Foundation Swatch Comparisons…Suqqu, By Terry, Kanebo Sensai!

Above: The swatching subjects…By Terry Densiliss #4, Suqqu Frame Fix 002, By Terry Sheer Expert #7 By Terry Cover Expert #7, By Terry Densiliss #7, Kanebo Sensai Cellular Performance Cream Foundation #22 and Suqqu Frame Fix #003.
My obsession with foundation is no secret.  In turn, I swatch…a lot.  Recently, I procured both the elusive Suqqu Frame Fix Cream Foundation (review found HERE) in two shades as well as the brand new By Terry Densiliss Foundation (full shade spectrum can be found HERE).  Since both formulas are not easily attainable for most, I’ve received a barrage of requests for swatches of both formulas, alongside some other By Terry formulas (Sheer and Cover Expert) and a oft-written about and personal lifetime favorite, Kanebo Sensai Cellular Performance Cream Foundation.  
Despite a hectic week, I am happy to oblige and hope the following swatches and shade descriptions (in my personal experience) are endlessly helpful for those of you ordering these formulas online!  Scroll on!
Above: Swatches in indoor lighting (from a window).
Shade Descriptions (from lightest to darkest):

1. By Terry Densiliss 04: NC 15-20
2. Suqqu Frame Fix Cream Foundation 002: N/NC 20
3. By Terry Sheer Expert #7 Vanilla Beige: N/NC 23-25
4. By Terry Cover Expert #7 Vanilla Beige: N/NC 23-25
5. By Terry Densiliss Foundation #7 Golden Beige: N/NC 25
6. Kanebo Sensai Cellular Performance Cream Foundation #22 Natural Beige: N/NC 25-27
7. Suqqu Frame Fix Cream Foundation 003: NC 25-27

Above: Swatches in outdoor shade.
Above: Swatches in outdoor shade.
Above: Swatches in direct sunlight.
Above: Swatches natural indoor lighting.
Bottom Line: I truly hope this is of great use and wish you the best in your high-end foundation search! xo…The Beauty Professor

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Comments (16)

  • Anonymous Reply

    BP you'll have to tell us how these stack up against each other, soon! 🙂

    November 1, 2013 at 1:50 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      I shall do my best! Lately, I've been bouncing between the Densiliss #7 (on shorter work days) and the Suqqu #003 (with a smidge of #002 mixed in) for my super long lecture days (the lasting power is better!).

      xoxo and enjoy the weekend,

      –The Beauty Professor

      November 1, 2013 at 10:53 pm
    • Anonymous Reply

      Are they better than the Kanebo? Gahh I have such a love/hate relationship with your blog–always giving me new craves! :-p

      November 2, 2013 at 3:20 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      I can't say that it is better than the Kanebo (which will always hold a special place in my heart). It is just different. In my experience, the Kanebo is slightly glowier while the Suqqu is quite matte (but still skin-like in nature). Also, the Kanebo is more of a neutral beige while the Suqqu in 002/003 is more yellow (but NOT orange) in undertone.

      So sorry for fueling the foundation fire…it's my weakness, too ; )


      –The Beauty Professor

      November 4, 2013 at 1:40 am
  • SoSuSam Reply

    Thanks for the comparison swatches. So helpful!

    November 1, 2013 at 2:19 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      My pleasure, SoSuSam!

      Happy to help ; )


      –The Beauty Professor

      November 2, 2013 at 4:10 am
  • strongestrose Reply

    Glorious!! You have so many nice matches; on my monitor the Densiliss #7 looks perfect!! I am finding I can wear the Suqqu 003 without mixing with 002. I have Darker Chest & Arms syndrome though!! Also looking forward to a compare and contrast update when you have has the time to fully enjoy each!! I am eager to try the newly formulated Aqua Foundation by Koh Gen Do. Are you? 🙂

    November 1, 2013 at 6:50 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hello Shoshana!

      Thank you ever so much ; ) I, too, am finding that #003 is working well on it's own, though I often add a smidge of #002 for good measure since I add bronzer/contour on top. My arms and chest are darker as well! I will be working on a compare and contrast soon! Also, I should be receiving samples of the new KGD Aqua formula soon (so swatches should be up in the near future) and cannot wait to compare this new variation to the original…we shall see.

      xoxo, talk soon and have a marvelous weekend!

      –The Beauty Professor

      November 1, 2013 at 10:59 pm
  • Anonymous Reply

    Hi Beauty Professor!

    I love your blog……thank you so much for all of the information you provide! I am trying to find a new foundation and some good basic skincare and wondered if you might be able to make some recommendations. I have combination skin with some oiliness in the t-zone and dryness on the cheeks. I have to be careful of some small blackheads on my nose which get easily clogged, but I find that products for oilier skin generally do not provide enough moisture. I am 42 years old and although I do not have any wrinkles yet, I would like to do whatever I can to avoid them 🙂

    The only idea I have for my coloring is that I have light skin with some ruddiness. I am Fairly Light in Bare Escentuals, but not sure if you are familiar with their colors. I prefer neutral colors because I do not like to accentuate the redness in my skin with pink toned foundations.

    Sorry for going on and on and on 🙂 Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated!!!!!!!


    November 20, 2013 at 2:13 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hello Janet,

      Thanks for your kind words…I have fun keeping this blog going and appreciate the positive feedback! With regards to your question, I think you would love the Kanebo Sensai Cellular Performance Cream Foundation. It is great for combination skin, provides glowing medium coverage, doesn't irritate sensitive skin, is hydrating and has anti-aging skincare benefits…it is truly the best "all around foundation" and I use it multiple times a week, even though I have other amazing formulas as well. I think you could get away with Bamby Beige, Warm Beige or perhaps Natural Beige (if your coloring is like mine). This formula can be picked up at Neiman Marcus!

      I hope that helps…xoxo and keep me posted,

      –The Beauty Professor

      November 22, 2013 at 1:01 am
  • Anonymous Reply

    Hi, I wear Bobbi Brown foundation in #3 Beige. Do you think 002 or 003 is a match for me? Thanks!

    November 21, 2013 at 12:39 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply


      I think that 003 is probably a better match as 002 is very light. The combination of 002 and 003 would likely give you the perfect shade equivalent to #3 Beige, but that would be an expensive investment!

      Hope that helps…xo,

      –The Beauty Professor

      November 22, 2013 at 1:04 am
  • Gabbi Reply

    Hi there,

    Do you think that you will be able to wear the Suqqu 003 in the summer? How does it compare to some of your darker foundation shades like Terry Cover expert 9 or LMDB 9?


    February 15, 2014 at 10:44 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hi Gabbi,

      I find that Suqqu #003 is just a touch lighter than both By Terry CE #9 and LMdB #9 (which are both about NC 30).

      I hope that helps!


      –The Beauty Professor

      February 17, 2014 at 5:01 am
  • Anonymous Reply

    Hello, I am trying to pick my shade for BY Terry sheer cover expert. I wear 1N1 in Estee Lauder perfectionist foundation and i also own a Chantacaille futere skin foundation in alabaster. What shade would you reccomend getting?
    Thank you much!

    March 31, 2015 at 2:17 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hello…I would recommend #4 or #7 in the By Terry Cover Expert!


      –The Beauty Professor

      April 7, 2015 at 7:31 pm

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