A sample made me do it. Speaking of which…I’ve been meaning to do one of those posts. As a beauty junkie, I’ve accumulated my share of samples over the years and purchased many a product because of them. I really ought to do a post one day on all the awesome beauty products I’ve discovered because of samples. Anyway…to the matter at hand. A couple of months ago, I’d acquired a deluxe sample of the new reformulated YSL Touche Eclat Le Teint Radiance Awakening Foundation (SPF 22). The sample shade was too dark for me but I was impressed enough with the formula to purchase a full size. While I was at it, I thought I’d also give the Touche Eclat Foundation Y-Brush a whirl.
YSL Touche Eclat Le Teint Radiance Awakening Foundation
Yves Saint Laurent Beauty says: Advanced Formula. The magic light of Touche Éclat in the 1st radiance awakening foundation by YSL Beauty. More fatigue-defying and better flawless coverage than ever. Enriched with the stimulating power of Ruscus Extract, the anti-fatigue formula energizes skin by stimulating micro-circulation and targeting dullness to instantly improve skin brightness and luminosity. Vitamin E protects against free-radicals. Weightless feel. 8 hours.
Based on that description, it would appear that the new YSL Touche Eclat Le Teint Radiance Awakening Foundation was reformulated with “more fatigue-defying and better flawless coverage”. To me that translates as fuller coverage. Unfortunately, I never tried the original so I cannot compare the formulas. From what I’ve heard, however, this new formula is not as dewy as the original in finish. A fact which, apparently, many former lovers of the foundation are not so happy about.
Having nothing to compare it to, personally, I am very happy with the formula. Here’s my breakdown:
Packaging: A beautiful glass bottle with an effective pump. Perfect.
Shade selection: There are 22 shades in total – most shades are offered in a neutral, cool and warm option (except for the darkest). I was color matched in store to the shade BD10 Warm Porcelain. This really surprised me as it is the lightest warm shade in the range. I’ve always considered myself light to light/medium in foundation ranges and I usually wear a shade that’s at least two or three shades up from the lightest, depending on how many shades are offered. But BD10 is a near perfect match. It’s warm and quite yellow toned. The closet thing to it shade-wise that I currently have is my MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation (review) in NC25 which is just a touch darker. Based on this, I’d probably guess that very fair skin tones will have a hard time finding a match.
Coverage: Medium and buildable to fuller medium but definitely not full coverage (which I don’t mind).
Application Notes: The is a true liquid foundation with a pleasant consistency that’s thin-ish but not one of these super thin formulas that have been so popular in recent times. Placed next to the MAC foundation, you can see its started to run down my hand a little but is not overly fluid. I think it applies equally well with a brush or a beauty blender. I’ll talk more about how it works with the Y-Brush below.
Finish: Satin (verging on a Satin-Matte) with a sort of natural radiance that’s not dewy. For reference, my skin type is combination. Not so long ago, I would have described my skin as oily-combo but in recent years it has become less oily. To me, this foundation is perfect for the transition that my skin is going through.
Wear: Stays flawless all day with no signs of shifting or breakdown (12+ hours). If I pair it with the YSL Touch Eclat Blur Primer (review) it makes the foundation more radiant but, because I have combo skin, cuts down on the wear time by a few hours. But I don’t care because this combination is killer.
Other notes: This foundation has a floral scent. Doesn’t oxidize.
Final Thoughts: I love this foundation. It’s gives me beautiful coverage evening everything out without looking heavy. Doesn’t cling to dry patches. Matches perfectly. Makes me look younger.
YSL Touche Eclat Foundation Y-Brush
YSL says: The brush buffs and distributes product evenly across the skin for a seamless, flawless finish every time. Developed with an exclusive Y-shape reservoir, this brush delivers the perfect amount of Touche Eclat Foundation. Pump 2 drops in the well and lightly buff the face for the perfect application.
First off, I appreciate how the YSL Touche Eclat Foundation Y-Brush is packaged. This is something I took special note of because I recently ordered some other high end brushes where the packaging was kind of disappointing. Not that packaging is really that important – it’s how the product performs that really matters. That being said, it’s always nice when something, especially something that costs a pretty penny, is well presented. The Y-Brush is packaged in the signature YSL gold box with a protective sleeve for the bristles. It was also wrapped in an additional layer of plastic which I discarded.
It wasn’t easy to capture the “Y-shape reservoir” in a photograph (could be my camera, could be my lack of skills lol) but hopefully you guys can see it. The concept appears to be similar to the BareMinerals brush that was released last year. I don’t own nor have I ever used the BM brush but the reservoir on the Y-brush is larger.
Reservoir notwithstanding, the brush is basically a moderately dense flat top buffing brush. The synthetic bristles are super soft but packed tightly enough so they feel solid and sturdy. The black lacquer looking handle with gold YSL lettering is sleek and weighted adding that sense of luxury that the price tag suggests.
Following the instructions, I dispensed two pumps of the foundation into the reservoir. This didn’t quite fill it so I added about half a pump more which turned out to be the perfect amount to cover my whole face. The effect I get with this brush is very similar to my beloved Urban Decay Optical Blurring Brush (which I talked about here). I find the Y brush to be very similar – it buffs in my foundation flawlessly without so much as a hint of streaking. This is always key when it comes to a foundation brush – I can’t deal with streaks.
For sure this brush is a splurge purchase. You don’t need it to make the foundation look great, but its a nice luxury item to have if you’re so inclined. The YSL Touche Eclat Le Teint Radiance Awakening Foundation retails for $58.00 USD/£32.50 and the YSL Touche Eclat Foundation Y-Brush retails for $45.00 USD/£32.50. I purchased from Sephora (foundation) and Neiman Marcus (brush) but you can also find at Nordstrom, Saks, Harvey Nichols and similar retailers.
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