BFF Trinny London V By Terry CC Serum.

I’ve been using my BFF cream by Trinny London a good couple of years now, no complaints at all but then I kept seeing a lot of hype about a CC cream that everyone was raving about on social media.

It’s good to try new things regarding makeup, isn’t it? You never know if there’s that miracle item out there that’s going to really wow you and make you feel fabulous.

So, after reading all about the By Terry CC serum (comments on reviews are very good) I decided to start looking into the brand. The makeup looks good and I like the idea of building your own makeup pallets. You can choose what you want to go into pallets small or large, but they’re expensive though!

I bit the bullet and ordered the By Terry CC Serum and The Brightening CC powder. I wasn’t disappointed by the packaging on arrival.

The CC Brightening powder comes in a gorgeous compact. Rose gold with a mirror. Handy for touch-ups when out and about. The CC Brightening serum comes in a glass bottle with a pump.

What’s your first reaction when you’ve been excitedly waiting for new products to arrive? Immediately undo the box, take a look and sample.

I ordered the shade No.3 Apricot Glow. I did ponder over this shade or No.4 Sunny Flash but I worried about that being too dark. Apricot Glow is said to revive a dull complexion and give skin warmth. Much needed.

I tend to go for foundations with a slight yellowy tone and find these best for me, so this seemed the best choice.

I always mix My Trinny BFF with my foundation. You can read all about my Trinny reviews here and here. The By Terry doesn’t mix well with my foundation at all. It just disappears into the foundation. You need to apply it on its own prior to foundation.

I’m not impressed with the results at all. Maybe I should have gone for the darker shade? Once I apply my foundation over the top it’s like I’ve not added anything for that little bit of extra glow.

Why oh why do we try to fix things that aren’t broke? Because I’ve opened and sampled I can’t return either!

And another thought. When buying makeup online from any brand, why don’t they provide a sample so you can try that first? Then we could return if it’s the wrong shade. I’m intrigued to hear if you have tried the CC Serum and your thoughts about the sample idea.

So here’s why I prefer my Trinny BFF to the CC Serum

  • Obviously the result! I find this barely does anything for my complexion. When I mix Trinny’s BFF with my foundation my skin looks luminous, awake and well, so much better!
  • The price. By Terry’s CC Serum is £61.00 for 30ml compared to Trinny’s £35.00 for 30ml
  • SPF Trinny’s BFF has an SPF of 30. We all need protection. There is none in the CC Serum

All is not lost

After giving such bad thoughts on the CC Serum I’m happy to say that I love the brightening CC Powder. I also received a complimentary Expert Dual Powder No.7 Sun Desire.

I like the CC Brightening powder. It’s light and just gives that light bronzing you need over the winter months. It’s not overly shimmery either. Easy to apply with a large or blush brush and not at all cakey.

So much more forgiving on mature skin. I will definitely carry on using it. It’s currently sold out online so the proof is in the pudding to the popularity of this powder.

The compact is gorgeous and any woman would be proud to produce this out of her handbag for touch-ups.

The Expert Dual powder works great for a little contouring and it’s a handy travel size for the handbag.

So that’s my review. Not all good Not all bad

As you can see, my BFF has been sucked dry! There’s a new BFF on it’s way to me as I write this. I will stick with what I know works from now on. I can’t wait for it to arrive and I miss it.

I’m loving the T-Kit. I mentioned this last week. Such a genius idea! The eye definer brush is excellent for applying that smokey line just above the lashes.

Miracle Blur – I must give that a mention. It’s worth looking at. I wouldn’t be without it.

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  1. Fiona
    February 3, 2020 / 3:07 pm

    I don’t think I could bring myself to pay £61 for a CC serum, Trinny’s BFF at £35 is as much as I want to fork out and I’m very impressed with it. It really diminishes the dark circles under my eyes, so glad to have found it through your blog.

    • laurie
      February 9, 2020 / 8:00 pm

      Hi Fiona! That’s so good to hear. I’m glad it’s working for you xx

  2. February 2, 2020 / 4:49 am

    It is perfect if we can have a sample sized product. I have quite sensitive skin, and I have to be very careful with what I’m putting on my skin. Not everything is for everybody. It would help you to find what is right for you, and then it is time for a full-size package.


    • laurie
      February 9, 2020 / 7:59 pm

      At least a small patch sample opened could help us determine if it’s right for us Anna. Then I could have sent it back. In all fairness, I think I should have gone for a darker shade. I could have returned and reviewed the darker one and the review could have turned out so differently! xx

  3. February 1, 2020 / 7:59 pm

    I agree. I have had some hit and misses with By Terry. kind of expensive for the misses.

    • laurie
      February 9, 2020 / 7:56 pm

      So expensive. A lesson learned Lauren. I will be sticking with the beauty counters from now on when I want to try something new! xx

  4. January 31, 2020 / 10:26 am

    A couple of years ago I bought several By Terry products including what was described as an iconic lip balm with a rose gold finish, and a blusher. I’m afraid I hated both, the lip balm was really drying! So it’s interesting to see you didn’t like the CC Serum. Thanks for joining #WowOnWednesday!

    • laurie
      January 31, 2020 / 11:46 pm

      I’ve read so many good things about the By Terry brand Gail I just had to try. Very disappointed in the CC cream but I do like the CC powder. I’ve obviously found the best for me with the Trinny brand. A lesson learned xx

  5. January 30, 2020 / 1:27 pm

    These look like great beauty products, Laurie. Thanks for sharing your review with us at Creative Mondays Link Up. I hope you can join us tomorrow 🙂

    • laurie
      January 31, 2020 / 11:47 pm

      Thanks Claire. It’s good to share new items even if they don’t work out sometimes xx

  6. January 27, 2020 / 11:12 pm

    Laurie, thanks so much for sharing this product review. There are so many products out there it is hard to decide which ones are best!


    • laurie
      January 28, 2020 / 10:13 am

      I agree with you Shelbee. That’s why I could kick myself for trying something new when I already had the answer! xx

  7. January 27, 2020 / 1:57 pm

    I use a separate serum at night time then in the day use factor 50 facial suncream and my normal foundation, I use Boots no 7, but fancy a change so i’ll take a look #pocolo

    • laurie
      January 28, 2020 / 10:15 am

      That’s what I’m working on now, finding the right high SPF. I’ve just started using retinol so I need something higher xx

  8. January 23, 2020 / 3:24 pm

    I always watch Trinny s Igtv. She’s such a fantastic woman.

    • laurie
      January 24, 2020 / 7:02 am

      The brand is good Nancy. I’ve watched it grow for the last couple of years. xx

  9. January 23, 2020 / 2:15 pm

    Nice review. You are right about having sample size so a person can make the right decision when ordering online. There is quite a difference in price too. Glad you cream is on the way!

    • laurie
      January 24, 2020 / 7:09 am

      I have my new Trinny BFF Mireille! We have to try new things I guess because you never know when the magic is going to land in your lap! xx

  10. January 23, 2020 / 8:47 am

    Thanks for your honest review Laurie. The brightening powder sounds lovely. X enjoy your day x

    • laurie
      January 24, 2020 / 7:10 am

      Thanks Jacqui. I learned a lesson here. Especially regarding social media! xx

  11. January 22, 2020 / 10:07 pm

    I too have often thought about trying the By Terry CC Cream. I have read a few people saying they were disappointed though, so I am glad I did not take the plunge! I have not tried anything from the Trinny range. I am tempted as I sometimes just fancy a it of glow rather than my tinted moisturiser.

    • laurie
      January 24, 2020 / 7:10 am

      I’m bringing mine with me on our next meet up Kerry! xx