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Touche Eclat is one of those beauty items that I have read about for years but never got around to trying mostly because it was so expensive and cheaper concealers did the job for me.
I finally got around to buying one because I had a gif voucher and there was nothing that I needed so I decided to treat myself to one and see what all the fuss was about.
The concealer has a brush where the concealer comes out and you just brush it on then use your fingers to pat it on.
I have to say this worked absolutely fabulously on my under eye area and really lightened it up and helped take away all the dark shadows away. I was really impressed with how it worked in this area and was amazed that I looked so well rested even though I was tired.
It was so easy to apply the concealer here because it comes out of the brush like a light cream so it blends fantastically.
What I wasn’t so impressed with was that it wasn’t great on things like blemishes and spots. It was a bit too light and liquid to cover these properly. It takes some of the redness out of spots but I prefer something that is a bit heavier and creamier for spots.
Although it was fantastic on my under eye shadows I still think it is too expensive for me to justify buying it all the time when there are loads of good cheaper concealers on the market. I would definitely consider buying this again when my eyes start to look a bit more aged but currently I don’t think they are bad enough for me to justify paying the price for this.
I have been using this for years, but when I ran out last year, I decided to try to use up the other concealers and highlighters that were in my makeup bag. However, my thoughts kept drifting back to Touche Eclat and when I saw this in the duty free in Gatwick for £20, it was soon mine.
The packaging on this highlighter points to it being a premium product. The outside box is a gold colour with minimal detail. There is a small information leaflet inside the box which gives you some information about the product. Normally the pen itself is gold, again with minimal information on it, but my latest one is the (I think) limited edition animal print and gold pen. I do like the design on mine, as it really stands out in my makeup bag and still looks very glam.
To use the highlighter, you need to click the top of the pen a few times, until you see the liquid starting to come thorough between the brushes. When I first opened my new one, it was around 12 clicks, and then I needed another couple of clicks to get enough of the highlighter onto the brush. Having a click method of application means that there is no wastage with this product, as it only dispenses what is needed.
I use this to brighten up any dark areas under my eyes, and also add some to the bridge of my nose to brighten my complexion. As this is more of a highlighter than a concealer, while I do dab a small amount on any blemishes, I don’t want to be highlighting them, so a very tiny amount seems to do the job of hiding them slightly.
While this isn’t cheap, I find that a pen lasts a long time, as you only need a tiny amount to conceal and highlight. It really does make a difference to my skin, and leaves me looking more awake and my complexion looks radiant. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a versatile product that really does make a difference to your complexion.
This does cost around £20 - £25 but as I only need a tiny amount it does last ages - just so long as I remember to wash the brush as for some reason they start to smell slightly after a few uses.
The name describes this product perfectly. It literally gives a radiant touch. It seems to work on a level between that of a concealer and that of a lovely facial highlighter.It has the ability to cover and draw attention away from slight imperfections and if applied to the under eye area it gives the eyes a brighter appearance - it may be psychological but in turn this actually makes you feel a little more wide awake and alert!I bought the product as a bit of a treat, just to try and brighten up my skin a little, and it did just that.It is easy to apply, non-messy and feels light and bright to wear.I would highly recommend this product despite being slightly pricey. I's surely better to spend that little bit more for a product you are 100% happy with
This product from Yves Saint Laurent is not just an ordinary concealer! It is costly yes but is definitely a great make up companion to have in your make up bag. It is a great product to have since it hides all blemishes and dark shadows under eyes. I suffer with dark shadows under my eyes since I don't sleep too well and I absolutely swear by this product. My mum also uses it and bought me one and I understand now why she keeps purchasing this!
If I was on a desert island, this is the one product that I would have to take with me.. couldn't have any of my imperfections showing!
I use this product daily, I can't leave the house without applying it. It is worth the money since I seem to only purchase a couple of these a year, they sure last a while!
Go and purchase one!
I had heard of the YSL Touché Éclat a number of years ago but thought that it was a very high end product. I do think that at £20 it is a little on the expensive side (more expensive than I would usually pay for a piece of make up, anyway) but I think that it may just be worth the money. If you buy this from a YSL counter then you should be helped to find the right shade for your skin tone, and once you do the look is flawless. The product is dispensed through a clickable brush pen which makes it easy to control the amount applied, and it is easily blended in. Touché éclat has a smooth, creamy, texture that makes your skin feel moisturised whilst aiding blending. I would primarily use this around the eyes to brighten them and remove dark circles, though you could use it in other places to achieve a similar affect - it instantly makes me look less tired!
I remember when YSL launched this revolutionary product; I'm calling it revolutionary because it really was at the time, the general feeling in the beauty sector was that we went from the Jurassic era of cancelers to the 21st century , literally overnight.
Many brand have imitated the formula but the original YSL touche Eclat still in my opinion remains the very best.
I've tried other brands, my nature is inquisitive and I tend always to think there is something better out there and I need to discovery it, in this case I've given up. Touche Eclat is simply the best.Fact.
What it is: Best way to define it is illuminator. The principle behind it is a radiance boosting Complex that capture and reflects lights.
How to use it: Really, this is like the brush of an artist, can be used on any part of the face & body ( yes, body too) that you want to highlight.It is most commonly used to hide dark shadows but the list of uses can be very long; I'll tell you how I use it to get some examples: upper lips bow ( before applying lip liner) to give you a great pout and make your lips fuller ,above the cheekbones to create a sculpted look ( Kate Moss style), top of eyebrows to give a fresher look at the entire face, corner of the eyebrows to create a well defined brow line, neckline plunge if you are wearing a low neckline top to give the impression of a fuller plunge ( I'm trying to be polite here but I basically mean the top part of your breast), center of the neck to give the impression of an elongated neck. These are only few examples, there is no perfect application, you need to experiment yourself and find what will compliment your features.
Now please do not think that I go out looking like if I'm wearing a mask, I can assure you the effect is 100% natural and in fact you'll look barefaced, only a better version of yourself.
Range availability: it now comes in 12 different shades, mine is number 3 and I have a peachy Mediterranean skin tone, if you go on the YSL beauty website you'll see examples of various pictures, pick the one that is most similar to your skin tone to find out what is the best shade of Touche Eclat for you or even better go and try it on in a store.
One and Only downside to this product: and my review would not be fair if I didn't mention it. Touche Eclat contains photogenic compounds that alter lighting so if you are going to take pictures be careful as the areas where you have applied it will come up as very white in the pictures; basically all the product that you have put on your face that is not visible to the nude eye will be very visible and in fact highlighted in pictures.
Price : £25 and worth every penny
I'm not sure why but Yves Saint Laurent products have never really appealed to me. Nevertheless though I was still quite pleased when I was given my first YSL product - the touché éclat highlighter pen last Christmas. This retails at £25 which at first I thought was a silly price but after using it for a while and realising how versatile it is and taking into consideration how good the quality is I think that this is actually quite reasonably priced!
The first thing that I like about this product is of course the packaging. Now in pictures I personally think it looks quite.. tacky, if that's the right word, but in reality it looks very expensive and it actually feels good quality too as it isn't flimsy or anything. The pen comes boxed (which makes it obvious that it is an expensive product and it makes it feel all the more luxurious!) and the pen its self is bright gold so it is very eye catching but I do find that finger print marks show up on it really noticeably, not that this bothers me or anything but it is worth mentioning.
The design of the pen is good and it has a slight chunkiness to it and it is easy to grip. Touché éclat comes in several different shades and I have the original shade, but it also comes in fair, warm and dark. Using this product is easy, you just need to press the little button on the end of it and it will dispense the product onto the little brush. The brush is precise and easy to use and as long as I don't press the button too many times I find that just the right amount of product comes out so the brush never gets loaded with too much product which would definitely be a recipe for disaster, the trick with this is not to go overboard else it will just look greasy on the skin.
Now, at first I actually thought that this product was a concealer so as you can imagine I was not impressed at all with the coverage when it came to red spots and dark circles. It is not actually a concealer, it is a highlighter and I use it in several different ways. I only use this when I am really making an effort with my make-up though as on a day to day basis when I want just a simple look I can't really be bothered with it, lazy I know!
The main thing I use it as is obviously a highlighter - a little down the middle of my nose makes it look slimmer, a few dots under my eyes after I've applied my concealer really brightens & illuminates the area up too (while still looking natural) and a small dot in each of the corners near my eyes (obviously avoiding getting any of it actually in my eyes though!) makes my eyes look brighter and wider. It is also a great eyeshadow primer! It has many uses and it is very good quality and it does make a difference!
I'd definitely recommend this product and I give it five out of five stars- don't let the price put you off, it is worth every penny my opinion!
Even if you have never tried this delectable, dewy, eye-lift-in-a-gold-pen, you will have most definitely heard of it - unless you have been living under a rock for years, in that case let me inform you of this magnificent treat for your eyes!
Back in 1992, Terry de Gunzburg a French make up artist, created this beauty staple that is so often referred to as the 'magic wand' because of its amazing effects, for Yves Saint Laurent. It quickly became an overnight sensation and changed the industry for ever. Talking to a magazine Terry commented "Back then no one had skincare in a click pen, now I'm very happy to have inspired all the other models." And Ms De Gunzburg has not stopped there; last year she invented 'Or De Rose' which kick started the trend for rose gold cosmetics. However Touche Éclat will always be considered as her greatest masterpiece! Proving how popular it is 20 years later it's used by supermodels, make up artists and a multitude of celebrities including Madonna and Lady Gaga.
So what makes it so special you may ask? Well although Honoured as the UK's number 1 luxury beauty product, it has been debated upon by the masses of fans since it was first released - the biggest misconception is that it is not a concealer! I repeat, NOT A CONCEALER! When I purchased my first Touche Eclat, I will admit I fell into the trap of thinking that a click of the pen would take away the edge of the remains of a late night from under my eyes, and although it does work rather well, it is not as full coverage as I would have liked. Instead it is classed as a highlighter. Now if your unsure what the purpose and job role of a highlighter is then let me explain, a highlighter enhances the features on your face, giving you a healthy glow by reflecting light off of the shimmery consistency - something like Benefit Highbeam or Moonbeam. However Touché éclat does not possess the normal characteristics of a highlighter - that's what makes it a special and unique beauty must have.
Personally I think the design and packaging is just as important as the product, especially with high end beauty bits - you pay that extra for a little bit of luxury and Touche Eclat does not disappoint! Encased in a gorgeous, glossy gold rectangular box, measuring roughly 4-5 inches in height with the simplistic design of just the YSL logo. Once you open the thin cardboard casing, the gold pen is presented to you, roughly the same size as a marker or felt tip liner. The whole blueprint is very minimal and unpretentious but very effective and stylish with the whole pen and lid being coloured in chic glowing gold - the only other colour to break it up is the black button on the bottom which is the click mechanism to distribute the product. Once you take off the gleaming lid, the application tool is on hand - a brush like device that aids easy application and helps to prevent over usage and any wastage of product. Once you click the bottom of the pen the product travels up and is dispersed through the brush so you can just apply to the skin straight away no need for an extra fuss or no fear of using too much!
To celebrate the 20th anniversary YSL released a new limited edition version entitled 'Tuxedo' with the same concept and formulation - the only difference being on the pen itself a long black line that turns into the letter Y on the lid is adorned. Although it was a limited edition, some online make up stores still stock it retailing at £25.
There are 8 consistent shades available not including the limited edition ones.
Shade #1 - The Original Highlighter - contains a little more shimmer.
Shade #1.5 - For fair complexions with golden and yellow undertones.
Shade #2 - For fair complexion with pink undertones.
Shade #3 - For olive and bronzed complexions.
Shade #4 - For medium to darker skin tones.
Shade #5 - For a warm tanned complexion.
Shade #6 - For a warm to dark complexion.
Shade #7 - For dark complexions.
So you may still be wondering what is so good about Touche Eclat and how do you use it. The main attribute is that the light around you does all the work to add a healthy glow to your skin, think of it as a mirror that reflects off of the unique 'Luminocaptide Complex' combined with other 'soft focus' pigments to provide an optimal level of light reflection to banish darkness and signs of fatigue. The radiance of your complexion is revitalised and refreshed adding a youthful sheer veil across the skin and any imperfections vanish with one swipe of the wand. Magic.
The texture and consistency is very creamy and suitable for all skin types as it is non drying and has oil control. The formula is transparent with the added colour of the shade you choose, it blends very well with all skincare products and make up. It does not cake or sit in lines so you can touch up your Touche as many times as you want.
You can use this wherever you feel you need to. However I tend to use it on these main areas; to hide fatigue I like to apply a few dots to the sides of my nose, under my eyes and the corners of my mouth and blend in well. To sculpt and highlight my face, I apply to the centre of my forehead, bridge of my nose and top of my cheekbones to make sure the light will hit the exact right places! To refresh my eyes and make them appear more awake I apply to the lids, brow bone and inner corners - the results are like a mini eye lift for a fraction of the price! Another idea is to enhance your lips, blend some Touche Eclat around your lips to make them more defined and add a touch to your Cupids Bow to fake fuller lips. You can wear this on its own as it has great staying power, however if you want a little bit more coverage I would apply some foundation. Although it is not labelled as a concealer I find a little under the eyes really does work wonders - I would not waste this on acne though. A real all rounder no wonder make up artists look for it more than a biro!
If you love Touche Eclat there is a foundation now available that may be of interest to you as it contains the same luminosity concept as the magic pen. Also of your boyfriend is eyeing up your highlighter you can stop him nicking yours as there is a Touch Eclat for Men available that is modelled by Stuart Pilkington - a Big Brother contestant.
This is a high end product and retails from £20 - £25, you can purchase in Boots, department stores, all good online make up stores, eBay and Amazon - just be careful to pick the right shade when ordering online.
Even my friends who turn their noses up at premium brands, can't resist the temptation of touché éclat. Perhaps it's the wondrous gold casing or the promise of light radiating skin, who knows? What I do know is that Touche Eclat is a concealer that has generated a huge beauty buzz and has continued to do so for many years. Like many others, I was swept up by the craze and purchased my very own touché éclat.
I purchased my very first touché éclat at John Lewis for £25. They cost the same price pretty much in any beauty or department store, so I didn't really feel the need to shop around. There are a lot of sellers on ebay and amazon, from whom you can buy at knockdown prices. Yet nothing is quite as exhilarating as buying first hand from a glossy department store and taking it home with you. Also I wanted to buy the genuine article as I was aware that there may be fakes loitering on t'internet.
When I purchased my first touché éclat there were only two colours available, these were 1 and 2. However Yves Saint Laurent has now introduced a much more varied range to meet the demands of their customers. Now you can purchase 1, 1.5, 2, 3, 4 ,5, 6 and 7, which ascend from fair to dark. I purchased number 1 as at the time I only really had two options, either 1 or 2.
The concealer claims to be the UK's no1 luxury beauty product. It provides light, luminosity and radiance to the skin. Touche éclat is in fact both a highlighter and concealer. It can be used under eyes, the hollow of the chin, contour of the lips and the sides of the nose.
The pen comes with a detailed booklet explaining how to use the concealer. On first purchasing you need to click the pen 30 times in order for the liquid to break through. I find the clicking bit quite addictive and have to constrain myself sometimes! I use primarily under eyes and to conceal blemishes. To use you apply the brush to the skin and dot using the tip of the brush. Then using your fingertips pat into the skin. The pen can be applied under make up or on top of makeup. I find you get best results if applied under makeup and then foundation can be used to evenly cover the skin. If I apply above make up, it can sometimes cake and it always looks a slightly lighter shade than my foundation.
This product is impressive enough. It really does eliminate dark circles and looks very natural on the skin once blended. I use other concealers on alternative days and my friends also state they can see visible improvement. I would buy this product again and maybe look at purchasing online so I can get a better deal.
This product has a cult following and it's easy to understand why. It is a clicky pen with a brush applicator which dispenses a thin runny liquid. It can be used under the eyes to lighten dark circles, but also works fantastically when strategically used in other areas of the face, for example the cheekbones, down the bridge of the nose, cupids bow and brow bones, as it adds light to these areas and gives your face a healthy, glowy, dewy look. In fact I do find the Touche Eclat better suited to use in these areas as opposed to under the eyes.
When used under the eyes Touche Eclat does look good, it helps hide those dark circles and makes you look wide awake. However, for those of us with major eye bag problems, it isn't opaque enough to be used as a concealer, and so a traditional concealer has to be used first, which when layered under the Touche Eclat can start to make the area look a little cakey.
Despite that though, and because of how fantastic it is when used in other areas of the face, I think that this is a wonderful product. I have used several cheaper alternative from brands such as Bourjois, Collection 2000, Maybelline etc, and this one just blows the others out of the pond. It's superiority is reflected in the price of course, but considering the beautiful and classic packaging, this is not something that I mind.
I was given a tube of Touche Eclat as a present a couple of years ago as a friend was working for YSL at the time. I have to say I would probably never have bought it for myself as it is quite expensive and, unusually, it isn't really clear what the product actually is, as it's not a foundation and it's not a concealer...the best way I can think of describing it is as a concealer with benefits!
It comes packages in a little gold coloured wand about the same width as a tube of lipstick, but slightly longer, and is dispensed with a little, very soft, white brush on one end and a click button on the other end.
I have ended up using it mostly under my eyes when I get those horrible dark circles and it does a grwat job of disguising them. Unlike a concealer which just covers them up, this has reflecting particles in it which reflect light back, hence why they don't describe it as a concealer, as it wouldn't work with covering up spots or anything like that.
It's quite a thick, but still light, product and you don't need very much of it at all, which is why I'm still on my fist tube of it after two years.
Whilst it is quite a handy little thing to have in my make up bag I don't think I'll buy another one when it's finished as, for the money, I'd rather just use a normal concealer.
I have never been particularly prone to dark circles under the eyes, but a particularly horrible year has brought out the purple eye shadow under the eye look quite well. As my children kindly informed me, referring me to a particularly flattering picture of 'Richmond' in the IT crowd in a sort of separated at birth way.
I've had a Touche Eclat 'pen' knocking around in my make up bag for several months and not really used it much other than on some minor redness around my nose, but it has finally come into its own for its intended purpose.
This product was launched in 1991 and was an instant hit with beauty gurus. It was lauded as a miracle product that magically vanished away (cosmetically so temporary only) the look of dark under eye circles. It was the first of it's kind, incorporating a light fluid formula, which is better for use on the finer under eye skin, and light reflecting qualities, which are meant to sort of 'fuzz' the area optically, brightening it and making lines less obvious. Originally available in one colour, it is now available in three which is said to be enough to cater for all skin tones (at least I thought there were 3 there appear to be 4 listed on the Cheapsmells website). The one I own is in the original shade 01 which has a pink undertone.
The fluid comes in a gold pen, with a black button at the top which you depress to send product to the brush. You have to do this several times on first use before you see any liquid oozing onto the bristles. Once the brush is 'loaded' you sometimes don't have to click again for a few applications as this spreads well. The lid fits on with a nice click and doesn't seem to come off by accident, which is a problem I often get with other click on lids.
A fairly light touch is recommended with this as too thick an application could leave you looking as if you have headlights for eyes, or a negative image of a panda. I never try to apply using only the brush as it seems to sweep the product around without allowing it to settle into the skin. I just paint or dab it onto the areas where the darkness is most obvious and inner corners of my eyes and tap it into the skin allowing it to blend out onto the less dark areas that way. That method seems to work for me, and leaves the area looking nice and fresh rather than painted and weird. I don't apply this anywhere ther is no darkness around the eye, as if there are any bags it will highlight them as pale colours of course make things 'come forward' and stand out, and that's not what you want to do with bags.
I don't really notice any diffusion of the look of lines etc, but nor does it accentuate them, I think most make up will accentuate lines so the fact that this doesn't is a good thing in itself.
If a reasonable application of this still doesn't cover the circles piling more on is unlikely to do so, as the fluid is a creamy texture isn't very buildable. So you may have to resort to more densely pigmented colour correcting products specifically designed for purplish pigmentation (I think 'gossmakeupartist' and other beauty 'gurus' on youtube cover what to look for in a corrector). If your under eye darkness is due to lack of sleep and are very dark products (eye creams/gels or other light concealers such as Benefit's Oh lah lift) which cool and refresh the area could be used first to aid the product in its work (products with raspberry extract work well for this).
I find this product also works very well on pigmentation in the skin, such as melasma (also known as 'the mask of pregnancy'); sun damage, or freckles though you can still sometimes see a very faint trace of the mark this does cover them and diffuse the look quite well.
I usually wear a light dusting of powder over any foundation or concealer (as I suffer from greasy chops) but if you can I'd advise leaving this without powder as that would spoil the light diffusing properties, and contribute to emphasising any lines.
I like this used as a highlighter elsewhere on the face too, it makes a great subtle browbone illuminator, and a strip of this high on the cheekbone and blended in softly gives a great highlight and healthy glow without shimmer, which is great if you don't like to overdo the shimmer.
This product lasts well during wear, and I rarely have to refresh it during the day, and it removes easily with all makeup removes I have used while wearing it.
The only bug in the soup for me is the price, around £23 for 2.5ml of product is not in my price range, which is the approximate cost on the high street (I have seen if for around the £21 mark). I bought mine from cheapsmells.com where it is priced at £17.95, still pricey in my opinion, but I was bothered by looking like Richmond and bought it from money my mother gave me for my birthday.
I have read mixed information on whether YSL test on animals, so have included an excerpt from the FAQ section on their website
Are Yves Saint Laurent products tested on animals?
"Yves Saint Laurent does not carry out any tests on animals. In order to check the quality and tolerance of our products, we carry out in-votro tests on biological matrices or cell cultures. Once we are certain of their non-cytotoxicity, they are tested on healthy volunteers in a hospital environment, under dermatological control, with a minimum of one hundred people".
I presume they mean in-vitro where they have put in-votro (their spelling as I cut and paste this section), in-vitro does not mean in the womb as for some weird reason my sister thought, but outside the body in an artificial environment.. such as a petri dish in a lab.
I have tried many under eye concealers/brighteners over the years in an effort to replicate the effects more cheaply. I've even tried Diore and other higher end brands versions of this product and although good they weren't quite 'right'. I have seen the YSL product on offer for around the £14 mark from time to time but it doesn't seem to be a regular thing.
All in all I think this is still a great product which for me still holds its own and better against its competitors. I can't afford to spend £23 on an item of makeup these days but when bought on offer it's pretty good value as despite the pen only containing 2.5mls it lasts me 6 months or more.
I have long been a fan of Touche Eclat by Yves St Laurent and first started to use it when I was in my early twenties and continue to use it to this day. I use make up six days a week with only Sunday off as my 'rest day' and this can take its toll on my skin. Also, as I reached my late twenties and then turned thirty, I did notice a significant difference to the skin under my eyes. It didn't become wrinkly, but I have noticed it has thinned a little and made my dark circles a lot more prominent.
When I first started to use Touche Eclat (or Radiant Touch, to give it its English name) it was available in only one shade only but now there are several different tones to choose from, ranging from very light (number 1) through to several shades darker. I have a medium toned complexion and prefer to use shade number one as it is the lightest and I think it works better at covering my dark circles; anything darker would probably only serve to accentuate them.
Touche Eclat is so easy to apply. I tend to use it primarily around my lower eye area as it contains light reflecting pigments and minerals and these really do reflect the light and help to make my dark circles a lot less noticeable. I also like to use it (sparingly) around the outside of the nose area and I also use it as a base before applying lipstick. It is actually designed to be used anywhere on the face you would like to be reflected and isn't just meant to be for the eye area. Depending on how adept you are at applying it you can actually make your lips look much fuller by careful application of this product.
It isn't cheap at around £24 for a small tube but it does last a long time and I generally use about three (possibly four depending on how heavy handed I have been) per year. Also, if you shop around you can find it considerably cheaper on the likes of Strawberry.net and if it is on offer I always stock up as it seems to have a very good shelf life.
The product comes in a slim-line, quite classy looking golden tube with pull off lid. The first time you use it you will see that the brush is white and clean and contains no product at all. Upon reading the instruction leaflet which accompanies it, I found that if I depressed the black button on the top of the tube about twenty times, eventually I was able to detect a tiny amount of pale pink / cream fluid emanating from between the bristles of the brush.
The trick to applying this well, I think, is not to overload your brush (or your face) with the lotion as really a little does go a very long way and that's why it lasts me so long, despite my using it on a daily basis. The consistency of Touche Eclat is fairly runny and not at all thick and gloopy as some concealers can be. It feels light on the skin and does not sink into lines but seems to sit on top and brightens the whole area like magic. It is long lasting and I have personally never found the need to touch up during the day. LIkewise, it is simple and easy to remove at night with my usual make up remover.
I would not recommend Touche Eclat as a method of hiding spots or blemishes, however, I think it is too lightweight for this and I prefer to use something a little heavier if I need to do this. Touche Eclat works best at reflecting light on the face in a completely natural way and gives me a wide-awake look even if I have had a heavy night the previous evening. I can heartily recommend this product. It is expensive, I agree, but as far as I am concerned it is an investment.
Review also on Ciao (rotunda)
I have been using YSL's Touche Éclat (aka Radiant Touch) for around four or five years now and must be on my fifth or sixth pen. The reason I have not reviewed it sooner, is that one minute I think it's the best thing since sliced bread, the next I feel it is a total waste of money. Of course, I do keep buying it so it can't be all that bad!
==What is it?==
There is some argument as to what the purpose of this product is. Some say it is a concealer, others a highlighter. Having just looked on the box, it says 'Highlighter' and underneath 'Corrector', so in my view it serves both purposes. I think you should note however, whilst this does cover under eye circles, it's not really suitable to cover spots or blemishes as the light reflecting particles in the product would simply draw attention to them.
The YSL website shows five shades - I always buy shade 1 which is the fairest shade, since I'm very pale.
The packaging of Touche Eclat is somewhat iconic in beauty circles. It comes in a gold pen which is instantly recognisable. It also comes in a gold box to begin with, embossed with the YSL logo which also looks very elegant.
The main problem with the packaging for me is that I find the pen becomes scratched and worn very easily. I use the product quite a lot so it is often in my make-up bag or handbag and I find the pen looks a bit worse for wear after a while, as presumably it's getting thrown about in there!
I mainly apply this under my eyes as I suffer badly with dark circles. I also have dark marks on the outer corners of my eyes and find the product is perfect for covering those too. Another place I often apply this is down the sides of my nose which is another place I have dark marks.
When removing the lid from the product you will see that it has a brush for which to apply the product. To dispense it you need to click the button on the base of the pen. When you first get it you may need to click 20 times or so before anything actually comes out.
To apply, you simply brush this over your skin. You can apply onto naked skin or over or under foundation. I find that the results are the same no matter whether its under/over foundation or not, so I just apply how ever I feel like it on the day. The product comes out like a flesh coloured cream - sort of like a foundation. You will need to blend the product, but I find that this is done easily. You could use a brush, but I usually blend with my fingers and find that it takes very little effort to do so.
There is no doubt that this covers dark circles well. It will not only cover these, but make the under eye area look brighter too. It really makes my skin look brighter and healthier overall which is a great plus point of the product. It is very light on the skin compared to other similar products I have used and the finish is very natural. The product never looks caked on and doesn't sink into fine lines.
I said at the beginning of the review that I sometimes don't like this product and the reason is the longevity. I find that frequent re-application is often required as it seems to come off very easily. If I touch my eyes it seems to come straight off onto my fingers - and it can be surprising how much I actually do touch my eyes, so I feel like I am forever re-applying it. It does become frustrating and for a product from a premium brand with a premium price tag, I do think the staying power could be improved.
This is not the cheapest product around, costing £24.50 from Boots and a similar price from the big name department stores. I always buy mine online from www.cheapsmells.com where it costs £17.95. Of course this is still rather expensive, yet still a fairly good saving on the Boots price.
The fact I continue to buy this product has to say something about it, although I will admit to buying other similar products from time to time in frustration with this one. It is however one of the best under eye concealers I've ever used and the fact it doesn't cake (which most of the others do) is one of the biggest positives it has. The downside is that it comes off easily, but on the whole I do think it is worthy of four stars, although in all honesty I would probably give it closer to 3.5 if I had the option.
My first dalliance with Touche Eclat came five years ago on my 30th birthday. I received not one, but two of the little gold wonders as gifts. Perhaps if I'd just been given just one, I wouldn't have been quite so offended- but two? From two friends that didn't know each other? Needless to say, I accepted my gifts with good grace and secretly, could not wait to try the product!
**What is it Then?**
Touche Eclat looks like a small golden magic wand (and if you believe the hype then you'll be lead to think that that's exactly what it is!). It's about the length of a Biro, but thicker than your standard Bic. When you pop off the golden lid, you will discover a small white brush, a bit like a thick lip brush. At the bottom of the pen, there is a round black button. You need to simply press it in a few times to pump through the liquid to the brush ready to apply it to your face as part of your war painting routine.
**So What's it for Then? Painting Adam Ant Stripes on your Face for an 80s Party?**
No, Touche Eclat is for the covering up of sinful shadows and blemishes on your otherwise radiant and beautiful complexion. It's basically a liquid concealer. The idea is to paint this stuff onto your skin, either before or after you've applied your foundation, blend it in with brush or finger- and all traces of dark shadows and general imperfections shall be gone as if by magic. Or at least covered up a bit. You can use it under your eyes to cover dark circles, on small thread veins or on the less evil spots and blemishes that appear at random. In turn, you shall appear that you have skin like an airbrushed film star!
**So does it Actually Transform you Into a Hollywood Starlet?**
Erm, not really. I would call it 'OK'. For a start, when I used it (and it's lasted me a few years, so it wasn't long ago that I needed to replace my friends' gifts!) I couldn't get a colour to match my skin tone. They were too pink or too orange and there was no happy medium for me. I ended up- rather than having dark circles under my eyes- with white ones. However, with a bit of a pat down with my usual powder, I managed to get somewhere near the colour match. Blemishes covered a little, but it depends how angry the spot is. One thing's for sure- it certainly isn't the 'wonder item' that we are lead to believe, well at least not for me. It's functional, but not outstanding- it covers a little but not completely.
**Is it Worth Saving Your Tuck Shop Money up to Buy One?**
In my opinion, no. It's currently about £24- but if you pop to Boots, you can buy the No7 equivallent for much less (this was recommended to me and I've never looked back). It does last a long time as you only need to use it sparingly, but, it doesn't half smell funny after a while! Don't ask me why! My friends who used it have said the same!