I’m a sucker for a stain. Well, some stains, anyway – tea, spag bol, toothpaste not so much (I’m a mucky pup) – gimme a cheek or a lip stain, and I’m happy. Particularly a lip stain. I love my bright lipsticks, as some of you might have noticed, but it drives me bananas when they don’t last.
Enter By Terry, with a couple of stains perfect for the cack-handed muppets amongst us, and I’m happy to report that they’re amongst the more affordable products in her range too, which is good news!
First, Cheek to Cheek in Cherry Cruise:
Such a pretty, bright cherry red! It comes with an innovative dropper applicator and a pop up lid:
The formula is bi-phase, one layer is the red pigment (referred to as a syrup in the literature, but it’s not as sticky as this might make it sound), and one layer is silver shimmer, you can shake to mix the two, and have a slightly more opaque and definitely more shimmery colour, or you can just leave the shimmer to settle to the bottom of the bottle and use the “syrup” alone.
Best thing about this formula is that it is blendable. We have all seen cheek stains that stain from the very first instant it comes off the brush – STRIPES! – and have ended up with dolly-cheeks as a result, but with this one, you just drop a drop (two if you’re braver than I am), rub it onto the fingers of both hands and blend into your cheeks. You’ll have around a minute to play, and you won’t get those little tell-tale circles on your mush.
However, nothing budges this stuff. It’ll look the same when you come to take it off as it did when you first applied it, and that’s fabulous. Just make sure you have kind lighting in your bathroom the first time you use it, as it can be easy to overapply when you’re still getting used to it. I warn you!
Now, the Tint to Lip in Pink Palace, in the same two-phase formulation as the Cheek to Cheek above, it’s purely for your lips:
Here it is both without the shimmer, and shaken to show the more opaque shimmery formula. A cooler-leaning raspberry pink, it is unusual for a lipstain in not going completely fuchsia as you might expect on the lips.
It is … fairly … long-lasting. It won’t survive a sandwich, but a couple of cups of tea won’t scare it completely off. Personally, I prefer the look of the tint without the shimmer on the lips, I think it looks a bit frosty with the shimmer and that isn’t a good look on someone my age, whatever the shade, but the colour, for me is perfect. One coat is just enough to give my lips a whisper of colour, but you can build up the pigment for a more intense look.
Here you can see the differences between the colours more clearly. A bright cherry red, and a clear raspberry. Here’s how they apply on the skin:
OBVIOUSLY I’ve overapplied! But you can see how the products stay runny when applied to the skin, which is what allows you some blending time. I wiped half of this off, and blended them out:
Again you can see the (slight) differences between the colours, and the sheen you get from shaking the product up. However for the cheeks, you really do only need a single drop, I probably applied enough for four cheeks here. The lips you’ll probably need about two dips with the doe-foot sponge, more if you want to layer up. Both products have the classic By Terry rose scent, but it wears off quickly, and you don’t have that nasty chemical after-taste with the lipstain.
Cheek to Cheek costs £29 and Tint to Lip is £22, which, in By Terry terms, is practically pocket change.
The Fine Print: PR Samples. Pictures for this post were taken with a Nokia Lumia 1020 lent by Microsoft.