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.

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Achieving the No-Makeup Makeup Look

Achieving the No-Makeup Makeup look is ironically not as easy as it sounds. Getting the natural look takes just as much time/effort as a dramatic, going-out look. The trick is to let your skin be your skin; and, your eyes should be defined but with no added colors/contouring. In my opinion, if you get the skin to look natural, you’re all set to go!

Getting your skin to look like it was put together with minimal effort requires minimal products. However, it all depends on your skin, the condition of it, and what you’re comfortable with. Some people aren’t comfortable going bare-faced or going even almost bare-faced, so do what makes you happy.

For me, I just need the essentials: concealer, powder, blush, illuminating pen. I skip foundation when I’m going for this look. If you also want to skip foundation but need coverage, opt for a BB cream or powder foundation that you can apply with a brush. Or, try applying a tinted moisturizer and then dusting on some powder.

I achieve my No-Makeup Makeup look by starting out with dotting on my Cle De Peau concealer on spots and minor discolorations. If I’m having a good skin day, I’ll just dab this around my nose and on my chin (sometimes a wee bit on my cheeks) to cancel out the redness.

Before adding powder, I apply my YSL Touche Eclat Radiant Touch illuminating pen under my eyes and down the bridge of my nose. Because this is a no-makeup makeup look, there’s no need to be heavily highlighted. I focus this product for my undereye area and the bridge of my nose for the lifting effect (because this is NOT a concealer).

Next, I’ll dust on the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural powder all over for some coverage (but not a lot). I like this powder for its naturalness because it’s not flat and matte like some powders. It keeps oil at bay but still keeps my skin looking natural, healthy, and slightly glowy. Love. Also note that this powder provides light coverage and it’s better than nothing.

Afterwards, blush is a must so I don’t look like the walking dead. My favorite is MAC’s blush in Well Dressed because it’s the perfect pink that isn’t too pink or too peachy. It provides a subtle glow, and when applied with a light hand, the color is a natural flush tone for my cheeks. Love.

Tools are just as important, even though using your fingers is totally fine. I use Sephora’s concealer brush to blend in the YSL radiant touch pen and the Cle De Peau concealer. I use MAC’s 188 brush to lightly dust the MSF Natural and use MAC’s 129 brush for blush.

Of course, any of these tools or products can be substituted with brands that you already have.

I enjoy the No Makeup-Makeup look for lazy days or days when I’m in a rush. Sometimes on good skin days, I want my skin to really show through, so I’ll stick to a simple look like this. I hope this has helped some of you who have been asking about “everday looks.” Next, I’ll post a foundation/face routine for those who are curious.

Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving! :)
And, as always, thanks for reading.

REVIEW: YSL Touche Éclat – Radiant Touch

The YSL Touche Éclat Radiant Touch is considered to be “the beauty secret of the world’s top makeup artists and models.” It’s highly talked about, raved about, and written about – and, as of now, I’ve discovered it for myself. The Touche Éclat Radiant Touch “is the original must-have for a radiant [and] flawless face.”

This “award-winning complexion highlighter [illuminates] dark circles, fine lines and signs of fatigue virtually disappear.” It claims to be “powered by the radiance-boosting Luminocaptide Complex, to instantly illuminate [the skin] so you look rested and refreshed.”

As a well-known beauty essential, I’ve skipped out on this product this whole time because I didn’t get what it was supposed to do. Recently, after browsing through a handful of magazines, the Touche Éclat captured my attention again. After some research and thorough experimentation process, I’m ready to give my full review of this product. Let me preface this post by saying that this is NOT a concealer and will NOT conceal anything.

The product dispenses when you click it like a mechanical pencil. When you first purchase this, you have to vigorously click it multiple times to get the product to surface through the bristles. After the product dispenses, I swipe it a few times onto the back of my hand, then use my fingers to disrtibute the product onto my skin. I do this because I don’t want to use the brush directly onto my face when I know I can’t routinely clean it.

My shade is #2 in “Luminous Ivory,” which is for fair to light complexions with yellow undertones. It’s a pale yellowy color with subtle iridescence – no shimmer, glimmers, and glitters. Just a soft pearly glow that you can barely detect. Once on the skin, you can’t tell a difference until you tilt your head at various angles. The key to this product is the natural light you’re surrounded by throughout the day.

The reason why I stress that this isn’t a concealer is because it isn’t. No amount of this product is going to conceal blemishes, pigmentation, freckles, scarring, and dark circles. It’s designed to be used after foundation and concealer to illuminate the dark surfaces of the skin. This product should not replace your concealer. It “brightens the complexion” by bringing “light and radiance to the skin” naturally. It funtions as an “instant pick-me-up” with “strategically placed strokes.”

Touche Éclat 1.) banishes shadows and tired-looking eyes by adding light and creating an instant lift to the eye area; 2.) 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.

I apply this product onto my cheekbones, down the bridge of my nose, and under the high points of my eyebrow arch. It’s a subtle difference that will count. On my friend, who has dark circles, we’ve applied this product after her undereye concealer on top to “lift the eye” and brighten the area. At first you can’t tell, but I promise there is a difference.

“Luminous Ivory” is a great match for my fair skintone. Other shades were very pink and this one was just right. I recommend this product and feel that this is one product that will truly make a difference in your morning routine. :)

0.1 oz.
Retails for $40.00.
Made in France.

*Quotes extracted from http://www.sephora.com and http://www.yslbeautyus.com.
*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)