I change foundations a lot. While I used to think this fickleness was part of an eternal quest for "the one," I now realize that I really enjoy the journey associated discovering new formulas. In fact, I now have a variety of excellent bases that I keep in rotation (but there is always room for one more!).
By Terry's newest foundation installment, Cover Expert, has earned a place in my lineup since January and I can personally attest to the fact that it provides fantastic coverage, is excellent for sensitive skin, features a light texture and is infused with ingredients more akin to a skin treatment, rather than a heavy makeup.
Retailing at $65.00, this foundation is accessible at beauty.com and Bloomingdale's and Barney's NY; it offers a generous 1.7 ounces (versus the usual 1 ounce quantity of most foundations) in a squeeze tube.
I selected #7, Vanilla Beige, which the By Terry website describes as a shade to "warm up medium complexion and bring a golden touch," although, I think it is definitely suitable for light skin tones as well.
The #7 (as swatched below) is similar in depth and tone to many other foundations I've used in the past (swatched for reference HERE). While it has a slightly yellow undertone, I find it a bit more neutral than the GA Designer Lift in #5 and the Dolce and Gabbana Perfect Finish Cream Foundation in Natural Glow. I can see myself wearing this through the Spring and maybe moving to the #8 Intense Beige (to be swatched soon) by summertime.
For reference, the swatches below L-R: By Terry Cover Expert in #7 Vanilla Beige and Cle de Peau concealer in Beige (note that the concealer has more of a peachy/salmon tone whereas the foundation is more yellow-based).
The squeeze tube is fantastic to tote around in a cosmetics bag and I find the packaging to be streamlined and quite light in weight. The only caveat appears to be that some of the foundation can collect at the spout so when the lid is removed, foundation is pooling at the exit. This, however, has not led to any leakage at all, so it is more of a convenience issue rather than a messy one. Another concern for some may be the classic "By Terry Scent" associated with the product line; it is a little floral and herby but definitely dissipates within a couple minutes of application.
As previously mentioned, this foundation provides remarkable coverage without looking mask-like or unnatural; only a small, pea-sized amount is necessary to cover the entire face, and I prefer to apply with the Sephora Airbrush for seamless blending. Once applied, there is absolutely no line of demarcation and the finish is satin and skin-like rather. The lasting power is worth noting as well...I apply Cover Expert at 7 AM (and do not even need set it with powder) and it still looks fresh by 7 PM. It is not touted as a "long-lasting" foundation, but I find it to possess more endurance than other foundations with that particular distinction.
I wholeheartedly recommend this foundation option to anyone seeking coverage, skin care benefits and a natural finish.
|A close up of how By Terry Cover Expert Foundation #7 looks on the whole face! I am also wearing Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer in #1 and YSL Glossy Stain in #18 Rose Pastelle (reviewed HERE)|
|Above: By Terry Cover Expert #7 in direct sunlight.|
|Above: By Terry Cover Expert #7 on the face in outdoor lighting.|