A couple of weeks ago, I received a new duo from the Touche Eclat collection of Yves Saint Laurent Beauty and Influenster, the blogger/brand organization:
both designed to enhance the look of foundation makeup and make skin look smoother and more perfect.
Touche Eclat Blur Primer
The deluxe sample of the primer that I received comes in a small glass bottle with a paddle applicator. The first thing you notice is that gold flecks are suspended within the primer gel! Touche Eclat Blur Primer with the real gold flecks is the first radiance boosting primer that illuminates the look of skin.
I recently reviewed a serum with gold flecks, and I mentioned that gold flecks give a lovely glow to the face and over time can help soften the look of wrinkles and other imperfections.
The Blur Primer is a thick, but lightweight gel that requires just a little bit on the paddle to cover the entire face. It feels very smooth, like silicone, as you apply it, and it dries literally within seconds. The primer is formulated with nourishing oils that soften skin and also help to diminish the look of pores and fine lines. Touche Eclat Blur Primer definitely leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth before I apply my foundation, providing a nice canvas for my makeup.
I love Touche Eclat Blur Primer. I’m torn between continuing to use it now and waiting till winter when I will need the nourishing and hydrating oils even more. As I mentioned, I received a 0.33 fl. oz./10 ml deluxe sample, and the actual product is 1 fl. oz., priced at $52, made in France, and it comes in a glass pump bottle. Because this is a pricey product, I’d like to make it last as long as possible! But this is one primer that is worth saving up for 😛
Touche Eclat Blur Perfector
Touche Eclat Blur Perfector is one of the most beautiful-looking makeup products I have ever owned. It comes in a gorgeous gold-trimmed, pink compact with the YSL logo in gold on the front. It came with a black soft pouch to store it and the white applicator pad so that it doesn’t get scratched in my purse or makeup bag. Just lovely!
However, I must admit that I was skeptical about this product. I purchased L’Oreal Miracle Blur right after it launched a couple of years ago, and it was a fail for me. So the word “blur” made me nervous. But YSL’s Touche Eclat Blur Perfector is quite different from the L’Oreal Miracle Blur that is a thick gel in a tube. Touche Eclat Blur Perfector is a lightweight balm-powder (that’s what YSL calls it but it’s more like a very lightweight wax or solid silicone) that comes in the compact.
Where/When to Use It
You can apply it with the white applicator pad that comes with it or with your fingers (easier though less sanitary). It can be used in a few different ways:
- on its own as an “all-over complexion perfector”
- on top of makeup to set the foundation etc.
- as a mattifying touchup during the day.
Because I was obsessed with the blurring aspect of the product, that’s what I checked out first over makeup. I am older and I have fine lines and wrinkles. While it can’t do much for deep wrinkles, it definitely does blur or soften fine lines around my mouth, larger pores near my nose etc. Although the blurring doesn’t last forever, it does last for a couple of hours, and because the compact is for on-the-go usage, I can touch up those areas when necessary. The only issue right now in late July/early August is the extreme heat and humidity here in New England. I’m having problems wearing any face makeup because it’s so darn hot! Everything just slides off my face, and adding another layer with the Blur Perfector isn’t what I want to do right now. In the fall and winter, I can see that I will turn to this lovely compact much more frequently than in the heat of summer.
Next, I tried Blur Perfector on its own, and I’m afraid it didn’t do enough to blur my fine lines or even my skin tone. On a younger woman with better skin, I can imagine it would be enough. So for me, it will be used to blur areas on top of foundation.
Oh and did I mention that the Blur Perfector continues the silky softness started with the Blur Primer? It makes my face feel so soft and smooth I want to touch it (but I know I shouldn’t!).
How to Apply It
If using the product instead of foundation, the directions suggest applying Touche Eclat Primer Perfector to the entire face like you would foundation: from the center of the face outward in sweeping motions. If using after applying foundation, tap on Blur Perfector in problem areas only, e.g. where there are large pores or wrinkles, and do not sweep it on as it will ruin your makeup!
My impression after using the Blur Perfector for a couple of weeks on and off is that it is not a necessity but a nice to have luxury, especially in cooler weather, to help your skin look better when going without foundation makeup if your skin is decent to begin with or to minimize the look of flaws when wearing foundation.
The Touche Eclat Blur Perfector compact contains 0.33 oz./0.95 g, is made in France and is priced at $55. It can be purchased at upscale stores like Nordstrom, Saks, Macy’s, Sephora, and on the YSL Beauty website.
Have you tried either of these luxury beauties? Are they products you’d be interested in?
On a different subject, last call to enter the Skincare by Alana GIVEAWAY for Glo-Minerals Illuminating Highlighter and TokyoMilk Dark Excess Eau de Parfum that ends tonight at midnight EDT.