Review: YSL Touche Eclat

Beauty eds and bloggers the world over are probably collapsing into their swatches as I type, but I’ll fess up: I’ve only used YSL Touche Eclat for the first time very recently. Not that I didn’t want to; but I’ve received two press samples before that were the wrong shade, and I haven’t gotten as far as buying one.

YSL Touche Eclat
YSL Touche Eclat – the stripey gold packaging is a limited edition, in celebration of their 2012 20th anniversary.

Its praises have been sung by beauty editors far and wide (and closer to home too), so I’ll keep it simple. Touche Eclat is a magic wand, of sorts. It contains a cocktail of light reflectors and illuminators, but in a matte medium. Bear in mind that this is not a concealer, it’s an illuminator. While it will conceal some imperfections, you’re better off if you just about finish your makeup application, and then slap some of this on.

Swatch Touche Eclat Shade 2
Swatched: YSL Touche Eclat shade 2, Luminous Ivory. There’s a shade finder over here that can steer you in the general direction of your Touche Eclat shade.

The most common use for Touche Eclat is to blur under eye circles (I swear under eye circles is the single thing that ages me the most on a bad day), but it’s also nifty to apply on fine lines, the cupid’s bow just above the upper lip (in fact, applying it all the way around the lips create a gorgeous effect) and any other area that needs a bit of enlivening. The sleek tube fortunately fits into any bag, so you can easily carry it on you to refresh your look.

At R445 it’s definitely a luxury buy, but if you’re a makeup lover it’s something I’d recommend trying at least once.

C xx



  1. Jan 24, 2013 / 2:15 PM

    Can’t live without it. However I don’t use it daily. I agree with your clearly stating its an illuminator not concealer. These were the exact words I used in my review {“This is an illuminator and highlighter, not a concealer. It’s best not to use this on problem skin, like that pimple you’re trying to hide, because what it will do is ‘highlight’ it – exactly what you don’t want”} 😉

    • Jan 25, 2013 / 1:28 PM

      It’s the ideal cure for I’m-so’hungover-I’d-rather-be-spooning-a-McDonald’s-milkshake-face! Also, I’ve successfully used it on a blind pimple (deflects light away, etc etc), but only after using a green corrective concealer to neutralise redness. Defo not for anything scabby or flaky xx

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