I’m a huge lover of cream eyeshadow sticks – there’s nothing easier to throw on every morning as a quick and easy eye look or as a primer for other shadows to come. But dropping $58 Australian dollars for one? On two separate occasions? Yeah, I think I’m still in denial about those transactions. The By Terry Ombre Blackstar Cream Eyeshadows are pricey but when it comes to quality, I just can’t fault them.
The By Terry cream eyeshadow formula has got to be up there with my favourite formulas of all time. It’s so easy to apply, gliding easily onto the lid, and giving you just the right amount of time to work with it before it sets in place. The rounded sticks are perfect for applying to the eye area and because the formula is so soft it doesn’t pull or tug on the eye area like some drier cream shadows can. The colour stays put exactly as you want it all day long and still manages to look gorgeous when you get home from a long day. On top of that, the shade range is gorgeous. Full of metallic neutrals, it’s basically a dream come true for a girl like me.
I own Misty Rock and Frozen Quartz. Misty Rock is a little bit lilac, a little bit taupe and a little bit bronze. It’s completely gorgeous and like nothing I’ve ever seen before. In the swatches below it looks fairly brown but often on my eyes it can turn into a purply-taupe which I love a lot more than I thought I would. It’s one of those one-step shades that make it look like you’ve made a lot more effort with your eye makeup than you really have. Frozen Quartz is a champagne-y rose gold, a perfect every day shade to brighten up dull, tired eyes. Both shades are so unique and multi-faceted, they look different depending on the lighting and can be worn intensely or sheered out for a wash of colour on the lid. Although the shades contain glitter, they’re never chunky or scratchy.
L to R: By Terry Misty Rock, By Terry Frozen Quartz.
Needless to say, the By Terry Ombre Blackstars are not a necessary purchase. But when it comes to the ultimate luxury beauty buys, these are pretty great. They’re one for the Christmas or birthday list, one to treat yourself with if you just got a good mark on a test or you just feel like a rewarding yourself for getting through a tough week. Aside from the hefty price tag, I can’t think of a bad word to say about them.
What’s your favourite cream eyeshadow formula?