Saturday, August 4, 2012

Review: YSL Touche Eclat Radiant Touch 3.5

Hello, lovelies~ I know I rarely talk about highlighters in my blog. I guess, I was too scared that it may look oily on my face rather than a nice, subtle glow. Well, it's time to man (or woman) up and face my fears with YSL Touche Eclat. 


As with most of YSL's products, it has a sturdy pen-like appearance coated in gold color with the label inscribed on the sides. Like all pens, it comes with a cap that closes very tight so there is minimal chance of spilled products in my makeup bag. There is 2.5 ml product inside this elegant pen highlighter, so it is definitely travel friendly.

Once the cap is removed, I see a white brush at the dispensing end of the product. This poses as a double edged sword for me since it is practical, but not the most hygienic of all product dispensing method. Sure I can prepare the highlighter on the back of my hand and use my fingers to dab the product, but that would just defeat the purpose now, doesn't it? *smirks*

In order to distribute the product on my face, clicking the pen a dozen times (at first) was one of the task at hand. Right after that, it's just a matter of one or two clicks to get the product out. I guess, the first time is always the hardest, but I digress. 

As much as I wanted to preserve the clean, white bristles of this pen, I have to click away to see the product. It spreads through the bristles staining the once white brush, but no matter. It was made to be used anyway.

Product Swatch 

Time to swatch it on the back of my hand. The shade I have here is number 3.5 Luminous Almond. Won't you look at that? I didn't know almonds are luminous. *grins* Anyway, the shade is more of a beige undertone in my eyes. I didn't notice shimmers or glitters that some highlighters may contain. 

I apply it on my marinonette lines (smile lines), brow bone and under eye area. I rarely use this on my blemishes as I prefer a matte concealer so it doesn't attract more attention than it already does. After I apply it on those areas, I blend it with my fingers evenly. 

This picture was taken the day I had the worst episode of vertigo and common cold. My nose are stuffy and the edges are red. My face just looked dull and tired as I was sleeping a lot less. I didn't use any of the product under my eyes because it tends to get watery often, so I skipped that area. 

The texture of the highlighter is in between thick and runny with a composition that is just right. Almost like a lotion-type formulation. It blends easily and effortlessly on my face with just my fingers. It doesn't have full coverage because it is a highlighter to begin with. It has a semi matte finish, surprisingly, on my face. ^_^

However, people often double it as a concealer, where I think is not wrong, but not justified either. I can't say where I stand on using this as a concealer because to some it might works as one, to other it may as well be a horrible concealer.

It is able to brighten my face if I use it alone without any foundation, making me look, at least, well rested. If I blend it carefully, taking my time, it is able to minimize the appearance of my smile lines. Also, it is a great product for days when I just want to even out the redness you noticed on the edges of my nose and mouth. I also liked the fact that it is a shimmer/glitter free highlighter, unlike any other highlighter I've encountered in my life.

Overall, I liked this product because of the practicality in the packaging itself. Sure it may be a little un hygienic, but nothing a little spritz of alcohol won't fix (hopefully). For a shimmer free highlighter, I am slowly falling in love with its easy-to-blend formula and skill of minimizing redness on my face. I can't believe I'm saying this, but I think I'm hooked on using Touche Eclat. ^_^


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