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I was looking for a product that would do more than just work as a primer that it would improve the skin whilst it was working and make my foundation last that bit longer.
I am a fan of YSL, but must say I found this ever so slightly pointless. On websites and make-up artist sites, they highly recommend this, but it baffles me as to why.
The aim of this product is to refresh your skin and ease the look of stressed or fatigued skin. I wouldn't say I had a major problem but wanted something to help me in the evening when heading out after working all day.
The added bonus was that this came with an applicator in the form of a brush, you squeeze the tube and the primer readies the brush so you can apply straight to your face.
During the demonstration in-store I thought the product was smooth and very light also not much was needed and at the retail price of £55 at the time, I thought this would last much longer and you're paying for good quality.
I was impressed at the time, took note, although this was only demonstrated on my hand and not my face.
I took on board the tips and tricks not to apply too much, less is best and all that.
I waited the duration advised before applying my foundation[small note: I brought a foundation in the YSL range thinking it would be good to use on the same brand]
The lady advised 2-3 minutes to allow the product to work and set well. I waited and felt that 2-3 minutes was the right time for me. The liquid was just as light at home, but I felt the brush was clumsy, and didn't work the product into my face but pushed the liquid around around.
When the product does sink in I must admit the smoothness was like silk and the fragrance was lovely, a slightly perfumed smell. I have sensitive skin, but I didn't react at all to this product so I thought so far so good.
However, when I applied the foundation purchased from YSL I couldn't see a difference. I tried applying the foundation with a foundation sponge first, but I saw peels of residue forming and was gutted, it looked horrible.
On my second attempt, I tried using my fingers but still the peels of residue formed again.
On my third time[ yes I persisted £55! spent] I chose a different foundation but it was the same thing. I tried everything from less to more flash raidance products, to wearing foundation to not wearing foundation, but I thought this product was so disappointing.
Even without foundation on the product, for me, didn't do anything not a smidgen.
I did head to the various websites for anything that could help, but I was doing everything suggested, unfortunately, this was a waste of time and money.
Only plus was that for people like me where products that sit on the skin and cause issues, this doesn't at all, it's not petroleum based.
If there was one piece of make up that I couldn't live without, it would be my Touch Eclat by YSL. Although I don't own many items by this brand, I am really faithful to this one so I thought I might try out a few more YSL beauties. One of the new items that I bought was the Top Secrets Flash Radiance Skin Care Brush.
What does the product do?
It is essentially a primer which aims to perfect the complexion and hides signs of stress and tiredness. It contains light reflecting pigments to brighten the skin and caffeine to awaken it. It promises to hide imperfections, leave your skin feeling silky soft and provide the perfect base on which to apply your make up.
How do you use the product?
You use the product on clean skin that has been moisturised. You need to twist the bottom of the tube to the on position and then give the tube a gentle squeeze. The product will be dispensed on the brush and you can sweep the product directly onto the face. I tend to use it only on places where my skin looks tired or where I have fine lines and enlarged pores as opposed to all over. You then need to wait two minutes before applying make up or you can just wear it alone.
Packaging and Price
The product comes in a white tube with a shiny metallic gold lid. It doesn't have much decoration other than a metallic gold YSL but this brand always keep packaging design to a minimum. When you remove the lid, you see the soft white bristled brush which is attached to the bottle. The product is not cheap and it will cost you around £35 to buy. It can be bought from any store with a YSL counter such as Boots and also from a variety of online websites.
The brush feels really soft on the skin and the formula of the product is quite cooling and comfortable on the skin. It has a silky smooth formula so it does glide over the skin and providing that you haven't dispensed too much, the brush should be able to work the product into the skin. Occasionally I need to use my fingers to work in the last bit. I don't know how hygienic the product is and I do wash my brush when the product is in the off position.
My skin feels really soft and silky when you touch it after using the product. It fills in some of my fine lines and enlarged pores but doesn't make them disappear completely. Its formula isn't too oily so it won't make you shiny but it does leave a slight sheen on the skin. It moderately brightens the skin and makes me look a bit more fresh faced than before. I leave it about five minutes before applying my make up and it applies well over the top. It does make my make up look a bit nice but I can't say that it particularly prolongs the life of my make up.
All in all, there is nothing wrong with this product but then it didn't blow me away either. It did make my skin soft, hide some of my imperfections and acts as a good base for make up. I will continue to use the product but I wouldn't repurchase because I think there are cheaper products out there that will do as good a job as this.
Another staple product in my make up bag. I use YSL top secrets daily, when my moisturiser has soaked into my face i apply a small amount in a thin even layer using the fab brush. It recommends leaving a couple of minutes after application and then apply your foundation, which i do and i find it works a treat. I find it allows my foundation to brush on smoothly and evenly and if i didn't use it my face would not look or feel so good.
On application it feels cool to the skin which is lovely and refreshing in a morning
It comes in a squeezy tube with built in brush and can be twisted to lock so when travelling all the product doesn't squeeze out!
I havent used a full tube yet and I use it daily so it probably lasts 3 months at least.
It costs over £20 so isn't cheap but buy from boots and you get your points!
I have recently converted to using YSL makeup products after being lurred by magazines and individuals raving about them. When I was last in the beauty department I was lurred over by a special money off offer.
The sales advisor mentioned to me about this product and I was initially sceptical due to having sensitive skin. With some initial resistance I finally gave in and agreed to have a "make over" done.
The product smelt fresh and she advised me how to apply, which looked easy enough. She used it under the YSL foundation and it certainly made my skin feel softer and have a slighty "dewy" look. I was impressed and convinced to buy this and the matching foundation.
However, I must admit that this since this first great experience I have found this product to be slightly disappointing. I have had difficulty with the brush applicator (always not getting the right amount for some reason) and never again achieved the original result which was accomplished by the sales advisor. I have continued to use the product hoping that I will get the hang of it eventually but I'm not so sure!
I absolutely swear by YSL Touché Éclat, so when the sales assistant showed me this product for the first time I admit I got a little excited. It claims to erase the signs of fatigue, give your face a radiating glow and act as a great base for your foundation. Whilst in the store the assistant continued with her sales pitch, waffling on about how all the celebs are using this 'wonder product' and its an absolute must have for any make-up bag. Of course I handed over my £35 and skipped out of Debenhams with my new purchase, excited by the prospect of having flawless skin and headed home to try it out.
As with all YSL products, the gold packaging gives you a sense of owning something a little bit special, like you're about to unwrap some magnificent beauty secret. (Come to think of it these words may have been used by the shop assistant....hmmm!?) First there is the cellophane wrap, then the over-packaged box, the ingredients/application instruction leaflet written in 25 languages and finally the gold lidded tube, the home to just 40mls of so called wonder cream.
The application brush smoothes the product onto the skin nicely, it feels like a serum rather than a cream and certainly made my skin feel smooth. Upon looking closely I could see a light reflecting glittery substance that highlighted my cheekbones and gave me a fresh faced look, however used under foundation this effect seemed to disappear.
To be honest the overall result was a little disappointing and at almost £1 per ml is an expensive luxury that didn't really live up to my expectations. Used on its own to brighten up skin is probably the best time to use, it doesn't cover up blemishes but does give a slight glow. I use in conjunction with touché éclat which I use under the eyes to reduce dark circles. Its unlikely that i'll buy this again even though it feels nice on the skin it just didnt really do it for me!
i bought this product for a graduation ceremony for which i had wanted to achieve flawless skin for good graduation pics!
i decided on opting for YSL after reading much about touche eclat and the top secret brush in several magazines!
I had a professional make-up artist apply it for me underneath YSL foundation at Selfridges and noticed how immaculate my skin looked straight away! he used quite alot from the brush itself but it all absorbed in quite well and advised me that I could where it even on its own without make-up as it has UV protection.
When i tried to replicate the look at home using the brush i found i couldnt get it to absorb so well underneath my foundation and i had foundation peeling off in bits!(the foundation was not ysl's however it was lancome adaptive!)
Though the fresh smell of top secret and coolness of it on the skin was great i just could not work it to my advantage even without make up so i just gave up using it in the end!
Oh no YSL! I bought this in Selfridges recently after a sales girl kept pestering me- I hate it when they compliment you if they think you have money! Anyway, I let her try it out on me and noticed I did actually look brighter. So I bought it and used it exactly as she had. Now, the packaging is quite unique in that there's a built in brush which I guess is for ease of application- but the first thought that I had was wow, how unhygienic- even when you only use it on yourself- why would you want yesterdays left over product on todays brush?- didn't make much sense to me. Anyway, I used the product before a night out with friends and had pictures taken. Imagine my horror when the pictures came back and I looked like a ghost- a pale, lifeless looking, cakey ghost! I was horrified and cringed for days!- This is what you get when you apply this product for flash photography. I am aware that there is a lot of make up you should not use with flash photography as it does make you appear chalky in pictures but this was an extreme I hadn't experienced before!
I was left very unimpressed and disposed of this a couple of weeks ago- just not worth the money.
Although the product idea is good, it just seems to silly to me and a product that doesn't perform quite aswell as it might look!
This YSL radiance skincare brush is said to reduce skin imperfections, eliminate traces of tiredness and give a overall radiant skin!- im not too sure about the reducing skin imperfections thing.. but the reducing tiredness and radiant skin really does work!
I normally use this either instead of my make up base or after when my make up base has totally absorbed into my skin otherwise if i apply it straight after base it tends to make my skin very greasy which isnt healthy looking a defeats the point of this.
YSL top secret its shockingly good, it gives the umpth that every girl wants on there cheeks it makes you shine and shone! im 22 this is why i use it as a base aswel as a illuminator because i find it essential to protect my skin before i age. However my mum who is 45 she uses this the same way as i do but she tends to apply more on her t-zone area and i focus just below my eyes and cheeks to give me the refreshed look.
Its a great tool to have and keep in your make-up bag to do any quick retouches especially for photos you would defiantly shine more then your friends and look more eye catching with the translucent skin look!
It is a simple product, it works like concelor, all you have to do is squeeze and the illuminator would come through the brush and you just stock and apply wherever you want it to be applied on-simple. if you dont like there brushes then why not use your own flat brushes or cotton wool?whatever you like everyone has different ways to apply...be inventive-give it a try.
These radiance brushes are very pricey at £34 a formula, but it does do what it says and its luxurious high performance surely doesn't disappoint.
-----However if you are on a budget i would recommend sticking with a good base such as MAC satin base cream and just play with illuminator powders, takes longer but gives a more effective/dramatic effect.