YSL Touche Eclat Radiant Touch - Worth The Hype?

Monday, January 03, 2011

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?

22 beauty lovers have sumthin to say:

Liparazzi said...

I really don't rate Touche Eclat at all, I had bought it a few times before I knew a whole lot about makeup, spurred on by all the praise it had received in the media. I never found that it tackled my dark under-eye circles and as you say, it can photograph REALLY badly. I would prefer to stick to my Estee Lauder Maximum Cover Foundation as a concealer ANY day. Great post! x

Girl With The Golden Touch said...

I personally don't like it, I was disappointed when I bought it because it is so much money, but I did continue to use it. I wouldn't buy it again xx

legseleven7 said...

There ain't no product that hides my dark circles, hehe. So I don't bother to try anymore.

Tobi said...

It is definitely a winner for me! I cant leave my house without it, perks up my skin right where it is needed. Nonetheless I am willing to try alternatives but as a woman of colour it is incredibly difficult to find a similar product! I will be buying this product again xx

EllysMakeupbag said...

For me, it doesn't do anything. I don't even have dark circles, and i fail to see how it illuminates. Maybe im using it wrong ..But i don't think its worth the hype.

VexintheCity said...

@Liparazzi - I don't get the hysteria surrounding it at all.

@Girl with the Golden Touch - Yeah, it's def too pricey.

@Legseleven7 - Keeping looking!

@Tobi - Glad it works for you. I can't even think of a WOC alternative to this ..*racks brain*

@EllysMakeupbg - I think it only shows up when you're ill! I can barely notice it otherwise!

Henessy said...

After all the hype about the product I finally gave in and bought it back in Feb after looking for shade 4 forever. I was defintely disappointed as it blends in withh my skin tone that it just looks like a normal concealer. For the price im not too sure if its worth buying it again to try the Amber shade you tried.

VexintheCity said...

@Henessy - Yep, I know what you mean. I was like "Is that it??" when I first tried no 4. I dunno what the hell it does. Maybe others can see a brightness to my face cos I can't at all with it.Meh!!

For the price, in all honestly I'd wait til you're stateside, buy it, try it and at least if you don't like it you can get your money back!! Longwinded but at least you won't be stuck with a product you hate!

Joy said...

I have looked at buying Touche Eclat several times as people seem to go on about it so much. The one time where I was closest to purchasing, the sales assistant was really pushing #1 on me. I have an olive skintone and was very wary that this was really the right one for me as I didn't want to have white circles round my eyes. She kept saying #1 suits everyone and dismissed my reluctance so I walked away.

I love the Garnier under eye roll on. Much kinder on the purse strings too!

Rhamnousia @ Desi Girl Does Makeup said...

You know my feelings about this when I did that post on it.

I really don't see the point of it and the fact that it is misold makes me annoyed too. A YSL lady tried to sell it to my mum as a concealer and when I asked her why it was called a highlighter, she went flipmode.

The problem I have with it is this..you wear enough to cover your dark circles but then people find that out in photos, then if you apply less so that it doesn't show in pics, people still see your dark circles in person.

Have you seen the latest ad for it? As far as I know, you can only get shades 1,2,3 in the UK and they had a black girl in the ad..there is no way that any of the shades available here would work on her, number 3 barely works on me!

Flutura Whispers said...

I really don't like Touche Eclat as I can never get the balance right - I always end up looking like a panda in photographs yet when I apply a very small amount, I don't see enough of a difference.

xxFlutura

http://www.fluturawhispers.blogspot.com/

DeeDee said...

OMG! Thank you for this post!!! I have been back and forth in regards to purchasing it for over a year. I am not sure if the price has been a factor or the many times I have tested it and wasn't really impressed. I don't have much to cover as in dark circles,etc. The YSL sales person said it will make me look more awake...didn't see the difference through out the day. I have watched Youtube "guru" after "guru" and not one has pursued me to take the leap. I believe your post has sealed it.

Henessy said...

I actually agree with buying it in America, it will be more worth it especially if I get it from Nordstrom as I love their returns policy there LOL.

Naomi said...

Hey Ladies!

I am of a caramel complexion and have been using YSL Touche Eclat No.3 for a while. They usually have all the numbers in Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge 1-5. I found it to be very good when used sparingly under the eyes at diffusing any shadow. Great help when you are an insomniac like me as I can still look normal on less sleep Hahaaha!

Zoe said...

i actually do get along with it quite well. i find the pink tone in it helps to balance out the concealer i pop on my dark circles. i know its meant to be a highlighter or complexion highlighter or some bollocks but when i mix it with the concealer it works perfect for covering those eyes. i do only use it when i'm going for a full on flawless face though, and you're definitely right about the photographs, i have been snapped looking a bit ghostly (although i must confess i do kinda like that a bit) but i do actually rate this product and it does sit highly in my favourites :) xxxx

Tass said...

If I didn't read beauty blogs I most probably would have gone and bought this then cursed myself for wasting 20quid and falling for the hype. I think it's wrong that it's promoted as a concealer when it isn't!

Anonymous said...

Terrific work! This is the type of information that should be shared around the web. Shame on the search engines for not positioning this post higher!

Kyutibu said...

I guess it's user-dependent. I personally can't live without it. I think the trick is to find the color that suits ur skin and it's not always tone dependent as advertised.
I try to go for a nude look most mornings and it just gives me the perfect finish! I understand why you might have been disappointed but I wouldn't write off all the shades yet if i were you =)

Carina M said...

You know, I don't use YSL for that. I use my Clarins one. I have yet to try YSL. I've been using Clarins for ... more than 5 years and have zero desire to even try YSL.

Gigi Baby said...

Hi I came across your blog while searching another question about YSL but I have to say for me I love this product. I use a #4 as well (which is now #6.5) and it just works rally well for me! I have not problems with taking photos with my under concealer. I have tried other products and for me I just love how well YSL works for me! I understand not everyone is gonna love it and I respect that but I just wanted to give me little two cents since you asked haha! Great blog!!

Loves and likes ya <3
Gigi

Michelle Connor said...

In reply to Gigi Baby - thank you for saying that 6.5 has replaced no.4. no.4 was the one is used for years and when they changed i couldn't find the corresponding one as they don't sell it on the high street. yuo have made me a very happy woman.

Michelle

Michelle Connor said...

Thank you Gigi. I love Touche Eclat and have used #4 for years and when the shades changed I couldn't find the corresponding shade, now I will try #6.5. :-)

 

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