Product Type: Yves Saint Laurent body care
Newest Review: ... 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 wort... more
Not Quite the Wonder Stick I'd Hoped for!
Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat
Member Name: Flowerpotted
Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat
Advantages: It's fit for purpose- just about!
Disadvantages: Pricey, not marvellous, smells funny!
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!
Summary: Save your money and get a cheaper alternative.