Le iconic Yves Saint Laurent Touché Éclat celebrated its 21st birthday the other day and are celebrating with a new limited edition pen.
If you’re not one of the millions of women who already own and use good ole’ TE, the most important thing you need to know about it is this: Touché Éclat is not a bloody concealer. It’s! Not! A! Bloody! Concealer!
Many women buy it expecting it to hide under eye bags and blemishes and what not and when it doesn’t offer enough coverage they end up tossing it aside and slam the poor thing in reviews. However, if they’d realised Touch Éclat is, in fact, a highlighter, they’d have different expectations.
So, how does it work?
Thanks to zillions of teensy little light-reflecting particles, Meneer Éclat is able to bend and blur the light that hits your face to minimise the look of dark circles and fine lines and what not. When it comes to tackling the former, I find applying a little bit of it on top of your concealer does the trick. Others say tracing it down the bridge of your nose can help ‘slim it down’ and that dotting it on your Cupid’s bow creates the illusion of a fuller-looking mouth.
The trick, however, is to BLEND, girlfriend. We’ve all seen shots of celebs which weird white circles under their eyes – nasty nasty – and that’s simply because the product’s been slapped on thick and hasn’t been smoothed out. So smooth it out, okay?!
Below is a shot of me wearing concealer under both my eyes and Touché Éclat on top of it under just one eye. I made a point of slathering it on nice and thick but blending it with my finger the same way I apply concealer. You’ll see that despite being shot with flash, I don’t look like a reverse-panda.
Another thing I want to say? Don’t expect it to shimmer. Yes, it reflects, but it doesn’t freakin’ sparkle. If you want a pearlescent-type of product, you’d be best off with a shimmering cream. MAC’s Cream Colour Base in Pearl is one of the best.
So, if you feel like your face needs a little illumination, consider picking up a YSL Touché Éclat pen. Better yet, nab the new limited edition as, aside from being super-duper pretty, it’s also going for R475, the same price as the regular pen. Awesome, right? Yes, I thought so too.