Sunday, February 24, 2013

By Terry Lumière Veloutee Ultra-Correcting Liquid Foundation

I promised to review the never-ending stash of products in my possession. One strip of the Stila eye shadows was covered in the last empties post (click here to read), and today I give you By Terry Lumière Veloutee Ultra-Correcting Liquid Foundation.

I picked this up at Winners two years ago, after By Terry was phased out of Sephora. It was one of my greatest scores ever: a $110 foundation for $24.99. I love winning at Winners!


There weren't any testers, so I took a gamble and chose Shade 6 Sunny Beige, which turned out to be a pretty good match. It's perfect for late spring/summer/fall. Currently it's slightly too dark for my paler winter visage, but not to the point that I can't get away with it if I really needed to use it.

But like I said, this is a two-year old foundation. I have used it recently to see if it's still usable, but I've been using powder foundations for the past year and don't like the feel of liquid foundation on my face anymore. I do think that the consistency of the foundation has changed slightly since I first acquired it. The rich rose scent that is the trademark of all By Terry products has also faded.

The shade, however, remains the same, so at least I can conduct a swatch test.



Mostly blended.


According to By Terry:

This radiance-revealing foundation with a matte finish, which camouflages wrinkles and fades dark spots, sculpts the face with ingenious corrective coverage.

Its double anti-dullness and anti-blemish power offers a luminous, visibly rested, perfectly even and corrected complexion.


Direction to use:

With fingertips or with the help of FOUNDATION BRUSH PRECIOSION N°6, apply a few touches on curved areas of the face and stretch the texture onto the entire face.


The texture of the foundation is rather interesting. I even have the By Terry foundation brush and have used the two together, but it is much more effective to use fingertips instead. With the traditional flat paddle brush, visible brush strokes remained on the edges of the face unless blended carefully. The medium coverage is buildable to an almost full coverage, and the finish is on the matte side without looking dull or flat. While it does not remain matte for long on my oily T-zone, it holds up quite well throughout the day between powdering and blotting. During its earlier life stage, the finish was more luminous and satiny, the scent rosy and heady, adding to the feel of luxurious self-pampering that can be so important during the start of another mundane day.

It's a shame that I didn't end up using this foundation while it was still good. The thing is, I gave this bottle to my mom when she said she needed a foundation, but she didn't use it at all and I took it back too late. At the time I was struggling to finish a handful of other products and felt generous. LESSON LEARNED.

By Terry is no longer available in any physical stores in Canada as far as I can tell, but I was happy to see its counters at department stores in Singapore last year. I'm all for affordable makeup on a regular basis, but it's nice to have luxury treats available as well, just in case you win the lottery some day. And if you really feel inclined to shell out over $100 for a foundation right now, it's available online at BY TERRY.

30 comments:

  1. You were SO LUCKY to find this at Winners! There's never anything good like this at Winners here in Alberta. :( It looks really creamy and moisturizing. But yikes, that's one expensive foundation. But if you think about it-say you are a NORMAL person-one who doesn't have as much stuff like us-you know, those people who only have one foundation, one blush, etc., then I think this wouldn't be such a bad thing to buy for yourself because you'd use it. Remember when we used to be like that too? Sigh. :)

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    1. LOL @ normal person - WHAT IS THAT???

      I'm trying to go back to being normal with basics like foundation and primer. I actually am, rather. Just two primers (one purchased, one received as gift) and one foundation right now (because I lost my Laura Mercier Silk Creme somehow). I think I'm going to try to balance out with a luxe primer + cheap foundation or cheap primer + luxe foundation. The goodness of one of those components makes the other better, don't you think? Well, I'll test it out and let you know. ;)

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  2. I must say By Terry foundations are amongst my favorites. I haven't tried this particular one, the description looks good and I am tempted.

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    1. It is geared for mattifying oiler skin types, so be warned. :) I have a few other By Terry things but this is the only foundation I've used.

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  3. I have to concur with Tracy that I don't tend to 'win' at Winners for the most part! Then again, I am in there so unfrequently, and I think you've gotta be somewhat regular to really score big like you did here, Liz (or just lucky :). Too bad this ended up not getting used, as the description sounds pretty fantastic. But, there are so many other products to try, that's just one down and more space for more stuff! AMIRITE? :P

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    1. There's a Winners near home, office and campus. I'm definitely a regular at all three locations, lol. I think it also helps when you know exactly what to look for. I know people who spend tons of money at Winners that they shouldn't, because some things are marked rather high despite the discount flavour of the store.

      Anyway, I wouldn't be so sad about this foundation's loss if I hadn't lost my Laura Mercier Silk Creme. It's in my room somewhere but I haven't been able to find it for weeks now!

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  4. I once found a Chanel Perfection Lumiere foundation at my local TJ Maxx for $30 instead of the usual $55. Unfortunately, none of the shades were my match - boo. Pity, you didn't get to use this, but at least you did get it at a bloody good discount!

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    1. Amazing find! That's a shame about the shade though. :(

      I did get some use out of this foundation but it's not even halfway down the bottle. Alas. But now I know the joy of By Terry first hand. :)

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  5. Hi Liz,

    By Terry is a brand I'm so unfamiliar with--- though it seems to be popular elsewhere! I've been into powder makeup too lately--- though I think it doesn't agree with my skin as well. It's so much easier to apply!

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    1. I think it's still available in the States? :)

      I was trying to reserve powder foundation for summer when liquid feels too heavy, but it's been a hell of a winter and I still find myself dabbing on makeup last minute on the subway. Maybe you just need to find the right one that doesn't break you out!

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  6. I'll chime in with the bad Winners luck as well. There's one relatively good one here in Ottawa but it's soooo far away and I don't have a car. The rest of them just have those perspex bins of foundation-and-gloss-covered nail polishes in ugly colours.

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    1. Lol! Winners often doesn't have much but like Toya says, I'm a regular there, so I always know when something good is around. :) It's too bad about the distance of the relatively good one from your place, but maybe that's a good thing. As much saving as I did in the past through Winners, I've made just as many frivolous and unnecessary purchases, too.

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  7. Hey Liz....now you know that I don't even bat an eye when it comes to shelling out for some beauty products (hello, entire CHANEL nail polish collections at a time?) but $110.00 for a foundation? YIKES! Glad to hear you were able to score it for such a deal! I used to admire the by Terry display at Sephora and always wanted to indulge in some of the products, but by the time I got around to it, they were pulled from the shelves. It figures. Even though your bottle may have changed since you picked it up, it's nice to know that even at 2 years old, it's still a workable product - thus proving that quality will out, every time!

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    1. Funny enough, I used to shell out for good foundations in the past and still would if I was a few income brackets higher. :) I always used to admire the By Terry display at Sephora too, mostly sniffing all the bottles because of the rose scent! But they're really quite expensive and probably didn't sell well in Sephora. I'm surprised it's not carried at Holt Renfrew, but I had my fun with them and now it's on to something new. (I wore the foundation yesterday although I was going to toss it out immediately after this review, and nothing devastating has happened to me yet.)

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  8. There are so many brands out there that I haven't tried, and By Terry is one of them. I've heard and read a lot about their face products, mostly good stuff. I buy a lot of things online, but one thing I don't is foundation. I have to test it out on my face before taking the plunge.
    I am using a 'nearly' 2-year-old liquid foundation the past 2 days and I have a feeling it's breaking me out. I'm taking a break and give it another go after the 2 bumps settle down. Don't you hate that?

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    1. I rarely buy things online. If I do, it's for things that are hard to get in Canada or something that I've been eyeing that's on discount online. :)

      What's the 2 year-old foundation? Foundation is such a staple product for me that most of them don't stick around long enough to get old. And of course I hate those bumps! Be gone from my Lily's face!

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  9. I LOVE a Winners Win! My most recent win I think were the Le Metier shadows and lipsticks I got. I get this sneaky feeling that whenever these wins happen, it's just Winners testing out the market value of each product. I once saw a NARS Sheer Glow foundation for $25, and every single time after that they've stocked it, it's been $40.

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    1. Oh, I saw those LMDB goodies hit the stores and was severely tempted. They were still quite pricey though so I remain curious about the brand after all. :)

      I'm not so sure that Winners is testing out so much as mis-tagging? I actually saw the NARS stuff as well but didn't check the price as I wasn't interested. But I have seen designer clothes tagged super low sometimes and corrected later on. I'd like to know how they set the price for these things!

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  10. Damn, that's a good deal! Somehow I never manage to find good makeup at our discount stores here...it's like they know I'm coming and want to save my wallet the pain o.O It's too bad you didn't get to enjoy this fully in its prime, but hey at least it made for a nice post right? :P

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    1. LOL! You're a riot. "QUICK, HIDE! MM IS HERE!!!!!"

      I couldn't toss out a foundation like this without an attempt at a review. Ah well...

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  11. WOW what a steal! Thank goodness you didn't pay full price and then not use it--THAT would have been a shame. I wish we had a Winners here! I can't think of a place to find random high-end makeup on the cheap like you guys have. I am always hearing about such greawt finds there and am envious!! (wasn't it you that found that gorgeous Guerlain eyeshadow palette at Winners, too?! JEALOUS!)

    Still, the way you describe this foundation it seems like it might still be usable? I don't know...I know some people are REALLY strict about that kind of stuff but for me, if the color hasn't turned and the texture/consistency is the same and the smell isn't bad, then why not? It's not like you've dipped your fingers into a foundation bottle that has a pump. Anyway, that's just my feeling about it. The foundation sounds really nice and I like the color! Also, radiant with a matte finish?? Yes please!! :D

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    1. Winners isn't always that great but I manage to find some pretty good deals there. :) And you're right; that Guerlain found was also at Winners by me! Good memory, wifey. :D

      I'd say that it is still usable, but I feel vaguely uncomfortable with it. I can still work with it for a while but not for too much longer. If you have access to By Terry there, it might be worth a trip to the counter. ;)

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  12. I don't have much experience with By Terry, but that is an insane price for a foundation, haha. I think Tracy is right, though, and if it's your one and only, it's perhaps worth the splurge. I've been trying to take down the bases, too (HAHAHAHA) and bring it back down to one liquid, one powder...and maybe a tinted moisturizer for the summer. Maybe not. All of this excess is driving me nuts, and I used to only have ONE powder. Ahhhhhhh.

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    1. ALL YOUR BASE ARE BELONG TO US

      Hahaha. :D

      I'm okay with a little excess now, but I don't ever want to have three bottles of liquid foundations going bad. I think one liquid and one powder are enough, depending on season. Onwards to glory!

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  13. Why is Winners not here?!?! TJ Maxx is the only place remotely similar, and the one in Eugene never has the good stuff (probably think it wouldn't sell, because I am apparently the only person in the area who's beauty-obsessed, if the always-in-stock makeup supplies in stores are anything to go by). I haven't tried anything from By Terry because of the price tags, ha, but I'm sorry it's gone bad! I gave a brown eyeliner (UD mini) to my mom a few months ago, only to recently find that she hadn't used it barely at all, and had left the lid off so it had dried out. Mothers! And makeup! What a burden, ha ;)

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    1. Winners isn't the same across the board. Apparently Toronto Winners is best, but there are shitty Winners in the city as well, but I'm lucky and live/work near three good locations. I imagine there are better TJ Maxx locations elsewhere... :(

      Lol @ burden. PRECIOUS BURDEN.

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  14. I've thought about trying By Terry because I was such a long time fan of her YSL Touche Eclat invention. Alas the prices are soooo prohibitive here - probably more so than Tom Ford! I think I'll save the By Terry purchase for the day I deserve a mega reward!

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    1. I know, the price was monstrous here. I can't even imagine what it must be in AUS dollars!!!! >__<

      The only thing I really want to try from BT again is the rose lip balm. It's about the only thing I can afford, too. MAYBE. LOL

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