Friday, January 7, 2011

By Terry Lumiere Veloutee

Ok, ok, ok, I swear this will be my last post on By Terry for a while.

This is my review on her foundation Lumiere Veloutee. So I own Le Metier de Beaute Peau de Vierge (my luminous foundation) you know, for everyday wear since it has SPF. I also own Chantecaille Future Skin (which is my skin but better foundation), but yet I don't own a matte foundation. I've tried a couple of matte ones, even Shu Nobara which is still one of my favorite foundations. Since I was taken away with By Terrys Touchee Veloutee concealer, I decided to swatch the foundation in store. Then I tried it on my face a couple of weeks later...well as you can see, I now own it :)

Finish: It's definitely matte, but not chalky. I would consider this more of a satin-matte finish because it does give you some inner glow. I've been photographed with this foundation and it's seriously beautiful. It looks like the satin-matte version of my skin. It blurs out any imperfections and diffuses anything wrong on your skin.

Texture: it's a liquid foundation, but when applied, up close it almost looks like it sets to a powder like finish. It doesn't look like powder either, but it doesn't look like you're wearing a liquid foundation either. What makes me happy is that you can apply this foundation with just fingers and it blends so easily. :D Another aspect is that you need to shake the foundation before applying. It covers my large pores on my forehead without primer, which is awesome

Coverage: It's medium, buildable to full.

How it compares to other matte foundations:

Shu Nobara: is creamier in consistency, and it's very slightly more luminous in photos. The main reason why I've never purchased Shu Nobara is because of the stick foundation form (which means you have to use a brush), and it's no longer sold in the states. I hate ordering items online because I'm never home to pick up my packages.
MUFE Mat Velvet: this foundation is runnier, messier in terms of consistency. I tried it out once and it accentuated certain spots on my face and it dried out my skin. I don't understand how that happened. Plus you can tell I was wearing foundation, and that's a no-no.
YSL teint-resist: It's a nice foundation, definitely long lasting, but I couldn't get matched because my undertone is a bit odd. It photographed okay, but I wasn't impressed overall.

From left to right: 

(I photographed this with heavy flash with no lights in my room turned on)

Le Metier Peau de Vierge layered on so you can see the luminousity.

Chantecaille Future Skin: this is in vanilla, yes it's too light on me now. I'm now nude, but I'll buy it eventually. I mix it with LMdB sometimes to tone down the luminous effect.

By Terry Lumiere Veloutee in #3 (Beige Naturel).

last but not least !!

Duration: I wore it yesterday without primer, no touchup, no setting powder. It lasts at least 8 hours with no fading. I went to sleep since I wasn't feeling well so I can't tell you if it was able to withstand more than the 8.

Scent: yes, it does have a scent. I can't put my finger on the smell in terms of what it is, but it reminds me of baby powder. The scent does linger on your face too, but the smell personally doesn't bother me.

and one turnoff: The packaging. To lift the cap, you have to lift it straight up. I made the mistake of twisting and lifting it up at the same time and then boom ! the pump twisted off. I don't know if I just got a bad jar, or if all of them are packaged like that. I'll investigate this further. It is a bit irritating, but since I don't travel with foundation, I'll permanently keep the cap off from now on.

The price: $105. Yikes ! Is it worth it? If you have a photo friendly foundation, then you don't need it. I already had a photo friendly foundation, but I personally love a matte finish and I finally found it ! :D


  1. noo dont stop reviewing by terry! I love your blog because it reviews less popular brands. You have actually spiked my interest in the brand. Unfortunatly, it isn't available anywhere near me, so I have to wait until I visit my parents to check it out. :(

  2. well i'm glad you read my blog and that i write about stuff that perks your interest. :) it's hard to figure out what people want to read, since i feel like there are reviews about almost everything.

    let me know if there's something in particular that you want me to write about.

  3. glad to see review of this foundation! i've got one of 1#, just surprisingly found that seems it's getting split into different layers! some white (or blue?) liquid inside just do not mix well with rest of the foundation. is yours too? this troubles me :(