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