Terry de Gunzburg is the genius behind the critically acclaimed and best-selling YSL Touche Eclat. Ever since I randomly stumbled across her own makeup line a few years ago, I have been hooked! This review is dedicated to one of her new and limited edition Eye Designer Palettes — finally back in stock at Beautylish — so check out all the swatches after the jump!
Terry designed two Eye Designer Eyeshadow Palettes, Smoky Nude and Color Design, and each palette houses ten wet/dry eyeshadows. I love the natural velvet finish, and the darkest shades make wonderfully pigmented, matte eyeliners when mixed with a bit of Inglot's Duraline. The color coverage of these By Terry eyeshadows will be more intense when used wet, but they are finely milled and most definitely pigmented enough to use dry. My favorites from the palette are the rosy copper shimmer, the taupe shimmer, the matte dove gray, and the matte camel. The shimmery eyeshadows are silky smooth (so divine) while the matte eyeshadows are impressively creamy — unlike traditional mattes that feel grainy and/or coarse.
The double-ended brush is quite nice, a natural side for blending and a synthetic end for drawing eyeliner. This is a useful brush for traveling, though I would use my own from Chikuhodo or Wayne Goss while at home. I love the plush and luxurious velvet pouch, which is another thoughtful detail that ought to please jetsetters and collectors. The deep embossment of her logo on each eyeshadow pan is utterly striking - probably my favorite detail because it makes the palette stand out from so many others on the market. The Smoky Nude Palette is undeniably an indulgence at $95, but the price is quite reasonable considering each of her Ombre Blackstar Eyeshadows (one of the best cream eye colors made) are $43.50 each.
I fell in love with the Smoky Nude Palette instantly, but it was more than a first appearance affair because it truly performs well. Smoky Nude features a wardrobe of the most essential but lust-worthy nude colors that are appropriate for day or night. The palette is fairly neutral but wears a little cool on my yellow-toned skin. Overall, it makes the perfect eye palette for every day use across all skin tones. I recommend that tan to deep complexions utilize the darker colors wet for more saturation and contrast. You can create a graceful yet conservative basic eye for work or dramatically smoke out the crease for an adventurous evening out! Wet/dry eyeshadows are the reigning trend, but many feature baked formulas à la NARS, making Smoky Nude a unique option.
Bottom Line: I have been reaching for the MAC x Nordstrom Naturals Palette for its balanced warmth, but the By Terry Smoky Nude Eye Designer Palette is positively my favorite eye palette to launch in 2015!