REVIEW: YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat Illuminating Foundation SPF 19

The YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat Illuminating Foundation with SPF 19 was recently gifted to me as an early Christmas present and I haven’t been able to part with it since. As a foundation fanatic, I’ve got high expectations and am picky about finish, texture, and oil-control. Previously, I posted a 2012 Favorite Foundations entry if you’d like to refer back to it for additional foundation information.

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The YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat Illuminating Foundation can be found at Sephora and YSL counters. I had previously tested the colors on my own before adding it to my wishlist; and, I have to say that color match was a struggle because all the pale hues – whether they’re beige toned or pink toned – looked similar to me. Depending on how pale I wanted to be or how exact I wanted to be, I felt like I could have three different choices. I’d advise getting matched at a counter or test a few samples before committing.

As mentioned in past posts, I’ve previously reviewed the YSL Touche Éclat – Radiant Touch concealer/illuminating pen. Based on the infamous Touche Éclat Radiant Touch, the Touche Éclat Illuminating Foundation was created: “For the first time, the magic light of Touche Éclat is in a foundation with the added benefit of SPF 19 sun protection. Infused in a weightless fluid, this foundation targets shadowy areas and highlights the contours of the face. Free of opaque fillers, its perfecting texture evens the complexion and helps conceal imperfections while enhancing your skin’s natural beauty.”

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According to Sephora, this foundation is a “weightless, illuminating foundation” formulated WITHOUT Parabens, Sulfates, Petrochemicals, Phthalates, GMOs, and Triclosan.

My shade is BR20 – aka Beige Rose 20. This may seem like an odd choice for me, seeing as how I’m Asian with warmer undertones. However, I don’t lean 100% towards the beige-golden range; and, often, some foundations can appear too yellow on my skin tone. BR20 is described as a color for those with “fair complexions with rosy peach light beige undertones.” And, interestingly, the shade matched my skin very well – even though originally I went thinking I’d be a BD10 (which is a shade entirely for those with yellow-beige undertones).

The texture of the formula is light and runny, which allows for easy blending. Surprisingly, despite its runniness, coverage is medium – which is impressive, and could come in handy for problem-skin days. The finish is satiny yet dewy and there’s a nice naturalness that gives the illuminated appearance. I powder my nose but that’s it and oil-control is decent but not spectacular. I love how light and weightless it feels on the skin – it feels like my pores and my skin can breathe!

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Here – I’ve swatched YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat Illuminating Foundation BR20 and NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in “Mont Blanc” respectively. Both are very similar and match my skintone well. Also, it’s not really that pink and it’s not really yellowy either. Notice there’s no ashy neutral tones in either. I’m quite happy with the shade and a little surprised with it as well. I suggest you play with the shades before truly committing because the shades seem to vary from person to person.

This foundation has received great reviews online and I love it too. It’s amazing how well it covers and illuminates without looking cakey or oily. It’s like having the best of both worlds – one being the power of a high-coverage foundation, and the other being the lightness of a tinted moisturizer or light-coverage foundation. I think that’s the reason why so many people are happy with it!

1 oz. Made in France
Retails for $55.00 USD


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