Touche Eclat is iconic in the world of beauty products.  Even if you don’t wear any other make-up, the highlighting light reflecting wand is almost indispensable in just about every women’s make-up bag.  I’m sure there some statistic that would tell us that there’s one sold every something seconds, but suffice to say, it’s a rare woman (and some men!) that hasn’t heard of it.

So you can imagine the indescribable excitement when YSL announced the long awaited and much anticipated launch of the Touche Eclat Foundation.  

Please excuse the nails, I’m giving them a chance to breathe, but I really
wanted to give you an idea of the size and how tactile the bottle is!

I wanted to try it out before I wrote about it and now that I have, I have to tell you, IT’S AMAZING!  Using all the magical properties (it really is like magic, isn’t it!) of the original Touche Eclat pen, the foundation uses a soft focus gel formulation that smoothes out the skin tone and covers up imperfections without making it look like you’re wearing make-up.  

Like the the Touche Eclat pen, light is reflected off the skin, giving it a wonderful luminosity and a sheer radiance.  Using one of the darker colours (I’m wearing B70) I was a little worried that it might make my skin look a little ashen or chalky. 

But I shouldn’t have worried. Ten years of R & D has resulted in a formula that can be worn by all skin tones successfully and better still, there are an impressive 22 shades to choose from, so there’s a shade to suit everyone.  

Top photo: A blob (!) of the foundation
Bottom photo: Foundation smoothed over the skin, looking luminous and radiant 🙂

I first wore it to travel to my holiday.  I applied it at 9.30am and finally took it off at midnight. During that time, the foundation had to endure the awful checking-in process at Luton airport, the delights of travelling by Easyjet, the heat (and I mean HEAT) of southern Spain, unpacking and going out for a quick dinner before calling it a day.  

Ta-dah! The foundation stayed put.  Just as importantly, it still looked as fresh as it did when I applied it  fourteen and a half hours earlier.

As soon as my tan fades a little, and I’m back to my normal skin tone, I’ll be using this regularly.

It costs £28 (which is great value when you consider that the pen costs £25) and is available at Selfridges and all normal YSL stockists.

Have you tried it yet? What’s your favourite foundation?


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  2. September 5, 2012 / 10:09 pm

    I have been told the Armani foundation is also good, have you tried that and if so how does it compare? I’m thinking I need some new make up…

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    December 23, 2013 / 2:56 pm

    Try Ex-1…it’s won award after award…

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