The YSL Touche Éclat has been around forever, but despite it’s fame I also think it’s one of the most misunderstood beauty products out there. I personally spent my teenage years thinking it was a very sheer concealer that “didn’t work” but to double check it wasn’t just me I did my research and asked around. Nearly all my friends that I asked also thought the same even to this day, that it’s a concealer. 

A couple of weeks ago I met with Lloyd Simmons, YSL’s Creative Director of makeup and when I told him I didn’t use it because I always thought it was too sheer to cover my dark circles, he confirmed what I’d always wondered… it’s not a concealer, it’s a highlighter. How one product that is so heavily advertised can be so misunderstood baffles me, but I wanted to do my bit and set the record straight and maybe giving you some highlighting tips along the way. 

YSL are releasing the limited ‘Into The Wild’ Touche Éclat it is absolutely gorgeous embossed with a chic animal print! I gave mine a whirl using Lloyd’s tips, so here’s how I got on. 

I applied the product anywhere I wanted to highlight, so not my dark circles! I used it on the outer corners of my eyes, my cheekbones, the inner corner of my eyes, down the bridge of my nose and around my nose. I also took Lloyd’s tip to apply it around my lips to make them look fuller and at the top of my forehead to make the space look larger (if you have a large forehead do this just above the centre of your brows). After applying it where I wanted to highlight I patted it in with my finger making sure not to disrupt the light enhancing formula. This was a step I did after my base, before my bronzer and blush and you can see the results in this video where I actually got quite a few compliments on my glowing complexion! 

The limited edition Touche Éclat is out in April for £25, but until then if you have one that you pushed aside, try using it this way and see how you like it. I was impressed with the results and definitely want to experiment more using it as a highlighter. The Touche Éclat success story used to baffle me but now I get it… finally


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