Yves Saint Laurent Le Teint Touche Eclat Illuminating Foundation SPF19

 

YSL Touche Eclat Illuminating Foundation

YSL Touche Eclat Illuminating Foundation

What it is:
A weightless, illuminating foundation.

What it does:
For the first time, the magic light of Touche Éclat is in a foundation with the added benefit of SPF 19 sun protection. Infused in a weightless fluid, this foundation targets shadowy areas and highlights the contours of the face. Free of opaque fillers, its perfecting texture evens the complexion and helps conceal imperfections while enhancing your skin’s natural beauty.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Petrochemicals
– Phthalates
– GMOs
– Triclosan

 

My Shade

There are 22 shades available, and they are classified under 3 undertones: B (beige) for neutral undertone, BR (beige rose) for pink undertone, and BD (beige dore) for golden undertone.

B20

B20

My shade is B20, and it is the perfect match for my face and neck. Although I am using B10 in Chanel Vitalumiere range, B10 has more yellow tone that brightens up my face instantly. The B20 shade for YSL has more beige compared to Chanel’s.

1 pump for a sheer coverage. See how thin and runny it is?

1 pump for a sheer coverage. See how thin and runny it is?

Formulation

Instead of containing opaque fillers found in foundations, this YSL Touche Eclat Illuminating Foundation has ‘soft focus gel’ to even the complexion, blur the imperfections without leaving the face looking dull or mask-like.  Although it only comes with SPF19, the lower SPF is actually vital to prevent photography flashback that could leave the face looking too white or having different colour with the neck. Do not rely on the SPF level offered in liquid or powder foundations; they are NOT sunscreen.

 

I like that this comes  with a pump, so hygienic! The pump works well, too!

I like that this comes with a pump, so hygienic! The pump works well, too!

Application & Finish

I use one pump for my entire face (sheer coverage). I prefer to use this SHEER because I like how natural this foundation look on me. Despite its name as an illuminating foundation, it does not have any sparkle or shimmer in it. This has a thin and runny consistency that is quite similar with Guerlain Lingerie de Peau.  This foundation also has a BEAUTIFUL consistency due to the few reasons below:

1. This blends seamlessly without settling into my pores and lines. Looks invisible; no cake face!

2. Having Light-Medium coverage, this does NOT feel heavy on my skin. Totally weightless.

3. Being an illuminating foundation, this somehow gives me a ‘lit from within’, luminous look without being greasy on the skin.

4. This holds up pretty well for 7 hours without face primer / makeup base. With a good base (I have tried it with Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base and Guerlain Meteorites Perles Light-Diffusing Perfecting Primer), the foundation lasts me around 10 hours without any touch ups. I repeat, WITHOUT touch ups. I have never used this for more than 10 hours so far, and I have no reason for that, too.

5. No oxidization at all. Phewwww!

 

It applies like a dream, and it does not hug on dry patches, too!

It applies like a dream, and it does not hug on dry patches, too!

Now I have to say that this illuminating foundation does NOT conceal major acne or redness, but you could do with some imperfections or small tiny zits. It photographs well, besides making the skin look perfectly natural (mind you, not the perfectly flawless!) and giving a second skin-like finish. This illuminating foundation would be great on normal, dry, or dehydrated skin types. Some friends of mine have voiced their concern over this illuminating foundation with Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Makeup SPF 15, Diorskin Nude Skin-Glowing Makeup SPF 15 and Guerlain Lingerie de Peau SPF20.

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua

Diorskin Nude Skin-Glowing

Guerlain Lingerie De Peau

I will just share my summary here based on my experience using the other three liquid foundations:

Brand

Finish

Pros

Cons

Chanel Slight matte finish and dries quickly (meaning: must blend quickly with short strokes)

 

Plastic bottle packaging that is good for traveling.

 

Thick gel-like texture.

Faded after 6 hours.

Dior Semi-matte to slight dewy. Lightweight.

Seems to minimize my pores size upon usage.

 

Too dry on the skin for everyday use.

I see NO glow, unfortunately,

Slight oxidization.

 

Guerlain Satin Lightweight, like YSL’s.

Photographs really well.

 

Sometimes may settle into the pores.

 

I love this YSL Touche Eclat Illuminating Foundation, and when it was first launched in Singapore, I was counting the days till I got my hands on it! I bought it for SGD75 at Tangs. Will I repurchase this? Hell yeah!

 

Have you tried this foundation or is there an EVERYDAY foundation that you adore?

 

With love,

 

 

LY

Is YSL Top Secrets Granule-free Exfoliator a Top Secret worth Knowing?

YSL Top Secrets Granule-free Exfoliator

YSL Top Secrets Granule-free Exfoliator

There are many exfoliating face scrubs available in the market now, where some are full of grains, some have gentle beads and some contain seeds. Claiming to be free from abrasive particles, this YSL Top Secrets Natural Action Exfoliator Granule-Free (I am just going to call it a face scrub here) contains sugars and ultra-fine oils to cater for all skin types, even sensitive skin. I have used many types of face scrubs, so I was interested to see how this golden, iridescent gel would fare.

Poured some out of this 75mL tube

Poured some out of this 75mL tube

I was told to rub the gel on dry skin before massaging the face until the gel transform into slippery liquid. Next, I would need to add some water to emulsify the gel where it turns into milky liquid. Then I ought to message my face for a little while more before rinsing off the face scrub. As stated in YSL’s webpage, I should be able to see a purified, smoother and softer skin while having a purified and brightened complexion.

It is clear to many that exfoliating face scrubs are meant to get rid of dead skin cells and dry patches. Also, the skin should appear smoother and {slightly} more even-toned before slapping on any facial masks to replenish moisture on the face. Due to the gentle texture of this gel exfoliator, I could still notice the dry patches on my nose after rinsing. I personally prefer grainy scrubs for my face as I feel that they are not only gentle but they also scrub well. This gel exfoliator, on the other hand, leaves me feeling un-cleaned. Was my skin brightened after use?  Not that I could notice. Was my skin purified? No, too! *cries*

As much as I love YSL for its gorgeous makeup, I can’t say I love this gel scrub. Sorry, YSL. You still have a fan in me, though. Perhaps, when I grow much older where my skin can no longer tolerate the slightest abrasive particles, I will definitely reach for this exfoliating face scrub! I believe it will then do a wonderful job as its granule-free gel is so gentle for the skin!

With Love,

LY