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Saturday, December 12, 2015

By Terry Eye Designer Palette 3: Magnet'Eyes Review, Swatches

I was getting myself some swag from Feelunique - including their Holiday 2015 Beauty Bag, reviewed here, and their awesome Advent Calendar, seen here - when I noticed they had By Terry products. A 20% voucher stepped in and my first By Terry product - their Fall 2015 offering - was on its way to me. Plus, I got a Baume de Rose mini as a GWP - I was thinking it was a face or body balm; turns out it is a lip balm. Incidentally, this palette is one of the reasons I am on a shopping ban until Boxing Day.

Scroll down for the review and swatches of the By Terry Eye Designer Magnet'Eyes Palette.

Review and swatches of the By Terry Eye Designer Magnet'Eyes Palette.

Packaging of the By Terry Eye Designer Magnet'Eyes Palette

There's a protective velvet pouch, and the palette's lid has a rubber texture - this is lightweight and secure from slippage, but attracts lint, dust, fluff, hair, fingerprints, good-looking blokes, flashy cars - you get the picture.
There is a surprisingly decent dual-ended applicator - too tiny to be termed "brush". One end is a shader (good for on-point softening, but too tiny for much else) and the other is angled. I have the feeling mine will disappear before too long, since twee things in my life have the habit of vanishing into invisible black holes.
Review and swatches of the By Terry Eye Designer Magnet'Eyes Palette.

Formula and pigmentation of the By Terry Magnet'Eyes Palette

You get a nice mix of textures in this palette. Of the 10 eyeshadows, five are satin/matte while the others are metallic shimmers/frosts and glitters, but the one chunky glitter performs surprisingly well. My gripe is that none of these have names so I have to call them "the midnight black-blue with blue glitter" and the "turquoise one" and such-like.
I am making a conscious effort not to sound drooly, so this will be stilted. The shades are teal- and blue-centric with some neutrals and a pop of chartreuse thrown in. I can't get over how fabulous the "midnight black-blue with blue glitter" is. The turquoise teal is a tad too pale on my eyes, but works well with one of the deeper blues.
Pigmentation is consistent across the shades, even without primer. What I love about these is that you can actually sheer out the shades or have them more intense. The shadows can be applied both wet and dry - I have only used them dry. Some shades - the chartreuse and the peachy neutral - kick up some powder when you dig your brush around. The shadows do not crease and last through the work day on me - but then I always apply primer on my eyes.
I have a few FOTDs coming up over the next few weeks and some of them feature eyeshadows from this palette.

Swatches of the By Terry Magnet'Eyes Palette 

On bare skin, in natural light:
Review and swatches of the By Terry Eye Designer Magnet'Eyes Palette.

In direct sunlight. You can see that the "midnight black-blue with blue glitter" looks more black here.
Review and swatches of the By Terry Eye Designer Magnet'Eyes Palette.

While I do not really regret forking out for the Magnet' Eyes palette, my wallet is glad the other By Terry palettes do not appeal to me! The stiff price point ($96 or £69) means these are, at best, one-off treats, and you cannot collect every one as you would do Urban Decay or theBalm. I have not tried Viseart palettes so I cannot tell you how they fare against By Terry eyeshadows.
Million-dollar question: How does it compare to other reputed eyeshadow brands out there? I would say it is on par, but if you are looking for AN eyeshadow palette with a broad range of shades in mind, go for something else that is reasonably priced. But if you want to try something specifically teal-ish from a hitherto-untried (luxury) brand, treat yourself to a By Terry palette.
You can buy this By Terry palette here within the US. Feelunique sells it here - worldwide shipping is free, and code 2016REFRESH will get you 15% off this weekend.

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