Yves Saint Laurent – Le Teint Touche Éclat Foundation

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You might’ve guessed from the above picture that I haven’t actually brought the full size YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat Foundation and you’d be right!  In fact I only took away a 7 day free sample – which anyone can get, so if you’re interested make sure you get down to your nearest counter and ask for one, they are actually giving them away!

I am on the prowl for a new liquid foundation at the moment, those of you with any recommendations please send over a comment below, I like my liquid foundation to have a ‘sheen’ like finish, a little glow-y, or dewy, however you want to put it, but this is why I had my eyes on YSL’s Le Teint Touche Éclat Foundation for a little while.

This foundation, along with the Touche Éclat Radiant Touch Highlighting Pen, is well known for being a great highlighter – so when I heard of this 7 day sample offer (thanks to Ting) I had a free try!

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It may be a small bottle but I can well believe there’s 7 days worth in there.  When I actually got to the YSL counter a YSL lady wasn’t working – she was on holiday!  So a Bare Minerals assistant kindly helped me out and got me a sample – just from looking at my face she managed to pick the right shade for me!  Without colour matching my hand, cheek or anywhere else!  She must have been born to do her job.

Anyway, I also tried the Beauty Blender I received from my September Birchbox to apply the foundation – two new products for me!

The finish, as above, was the correct shade and is quite smooth.  However I feel a bit disappointed as there wasn’t the level of sheen/glow/dew I was expecting.

I’m not sure if maybe using the Beauty Blender could have taken away the sheen from all of my stippling, so I’ve tried applying with a brush and just my fingertips but it doesn’t make a difference.

For now though, the foundation sinks into your skin very quickly and is very light – it doesn’t feel as though I’m wearing foundation at all but can be difficult to blend, making me feel like I don’t really know if I like this foundation – which must mean I don’t like it.  The formula is quite odd for me personally, it is very watery compared to my Clarins Skin Illusion foundation, which is more creamy.  What bothers me somewhat too is the formula setting very quickly, becoming dry when I blend it in and therefore not blending with/into my skin and instead sitting on top of it, almost as if transformed into a stubborn powder.  This could be because I have dry skin, I’m not sure, as I notice it can easily leave a cakey finish, particularly around my nose.  I’ve tried to highlight this in the pictures below, however it was difficult coming up on camera:

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Due to this texture change I also find it difficult to use a brush to apply it and realised perhaps trailing the Beauty Blender with this foundation didn’t work well either (I saw a lot of reviews advising not to use with watery foundation types.)  So that might need another updated review too by using a different foundation!

Overall I won’t be buying the full size product and will still be on a lookout for a different liquid foundation, preferably thick and creamy!  But that’s it for now, let me know if you’ve had similar problems with the YSL foundation or if you have any recommendations!  Thanks for reading.

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