YSL's iconic Touche Éclat has had a makeover and we were one of the first to try it, here's what we thought...

Is it as good as the original?

20 Apr 2019

PRODUCT:

YSL Touche Éclat High Cover Radiant Concealer, £26, available exclusively at Debenhams from 13th February

THE HYPE:

The newest member of the iconic Touche Éclat family is bringing the coverage to the classic light-illuminating formula. Claimed to be 'the perfect solution for everything from dark spots to scars', the formula contains an 'anti-fatigue complex with vitamin E for antioxidant action and caffeine to boost microcirculation.' The new high coverage version is available in 16 shades.

REVIEWER:

Lesley, Influencer

BEAUTY BIO:

I’m a makeup obsessive and I wear it most days, but I always like my full face to still look like my face. Products which give me a natural look are my ideal.

WHAT I USUALLY LOOK FOR IN A CONCEALER:

I like something that’s as close to my skin tone as possible so that it’s not obvious where I applied it. My breakouts can cause a lot of redness and I tend to get quite dark marks and scarring after the spots have cleared, which can take a while to fade. I need a concealer that provides enough coverage to conceal both my red spots and scars and preferably one that lasts throughout the day.

YSL TOUCHE ÉCLAT HIGH COVER RADIANT CONCEALER REVIEW:

The original Touche Éclat has been a staple for many makeup artists since the 90s, but it was originally designed to bring light to the face, not conceal. Various versions have been introduced since to colour correct and add some coverage, particularly for dark circles around the eyes, but nothing that would completely diminish spots in a swipe.

Having tried and loved a few products from the YSL Touche Éclat family, it’s fair say a high coverage concealer was missing. I love the original Touche Éclat but it’s no match for particularly red or dark pigmentation.

The High Cover (I tried shade 4.5 Golden) looks similar to the original Touche Éclat pen and is housed in the same iconic gold packaging but the formula is entirely different. It’s still a lightweight fluid texture, but it dries down to a soft matte when blended into the skin with a few taps. I particularly love the signature brush tip, because it makes it easy to apply directly.

Because the original Touche Éclat brightens the eye area so beautifully, I really wanted to test out how the High Cover in comparison, to see if I could make my eyes look more awake. Especially with the formula containing an anti-fatigue complex.

I often find that due to the folds under my eyes most products crease on me and unfortunately this wasn't an exception. After a few attempts of trying to avoid it settling into lines, I decided to switch tactics and try it on my blemishes and marks instead.

This was the gamechanger. It covers over redness and brown spots so easily. I like to start off with just one thin layer (you really don't need a lot) and if anything is peeping through I’ll go in with a second.

The finish looks really natural and it stays put once it’s set. There’s no caking and there’s still a slight luminosity to the skin so you can’t tell where I’ve applied it.

FINAL VERDICT:

This is easily one of my favourite concealers already because of its ability to cover my blemishes but still have a natural finish. The pen and brush make it so easy to apply and I find I’m relying on this daily now.