Friday, August 17, 2012

YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat: Review

As a makeup artist, I try to always test new, innovative, (or simply pretty) products as they come across my path. A few months I ran out of my key, favorite product, my Becca Pressed Powder. Unfortunately, (and given it's popularity) my color was back-ordered indefinitely... Which is when I tried and fell head over heels in love with YSL's loose/pressed complexion powder.
Hot on that trail, I decided to have a go at their new foundation, Le Teint Touche Eclat, a follow up to the cult-classic, Touche Eclat concealer pen. (Seen below)...
Now I'm not a big foundation gal. (If you read this blog you know I'm all about the primers, highlighters, BB Creams and tints). But I do LOVE having a variety of bases in my professional kit. And every now and then there's one I would deign to wear myself for that extra bit of nighttime polish!
I've got my current faves: from the delicate and sheer Becca Luminous Skin, to the full-matte finish of Makeup Forever's HD, the airbrush delicacy of TEMPTU, as well as M Misha, Dr Jart BB Creams, Koh Gen Do water-based makeup, RCMA palettes, and the like. Let's just see how YSL lives up...
First thing's first: When testing a foundation that's not water based, use a combination of fingertips and brushes. For this particular formula, I opted for a "buffing brush".
Apply finger tap size "dots" of foundation evenly throughout the face, focusing on the T-Zone, the bridge of the nose and the chin. Gently buff the base into place using a large, fluffy brush with semi-spiked tufts of hair. The circular motion with a buff brush will allow the makeup to blend evenly over pores without looking caked on, ensuring an even finish and no streaking.
Once more or less on, move the brush in a circular  motion to blend away excess product.
And Voila! A virtually airbrushed finish. Set immediately with setting powder. My new favorite of choice? YSL of course!
The perfect mixture of loose/pressed form and finish.
Because I was testing a formula that was one shade lighter than my own skin tone, I added an overall sweep of bronzer across my face to deepen the tone. In the event that you end up with a foundation that's a bit lighter than your current undertone, this is always a good way to bring it back to life. Just make sure to opt for a truly brown bronzer as opposed to a reddish color, (which can leave you looking a bit "orangey").
 Yup, I'm loving this new base. I may even have to buy a few for the old kit and caboodle!
 Foundation: Touche Eclat BR 30, Bronzer/Blush: NARS Casino/Orgasm, Gloss: Jouer Monsoon

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With Love,

Noa B

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