Apr 042011


In my search to find concealers that act like a “friend with benefits,” I picked up By Terry’s Hyaluronic Eye Primer, a lid primer and concealer that promises lightening, brightening and moisturizing effects.  Although there is a By Terry boutique in Paris stocked with the entire line, I picked this up at a Parisian Sephora which also carries quite a few By Terry products.

Unlike the more expensive Le Metier de Beaute’s Peau Vierge Concealer ($95), which also promises skin care benefits, By Terry’s sells for around 35 euros.  By Terry’s is more of an eye-area treatment that includes coloration to correct darkness on the lid and under eye area.  Peau Vierge is a true concealer, which is more opaque and can be used anywhere on the face.

By Terry’s product comes in a large silver tube with a doe-foot applicator.  It smooths on quite easily by using the doe foot to dab product on, which can be then gently smoothed out with a finger tip.  The effect was very natural, there was no hint of funny little cakey bits, pooling into crevices that you didn’t realize that you even had, or visible pigmentation spottiness.  It melts in the skin and looks quite natural once smoothed out.

I’ve been hearing really good things about By Terry’s skincare range.  By Terry’s Hyaluronic Eye Primer fits within that perception–that is, the skin care benefits of the product are quite nice.  I did notice a softening effect, and my eye area did look brighter and more moisturized.  Unlike Peau Vierge, By Terry does not promise full long-term or “cosmedicine-like” effects.

I found that I did prefer By Terry’s product to other brightening products such as Yves Saint Laurent’s Touche Eclat.  There is a visible effect on the quality of the skin that I don’t get with Touche Eclat–my eye area does look improved with By Terry’s.  As you would expect with a product called a “primer,” the coverage of By Terry’s Hyaluronic Eye Primer was good, but not as bullet-proof as Le Metier’s Peau Vierge, a Bobbi Brown Corrector or Cle de Peau’s stick concealer. To maximize the skincare benefits, I applied By Terry’s Eye Primer on first (because that is the layer closest to the skin), then dabbed a bit of another concealer on top to really cover the last bit of undereye color.  Used this way, the staying power was excellent.  Unlike Le Metier’s Peau Vierge and Cle de Peau’s stick concealer, By Terry’s is an eye-only product.  It is likely too emollient to use elsewhere on the face.

If you find yourself shaking your head over spending upwards of $60 for a good concealer with skincare benefits, you should definitely look at By Terry’s.  Other ones in this price category with skincare benefits (for comparison purposes) include Dior’s Diorskin Sculpt and Guerlain’s Precious Light.

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  13 Responses to “By Terry Hyaluronic Eye Primer”

  1. Sounds like a great multi-tasker I might have to add to my collection 😉

  2. Did you try it as an eyeshadow primer? If so, how did it work? That is what I thought this product was for, but I havent looked into it much yet. Thanks

    • It worked well for me so far–I’ve only used it as an eyeshadow primer for a single day. But it held my Edward Bess eyeshadow in place all day without creasing or fading. By the way, according to the press on the product, it’s intended to be used both as an eye primer and to correct for dark circles.

  3. it’s funny you posted on By Terry I was just reading it on Twitter. apparently the by terry line is made by the woman who gave us the YSL Touche Eclat

  4. I guess it is safe to say that by Terry is here to stay? It used to be sold in Canada and now discontinued. byTerry is known for having very nice sheer and natural look that the French love.

    • Hi Christina, they are developing new products–they just released a Red & Pink collection. But I have absolutely no contact with the company, so I hope that you are correct. Their distribution seems limited in the U.S., I used this trip to get to know the brand a little better–I wish they were more available throughout the U.S.

  5. Hi! I am soon going to visit Paris and Sephora first time in my life! I am very excited and I was just wondering if you could tell me your favorite makeup items that I should check out! I visit your blog everyday and you show us lovely products I was just wondering if you could sum up your favorites that are a must to check out in Paris and also places to visit maybe makeup-vise. (I am 21 and MAC NC20 light brown (with a blond stripe) hair)
    Thank you!!

    • Hi Livia, I think if you run a search through this blog you’ll find lots of Paris makeup shopping tips. I went last year in May, August and then over this last month or so. You’ll find plenty to read! It’s going to be way faster if you do it that way. Take care and thanks for reading! Enjoy Paris on your trip! 🙂

    • I’d recommend going to Le Bon Marché. They have skilled MUA, better than the ones at Sephora imo. The Galeries Lafayette and Le Printemps are great places for beauty as well. Have a drink in La Brasserie at Le Printemps; the setting is lovely.

      Also, you’ve got a nice almost 36° view of Paris if you go on the Galeries Lafayette and Le Printemps rooftops! 🙂

      Amy did great articles here about the best beauty spots in Paris. You’ll have tons of ideas!

  6. Yes, I will look through them thx, but you know I live in Hungary and we don’t have a lot of brands you in the states can easily buy in the stores and I get really confused if people in the US show products, cause they sound great but I just don’t know if they are still impressed by it after a few months…I hope you understand what I’m trying to say:$ So I mean something like; should I buy Hourglass,Cle De Pau, Le Metier dB etc or people just rave about them and then throw them out to the garbage afterwards? This is important because I won’t be able to check out every single brand and product while I am there but people on blogs&youtube are raving about so many things and also I have a limited budget, so I want to buy the best products possible while I am there!
    This was long…:D I hope you understand what I am getting at…
    Thank you very much! (L)

    • Hi Livia–no, I don’t throw them in the garbage afterwards. Le Metier de Beaute is one of the brands I review frequently here, sincerely love them. I don’t own a lot of Cle de Peau and only 2 Hourglass products, so I can’t comment on the entire line. Burberry is sold at Galleries Lafayette now, by the way, and I have a lot of reviews of their products on here. Plus of course, Dior, Chanel, Guerlain which I assume you have in Hungary– I have almost 600 posts on here, and at least several dozen about Paris. I agree with Marie, Printemps and Le Bon Marche are both great starting points.

      • Thank you! I didn’t mean to be rude I just ment throwing in the garbage in transferred meaning guess you don’t use that expression in English:$:D Lifelong learning:)

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