Brace yourselves Beauties, deep breaths now…
On May 16th Yves Saint Laurent had the exclusive international preview in Paris, France of their new Le Teint Touche Éclat, the foundation to accompany their massively successful and world renowned Touche Éclat highlighter pen. This is quite possibly the most highly anticipated beauty product of the year.
The Touche Éclat highlighter/concealer pen was and is one of every girls dream products that almost everyone has, with one sold every ten seconds. I remember the excitement when I got my original one, and then again when they brought out the new shade range and I was able to get one slightly lighter. This is honestly the miracle product that everybody reaches for, from virtually every celebrity you can name (yes even the men as well hence them bringing out a male version) to probably most women you walk past in the street. The idea of being able to have a full face of this magic stuff is enough to make me swoon.
This year is YSL’s 20th birthday and in celebration they are finally launching this foundation, after a rumoured 10 years in the making.
The packaging of this has all the class you would expect and demand from YSL, with the classic gold coloured lid to top off a beautifully simple and elegant circular glass bottle. It also features a pump (also in gold) applicator which has many beauty critics cheering loudly, as the one grumble about the highlighter was the un-washable brush application method.
There are a whooping 22 shades in the colour range for this, so you can expect to find one to suit you whatever your skin tone. They are arranged in three categories, Warm – Beige Dore, Cool - Beige Rose and neutral – Beige.
Image originally from Fleur de Force
The science-y bit behind this is that YSL claim to removed all opaque powders, meaning there will be no cake-y masked effect and instead replaced them with a ‘soft focus gel’ which is meant to smooth away imperfections without masking the skin. This is also meant to feel extremely weightless in texture too, making it even more comfortable and easy to wear.
“I wanted a foundation that gives the entire face a lively, vibrant light,” said YSL’s creative director of make-up, Lloyd Simmonds. “Natural, feather-light, but with a touch of very Parisian, very Saint Laurent sophistication that beautifies the skin and makes the complexion expressive. I like to call it a dewy luminosity, as fresh as dew on the complexion – and definitely not shiny.” This is meant to used in tandem with the highlighter as Simmonds explains ”They are the perfect duo. The foundation unifies the entire face, whilst Touche Éclat reinforces the light effect, especially on dark under-eye circles, and to unify the area around the lips and to attract light on the temples and cheekbones.”
This is being released nationwide in the UK on July 9th however if you are lucky enough to live near Selfridges you can pick yours up from June 28th, girls take note, just after my birthday (no prizes for guessing what will be top of my list this year) and I will be first in the queue, in fact I may even camp outside my local store overnight just so I can be the first one though the doors the next morning. There is no denying this is an expensive product at the rrp of £28, but as a die hard Chanel foundation fan this is actually less than I normally pay, big whoop on my part!
The big question – will this replace my beloved Vitalumiere Aqua? Do you know I reckon it just might! x