YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation Review

Posted by Lipglossiping On February - 5 - 2013

I’ve been having a strange relationship with the YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat foundation over the past month.  To begin with, I loved it… then the snow came, my skin became drier and this love affair turned into a horror story.  But now… it’s coming good again.  Let me start at the beginning.

I bought this online from the YSL site just before Christmas and was more excited about this purchase than almost any other throughout the year.  All the reviews I’d read had described its ability to deliver a luminous, sheer finish that dry skintypes would adore.  Most reviewers marked it down a little on lasting power, but that didn’t bother me.  All in all, I figured that I’d found my perfect foundation.

I ordered BR10 the lightest “pink” shade, untested because there seemed to be a jump between the lightest and second lightest shades, in my mind, I was erring on the side of caution.  It’s actually a little too pale for me, I should have gone for the next shade up.  It looks ok in the before/after photo at the bottom of the post but it can look a little ghostly unless I work it in to the skin carefully, it just think it has the potential to look much better tone-wise, were it a hair darker.

YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation Review

So what’s right with it and what’s wrong with it?

Well firstly, it’s extremely faithful to its Touch Eclat concealer counterpart.  It does indeed add only a little coverage but a lot of luminosity, it’s actually quite an unusual formula for a foundation in this regard.  It doesn’t cover redness exceptionally well, neither does it cover blemishes (although it combines beautifully with concealer).  Despite this, it delivers a very natural uniformity across the face and it’s honestly quite hard for me to put my finger on just how it achieves this.  It’s one of those foundations that anyone with a normal skintype should adore, but the further away your skin is from the “normal”, the more problems I suspect you’ll encounter.

When I first started using the YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation, my skin was dry but not problematic, I kept it well-exfoliated and well-moisturised.  As January progressed, my skin became drier still, I developed the kind of dryness that forms patches where the texture would be markedly different… not quite flaky, but heading in that direction and boy, did this foundation show it.

YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation Review

The particularly odd and redeeming feature about this foundation however is in its ability to adapt and melt into your skin.  Without fail, each time I applied it… things would improve after around 15 minutes.  I hypothesised that perhaps I was missing a trick and should be using the warmth from my fingers to apply it and achieve a better initial result, but no… it still grumbled terribly about my dry patches, only to look remarkably less rubbish quarter of an hour later.

So really, this foundation is still a bit of an enigma to me.  I don’t mind that it doesn’t hold up so well down the bridge of my nose as the day progresses, although I’d imagine that oilier skintypes will be exceptionally bothered by this.  And I don’t mind that it doesn’t fully cover my redness on the sides of my nose and cheeks because a touch of loose powder and/or concealer really brings the coverage up to par.

I love the luminosity that it delivers, how lightweight it feels on my skin, and the way it melts into my skintone as time progresses, almost as if it’s self-adjusting.  I really hope that I love it even more when the weather warms up but I’m concerned that my shade mismatch will be the nail in the coffin for this bottle.

If you have a fairly normal skintype and you’re looking for a foundation that is a genuine “my skin but better” affair but with more refinement and coverage than a tinted moisturiser, you should be running to your local YSL counter.  Anyone else, please beg, steal or borrow a sample before splurging.  Also, make sure you ask the SA to shade match you, there are an amazing 22 shades from which you can choose.

Ingredients: Aqua/Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Clycerin, Dimethicone, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Sorbitol, Bis-PEG/PPG-14/14 Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Polyglycerin-3 Crosspolymer, Sodium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Ethylhexyl-Glycerin, Parfum, Aluminum Hydroxide, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Dipropylene Glycol, Isotridecyl Isononanoate, {+/- May Contain: CI 77891, CI 77492, CI 77499 / Iron Oxides, CI 77163 / Bismuth Oxychloride], (F.I.L. B50106/2)

YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation is available on counter and online, priced at £28 for 30ml

* I keep meaning to do some arm swatches of my current foundations with their shade names, just so you can see the shades I’m using at the moment… there may not be much in the way of words to accompany, but if I’ve reviewed it, I’ll link.  Sound useful?


14 Responses to “YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation Review”

  1. Jo says:

    Oh I love the sound of this foundation! I really wanted to get it but there were too many shades for ordering online (I felt) so instead went for the Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion. I only ordered it on Saturday so still waiting for it to arrive. Anyway, your skin looks lovely in the pic above and it sounds like it would have been perfect if I could have been properly shade matched.

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  2. Marie says:

    Thanks for this, I had the same experience with a sample of this foundation,and thought it was a bit expensive for what it achieved so I didn’t get it. But swatches of your foundations would be super helpful as I’m still searching for my perfect Holy Grail foundation and I think we’re really close skin-wise :) Thanks also for all your reviews I always love reading them ! Marie

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  3. I says:

    Thanks for the detailed review. I think I fall in the sample-before-buying group.

    I would LOVE TO see swatches of all your foundations together. It’s the best way to compare depth, undertone, etc.

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  4. Trona says:

    I’ve also got this in the same shade and I feel the same way about it as you. I originally loved it, so much so that I wore it on my wedding day then I kinda went off it. Then I went back to it etc. I love the colour selection though, everyone should be able to get a colour match. I think come Spring I’ll probably break it out again but for now I’m sticking with Laura Mercier’s silk creme

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  5. Charlotte says:

    I for one would love to see foundation swatches of the colours/products you have on your arm, I am very close in skintone to you and it is so helpful when ordering brands online that you don’t have counter access too!

    I own this foundation in BR20, I too thought I would need the lightest till I was colour matched and I was pleasently suprised not to be the lightest shade. I find it works for me on good skin days but not so well when I have breakouts or dryness, I find it lasts a touch better with a dusting of guerlain metorites pressed powder without losing the luminous finish.

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  6. Sue says:

    yes, foundation swatches and a quick word about coverage, finish, etc would be very useful indeed! x

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  7. Ellen says:

    As another pale face, swatches would be extremely helpful. I think our skintones are very similiar based on your review and photos of Estee Lauder Invisible foundation in 1CN1. I would love to see how other products and shades that you review actually look lined up against each other. Thanks for doing the hard work for us!

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  8. Have you tried the Bobbi Brown one? I like it! Visit our blot to read our reviews and feel free to leave your comments! https:\\beautyandlittlethings.blogspot.com

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  9. Great review. I’ve been searching for a review on this. Unfortunately, I don’t think this will work for me as I’m looking for more coverage.

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  10. Halima says:

    Your skin looks FLAWLESS with this on.

    I’m an oily/combo skinned girl. After trying out the sample, I have to say I am a fan! Aye, at times I get a bit of an oil slick going on around my forehead by midday but nothing a it of powder won’t fix.

    Come to think of it, I’ve never tried a foundation that hasn’t left me a bit oily by midday? xo

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  11. I LOVE this foundation; the lightest shade actually suites me well, may be just a tad light now that the sun is back:)
    Even though I usually prefer more coverage, this one blurrs my flaws and looks great:)

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  12. Lisa Ollmon says:

    Indeed, this foundation is very good one and very high quality. Most of the products do not show such a results. But even better is normaderm from Vichy. Vichy products are very good ones!

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  13. k says:

    You could try using this with skinceuticals sheer sunscreen. The beautiful effect will surprise you.

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