By Terry Aqualip Jelly Tint
Following on from yesterday’s Rococo post, not only did we get to have a good look around at the Space NK preview and a play with some gorgeous things, we also got to meet Terry de Gunzberg, the brains behind the niche brand By Terry.
I’ve heard a lot about By Terry over the past couple of years, but hadn’t actually tried anything – mainly as I was put off by the pricing of the products. This isn’t a range you’re going to see in Superdrug any time soon. However, listening to Terry talk about the science and groundbreaking technologies behind her products, I was rapidly sucked in. I’m hankering after a number of the face products now, as well as the amazing shimmery waterproof eyeshadows.
One product I was lucky enough to receive at the event was this, the Aqualip Jelly Tint. When Terry demonstrated it, I was immediately nervous about the colour of it. This looks fluorescent orange in the tube, and hot pink on the applicator. Eek! Considering I bought the most nude and natural shade of the Revlon lip butters, I had pretty much written off this as being too bright for me. However, once on the lip, it settles down to a very pretty pink – nowhere near the scary neon shade it appears in the tube. I only use a wash of one coat, but I know other people have been building it up with a few more.
OK, so its a pink lipgloss, so what, right? Well. it’s not actually a gloss – this is more of a stain. It isnt sticky or shiny or shimmery – it goes on smoothly and almost like a temporary tattoo for the lips. As such, it doesn’t really have any moisturising properties so you do need a good hit of lipbalm first, but it is far from drying. I did find though that if I applied balm over the top, it had more of a shine and its staying power was reduced. Sorry for the slightly blurry Instagram pic above but it was the best one I had to show the colour in its true light.
Used alone, this lasts on me for a good four or five hours. It stains the lips rather than make you feel like you’re wearing any product at all, which is brilliant for me as part of the reason that I shy away from wearing lipstick is that I hate the blubbery, greasy feeling of wearing something on my mouth. This is literally like you have nothing on at all. Brilliant.
It costs £22. I know that’s a lot of money but I would not hesitate to pay this again when it runs out. I don’t actually think it is going to run out for a while anyway as I only use the tiniest amount and it lasts for hours, so it’s a worthwhile investment. How many times do you spend £7+ on a lipgloss that you have to apply every ten minutes, only for it to go gungy and get lost at the bottom of your make-up bag?
Just what I need, another high-end make-up obsession. Still, friends and family, you know what to get me for Christmas now…