Aug 09 2015

YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer Review


You may have noticed that among the goodies I splurged on from the YSL Fall makeup collection was a deluxe sample of the YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer. I was more than thrilled to be able to test it out as I’d been eyeing this alluring, sparkling bottle since its release in late Spring.


YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer Review


YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer Review

Lucky me, I was able to pick up the YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer as a Sephora promo perk (it’s still available as of the date of this post using codes VIBBLUR or TRENDS). The size is fantastic and can easily last one a month or more.

YSL says that this primer “combines the light of Touche Éclat and the perfecting effect of blur”. It is formulated with 4 nourishing oils corn oil (apricot kernel oil, passiflora oil, and rice bran oil) and promises to leave skin incredibly soft without greasy residue. The primer also promises to immediately improve the look of skin, diminish the look of pores, smooth skin, even tone and add luminosity. It claims to be non-comedogenic and suitable for all skin tones, including sensitive.

The primer is available in one universal shade – subtle golden sparkles suspended in a  transparent gel-like silicone base. It is truly beautiful to look at.


YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer Review


YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer Review


But don’t be alarmed if you fear the disco ball effect, the gold flecks are barely noticeable one on the skin.


YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer Review
YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer Review

My number one tip when applying this stuff is to be aware that a little goes a long way – especially if you lean towards oily. The first few times I used it, I applied too much – this not only results in a “greasy” feeling but can cause foundation to shift throughout the day. Once patted on and absorbed, which doesn’t take long, the surface of my skin does feel and look smoother. There is noticeable blurring of pores as well (though they don’t completely “disappear”).

My favorite feature of this primer is how it boosts the radiance of foundation – especially if a foundation is already “radiant”. However, that radiance can quickly turn from “dewy” to “oily” under certain conditions, i.e. if you are prone to oiliness to begin with and if you get too warm. For example, the YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer is absolutely incredible underneath the NARS Luminous foundation – ups the wow factor tenfold. But there’s a time threshold. At about the 5 hour mark, the oils in my skin completely takeover. Therefore, I reserve this combination for contained events such as a dinner date night when a) the temperature is cooler and b) I’ll only be out for 3-4 hours tops. I’ve also worn the primer underneath more matte foundations but found the radiance effect isn’t as impressive.

This product does contain fragrance but the scent is light and not overwhelming. My skin can be reactive/sensitive and prone to redness but this doesn’t irritate it.


YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer ReviewAt the end of the day, while I think this is a decent primer, it’s not indispensable. But if your budget allows and you don’t mind a high end splurge, then go for it. Dry skin will likely prefer over oily skin.


Retails for $52.00 (Sephora, YSL) and £29.50 (BootsYSL UK).





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  1. Sounds intriguing, but I was wondering of how it’ll look like in oily skin that easily shine, will it ever make those glittery things noticeable?
    And yep, the $$ is another thing that might stopped lovely gals to go for it..

    Have a lovely day, Kimmy! And thanks for sharing your thoughts about this primer.

    Jhem |

      • Kimmy on August 10, 2015 at 12:50 pm
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      I think I may have mentioned it in the post, sweetie, but the gold flecks aren’t noticeable on the skin much – especially if you are wearing foundation over it. 🙂 x

      1. Ah, good thing!
        I actually have tried another product from revlon, the photoready airbrush mousse and it’s so annoying that glitters are everywhere.. This one from ysl seems like a good one.

  2. Wow this is such an interesting product. I love the little pretty!! 🙂 xo

      • Kimmy on August 10, 2015 at 12:49 pm
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      It’s gorgeous to look at for sure. There’s a similar product that NYX just released (I think). Forget the name though…

  3. It does look enchanting! Lovely review. (:

    ♥ | | xoxo

      • Kimmy on August 10, 2015 at 12:48 pm
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      Thank you, my dear. xo

  4. i have pretty much the same thoughts on this! glad to hear you had the same results!

      • Kimmy on August 10, 2015 at 12:47 pm
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      That makes me happy, Elle – because I always trust your opinion! xo

  5. I’ve read so many mixed review on this but would like to try it for myself because I think it would suit my skin! xx


      • Kimmy on August 10, 2015 at 12:46 pm
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      I hope you do get to sample it!

  6. Fancy! This reminds me of the Guerlain Meteorites primer in Pure Gold:

      • Kimmy on August 10, 2015 at 12:46 pm
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      They do resemble each other. Apparently there is a NYX “dupe” as well.

  7. I saw this the other day but just can’t justify the price especially for me who rarely use primer. I must say the little golden flecks are really pretty but I would probably pass on this.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

      • Kimmy on August 10, 2015 at 12:45 pm
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      It does have a hefty price tag! 🙂

  8. I am an oily skinned girl, so I will pass on this one.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    1. Good call. 🙂

  9. I did swatch this in store and got alarm signals when I saw the gold glitter pieces, but it’s good to hear they aren’t as noticeable when applied to the face. I’ve got dry/dehydrated skin so the formula sounds like a great one x

    Beauty with charm | Zoeva Giveaway

    1. The oils in the product definitely feel very comfortable and emollient against the skin. 🙂

  10. I really want to try this primer! I saw a few other reviews and it really caught my eye. It’s so sparkly!

    1. The promo is still available – if you feel like a Sephora shop, go get you some. Hehe. x

  11. The sparkles look so pretty in the primer. Do these show up in pictures though? or do they blend in?

    Wildfire Charm

    1. You can’t really see them unless you’re looking at your face up close. And once you put foundation on, you don’t see the flecks at all – but they do somehow add a radiance without being obvious. 🙂

  12. I like the look of it, but I don’t think I’ll be getting it as I do have a oily skin x

      • Kimmy on August 17, 2015 at 11:35 am
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      Yeah, it’s probably not the best for those that are super oily but a little bit is OK for combo-oily or moderately oily skin. 🙂

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