Having recently become obsessed with the original Touche Eclat, I thought this had potential. I looked for other opinions online and the general consensus was pretty good. Sephora VIB Rouge discount card in hand, I excitedly picked up the YSL Touche Eclat Foundation in Beige 30 ($57.00), eager to see if it would live up to expectations. I think I've had it long enough by now that I feel equipped to finally asses it.
According to YSL, this foundation is the first to contain the "magic light of Touche Eclat". It is "infused in a weightless fluid" without any opaque fillers (to let your natural skin shine through!) and "targets shadowy areas and highlights the contours of the face". It is supposed to give you buildable coverage and that no-makeup makeup look that we spend so much time and money to achieve, as well as illuminating your skin to give "dimensional radiance". There are 16 shades available with three undertone options (Beige Rose for the pink-toned, Beige Dore for the yellow-toned, and plain Beige for the neutral-toned).
First off, the packaging. A foundation that costs more than most should have packaging that reflects the expense and in many ways, this does. The glass bottle is heavy and solid feeling, the cap stays put when you put it on (looking at you, Urban Decay Naked Skin), and it comes with a pump (unlike my previous favorite, NARS Sheer Glow, for which I had to buy a pump for $6 from Barney's - not a huge expense but certainly annoying). My one complaint: the pump rarely, if ever, allows you to get out just a little bit at a time. If you have a small area to touch up, you're stuck getting out way more than you need which is definitely a waste. All around I think that the packaging lives up to expectations and exceeds lots of other brands although I have to be super wary of how hard I'm pressing the pump any time I try to get any out.
The "weightless fluid" claims are definitely accurate, as this makeup glides on super easily and blends like a dream. The lack of opaque fillers gives you that natural "dimensional radiance" they promised, but I also found the coverage to be not very buildable, especially as compared to the exceptionally buildable coverage of Sheer Glow. This is understandable since the whole point of this makeup is to ensure you don't look cake-y, but it should be noted for those who would buy this expecting to get serious coverage out of a few layers. It also doesn't catch on dry patches which was a major pitfall for the Hourglass Immaculate.
The finish is radiant and illuminated without looking shiny or oily. Part of what makes this makeup so blendable is that it takes a while to dry so it does look a little wet for the first few minutes, and I would be careful about putting any cream products on right on top of it, but this is nothing a little finishing powder (or patience) can't fix.
By the end of the day I still need to blot but only occasionally need touch-ups around the chin area, a testament to the staying power of this makeup as most typically slides around on me.
I really, really love this stuff. The finish is gorgeous and natural, perfect for the summer, and it's such a breeze to apply. I have been experimenting with applying with the Sephora Mineral Powder Brush ($24) and the Beauty Blender ($20) and have been especially pleased with the results for nighttime and photographs. Beige 30 is a perfect match for me and it's a relief not having to reapply if I want to go out after work, wondering if my face looks splotchy and super made up. I want to see more how it photographs and if it gives me that dreaded white cast that made Sheer Glow just not cut it for me, but I think this could be worth the extra expense.
Has anyone else tried this? What have you thought?