It’s Not Terry’s, It’s Mine.

by terry sheer expert

Hands off, Terry – your sheer-expert foundation might be ‘by’ you, but now it’s all mine!

Absolutely stonking beauty product of the week prize must go to By Terry’s Sheer-Expert Foundation. It’s so ridiculously glowy, but it has no shimmer in it at all. Wearing it is like being lit from within – look at my photograph! I must have dribbled some onto my neck (such was my excitement!) and can you see how it quite literally glows against my skin! Amazing, and I most thoroughly recommend. It applies beautifully, leaves no residue or ‘dewiness’, yet makes skin look radiant and bright. If you want a foundation that leaves a healthy glow, but have always been put off by richer or oilier textures, then this one will be perfect for you.

by terry sheer expert ruth crilly review

There’s a heavier version, called Cover-Expert, that has more coverage, (the name gives that away, possibly…) but the sheer version is just utterly right for me – it has that no make-up look that we all strive for, but with added mega-watt glow! The foundations have only just been released (I think that they are only in the UK at the moment!) but I can see them becoming cult beauty products.

As with all By Terry cosmetics, the foundations are impressively hi-tech, with all-new formulas that do various magical things to the skin. 35ml costs £44, so this may be one to have for special occasions or ’emergency’ days, but it really is worth the investment. Try it out next time you’re passing SpaceNK!

You can see (or order) it here at SpaceNK online:  BY TERRY  (For your reference, I wear shade 9, but could also get away with an 8.)

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  1. sugarcoated
    November 9, 2011 / 8:08 am

    I love the byTerry skin make-up! Everything is wonderful. I believe she was the brains behind the touche eclat from YSL as well.

    Must try this out :D

  2. November 9, 2011 / 10:45 am

    Interesting titbit sugarcoated! This looks fab, I usually use Bobbie Brown Moisture Rich for my dry skin which I love, but after going make up-less for a week recently, have realised it makes my skin a bit oily, so maybe worth a try. I was thinking about your recent points on frequent deep cleansing, Ruth, amazing how much more glowy the skin looks when its left to its own devices in the fresh air. Doesn’t quite have the same effect in the city though…

    • admin
      November 9, 2011 / 7:05 pm

      @Kate ha, yes – city living is a problem! x

  3. November 9, 2011 / 2:44 pm

    I love this range but not the price, but I do have a few pieces.. .. woops ;) xx

  4. Amigurumigirl
    November 9, 2011 / 3:21 pm


  5. Sarah
    November 9, 2011 / 4:11 pm

    This is available in America. You can get it at Barney’s for $65.00.

  6. raggs
    November 9, 2011 / 7:44 pm

    why are the cosmetic’s u use are so expensive ..?? can u suggest something in everyone’s budget pls

    • admin
      November 9, 2011 / 8:51 pm

      @Raggs so I take it you didn’t see “Budget Bonfire Beauty?” The cosmetics I use are expensive because I’m a thirty year old fashion model with a disposable income, I like nice things. Not ALL are expensive, there are loads of really affordable things that I rave about. : )

  7. Mel
    November 9, 2011 / 11:23 pm

    I can vouch for Ruth on that… she does do cheaper brands too.. I also recommend spending more on a foundation and less on eyeshadow, blush, lipsticks etc.. its worth having a good foundation on your skin, as it gives a better finish. This brand is a good one. Its also nice to know which of the more expensive brands is good. This brand is also used by quite a few make-up artists.

  8. November 10, 2011 / 6:23 am

    Your skin looks stunning, you have an absolutely gorgeous face! I don’t really use foundations, but I’ll keep this one in mind!

    • admin
      November 10, 2011 / 10:40 am

      @Margarita thanks so much!! xx

  9. November 10, 2011 / 6:35 am

    I am curious about this foundation. I have the by Terry plumping fluid foundation and it is one of my all time favorites. Thanks.

    • admin
      November 10, 2011 / 10:41 am

      @Rola hopefully SpaceNK will get little sample sachets for people to try – that would be nice! x

  10. Alexa
    November 11, 2011 / 11:42 am

    “The cosmetics I use are expensive because I’m a thirty year old fashion model with a disposable income”
    I was curious to ask for a long time how old are you exactly? Because you have such a gorgeous skin, of a 20 year old but I suspected you’re older as you’re more mature in the good way. Good genes but also good habits, so that’s why I was curious and hopeful to be never aging also :-)

    • admin
      November 11, 2011 / 3:35 pm

      @Alexa nearly 31. The years are flying by! x

  11. Alexa
    November 12, 2011 / 12:00 am

    Oh you could fool anyone you’re no more than 25!

    • Ruth
      November 13, 2011 / 8:03 pm

      @Alexa ha! Thanks xxx

  12. Nina
    November 15, 2011 / 6:34 am

    Hello Ruth, I would love to purchase this foundation. Do you know when will it be released in NYC?

    • Ruth
      November 15, 2011 / 3:23 pm

      @Nina I thought next year, but I’m sure someone said on here that it was already out…? x

  13. Gail
    November 16, 2011 / 11:14 pm

    I went straight to Space NK to buy this – also in a 9. It’s gorgeous and definitely gives a totally natural finish.

  14. Selena
    November 18, 2011 / 11:26 am

    Do you know if it contains parabens?

  15. alice
    November 18, 2011 / 7:05 pm

    how do you think this compares to chanel vitalumiere aqua or are they just completely different?

    • Ruth
      November 20, 2011 / 1:49 pm

      Completely different to Chanel Aqua! This is a thicker texture (pretty much everything is thicker than Chanel’s V Aqua!) and the result is more luminous and fresh. It’s also highly fragranced. xx

  16. Riz
    November 19, 2011 / 6:47 pm

    Would you say shade 9 is close to Chanel shade 20? Would love to try this but Space NKs colour swatches are useless as always!

  17. Melissa
    November 25, 2011 / 9:16 am

    Hey Ruth,

    Really interested in this foundation!! How would you compare it to the Becca Tinted moisturiser in terms of coverage? I don’t like heavy coverage and prefer to wear something that will makes me look natural and glowy. I like how the foundation looks on your skin and have always searched for lighter based products that create the effortless but flawless look. I know you can’t compare Becca with ByTerry, but just wanted to know if you think it’s worthwhile trying it if your used to sheer coverage.


    • Ruth
      November 29, 2011 / 9:17 pm

      @Melissa yes, most definitely! It’s probably about the same level of coverage, actually, I’ve just tried both on the back of my hand! xx

  18. Alice N
    December 4, 2011 / 3:12 am

    i just got this in shade 8! i fell in love with the texture the moment i swatched this on my hand, completely gorgeous

  19. madii
    February 11, 2012 / 1:20 am

    Hi Ruth! I was just looking at the byTerry website and you say you use shade 9, but on their site it says shade 9 is for dark complexions?! Shade 1 is the lightest and shade 12 is the darkest for dark skin so.. how is that? I have very light skin, a NC15 in MAC and I think maybe a little lighter than you and I don’t think shade 9 would work on me at all! What do you think?? Maybe the changed the numbers?

    • Ruth
      February 11, 2012 / 1:29 am

      @Madii hmmm, odd! It’s definitely 9, but I no longer have the box to check the actual shade name! I do remember thinking that it was at the dark end of the scale, but perhaps they don’t really cater for darker skintones as much as lighter? When I go past SpaceNK next I’ll check! I’m about a 20/25 in Mac xx

  20. Audrey
    February 14, 2012 / 11:05 pm

    Hi I was wondering which shade you think might be closest to lancome ivory 1, and I have to say there lipsticks are fabulous but expensive but at least there not the most expensive.

  21. charlotte
    April 16, 2012 / 10:36 am

    I just bought this in shade 9, as I have the same skin colour as you (chanel B20/30 mac nc20/25) I think I could wear a shade lighter at my palest and go up if I was more tanned. It blends away so easily that its very forgiving if its not bang on. Most amazing foundation, yes its expensive but so worth it. I have very dry skin and foundation never sits correctly on my skin, and always clogs in open pores on my cheeks, not with this! Its beautiful and you really cant tell you are wearing anything even with the cover expert! LOVE LOVE LOVE!
    Thank you for the recommendation Ruth

    • Ruth
      April 17, 2012 / 9:00 am

      My pleasure Charlotte! I love it so much, haven’t had a single negative bit of feedback about it! x

        • Ruth
          April 26, 2012 / 4:39 pm

          Thanks so much Charlotte! x

          • charlotte
            April 26, 2012 / 4:43 pm

            you’re welcome, I love your blog/videos!x

          • madii
            April 26, 2012 / 5:28 pm

            Thanks for finding these swatches! I live in Poland and no-one has even heard of By Terry here. Once I manage to save up I am definitely getting this foundation. Seems like no. 8 would be a perfect match for me!

  22. Jodi
    May 20, 2012 / 6:24 am

    Hi Ruth
    Is this suitable for oily skin types?Thanks

    • Ruth
      May 20, 2012 / 5:23 pm

      @Jodi you might want to use a mattifying primer with it! x

  23. May 29, 2012 / 9:27 am

    Thank you Ruth for your enthusiastic review! I gave it a try on january and now I’m at my third tube… I’m in love with this foundation, I use #1, the fairest shade and my skin simply glows. Sometimes I wear it over Guerlain Météorites Base de teint but it’s perfect on his own too :)

  24. Jodi Gordon
    July 11, 2012 / 12:30 pm

    You said you would take shades 9 in this- for reference do u know shade u are in Nars sheer Matt as i am trying to order online (quite impossible) as we do ot get By terry here- thank u!

    • Ruth
      July 13, 2012 / 11:53 am

      eek! No! But I am between a 20 and 25 in MAC? x

  25. matin
    May 7, 2013 / 4:18 pm

    Hi Ruth i`m so interested in these fundation after watching your videos. But I wanted you to help me with the choice of tone … I can not prove it .

    I’m very pale, so far the best for me at the moment is Skin Fond de teint foundation Bobbi équilibrant 2 sand . Thank you so much and congratulations for your amazing channel

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