BY TERRY Preciosity Holiday Collection



When I saw these holiday sets online I immediately had the childish thought of “I want it and I want it now.” The gold packaging with detailing mimicking precious gems was so beautiful. The patterns reminded me of deep red rubies and sparkling diamonds worn in the crowns of royalty. BY TERRY is a brand whose products I have always wanted to try, but the prices of the brand’s makeup seemed monetarily overpriced for me to purchase from a brand I had never got to sample. I ordered these items during Dermstore’s 20% off Black Friday sale and I was happy that I would get to try many products from the line at a better value. When I received the items, I was slightly disappointed. The outer packaging of the items was very cheap in look and feel and gave me the impression that a child in the fifth grade made a holiday design out of craft paper and cut out geometric shapes. None the less, I was still excited for the goodies inside.
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BY TERRY Preciosity Eye Designer Palette Parti-Pris
Unfortunately, I was again disappointed with the primary packaging of a majority of the products. Although the appearance of the eye shadow compact is elegant it is made of lightweight plastic which is not something that I prefer in a compact. I am more used to higher end products having a heavier feel that I personally equate with the higher price tag. Unfortunately, I do not feel like this eye shadow compact gives off luxury vibes just from appearance alone even with the iconic BY TERRY logo etched into the front of the compact. Also, the packaging just doesn’t make sense to me. The palette is equipped with an appropriately sized mirror and comes with a brush but the palette does not have a slot to store the brush within the compact. Initially, I internally tried to justify the item’s weight to be intentionally light for travel purposes, but if there is no compartment for the storage of the brush then it makes no sense that you would carry this compact with you on a night out. It seems like the brush may have been thrown in with the set to appease consumers who expect such items with a luxury holiday eye shadow set. While on the subject of the brush I would also like to note that it is dual ended and made up of what I believe to be synthetic bristles. One end is in the style of a fluffy eye shadow brush that can be used for blending or packing on eye shadow. The other end is stiff and cut at an angle so it can be used for purposes such as applying the eye shadow as liner or for more defined detail work. I would like to say that the bristles are soft (even after washing) and that overall I like the brush more than I like the eye shadows.
Swatched in natural light with a brush on the left and finger on the right
The eye shadows inside the compact are not anything like I was expecting. I found that each eye shadow was powdery, sheer, and that they all kicked up a lot of dust. I guess that is to be expected as the description of the eye shadows is states that they are ultra soft and build-able. I found this ultra-soft formula was not my cup of tea. As I was applying the matte eye shadows it was very easy to blend the pigments away into nothing even when using an eye shadow primer.You can build on the colors but you kind of must if you have a darker skin tone otherwise the eye shadows will just fade away. Also, if you are my skin tone or darker you will only be able to use three out of the six eye shadows in the palette. The two light creamy shades that are meant to be a brow bone highlight or crease color are much too pale and chalky to be wearable on deeper skin tones. The dark grey furthest to the right is difficult to wear on an everyday basis and is not a flattering shade for someone of my skin tone. The only use I could get out of it was a grey smokey eye which I do not do often. The only shades that are wearable on my skin tone is the dark brown eye shadow and the two shimmer shadows. Even still, the shimmer shades essentially looked the same once applied onto my eye lid. All in all, I would not recommend this eye shadow palette if you are of a darker complexion but if you have a lighter skin tone I think that you would enjoy this palette more than I did. The color palette is essentially neutral and the eye shadows can be sheered out for a light, natural makeup look for school or work or built up for a night time glam or smokey eye look as well.

BY TERRY Preciosity Flash Light Dual Compact
Liquid Highlighting Elixir far right
Outer ring swatched far left, inner ring swatched to the right, and both
highlighter shades blended furthest right (all swatched heavily)
WOW! Don't be fooled by the beautiful photos seen online because this packaging is cheap! BY TERRY might want to send me a cease and desist because I’m about to go in! Seriously! My jaw dropped to realize that I had been bamboozled out of $52.00 for a highlighter with packaging that shouldn’t even come from a drugstore. I don’t expect packaging like this from dollar brands like E.L.F. so I do not want it from a luxury brand that gets glowing reviews from beauty bloggers and YouTubers around the globe. Upon just holding the compact I was ready to send everything back to Dermstore but I knew I had to write this review. Honestly there is no justification for this highlighter to be as expensive as it is and to be made so cheaply. The compact is extremely lightweight and comprised of golden colored plastic that I see in children's toys. Also, everytime I open the compact it CREAKKKSSS like a child’s make up compact. It sends shivers down my spine. The front of the compact has a sticker slapped onto the front with the same preciosity holiday design printed on it that initially caught my eye. Now the design was hurting my eyes while the value was hurting my heart! All dramatics aside my initial thought was HOW DARE YOU! This compact has to have the worst packaging I have ever seen from a beauty product and honestly had I seen this in person I would never have purchased it or even looked at it twice! But…I am keeping it…because the highlighter is beautiful.
As I found with the eye shadows the highlighter kicked up a lot of powder with a brush so I had to use a light hand and just a touch to apply the highlighter. Both shades are pigment packed but despite that it is difficult to go overboard with this highlighter. I don’t find it to be too bright but the highlighter gives off a wonderful luminous radiance to the areas on which it is applied. The outer ring is a lovely rosy bronze color while the inner ring is a brighter glowing white shade. The powder is finely milled and both colors reflect silver and pink shimmers that are so soft. You will literally glow! This highlighter is so flattering that I almost forgot I hate the packaging. Almost.
This highlighter is so unique to my collection that I decided to keep it because it is the type of highlighter that I believe every girl deserves. I can wear either shade alone depending on the look I’m going for or I can blend them together for a natural, radiant highlight that just glides over the skin. I did not find that this highlighter accentuated pores or textured skin but it did make my cheeks look so smooth. I would love to wear the bronze shade for a summer time highlight but it is currently winter in my region. Either way I’m in love even though every time I open the compact I wish it was designed by someone with the quality of mind of BECCA’s or Hourglass’s artists. All in all, the packaging on this product is a real miss but luckily highlighter is something I have never experiened.


BY TERRY Preciosity Flash Light Elixir Highlighter
Preciosity Flash Light Elixir

As I found with the rest of the preciosity packaging, the packaging of the Preciosity Flash Light Elixir Highlighter is cheap and poorly executed. The liquid highlighter is dispensed in a dropper style bottle in which the opening of the bottle is much larger than the dropper. There is no guard to guide the dropper back into the bottle so you must be careful when inserting the dropper back into the container so that the liquid highlighter does not catch on the lip of the bottle and slide down the neck. Also, not to beat a dead horse but the golden textured finish of the bottle and metallic dropper feels like it is comprised of cheap, thin aluminum! I have to reiterate this because by the time I tried this highlighter I was floored by how the price did not reflect in the products overall. There are brands that have much lower price points that manage to deliver great products as well as hit the mark on packaging and I was and am very disappointed that I can’t be proud to show off these products so to speak.
Swatched in artificial light
Anyway, the highlighter is white in color but sheers out to a pink hue with reflects of blue and green. It is an interesting highlighter that I found best mixed with my foundation for a “healthy looking glow.” And healthy did I look! Wow is this gorgeous! The luminosity of the highlighter reminded me of another luminizer I’ve been wanting to try, the RMS Beauty Luminizers. You may have seen photos of models wearing pink highlighters that just left them stunningly youthful in appearance and this product will definitely give you the same look. I love that this works on dark 
Swatched in natural light
skin as well as light skin! I did find that the highlighter lightened my foundation if I accidentally applied too many drops so one or two drops is enough. Also, if you are using a matte foundation you will want to use maybe one drop of this highlighter and mix in a beauty oil or else you will have dry looking skin because the mixture will settle into fine lines. This liquid elixir is beautiful and easy to work with but it dries down to a powder like consistency which I believe contributed to it drying out with my mattifying foundation. I used the Fenty Beauty foundation with this highlighter and I did have to wear a smoothing primer and still mix in the beauty oil for a smooth application. This highlighter is a winner in my book!

BY TERRY Preciosity Ombre Blackstar Set
While these cream eye shadows are ridiculous in price they are also ridiculous in pigment and staying power! Also, this is the first product I found that gave me a luxury look with luxury packaging! Hallelujah! The metallic gold packaging and black lettering is classy and smart. I appreciate that there is a band around the base of the eye shadow stick that showcases the shade inside so you won’t have to take off the cap to see what color you’re getting. This set comes with three cream eye shadows in stick form, No. 3 Blond Opal, No. 4 Bronze Moon, and No. 5 Misty Rock. Each one is smooth upon application and bulletproof once they set. 
Blond Opal, Bronze, Misty Rick (Natural Light)
I actually had a hard time removing them all with only a makeup wipe.
Misty Rock is a unique color that is a sort of rose taupe with pink elements that lean grey. It is quite the eye
catcher. Each shadow blends out nicely while they are still creamy but I noticed that if I over applied the cream shadows in a thicker layer they did crease in the hood of my eye. I recommend using one layer and you won’t see creasing once the shadows set. I also noticed that Misty Rock and Blond Opal flaked if disturbed while they were setting so once you blend the shadows out leave them be. You don’t have to layer them to get the full effect so let the shadows do the work for you and sit back and look gorgeous.


BY TERRY Preciosity Terrybly Velvet Rouge Set
Preciosity Velvet Rouge Gift Set
Bohemian Plum, Cappuccino Pause, My Red
This set comes with three Velvet Rouge liquid lipsticks in the shades Cappuccino Pause, Bohemian Plum, and My Red. The colors are described, in order, as a dusty rose, deep red wine, and a classic red. I believe that the description of the colors is accurate.
Applicator
 Each color goes on smooth like a highly pigmented gloss but they are essentially liquid lipsticks that don’t dry to that cakey matte finish that many tend to associate with liquid lipsticks. Each liquid lipstick is highly pigmented with one swipe application and dries down to a satin finish.
They aren’t transfer proof but they are pigmented and long wearing as most liquid lipsticks are.
The packaging gets a 5/5 and I love the applicator. Before using these I had never seen an applicator so unique. The shape is like an hourglass with a rounded tip that is great for getting a smooth even edge and the dip in the shape collects pigment and deposits it evenly across the lips. Pretty much as soon as I had tried these lipsticks I saw the advertisement for the Fenty Stunna Liquid Lipstick and the applicator is similar on the Fenty product if not the same as the applicator on the BY TERRY Velvet Rouge. Rihanna is smart to take inspiration from this applicator because I really prefer it compared to a standard doe foot applicator.
This is another set I would highly recommend you buy as a gift for yourself or even a fancy stocking stuffer. I can’t see how anyone would be disappointed in the formula and I could seriously stare at the packaging all day. So pretty.
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Eyes- Misty Rock and the dark brown from the eye shadow palette
Lip- Cappuccino Pause with a lip liner
Face- Highlight Elixir and Flashlight Compact
BY TERRY Preciosity Flash Light Dual Compact $65.00
BY TERRY Preciosity Eye Designer Palette Parti-Pris Set $58.00
BY TERRY Preciosity Flash Light Elixir Highlighter $68.00
BY TERRY Preciosity Terrybly Velvet Rouge Set $75.00
BY TERRY Preciosity Ombre Blackstar Set $95.00

If you are interested in acquiring any of the products mentioned in this review, you can purchase them at online retailers such as Dermstore, BY TERRY, Beautylish, BeautyHabit, and many other retailers.


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