There are few things in my make up bag that I’d consider “essential” but there is one golden shiny tube of miracle stuff that I can’t live without, and for anyone else who’s been “touche”d” by this product, you will know exactly what I mean…. it’s Touche Éclat.
Yves Saint Laurent really created an animal with this little wonder product… this little gold pen has made it’s way into the hearts and make up bags of everyone from celebs, the rich and famous and us mere mortals. Did you know that one of these little beauties is sold every ten seconds somewhere in the world? I have literally been using it for years, and have mourn the end of each little tube whenever it’s done. Literally nothing else I have tried has seemed to cut it for me in the same way the YSL one does, and lets be fair, there are a lot of wanabees and pretenders to the crown out there.
The velvet smooth application of the product is probably key – it almost melts into your skin (though of course it doesn’t actually do that!) since it sits atop your skin. And the effect is so subtle, it just reeks of class and radiates on your skin. It just works. The appearance of dark shadows is so dramatically reduced with Touche Éclat that any number of late nights can be erased with one flick of the wand.
I’ve literally been using this for longer than I care to remember. And as with all things, there have been some changes during that time. For instance when I started using it, there was only one shade for all where now there are seven which still manages to confuse me whenever I go to buy it from the department store or typically the duty free counter. However as a guideline if any of you are as confused as me, a YSL trained beautician once told me to ensure that it’s always a shade lighter than your own skin tone. Sounds like it would stand out horribly doesn’t it, but trust me it doesn’t. Also there used to be a “20 click” sort of rule whereby to load the integral brush for the first application you would need to pump the button 20 times for the first burst of product to come through, nowadays there never seems to be any hard and fast rule as to how many clicks are needed so you just need to pay attention and be patient to make sure you don’t waste any of the precious product.
But most irritatingly (or maybe I am just using it more than I realise?) It never seems to last so long any more. In fairness, I can’t actually recall the price going up at all in the whole time I’ve been using it so perhaps it’s just found it’s price-point in the market which they’ve maintained and now just make it last less long instead. But whatever it is, I don’t care, and I still find it to be good value for money at around £22.50 to £25.00 each. And for the real Touche enthusiast you can even get “limited edition” design pen casings to funk things up a bit, for the same price.
There’s a bit of a misconception with this product; it’s not a “concealer” as many people seem to think it is, and then complain when it turns out quite clearly not to be that. The way in which it “conceals” dark circles is by highlighting them. Seems counter intuitive right? But it kind of serves to reflect (or refract?) light from the surface of skin in applied areas to lighten and brighten. It’s science, and I ain’t no scientist, so I prefer to look at it as some sort of magical, dark-art process… that’s enough for me. You don’t need to know how it works, for me, it’s just enough to know that it works. And in my opinion, it works better than any sort of actual “concealer” because it’s so much sheer-er and doesn’t leave that awful cake-y finish that you can otherwise get in the fine lines around your eyes.
Having said that though, I have heard of people using it on top of concealer too for severe cases… so typically your concealer goes on first under your foundation, right? Then this would go on last of all, after the foundation. In many ways I feel a bit of a philistine with this product as I know that make-up artists make way more use of the magic pen than I as a layman am able to; for example as a tool for contouring and slimming down wide noses, highlighting on brows, cheekbones, around the lips and so on. We all know that contouring is huge now down’t we, and this was one of the cornerstones of the original contouring movement. I’ve even heard of it being used on models for a lengthening effect on legs but jeez, if you think I’m wasting my touch eclat into trying to fool folks into thinking my legs are an inch longer and 5% slimmer than they actually are, then you got another thing coming! One thing I know it does also work well for though is as a base or primer for your eye make up, though I do also use a dedicated primer now which pretty much renders this redundant for that task.
Leg lengthening aside, this little beauty will remain a staple in my make-up bag landing it a firm 5/5 on the RHB ratings, and I’ll keep on using it in my own traditional little way and telling everyone I come across about it too…. after all, one purchaser every ten seconds can’t be wrong!