I did spoil myself a little bit too much recently when I purchased By Terry’s Eye Designer Palette in Magnet Eyes, having talked myself out of the natural version of this palette, and the second release, a warm purple/pink/brown Colour Design palette.
Magnet Eyes is a cooler collection, and has in it some rather bright and glittery additions – I’ll show you in a moment. Firstly, I lost the pictures I took of this palette untouched and brand new, hence no pic of the box. But here is the palette – not too big, not too small, heavy feeling with a big mirror.
I guess it’s quite good that they didn’t go over the top with the case and make it shiny gold or something because at nearly £70 well…you wouldn’t want someone borrowing it thinking it’s Rimmel.
Inside (again, this is used, my spider senses are tingling at the smudge marks on the powder!) is a mixture of greys, blues and weirdly a peach.This is not a particularly logical palette, in my mind,but there were enough colours I liked to go for it.
Before I forget – the brush. One side is fluffy the other is a firmer liner type. It is average at best, and for the price I want a functioning brush like the ones Urban Decay put in the Naked palettes.
Top row from left to right (My amazing colour descriptions ahead):
1. Denim blue, shimmery
2. Matte mid cool brown
3. Deep blue with silver glitter
4. Matte grey-dove
5. Light blue icy silver, metallic finish
1. Acid cabbage green, shimmery
2. Richer deeper denim blue to grey with a silver glitter
3. White frost
4. Gunmetal grey with a seriously silvery shimmer shot through
5. Light shimmery peach with a micro sparkle that is hard to capture (blues and pinks).
So how have I been finding this palette?
Well – as you can see the colours swatch well, they are pigmented and soft and creamy. The glitters translate better on my hand as a swatch than when applied to my eye, where they lack intensity and the glitter does not stick so well. The beautiful micro shimmer in the peach is lost once applied to the eye and yet it is there in the pan.
The shades with the embossing are nicer to use than the glittery-super metallic colours for the reason mentioned above. They are also more wearable in general, although I love a bit of snot green, it doesn’t really work when you are just popping to Tesco. I have found the beautiful dove grey and deep brown lovely to wear on a daily basis – these shades are very soft and pigmented and bendable, but does this make the whole palette worth purchasing? For me, not really.
The grey, brown and white, with snot green underneath as a hint of colour, my day look:
Moving to evening, it’s easy to pat on some glittery grey and the ice blue on the inner corners for a stronger look, although I must admit I am not really in to greys any more! Someone who loves their cool greys would probably love this palette:
If anything I’ve noticed there it does make my brown eyes pop…you know what? I will keep this one in my every day make up bag because there is hope for it yet, and it also cost too much to just languish in the dreaded drawer of ‘I will use it one day’.
Will treat myself again I am sure to By Terry but will think harder next time if a palette is useful to me before buying! Damn you snot greens – like your cousin turquoise blue, I just can’t quit you.
By Terry is sold at Space NK.
*Purchased by me