Review: By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Foundation

Wow, I’ve been wanting to talk about this foundation for AGES but didn’t get to. There were either newer limited edition products I had to write about first, or something more interesting. Now that the kids are watching TV, and I have all the photos sitting in the folder, I thought I’d quickly tell you about it. I bought these a little more than a year ago, and I don’t think I used these anything more than 20 times. You’re already guessing where this is headed huh?





The By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Serum Foundation is NOT dewy as what I’ve read in so many reviews. I wonder why they’d recommend it for dry skin because let me tell you that it is more suitable for those with normal to combination oily skin. At first I loved it. I just had Ashton and my skin was still changing. My skin got drier as time went by. Don’t get me wrong though. This is a beautiful foundation that applies beautifully. However, if you have dry skin, it WILL emphasize flakes. If you have slightly oily skin, then you’ll love this foundation. I find that it looks so much better after a few hours of wear, when the natural oil from my skin starts to show. At the time when my dewy foundations start to look oily is when this foundation performs best. That is why I say this foundation is best for those without dry skin.

There is also lack of shades to choose from. Number 4 is too beige for me and it is slightly darker so it made me look dull, while number 2 is warm enough but slightly too pale. So, I bought both of them to create my perfect shade. Yes, EXPENSIVE but I was on a By Terry kick back then.





My skin has been really kind to me, so I won’t show you a before after photo. However, here is a close up of me wearing the foundation. You’ll be able to see the flakes on my nose but other than that, the foundation does blend into the skin very well. It does not emphasize pores nor does it sit in them creating pools of foundation.





The foundations are now selling at RM512 at Sephora which I think is RIDICULOUS. There are many more foundations out there which perform just as well or even better, and at a fraction of the price. As an alternative, you can look at the Bobbi Brown Skin Nourishing Glow Foundation if you’re in Asia. The It Cosmetics CC Cream is great too. I’ve been really enjoying that and I’ll find some time to put up a review. If you have oily skin or when the weather is hot and humid, the NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint is good. Lastly, if you’re always in a rush, or if it’s just really difficult for you to find a shade match, you might want to check out the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick which I really like.

However, if budget isn’t a problem, you have normal to oily skin and you’re a fan of By Terry, I’m pretty sure you’ll like this foundation 🙂



xoxo Lily




  • Bellyhead

    I think that’s the same price in USD! So yes, it is crazy expensive, but I have to say it does look great on your skin.

    • Lily

      Thanks Belly.. I have to apply face oil underneath the foundation so that it sits better 🙂

  • Not Densiliss, but I’ve tried a few By Terry foundations and admired the formulations. I think madam Terry does silicones so well! However, as you said, the color range is a bit off for me. Cream Ivory is a great match (very close to my natural skin tone), but I always want something yellower for correction.

    • Lily

      I have to say that I loved this foundation when my skin was more oily. Who knew my skin could change so much in such a short time? I blame the pre and post pregnancy hormones. That said, I recently added face oil to the foundation and it works much better 🙂

  • For RM512 I want the foundation to fart fairy dust all over my face. I have to admit that as soon as I saw the title of this post, I was innerly praying please please pleaseeeee let her NOT love this foundation because you have been such a strong influence in a few of my recent purchases. Haha! Crisis averted. Whew!

    • Lily

      Hahahaha! Foundations that fart fairy dust all over your face will be pricey indeed. I guess you can get unicorn farts now, highlighters I mean. ROFL 😀

  • Wow that is $$$! No place around me sells By Terry, so luckily I can never get tempted LOL! You know what? Lately I haven’t been too impressed with hardly any higher-end foundations. None of them seem to sit well when you have drier skin. I keep forgetting about adding oil though-thanks for reminding me of that!

    • Lily

      Oh Tracy, that drop of oil makes ALL the difference! Now I can wear so many foundations I’ve neglected due to the change of my skin type.

  • Hmmm…. you’re much kinder with this than me… I had oily skin when I bought it and it didn’t work at all. Plus I couldn’t get a good shade match either, and no, I couldn’t justify buying 2 bottles of this!

    • Lily

      I wonder why some companies come out with only selected shades though. It’s so important to get the right shade of foundation, and it’s so difficult!

      • I’ve been told it has to do with the pigments and the formulation… some proportions just aren’t stable…. idk…. need an advanced chemical degree to understand it!

        • Lily

          Ah, I’ll have to do some research myself. Then it’ll make you wonder why some brands can do it while others can’t. LOL!