Wednesday, 25 July 2012

YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat foundation review

YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat sample

After 20 years on the market the iconic YSL Touche Eclat highlighting pen got a sibling, Le Teint Touche Eclat foundation.
The YSL claim they spent over 20 years working on the foundation, trying to translate the illuminising effect of the pen into the foundation and to introduce a breakthrough product to the world of foundations.
YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat sample

Such PR before the launch made my expectations so high that I almost danced at the possibility to try out a sample before official launch in Poland. The sample I received is in shade BR30 which, similarly to Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, stands for beige rose (pinky beige). The YSL range includes also neutral beiges and golden beiges for those lucky ones with olive skins. I feared shade 30 could be too dark for me as usually the second fairest shade matches my complexion but it turns out to be perfect. Perhaps in winter this one will be a tad too dark. As far as the BR shade is concerned it also makes a perfect match, even too perfect, bringing out the redness in my skin. I suppose when I get a full size bottle I'll go for the neutral beige which should tone down this unwanted redness without looking too yellow.
YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat swatched against my skin, looks neutral beige but it's certainly not

As far as the foundation itself is concerned it does indeed feel different when applied. It has this king of smooth feel like face primers do. Applies incredibly evenly, looked perfect applied just with my fingers, didn't settle in my pores like lots of foundations do. It's a lightweight formula which you barely feel on your face. I've been testing this foundation both  in the summer heat and in the cool of the evening. Whereas in the reasonably cooler weather it leaves a lovely semi-matte finish, in the midday heat my oily skin wins with the foundation within minutes, there's no point in setting it with powders as this will only look cakey. I don't actually blame the foundation, in this sort of weather nothing really works on me. Nonetheless, even if shiny the foundation doesn't melt off my face and continues to looks decent.
YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat swatched against its golden packaging which brings out the pink tones

The foundation is on the sheer side, won't cover bigger imperfections or discolouration, but true to the manufacturer's promise it gives a beautiful glowy look. The skin looks so smooth and healthy and perfect without loading it with tons of foundation and powder! You may build it up but I don't think it could give much more coverage and you'd be wearing tons of make-up to no avail.
YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat sheered out, didn't cover imperfections but made my skin look beautiful without being noticed

Finally what I also loved about the foundation is the lovely smell and the classic, chic bottle. It's also got a weird SPF19, which is always an asset.

So as I've already said I'm gonna get this foundation full size, though in neutral beige. But do I really need it? It's a lovely foundation and since I'm foundation obsessed I will definitely make this purchase but I don't feel it's as revolutionary as it claims to be. Could do better in the oil control department to impress me more.

This review was based on a complimentary sample.

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