Update: Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Radiant Touch in 1 Luminous Radiance

It’s time for an update on the Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Radiant Touch since I recently re-purchased this item. For the most part, it’s safe to say that this item is a staple in my makeup bag and it’s worth the re-purchase. In addition, even when it’s not regularly “on rotation,” I still make sure to have it on hand since I notice a huge difference when I don’t use it. I know that in Korean beauty magazines, this item is often referred to as the “magic pen,” and in many ways, it is!

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As a “luminizing pen that brings light and radiance to the skin, immediately erases any signs of fatigue, and brightens the complexion,” the Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Radiant Touch is worth the price. It’s important to not consider this a concealer or even an under eye concealer. If you’re expecting for this provide coverage and erase imperfections, you’re going to be disappointed. The key to this product is to use it correctly, and to understand what the purpose of this product is.

The Touche Éclat Radiant Touch “banishes shadows and tired-looking eyes by adding light and creating an instant lift to the eye area.” So, if you’re looking to give your eyes an extra oomph, you need to conceal your dark circles with an actual under eye concealer and pat it into your skin. Then, you apply the Touche Éclat Radiant Touch on top to brighten up the area. This product “widens eyes when used between the eyebrows and along the sides of the nose, and creates fuller looking lips when used in the hollow of the chin and around the contour of the lips.” In essence, it’s a way to give your face a little somethin’ somethin’ without it being detectable. What I like to do is after applying base makeup — whether it’s a BB/CC cream, tinted moisturizer, or a foundation — I give this a few pumps and swipe it under my eyes, down the bridge of my nose, and along the high points of my face (cheeks). I blend it in before applying blush and etc.

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I use the shade “1 Luminous Radiance,” which is “for fair to light complexions with pink undertones.” It blends in quickly and easily and absorbs right away. There’s no sticky feeling but it doesn’t budge. The Touche Éclat Radiant Touch is “formulated for all skin types and for anyone who wants instant radiance, luminosity, and lift.” At first, it doesn’t seem like the product is doing anything because you can’t see it or feel it. You wonder what it’s actually doing until you step away from the mirror, and you realize that your skin/makeup looks really great. Something is different and noticeably wonderful, but you can’t quite decide what it is. It’s the Touche Éclat Radiant Touch, I promise!

I recommend this product. It’s pricey but it’s worth the money. And, it’s a must-have to have in your makeup collection. Even if you can’t be bothered to apply “real” makeup on a Saturday, or if you’re getting ready for a night out, this product will make a big difference in a small and subtle way. :)

Retails for $42.00 USD.
Item contains 0.1 oz.

REVIEW: Giorgio Armani High Precision Retouch

Normally, I don’t do much to my under-eye area and I use highlighters are my face when I remember. While I’ve dabbled in using the Maybelline DreamLumi Touch Highlighting Concealer, the YSL Touche Éclat Radiant Touch, and the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer, I only reach for the products when I feel that my skin really needs it.

Lately, however, I’ve been intentioanlly incorporating the Giorgio Armani High Precision Retouch in shade #2 (which is the lightest shade), and I’ve been impressed with how it’s helped my skin. As a “radiance-enhancing concealer to wipe away shadows, blur imperfections, and brighten the complexion,” I’ve found that this product is a key part of my routine now.

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The Giorgio Armani High Precision Retouch is a “high-precision concealer” because of its unique applicator that not only blurs imperfections, but also allegedly treats dark circles, and highlights the complexion as well. The product “contains light-reflecting pearls, which diffuse light for radiant skin.” Along with that, “Vitamin E and moisturizers pamper the delicate eye area.”

The “high-definition applicator” is unique because it’s super thin…literally like strands of hair. It’s soft and flexible, with just enough give to add the product where you want to place it. A little bit goes a long ways, so a few swipes here and there is really all you need.

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I like to use this concealer under my eyes for brightness; and, while I can’t really see the benefits of anything anti-aging, it feels comfortable and nice on the under-eye area. It doesn’t smudge my eye makeup or my eyeliner, and it feels virtually undetectable on my skin so I really like that. I also use this to highlight my cheeks and it provides the most subtle lit-glow that isn’t heavy or cakey.

I recommend this concealer, even though it may not seem like it’s unnecessary. The effects of this concealer are really subtle; but, it’s a product that would be missed if you forgot to use it, I promise. It’s pricey for what it is; however, it’s a great investment and will make such a big difference for your skin.

Made in France.
Retails for $39.00 USD.

Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Dark Circle Eye Roller

After turning 28, under eye concealing concerns peaked my interest because I’ve been noticing some changes in my skin. While under eye concerns haven’t really been an issue for me, brightening the area and keeping my eye area hydrated are important to me. In the mornings, I don’t like to mess around with too many products and prefer a quick and easy routine. More importantly, I try to avoid caking on products on the face because I want to minimize oiliness and other issues related to heavily applying products.

As a brief under-eye-product experiment, I decided to start with the Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Dark Circle Eye Roller to see if something from the drugstore would suffice. Although I don’t suffer from pigmented under eye circles, I was hoping that a product like this would help with the shadows and brighten the area up a bit.

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The Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Dark Circle Eye Roller is a “caffeine gel + rollerball [that] energizes and stimulates microcirculation. Lemon Essence brightens, [and] tinted mineral pigments instantly corrects dark circles.” The packaging is convenient and dispense the product directly from the rollerball. I swipe along the under eye area and blend the product with my finger. The product absorbs quickly and thoroughly, and doesn’t seem to make my eye makeup smudge or transfer throughout the day. Supposedly, “over time, lack of sleep and daily fatigue make eyes look tired. Microcirculation slows and the delicate skin around the eyes becomes thinner and more translucent [allowing] dark circles and shadows appear.”

The Skin Renew Anti-Dark-Circle Roller can be used to instantly correct the appearance of dark circles and brighten the skin around your eyes. Using this product is very easy; and, the formula combined with the rollerball applies the product in a cooling way — which is quite refreshing in the morning. The color is a peachy-salmon color that is designed to cancel out pigmentation from dark circles. For me, however, the color wasn’t pink enough so it took a bit of effort to blend out and disguise well on my skin tone.

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Along with the color match issues, I noticed that it didn’t make my eye area appear brightened or concealed. But, to be fair, this may because the color match was off. The formula itself is nice and feels cooling on the skin. While the feeling is temporary, it felt nice even though it didn’t ultimately correct anything for me. I suppose to some extent this kind of product can help those with mild under eye circles, but this product didn’t work for me and I don’t care to keep it around.

For now, I may stick with something more powdery like the bareMinerals Well-Rested Eye Brightener or the Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder. How did you feel about this product and what would you recommend?

Retails for $12.99 USD.