I’ve been endlessly intrigued by this cult favorite, that claims to be the miracle product for the hopelessly cursed with the case of the bad undereye circles. I first read about this when I borrowed bestbud A’s book, “How To Walk In High Heels,” that recommends YSL Touche Eclat as a must-have for every woman!
Well, YSL Touche Eclatmeans a touch of radiance, and it promises to banish undereye circles, and highlights subtlely areas that you want to contour or give attention to. It was a walk in the clouds as my friend D flew to Manila, from Singapore, as she gave me one as a gift ( thanks , D! )
First of all, I am in love with the packaging. It’s gold, and it’s classy. It’s a pen with brush, and you need to click the pen for about 30 times the first time you use it to get some product out. What worries me is that – how do I know when the product’s about to run out since the packaging’s in chrome and there is no indicator of how much product is left! Haha! God. This is going to be a wild guessing game for me, but going on!
I got shade #2, which is an Ivory shade. I’ve read in the Makeupalley.com boards that this is the perfect shade for those who have light skin tones. D also told me that she picked this for me because it was sort of yellowish that fits my Asian skin tone.
As I got some product on the brush, I applied it under my eyes and noticed that it is not too liquid in consistency and it is not creamy either. For one “click,”I needed to dab it for the brush strokes would not be enough to properly blend it. It was a little bit difficult to blend as it was not creamy, and it quick-dries. It’s like liquid to powder in finish so you would really need your fingertips to blend, blend, and blend. It made me realize that I needed to click twice to obtain a creamier and texture that’s easier to blend, as well as more brightening on the undereye area. One good thing about it is that it’s the only non-powder undereye concealer that I have tried after a long, long time and it didn’t cake for a bit, and it just settled quite flawlessly on my undereyes. The shade was indeed ivory as it was lighter than my skin shade, as expected, and I needed to reapply my foundation to make sure that my undereye concealing wasn’t noticeable.
Yes, yes, I definitely saw results, as I saw my undereyes brighten, and steer clear of traces of my sleepless nights alright! My eyes looked fresh, and erased the trace of my just 5-hour sleep. I was amazed!
The big question is – is it worth it?
Well, I’ve been using mineral undereye concealers for the longest time and I’ve been quite happy with them. If you have a really bad case of undereye circles, then you would need another layer of heavier concealer to be worn on top of the just-applied Touche Eclat for more coverage. Take note that Touche Eclat is not a concealer per se, but a “highlighter” that makes features look brighter ( and banish signs of stress ).
So is it worth it? Well, I’d love to always have this with me, but I think encountering this product would still not press me to let go of my current favorite mineral concealers like the Oceanmist Saffron, Monave Buttercup and Valerie Beauty Red Zapper. Although, it would be a good undereye base before applying any concealer on top of it, specially when you get this case of really dry undereyes, and risk the effect of caking – a liquid/creamy counterpart would really, really help.
I also have an issue with the packaging – I would not know when it would be all used up with its opaque chrome packaging – with no indicator whatsoever. A friend of mine told me though, that hers lasted for 5-6 months of use. Good enough!
But really, I will repurchase, just because I want a liquid/cream highligher/concealer that can be worn under a heavier layer of undereye concealer. Take note that my review relates to those who have big problems with undereyes. worship this. I’m saying that for moderately dark undereyes, this is more than okay and can stand alone, but for really problematic ones, another layer of concealer would do the trick. But hey, for what it’s worth , it does really brighten the undereye area. It’s either you get rid of the discoloration totally, or at least, it would be lessened!