It is definitely the season to launch a new foundation apparently as the new ones are hitting the market by the bucket load right now. Following on from my seven days, seven foundation review series I have another to throw into the mix. This is the newly reformulated YSL Touche Eclat Le Teint Foundation. Which is an upgraded version of the 2012 foundation release, to improve on the already pretty impressive foundation that joins the iconic Touch Eclat.
YSL Touche Eclat Le Teint Foundation
I did review the original Touch Eclat Foundation HERE back in 2012 although it’s a post that has some image issues so there’s no photos to be seen I’m afraid (going to try and dig the originals out of my harddrive and re-upload them) but you can at least read what I thought there. For some reason it felt like it was a lot more recent that the foundation was launched but actually four years ago!? When I heard they were re-doing it I thought it seemed a bit soon, but reading back to that post made me realise how fast the time has past!
So the new formula, how does it differ from the original – the foundation’s key promise is to give that fresh faced look of 8 hours sleep. The two new additions are the ‘catchlight technology’ and the ‘anti fatigue complex’, also known as light diffusing and a blend of ingredients that combine the tiredness-banishing good stuff in the original Touche Eclat pens and vitamin E to actually help skin look less tired. The new formula is designed to give a bit more intense coverage at the same time as actually looking and feeling light and natural. If that makes sense – basically all the coverage, but without looking or feeling like it. A magic cloak of foundation…
Shade wise there are a whopping 22 shades available, and as with the last one I match the BR20 shade which is the beige-rose shade grouping, slightly pinky toned…like my skin. To show the foundation in action I’ve taken pictures of my make-up free face (with nothing but moisturiser on, the foundation only face so you can see the difference when just foundation is applied (no concealer or powder), then the final all over face look with all make-up finished. Personally I find this is a good way to get a full impression of the foundation as if I went straight to the full face look then it wouldn’t be easy to see how the foundation fared at masking imperfections. The main thing for me at the moment is covering redness whilst still keeping a light feeling/looking finish.
Before: No Make Up
During: Foundation only
After: Full face of make-up (every day)
Coverage wise, I am really impressed with this. I barely needed anything in terms of covering other imperfections after I applied. I did put a touch of my current favourite under eye concealer (Burberry Cashmere Skin) to conceal dark circles, but even without it the YSL did a pretty good job of brightening this area on it’s own. It definitely evened out any redness and easily concealed a spot I had on my cheek (as you can see in the make-up free photo). I didn’t add any powder to the finished make-up look because I liked the glow it gave on it’s own and didn’t want to take it away. The only thing I would say about this is that my t-zone did need a touch of powder as the day went on, just to tone down a little shine. So perhaps I should have given it a touch of translucent powder to help manage this.
All in all, if you liked the original then you will love this. YSL definitely does do a good foundation, for me it’s a really tough call as to which one I like the most. I really love the Youth Liberator one so that might just pip this to the post. But I do really like this new one and definitely prefer the new formula as the finish is just lovely. This is one I would go for on evenings when I want my skin to look glowy but still overall perfected – a time when I want more coverage, but don’t like the heavy feel of high coverage foundation.
YSL Touche Eclat Le Teint Foundation * available from John Lewis £28.35
*PR sample or gift