Wednesday, December 12, 2012
New Foundation Love! YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat
It was not love at first swatch for me with the original YSL Touche Eclat. I first tried it many years ago when it first launched, and I just did not "get it." Years later I gave it another go and I still didn't get it. This time, however, I was determined to figure out the magic behind this pen. Eventually I came to love the way this seemed to erase signs of fatigue and blur imperfections. That is when I became curious about the Le Teint Touche Eclat foundation.
The packaging is superb, as with most YSL products. It comes in a luxurious, heavy glass bottle with a gold cap embossed with the YSL logo. Not the most travel friendly, but pretty sitting on my new vanity. Color matching can be tricky. I highly recommend you go to the YSL web site and use their foundation shade selector guide to choose a few shades which might suit you, and then go to the counter or Sephora and try them out in person. The color in the jar is the color of the ultimate shade, but when you first apply this foundation, the color appears very light as you blend it in to the skin. For this reason, I prefer to use my fingers to apply this foundation as I found using any type of brush whether stippling, buffing or traditional left many streaks. The color quickly warms up to the skin and blends seamlessly in to the skin. As you may know, the foundation comes in 17 shades, varying from cool (BR), neutral (B) and warm (BD) undertones. I used the shade selector to pick 3 shades I was interested in trying, BD50, BD60 and B60. I found the BD shades to be very yellow toned and much darker than the corresponding neutral shades. I settled on B60 which is a good match. If you swatch the shades quickly on to your skin and don't let them settle, you may mistake the shade for being too light.
The coverage is sheer to light. It evens out skin tone nicely, but will not cover up scars or significant problem areas. The finish is gorgeous. It is invisible, and luminous without being overly dewy. It really does provide the illuminating glow that the original Touche Eclat provides. The lasting power is good, about 8-10 hours, on my dry skin. I do set this with a powder to prolong the wear time.
Compared to other foundations in my collection, I find Armani Luminous Silk to provide slightly more coverage and the Chantecaille Just Skin to provide similar coverage but be more glowy than the YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat foundation. The YSL foundation does have SPF 19 which makes this great for warmer months. I enjoy foundations with SPF and a glowy finish in the winter for providing life to my dull, dry skin in one step, whereas in the summer I feel I need an extra SPF. Overall, I am really enjoying this foundation at the moment!
The YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation retails for $55 and is available at counters, and Sephora.