Years ago, I remember reading Italian drugstore brand KIKO having dupes for prestigious By Terry brand's iconic eyeshadow sticks and purchased some during my trip in Berlin. For some reason at home my interest for KIKO died and I sold/gifted the untouched eyeshadows to a friend. Eventually I completely forgot about even owning the KIKO shadows and after repeatedly watching many British Youtubers speaking fondly of By Terry's Ombre Blackstars, I went and picked up the iconic famous shade Misty Rock during my trip in Tallinn. In high hopes and completely in love with the color, I purchased two more shades a week later in Stockholm. Today I'd like to share my thoughts if these luxurious eyeshadow sticks are worth it!
By Terry Ombre Blackstars
First of all, the idea of Ombre Blackstars is brilliant: cream eyeshadow in a stick form. As much as I love Chanel and Tom Ford cream shadow pots, there's always a danger of the shadow drying out eventually. With Ombre Blackstars only a small bit of the tip touches air at once, which should make the danger of drying minimal. However, I've read online there is a possibility of the eyeshadow detaching from the case or breaking - personally I've had no such issues and the sticks seemed secure to me. Only my Misty Rock is very soft and the tip became annoyingly blunt from pressure. The eyeshadow stick rolls both up and down with a cap snapping close securely, which I appreciate a lot. The formula is soft and easy to blend with a brush or fingers. There are ~13 beautiful shimmery/satin shades available and you get 1.64g for $44/£29.00/~32.15€. Definitely a pricey, luxury product, but sounds like the By Terry shadow sticks are winner? Wait, I have more thoughts to share..
According to the reviews I had read, the selling point should have been the staying power – no chance of budging, creasing or moving after application. I expected the eyeshadows to be "bullet proof" on the lids. I don't know if the formula has changed over the years, but I must say I was full of surprise and disappointment: the longevity was poor.
The shadows get easily removed when curling my eyelashes and the rest creases during the day. If you've ever applied poor-quality eyeliner and curled your lashes you know how annoying it is to notice having bald spots on the lash line. Obviously reapplication is difficult and annoying when your freshly curled lashes are now in the way. After struggling to create a beautiful look the Ombre Blackstars creased within a few hours. Not by the end of the day, but within a couple of hours. Mind you, my lids aren't especially oily. I do have hooded lids and a defined crease, but not oily. I tried wearing the shadows with and without eyeshadow primer (Too Faced's Shadow Insurance) – no luck.
makeup of the day
SUQQU Extra Rich Cream Foundation (review) mixed with RBR Milk Aquarelle Liquid Foundation
Rouge Bunny Rouge Shadow Play contour liquid
RBR Diaphanous loose powder (review)
RBR Highlighting Powder in Goddess
Dior Skinflash under eye brightener and NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer (vanilla)
ADDICTION Griege and Burberry Pale Barley no102 (review) eyeshadows
By Terry Ombre Blackstars in 3 Blond Opal, 4 Bronze Moon and 5 Misty Rock
Surratt blush in La Vie En Rose
SUQQU Extra Glow Lipstick in 104
IT cosmetics Superhero mascara
Viseart Structure Brow palette
I did love this look, Ombre Blackstars have very fine and elegant shimmer, which I'm a fan of. They're very easy to work with as the formula is nicely creamy and blendable. I applied 5 Misty Rock on the lid near the lash line , 4 Bronze Moon above and 3 Blond Opal as an inner corner highlight. I believe one could blend these shadows with fingers in a pinch, but I found that firm, goat hair brushes worked the best for blending and diffusing the color. Although the pen was a bit "fat" for the inner corner highlight or lower lash line, blending and cleaning the application with a pencil brush was easy peasy.
Swatches & swatches blended
3 Blond Opal - "Creamy" vanilla shade with golden micro shimmer
4 Bronze Moon - Bronzy taupe brown with ultra fine micro shimmers
5 Misty Rock - Unique greyish lavender with multi colored glitters
Texture-wise all the shades are smooth, blend nicely and set semi-quickly. I didn't notice any shimmer fallout either. Only if the lasting power was better.
I do forgive the Ombre Blackstars little bit as my expectations were quite high, but at the end of the day I will not be purchasing more colors. In fact, I sold Blond Opal and my backup of Misty Rock after I had typed this post. They're not necessarily a bad product as many seem to like them, but didn't work for my hooded lids and I wouldn't recommend them if you have a similar eye shape or perhaps oily lids. Beautiful colors nice to own, but I find them too pricey for what they are. There are other potential cream eyeshadow formulas on the market I'm willing to trial. Tom Ford and Channel potted cream shadows I already like and I'm intrigued by the Armani Eye Tints and Burberry Eye Contours. By Terry's are sadly not a must-have for me.