03 January 2013

YSL Le Teinte Touche Eclat Illuminating Foundation

 There's a lady who knows,
All that glitters is gold,

Things suddenly got more ritzy at the ThinkTank.
And she's buying a stairway to heaven....

SPF 19? Really?
First off, I will acknowledge the steep price tag of this foundation.  It's $55 dollars.  But it does us a nice favor and comes in a wonderfully gilded cage, and it got me to sing you Led Zeppelin.  So, in terms of entertainment it's already knocking it out of the park.

Le Teinte Touche Eclat is YSL's answer to the Touche Eclat radiance pens.  It's a highlighting foundation, that aims to be able to naturally illuminate the skin.  Suffice it to say that it's an adaptive foundation, with a dewy finish.  I imagine this will be quite popular in the Spring, where hyper perfected dewy skin is in.

This is a bottle with some heft.
But with a convenient pump!
The bottle and pacakaging are superb.  But that's par for the course with YSL.  I'm still a little confused as to why there is only SPF19 in this.  Clearly 20 is a more standard degree of SPF, but I've seen cosmetics formulated with 13 and 12 as well.  Octinoxate, the sunscreen used in this product, is a chemical sunscreen that absorbs UVA/UVB rays (hence why the box can say broad spectrum), and is also used for obscuring scars.  Chemical sunscreens don't have the flashback effect the way physical sunscreens do, so the SPF factor, I am assuming, is just a fringe benefit of the octinoxate being formulated into the foundation for it's skin perfecting quality, and as a fringe benefit is providing SPF.

Ahhh! It's the blob!
I purchased Shade 50, Beige Dore.  Which, honestly, looks really dark in the bottle, but was the only shade that had suitable undertones to my skin.  The shade range for this foundation is sorta weird, especially in the medium tones, and I found it difficult to match myself.  I had to settle with "close enough" rather than "perfect match".

Your stairway lies on the whispering wind...
The illuminating properties of this foundation give it a decent color match once it's blended.  It's medium coverage and has a dewy, healthy look.  However, it oxidizes a wee bit.  Now, there are two methods you can use when working with "close enough" color matches.  You can blend the excess down your neck.  Or keep the bulk of the coverage to the center of your face, and fade it out towards the edges to avoid the awkward jawline blending problem, and do a bit of bronzing on the edges.  I prefer the latter method and I apply this with my hands, which sheers the coverage out a tiiinnnyyy bit.  When set with a basic silica powder, I got about 6 hours of wear on a primerless face.  It makes the skin look lifted and luminous, which is nice.  But if you have good skin, you can also get a similar effect from MAC F&B or NARS Sheer Glow.

I purchased this from Sephora.  It retails for $55 USD.  If you get an exact color match, I'd say it's worth it, but if your medium toned, ask for samples to see if you have any problems with the color changing over time.

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