Morgan: A hydrating powder?

By Terry Hyaluronic hydrating powder

Oxymorons, courtesy of Romeo: O heavy lightness! Serious vanity! / Mis-shapen chaos of well-seeming forms! / Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health!

Shakespeare provides today’s post with a quote relevant in two ways: examples of things that don’t make sense, and a description of love. Suitable for a powder that is somehow also hydrating… and suitable for how much I love it. (It’s really fucking expensive, so I better love it.)


I was looking for the clip of Romeo’s monologue about Rosaline from Baz Luhrmann’s film adaptation, because I always hear Romeo’s lines in my head in Leonardo di Caprio’s voice. Instead, I found this incredibly surreal animation that I couldn’t not include in this post. I suggest pressing play and having Romeo’s robot voice as the soundtrack while you read the rest of this post.

The powder in question is the By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra-Powder. Coming in at NZ $114, it’s hideously expensive for a powder. For a translucent loose powder. It’s almost like I paid all that money to put nothing on my face.

The thing is, it’s a very special kind of nothing. It’s a hydrating powder kind of nothing. It’s incredibly finely-milled. I know Anna and Fi were all like ‘how can you even know a thing is finely milled‘ but girls, you see this powder and you will know. This shit is invisible on the brush, which can be alarming and lead to over-application… except I don’t think it’s possible for this product to look bad on the skin. It’s just expensive, so use it sparingly, and trust that it is there.

hydrating powder... yes it's a real thing

I have really oily skin, and usually by the end of the day my foundation is skating around on top of my skin. This is the first powder I’ve used that actually makes a difference and stops that from happening. The Space NK description says it ‘immediately becomes one with the skin’, which may be pushing it, but it definitely doesn’t sit on top of the skin like cheaper powders do.

The really amazing thing about this is its hydrating properties. I wasn’t aware that I was missing out on anything in my powder, but hyaluronic acid is a pretty buzzy and effective addition. This powder hydrates throughout the day, but you can also sweep it on at night over your serum and night cream. It’s like a power shield that locks in all the goodness. The hyaluronic acid is a very powerful humectant, binding with the water molecules and keeping them in your skin. Good stuff. Hydrating powder! Who would have thought?!

When I use this at night, in the morning my skin feels like it did when I went to bed (soft, hydrated, nice), rather than in need of a good clean like it usually does when I wake up. I mean, I still clean it, obviously.

I bought this as a birthday treat when I got my makeup done at Mecca Cosmetica, and I know it’s not realistic for me to recommend that you guys all go out and buy it. It’s a definite luxury indulgence; something you didn’t realise you needed because you don’t really need it. It’s just that once you use it, you suddenly need it.

What are your thoughts? Would you use this? Is adding a powder to your skincare routine just an extra, fussy step?

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  • Haha now dying to test this out to see what finely milled REALLY is! Such an odd concept, a hydrating powder. Have you ever had a hyaluronic serum? I’m eyeballing a couple on Amazon – some aren’t so expensive!


    • Is By Terry stocked anywhere in Spain? You should see if you can try it somewhere!

      I really like Indeed Labs Hydraluron, but it might be hard to get – it’s really affordable though!

  • Nina

    I’m getting my makeup done at Mecca this week and after seeing this post I’m even more confused about what I might pick up! Did you go in knowing exactly what you wanted to pick up or was like Imma get whatever wows me on the spot?? x

    • Ordinarily I would get something I need like foundation, but I didn’t have anything I needed so I wasn’t sure what to buy until the end! I had read about this powder on other blogs and I thought I would never buy it otherwise so I went for it. You’re going to have so much fun!

  • Iana

    Hydrating??? Does that mean it’s good for dry skin as well as oily?? If so I’m running out to buy it 😛

    • It doesn’t actively hydrate on its own, per se – it just amplifies the hydrating power of your moisturiser and locks the moisture in! Definitely worth the splurge 🙂

  • Courtney Harper

    Ah fuck. I think I need this

  • kezia

    this post reminds my that I am DYING to get my hands on the bourjois java rice powder. It’s apparently a hourglass ambient lighting powder dupe and it looks amazing, a dewy finish powder. So hard to get your hands on!

    • Yes I have seen it in UK blogger videos! It’s on the Boots website, I might just have to put in an order…