File this one under “YouTube made me buy it.” A couple of beauty vloggers I follow have repeatedly raved about the Ombre Black Star cream shadow sticks from By Terry. So, when I placed an order from Beautylish Boutiques to get myself some Charlotte Tilbury goodies, I threw one of these in my cart as well, because I just had to see what all the fuss was about.
Now, after hearing Lily Pebbles and Viviannadoesmakeup describe this product, I was expecting heavenly choirs and weeping unicorns upon application. And…I just don’t see what all the fuss is about. Don’t get me wrong, this is a beautiful product. It’s smooth and creamy, it has a nice shimmer that creates an almost glossy effect on the eye, it blends pretty easily and it’s a great option for when you want to look polished and don’t have a lot of time.
BUT, it’s not really any more special than some other cream shadow sticks I’ve tried. In terms of how it applies and how it looks on the eye, it’s nearly identical to the Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks, which I also love. The one key difference is wear time. The By Terry version is darn near bulletproof. It lasts right until bedtime (14+ hours) without creasing, whereas the Laura Mercier ones last about 9-10 hours before minor creasing occurs.
The verdict? It’s a lovely product that I will enjoy using, but I won’t be rushing out to buy another one, because there are similar products available that are far less expensive.