Saturday, 19 January 2013

ByTerry Cover Expert Perfecting Fluid Foundation 1 Fair Beige Review

For those of you who have read my post RedHead Beauty Diaries goes to London you will know that I've had this foundation since July 2012 so this review has been a long time in the making!

Let's just say it's been well tested!

Having very fair skin I opted for No.1 Fair Beige shade of  'ByTerry Cover Expert Perfecting Fluid Foundation Ultra Correcting Coverage' this is a very good match to my skin once blended out.

Fair Beige Natural Daylight

It comes elegantly packaged in a midnight blue very glossy box, with silver lettering - I love this as you can actually read it clearly - maybe it's my age !

The foundation itself is in a very smart looking tube with the same midnight blue/silver colouring- It feels and looks luxuriously expensive.

What ByTerry Says -

This well-covering and ultra-smoothing correcting foundation adjusts to the skin to reveal a flawless complexion with a velvet and natural finish.
It erases imperfections, blemishes, sings of ageing and adapts automatically to all types of complexions. With high-performance 'zero imperfection' properties, a matte-powder but non-drying glide-on texture and a hydra-plumping comfortable feel, it evens out the face with no heavy feel to reveal a perfect, radiant and bright complexion.

My Thoughts -

Well it certainly sounds like the most perfect foundation on the planet from ByTerry's description and I have to admit it is pretty fab,  but not perfect, for me there are a couple of niggles, however I'll start with the positives!

It has a fabulous consistency, it is a thin light weight fluid, which at first glance doesn't look as if it's going to give enough coverage except to the most perfect blotch & blemish free skin.

It applies to the skin beautifully it feels very silky smooth and your skin feels soft and touchable and doesn't look caked in make up like you would perhaps expect from a high coverage foundation.
It really does not feel like you have anything on your skin at all.

Although it seems lightweight a little goes a long way with this - less is definitely more.

 I usually start off with a small amount on the back of my hand and apply small dots of it all over my face, then blend out with my fingers, for me this gives a fair amount of coverage but I personally like to apply a second or sometimes third thin layer of it, just to get the finish I like.

My skin is pretty good but I do get the odd hormonal spot, darkness under my eyes and I have a bit of redness around my nose I like to cover and although, and although this foundation does a good job of covering this I still need to go in with concealer so I wouldn't say it 'erases imperfections' on it's own.

For me it worked best at sorting out my skin tone, giving a nice even look to the skin.
I used it over a primer and it lasted all day, and even in my sometimes shinier forehead it stayed pretty much in place, although the shine still came through a little at times.

Now onto the 'little niggles' -

 The tube can be an absolute nightmare when it's new and full,  no matter how careful I was when squeezing it too much foundation always came out and continued to come out all over my dressing table if I put the tube down,  this also seemed to happen even with the lid on!!
I was forever having to wipe the nozzle etc to tidy it up!
This wasted a fair bit of it at first and really made me quite annoyed as it's far too expensive to be wasting!
Thankfully now the tube has been used some more this has stopped - but I had to put it upside down in a glass after using it - Ok not the end of the world, but really? not great for a £44 foundation.
 I've never encountered this with any other foundations in tubes.
I think the thin consistency of it makes it unsuitable for a tube, a glass bottle with a pump dispenser would be much better.

I also found that I really needed to make sure my skin is very well moisturised before applying it, as it had a tendency to 'grab' onto my skin and not blend out well otherwise.

This only happened a couple of times when I first started using it before I realised what the problems was.
My skin is combination heading towards dry but if you have a dry/dehydrated or a mature skin then it's worth knowing.

Finally on the packaging it's described as giving a 'flawless velvet radiance' and although I agree it does feel very velvety on the skin and gives pretty good flawless coverage, it doesn't give any radiance to the skin - on me at least anyway!

I love radiant foundations and any product going to give 'life' to the skin but on me
I thought it gave quite a matte finish to the skin and sometimes made my skin look abit flat and 'dead', so much so that I have to use it over Dior Flash Radiance primer and powder over a small amount of  Dior Capture Totale loose powder in 001 Rose Lumiere to give me the radiant look I like.

This really is personal opinion and if you have a oilier skin then you will like the finish it gives but if you are a expecting a radiant dewy glow from this alone, then I think you'll be disappointed.

Overall  I have been pleased with this foundation and think it's worth the £44 - as good coverage, in a light weight consistency and non cakey finish, is difficult if not impossible to find in a cheaper foundation.
Plus it is a fabulous match for my fair skin !

Just to give you an idea of how the ByTerry foundation compares shade wise I've swatched it along with some of my other foundations, which you may already own.

Foundations swatches in both photos - natural daylight- from top down are

YSL Le Teint Touch Eclat in BR20
DiorSkin Nude in 010
ByTerry in 01 Fair Beige
Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum in 51 Light Vanilla

Back to Basics
ByTerry Cover Expert Foundation 35ml

RRP £44

ByTerry is a fairly 'niche' French brand currently only available for sale in the UK, as far as I'm aware,  by SPACE NK instore or online.

Purchase yours here-,en_GB,pd.html?dwvar_MUK200008127_color=UK200008127&start=1&q=cover%20expert#BVRRWidgetID

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See you all soon

Jenny xx


  1. Great review! My current fav foundation is Armani Maestro - love the coverage it gives but hate the bottle design! x

  2. Thankyou Sandra! xx ohh not heard of the Armani Maestro will have to have a look :-) xx