To me, YSL Touche Eclat is one of those 'Hall of Fame' beauty products that is seemingly adored by beauty insiders, celebrities and make up artists alike, not to mention the neighbours cat, but once purchased, makes you question whether it is worth the hype (and expense).
When I started to take an interest in beauty magazines Touche Eclat featured heavily, I realise now that this was down to advertising fees, but it still didn't stop me from wanting to test out this 'wonder product' for myself.
Often described as a concealer, Touch Eclat is in fact a highlighter, which when used in the correct way, be it under the eyes, at the top of your cupid's bow, on your brow bone and or wherever else you see fitting is meant to give a radiant glow and banishes dark shadows with a click of a button.
Now available in seven shades, it was a while before I was able to get my hands on #4 a couple of years ago which was best suited for my skin tone at the time. In the end I bought it off Ebay as I couldn't find it anywhere!
When I wear #4 I really struggle to see exactly what it's doing because it blends in so well with my skin tone. It really is one of those kind of products whose effect can only really be appreciated in the flesh. Nothing out of the ordinary shows up in photographs and since I don't suffer from dark circles, it doesn't do anything out of the ordinary on my under eye area. Coverage is sheer and I use my fingers to blend it in, after initially applying it with the brush which is too soft and flimsy to guarantee even coverage and application. Despite being a highlighter, it doesn't have any form of glaring shimmer in it at all, instead giving a very soft focus effect - again it's hard to see this in photographs.
I recently bought new shade #6 Luminous Amber from Sephora. I guess I wanted to see if it would be an improvement on #4 Luminous Toffee. It has a peachy undertones to it which surprisingly really suit my skin tone, despite it being hailed for those with red undertones. It makes me look fresher in the face and a little more glowy. I currently have a really bad cold and basically it's helped me to look half human!!
I don't think it warrants its high price tag and it's not life changing for me in any sense, but it compliments my overall look when I'm going for a 'nude face', which consists of only base, a slick of concealer and lipgloss.
Click the black button on the top of the pen to dispense the product - it may take a while. It took 18 clicks (I kid you not) for #6 to finally emerge!!
Be careful though - apply too much and you'll know it when you look back at photographs and see l white circles under your eyes. These are caused by the camera flash bouncing off the light reflecting particles. Personally, I've never experienced this though and I feel inclined to believe this tends to happen more with the lighter shades of Touche Eclat.
It's not cheap, coming in at £24 and I'm sure there are a plethora of other products which will work just as well (if not better) for half the price. I think I may repurchase #6 again when I'm feeling particularly frivolous but I don't view this as an absolute essential for my 'daily face'. I'm not sure if you can purchase #6 in the UK yet. I know Harrods and Cheapsmells.com stock #4 but it may (still) not be readily available on all YSL counters.
Are you a fan of Touche Eclat or think it's a waste of money? How do you use yours?