Friday, 6 July 2012

YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat foundation: BR30 swatched


I’ve await the arrival of YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat foundation with baited breath.  It sounded like it offered everything that I look for in a holy grail foundation:

  • Light to medium, buildable coverage
  • A radiant dewy finish
  • Blurs imperfections
  • Light reflecting
  • Doesn’t cake
  • Pump bottle
  • Reasonably priced
  • Beautifully packaged

It didn’t disappoint.

It started with an interesting interaction with the SA, who was convinced I’d been in for a sample several days earlier… it’s not every day I get told I have a double.  As I hummed and haa-ed about whether my skin had a beige, yellow or pink tone (I can never decide; I guess this makes it neutral) she immediately selected ‘the perfect colour,’ BR30. 

She asked if I like to go a shade warmer and I felt quite smug at her delight when I said I always choose a shade true to my skin tone, preferring the lightest option that suits me.  I immediately loved her back.  I can’t stand it when SAs suggest several shades darker than I am.

I skipped off with a generous 7 day sample of BR30 - this is what it looks like…


I was surprised to see just how light it is, and how pink toned, which is a touch more than it appears here.


Part blended, it looks even paler!


Fully blended (excuse the onset of goosebumps - it was freezing when I took these pics a few days ago). 

As you can see, once blended out it’s not that pale - and of course my face is lighter than my arm.  While I can get away with this shade I do feel it’s perhaps a touch pink and am keen to try the B30… I may try a different store!

So how does it look on?

Dreamy.  Liquid in consistency, it blends easily and yet my skin looks and feels like I’m not wearing makeup.  The closest I’ve experienced to this before is with Face Atelier or the original Laura Mercier Moisturising Foundation (now replaced with Moisture Supreme, which I’ve been told is a poor relation).

So it gives a no makeup look, yet imperfections are covered - and my face has an added softness and luminosity, a bit like a slightly blurred well lit photograph!  My skin also feels dewy to the touch, so I have worn it with a light dusting of Illamasqua translucent powder, partly due to concern that any bronzer/blusher I use over it might otherwise stick or apply unevenly.

I have dry skin, though it’s been more normal to dry lately (tends more towards dryness in Winter); it’s also prone to dehydration.  For these reasons I’m not sure how well this foundation would work on oily skins, though please do tell me if you’ve tried it and I’m wrong about that!

It lasts well too, with just a slight touch up with concealer and powder once during the day, which is standard for me.



Overall, I’m very impressed and think this is a lovely Summer/Autumn foundation. I’ll definitely be purchasing a bottle when it hits the shelves.  If you’d like to try a sample and don’t feel comfortable asking for one, print out the voucher on YSL’s Facebook page, or read my post about how to ask for samples! ;)

YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat foundation comes in 22 shades to suit a wide range of skin tones and will retail at £28rrp.  It is available at limited counters from 9th July, rolling out elsewhere from late July. 

Have you tried this yet?  Would you like to?

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