By Terry’s offering for spring is officially called Techno Aura – it’s about changing lights with interstellar elements – I ‘kind of’ get the flight of fancy here, but if we leave space behind, what it comes down to is what I think is one of Terry’s best ever products; the Glow Expert Duo Sticks.
With both a blush and a highlight (or bronze) shade in one stick, the Expert Duo comes with a stubby diffusing brush at the other end so you literally swipe and blend. They’re a more grown up version of the strobing trend giving both colour and luminosity in a very easy way. They have high sheen and are a little bit twinkly but the blush colours are flattering in coral, bronze or pink so you’re winning from the get to. The highlight aspect is a light gold that perfectly compliments the blush shades – when you blend them together with the brush it’s a light-catchy, cheekbone enhancing pop of joy. I think they’re a lot more summer than spring – these need a hot day and some enlivening rays of sunshine to really come to life, but oh – they’re lovely!
The Palette, Techo Aura, is a different thing – it doesn’t quite seem to match with the cheek sticks. This is an ice-cream colour palette – plays on neutral with creamy pinks, yellows and ashy rose: it’s really so discreet that on the eye, you’re hard pushed to distinguish one pale shade from another.
They look pretty all together in a row but separate them out and they’re just not exciting – rather flat, in fact. All the usual By Terry quality is there, by the way, I’m personally not that wowed – it’s like she took the unicorn out of something that could have been, thematically speaking, stellar.
This time, Terry has gone for an oil-on-water look for the Gloss Terribly with light reflectors in a pink-bronze shift. This one is called Midnight Star but I think there may be a couple of others. On the one hand, it feels like the 80’s came knocking and yet on the other, there is something very modern about the shade-shifting of it. To be honest, that’s what Terry de Gunzberg does best – putting the grown up into trend: shade shifting is very much Urban Decay territory, but this is going to appeal to a different audience because it feels more sophisticated.
In the (cold arm) swatch above, we have the Expert Duo Sticks in Peachy Petal, Terra Rose and Amber Light, followed by Midnight Star gloss. Duo sticks, when they launch in February, will be £38, the palette is £44 and the gloss, £30. My bet is on the Expert Duo Sticks selling out.
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