By Terry Sun Designer Palette 6 –  Happy Sun

The By Terry Sun Designer Palettes ($55 USD or $66.75 CAD) are my all time favorite makeup product… ever. Bold claim? I know, but I really think that these powders are some of the least hyped products out there that deliver an incredible finish to the skin. I most recently picked up the latest launch of the By Terry Sun Designer Palette 6 Happy Sun, and couldnt be happier with it.

My only two issues with these is that they are limited edition and the pan sizes are a weird shape to evenly coat a brush. With that said, if my only two issues is that I wish they came out with singles of each shade that were permanent, i’d say those are pretty good issues to have!

Each summer, By Terry releases two limited edition powder palettes that consist of a highlight, blush and bronzer that have a soft sheen finish to them on the left side and three variations of deeper/shimmery blush and/or highlighter shades on the right.Β  Once these powders are sold out, they’re gone. This is the third summer in a row that By Terry has released their sun designer palettes, and while a lot of the shades may look similar, the tones are so understatedly beautiful and natural that I dont mind! I can see a lot of people calling the shades boring or too neutral but there is a place in the market for subtle natural makeup and that’s where I love to play. The muted mauves, the highlighters that don’t sparkle from space and even the deeper colours as eyeshadows provide a subtle glowy eye that I live for.

By Terry Sun Designer Palette 6 Happy Sun:

During the first two summer launches of the ByTerry Sun Designer Palettes, they were $82 USD or $107 CAD each! That’s 62% or $40 more expensive than they are now, making me super tempted to get backups of the ones I love. Currently on Beautylish, only the second sun designer palette is sold out, with the rest of them still available. With the amount of product still the same (and actually the packaging is a bit nicer with mental ridges separating each colour), the only difference is that the cheaper palettes dont come in a velvet sleeve (pictured below) that the initial, more expensive, batches did. I love that By Terry dropped the price and the useless (but luxurious) pouches to focus more on the product, less on the packaging.

The reason why I love these powders so much is because:

  1. The powders are very soft and finely milled. Although this does mean that you get a lot of kick back, within moderation that’s a tradeoff to have powders that blend effortlessly without edges on the face
  2. The colours are boring BUT I LOVE THEM. Although these type of neutral shades seem to get a bad rap, they’re actually all that I use and I feel like brands shy away from making them because people are so vocal about wanting colour. While I get that, I still always gravitate towards softer makeup and I think ByTerry got it right with the tones of these powders being just the right shade to give me a subtle blush, bronze, glow and eye shimmer for everyday.

By Terry Sun Designer Palette 6 Happy Sun has two sides with varying finishes. The left side is more shimmery whereas the right side offers more of a subtle sheen finish to the skin.

  • On the right side, top to bottom, you have a light pinky pearl, a light sandy bronze and a golden yellow shade.
  • On the left side, top to bottom, you have a bronzer with a light golden sheen, a muted mauve shade and a light to medium coral.

First set of three shimmery shades on the right

Second set of sheen-y shades on the right

I have a post where I reviewed all of my ByTerry Makeup linked here, if interested! While the brand doesnt offer a lot that I prefer, this is one product that has made a loyalist out of me!

If you dont want to pay the luxury price tag for the Sun Designer palettes, I posed a luxury dupes article linked here that provides amazing alternatives to not just the sun designer palettes but many other makeup products! Happy reading πŸ™‚


  1. July 7, 2018 / 6:05 pm

    I completely get wanting to look more natural with makeup. Let’s face it, the majority of people clamouring for color are the ones who do crazy Instagram posts or who are on YouTube. For real people in real life, though. . . we need the right makeup to look like normal humans- just fixed up and pretty. πŸ˜€
    I mean, I personally don’t want to go around with a crazy blue smokey eye and blinding ‘Instagram Highlights’ (as they’ve been named.) If I did I think my mom would dis-inherit me XD

    • beauty.swatched
      July 7, 2018 / 7:36 pm

      LOL Omg you said it perfectly πŸ˜‚β™₯οΈπŸ™πŸΌ – makeup in real life looks way different than makeup online! I had to learn that lesson the hard way during days where I’d catch my reflection in a washroom mirror and immediately reach for paper towel to blot my face and try and tone it down. What seems like a good idea watching Beauty pictures and videos isn’t always the best thing for real life 🀳🏼

  2. July 7, 2018 / 9:42 am

    What a beautiful palette! I love your comment about highlighter that doesn’t glow from space; a subtle highlight is so underrated.

    • beauty.swatched
      July 7, 2018 / 12:11 pm

      Totally! I’m here for that subtle glow – especially in sunlight it looks beautiful

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