm sure I'll be wanting to try the next latest and greatest, but hopefully I can remain faithful! This should work well in the summer, too, so.

      I've never heard of that brand. I'll have to research! I tried a couple of BB cream samples and didn't like the way they felt on my skin, but probably because it's on the oilier side. But whatever works for each person, right? 🙂

      • Missha is a Korean brand, but one of those ones that's sold all over the world. Their US website:

        I've tried a ridiculous number of BB creams and I would say that they're almost always a little bit oily, but sometimes they just feel "moist" (like Missha) and others feel downright greasy, which is bad. I'm not sure where you would find testers for Missha in person around here, but you can get samples off eBay and their website for pretty cheap if you're really curious.
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        • I knew you were going to say that! I've actually heard from everyone that I should try a Korean one, that the American ones did not get the formula right. It's good to know I can get them to try! Thanks for the info. 🙂

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