Often copied, never equalled. Those are the words that come to mind when I hear Touche Eclat mentioned. It is such an iconic product and has earned its place as a cult buy. It occurred to me that I have yet to have a little M&B rant about this beauty and yet it’s a product that I have used for years.
My most recent tube of Touche Éclat came is a Celebration Edition inspired by Stefano Pilati’s latest jewellery collection.
I doubt there is a make-up artist out there that doesn’t have this in their kit. When I first purchased this, oh maybe 6 years ago, used it for skin emergencies only – exhaustion and dehydration due to partying namely. But in the last few years it has become a bit of an essential for me.
For those of you who have yet to try it, it works by casting light under the eye to lessen signs of fatigue, lines and hollows. The formula has changed over the years and YSL have also added a whole range of shades, finally.
I apply the product by dabbing with the applicator brush. However, I don’t blend with the this brush. I either pat the product in with my ring finger or I use a fluffy eyeshadow brush (MAC 117 all the way). Using the fluffy brush leaves you’re skin looking airbrushed. A little goes a long way – the reverse panda is not a good look. I don’t really use this right under my eye, where there is discolouration. I apply it right under the discoloured area – this draws the eye to the highlight. It works really well. I also like to use it down the centre of my nose, along my cheekbone and on my cupids bow. It leaves you looking really etherial.
A note on dupes
I have tried every single Touche Eclat-esque and inspired product I could get my hands on. I haven’t found one that does exactly what this one does. I dabbled with Lancome’s version for a time but was a little underwhelmed. Don’t get me wrong, it worked, it just didn’t work as well as YSL. I also picked up Aldi’s version (recommended by so many) and although I found it an ok under-eye concealer is really didn’t offer the reflective power of Touche Eclat (that being said, it’s worth a look as a concealer).
Some Touché Éclat application tips from YSL:
- Use around the eyes to brighten and diffuse imperfection.
- Apply on the outer corner of the eye then blend in long strokes towards the temple.
- Before highlighting with shade 1, using 3 over the inner eye can neutralise blue undertone.
- Can be used as a base over the eye lid to improve the hold of eye shadow.
- Use in the inner corners of the eyes to brighten tired eyes and to enhance the white of the eye.
- Blend number 6 as a warm cream bronzer over the cheeks.
- Use on bridge of nose, between brows, on top of cheekbones to sharpen your features.
- Darker tones such as No 5 can be used to contour underneath the cheekbones.
- Blend with fingers for finer result and for a professional finish with a fluffy brush.
- Blend a line below and over the brow to sharpen the eyebrow definition.
- Apply on the corners of the nose to neutralise redness and broken veins.
- For fuller lips, apply to the middle of the lower lip over lipstick and soften.
- Apply around the lips to sharpen and enhance the cupids bow.
- Apply down the décolleté to enhance the neckline
- Apply down the side of the leg to elongate.
I’m obviously a big fan. Thoughts?