Product Type: Yves St Laurent makeup
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Gives me that Radiant Touch!
Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Radiant Touch
Member Name: Dee22jr
Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Radiant Touch
Advantages: Does what it says on the box, brightens face
Disadvantages: other than price, none at all
I decided to buy this product after reading amazing reviews online and in magazines, even on the television
The first time I tried Touche Éclat was in 2006 and fell in love with the product, initially I used it only to conceal under the eyes - although back then I hardly had any dark circles I would use it to open up the eyes and I would also use a tiny amount on the inner corners of the eyes, at the time I never even attempted to use this product as a highlighter.
This is one of the first products I take out of my make up bag on special occasions or on days I want to make that extra bit of an effort!
Everyone will have their own ways of applying Touche Éclat and not everyone will use it in the same order - some people like to use it over foundation however I prefer it under foundation. I moisturise my face then apply concealer mainly to my very dark circles and then over concealer I use Touche Éclat under the eyes, on the inside corners of my eyes, along the bridge and crease of my nose and on the brow bone.
I find my face instantly brightens up and with a little mascara I would be ready to go (that's if I was going for the natural look of course) - note the concealer I use under my eyes is one or two shades darker than the Touche Éclat number 1 shade I use otherwise if they were both the same shade I may look too bright and over made up.
From here I apply foundation start with my eye make-up. I do not always wear foundation but Touche Éclat for me does not always need to be enhanced by foundation, it works just fine on its own too.
I would say that for me Touche Éclat is more of a brightener/highlighter than a concealer - which is what I first thought it was.
At £25 this product is slightly on the dearer side when it comes to price so ensuring the correct shade for your complexion is very important before purchasing. Shade 1 being the lightest and I think it goes up to shade 7 as the darkest.
I definitely think this is an amazing product and works great for me however I feel there are products which work in a very similar way to this one but at the same time cost slightly less.
Packaging and usage
Touche Éclat comes in a beautiful elegant gold box. Once out of the box the actual product is a gold metal pen - it's so beautifully packaged but I'm afraid that may have something to do with the price I'm paying for it too.
There is a lid to cover the brush applicator and a black clicking button on the opposite end of the brush applicator, which is where the product miraculously appears after clicking the button but patience is required upon first time usage as many times I've panicked and thought I've been sold an empty Touche Éclat however many clicks later a tiny amount of product eventually appears.
I get away with one or two clicks of product when I use this, if there is a lot of product on the applicator I simply dab dots of the product under my eyes, if I haven't got a lot of product on the applicator I actually draw a line with the applicator over where I need coverage. You soon get to know the product and it is very easy to use.
Most of the time for me I need to apply two applications so once I've blended the first application I'll go again and repeat what I did first time round (I only do this under the eyes though)
For the bridge and crease of the nose and brow bones I also draw a very faint line and blend very well. Sometimes I use a tiny amount on the outer edge of my top lip or bottom lip (never around both lips as I just look like I've got a swollen mouth!) experimentation may be needed on this one before perfecting the final look...
To blend the product I simply dab or stipple with my ring finger (least amount of pressure) over the product until it has perfectly blended, if you move your finger over the application you may find you move the product rather than blending it so although it can be time consuming stippling is the most effective method of blending.
It's only 2.5ml but Touche Éclat lasts me a good while (over 6 months) but maybe it is because I do not use it everyday - more like once a week for me.
Overall I love this product I love the packaging and I love the way it transforms my face from tired looking mum to wide awake mum! Only a handful of beauty products do I truly rely on and YSL Touche Éclat is definitely one those products.
I did not hesitate about applying my own make up when I got married because I was confident that as long I used YSL Touche Éclat I would look just how I wanted to - and I did!
(this review is also on ciao under same user name)
Summary: Excellent highlighter, instantly brightens face, must have for make up lovers, well worth a try!