It’s funny how ever since I told you that By Terry is back here in Malaysia, I hadn’t really gone and had a good old play with their products. I have a bunch of them that I look at now and again without feeling too much of a flutter in my breast.
But you know, it’s when I actually like something a lot that I think of writing a post. Or if I hate it
So which category would the By Terry Cellularose Blush Glace fall into then?
The Cellularose Blush Glace was a new product in the By Terry line launched with their Spring 2014 collection and was so fascinating, I had to try it despite the hefty price tag. Our local counter didn’t know when they were getting it in yet when I first enquired, so I purchased it online but then I found out it was available a few days later
What fascinated me was the texture of this blush which lies partway between liquid, gel and mousse. It’s almost like whipped cream in its consistency. By Terry says that this is a “quenching blush” which delicately flushes your cheeks with transparent colour, and I was fascinated.
I must say that the small pot did throw me for a loop the first time I opened the box. I was all “What? Is that it?!”
It’s teeny tiny! But fortunately, the product within packs quite a punch.
The product as you see in the picture above, has a liquid-mousse-gel consistency, rather like whipped cream, or a thick lotion. It is a cream blush but in a water-based formula that makes it more liquid instead of solid. It comes with a plastic cap over the opening and the product is liable to travel, if that bugs you. I usually just use the product from the plastic cap because it’s more than sufficient as you only need a wee bit to get the transparent cheek colour you need.
There are 3 shades available and the colour I picked was Rose Melba which is a sweet pink. The other 2 shades available are Flower Sorbet (orange) and Frozen Petal (deep rose). If you look closely at the picture above…
… nevermind, here’s a close up You may notice a slight iridescence to the product. There is no shimmer but this iridescence does help to give skin a touch of a glow that’s very natural.
The other thing that surprised me was how bright the colour looked. Rose Melba is described as a soft peachy pink but in reality, it looks really really bright, almost neon. Even when applied on skin, it almost appears too bright to be natural. Yet, once you sheer it out, it works.
This lovely gel blush seems to melt right into the skin and give you that literal transparent glow-from-within that is very flattering. In fact, you only need 1 or 2 dots on your cheek, quickly blended out for the colour to come through.
By Terry Cellularose Blush Glace Rose Melba – Left: Swatched heavily Right: Blended out
If you want more opaque colour, then layer the product on. It isn’t sticky, oily, creamy, heavy or thick at all. It feels and looks very flattering. But, and I have to mention this because I was caught unawares – there is a very strong scent of roses which is apparently a signature scent of By Terry products.
This rose scent actually does linger on the skin so if you are sensitive to fragrance in products or just don’t like strong rose scents in general, then this isn’t for you. But if you do then boy! Are you in for a treat! Haha!
You can apply it with fingers, just tapping on and blending out colour on your cheeks. I however prefer to use a brush and this method so my fingers don’t get messy, and I find it blends out more evenly.
For me, the colour lasts for a good part of 7 hours, which is most of a working day and fades by the evening. It isn’t noticeable like splotches of colour on your cheeks, but more of a “Oh look, is that a blush of colour on your cheeks I spy?”
In an effort to explain what I mean, here’s an approximation of what it looks like on me. Naturally, I applied a lot for it to get it to show up n photos, but this is about what it looks like in reality. A soft pink glow on cheeks that’s transparent enough to let flaws through, but yet imparting sufficient colour to give cheeks a bloom of youth.
Something like that anyway
In a nutshell
The By Terry Cellularose Blush Glace is a cream blush in a water based formula so it is quite liquid in the pot, approximating something like the texture of whipped cream. It’s quite pigmented so I like to use just a little bit and layer it on because it can be quite strong otherwise. The texture is very light and on skin, looks transparent and gives skin that very natural glow-from-within look that many people crave. There is a very strong scent of roses which for me is a bit of a downer. It is also very expensive so I hesitate to tell you to try this, but if your pockets allow then do. I like this very much.
Pros: Lightweight texture, Pigmented so a little goes a very long way, Easy to layer without it looking thick or cakey, Results are very natural, Transparent texture on skin is very flattering
Cons: Pricey, Strong scent of roses, Can get a bit messy because contents will move around
Who will like this: Anyone who likes transparent flushes of colour on cheeks
Have you tried the Cellularose Blush Glace? Do you like blush textures like these?
I have to say that up to a year ago, I’d shy away from liquid, gel or cream blushes. But ever since I worked out how to work with them without messing up my fingers, I’m more receptive to them. I don’t actively seek them out, but sometimes, like with this one from By Terry, I can’t help but be intrigued
By Terry Cellularose Blush Glace comes in 3 shades – Rose Melba, Flower Sorbet and Frozen Petal Price: RM245 / £38 Availability: Ken’s Apothecary Bangsar Village 2, Space NK