Thursday, 14 April 2011

YSL Touche Eclat: A Cult Classic Reborn!

I was lucky enough to be 1 of 5 makeup artists invited to the relaunch of cult classic Touche Eclat. A year ago I was asked by the YSL team to help in some research of this iconic item, a product that everyone seemed to possess. Fast forward a year, Touche Eclat will soon be available to the UK in 7 (count 'em) shades! 1, 1.5, 2, 3, 5, 6 & 7! No. 7 is exclusive to the UK. My personal favourite I think will be the 1.5 as it veers towards a slight yellow tinge which in my mind will work better with more skintones!
With these 7 shades, YSL now caters from the palest of the pale to black women. Gathered at Haymarket Hotel, we were treated to a live demo of how these new shades could be used to contour and highlight features, mixed with YSL Pure Chromatics shadows to create a flatter denser coverage and also mixed with the Pur Rouge Couture lipsticks to lighten or warm up to create custom shades.
As soon as we were allowed, I zoomed right in to test textures and colours. And you know what? The colours are good! Accurate, fool-proof and true. Best of all, the textures seem more emollient and blendable. I've always had to create my own Touche Eclat for darker skinned models especially black skin and it is amazing to now be able to use one or a mix of two colours to get the highlighting that black skin truly benefits from. I can't wait to put mine to use as soon as possible! 

YSL Touche Eclat is exclusive to Selfridges and Brown Thomas from 19th May and goes nationwide 14th July.

Also launching are 3 new ethnic shades to the popular Teint Radiance foundation range.
Accompanying these foundations is the Poudre Compacte Radiance in 6 shades.
With this launch, it can only mean one thing. The luxury of YSL Cosmetics is finally available to the multi-coloured scope of skin tones everywhere! And as a makeup artist, I am truly excited and relieved!

37 comments:

  1. Im soo glad they have bought out more colours! This stuff is amazing but I could never get an exact match! No.3 waaayyy to Orange and No.2 always a tad too light!

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  2. @BeautyWowza: I know! So exciting and so glad that it finally means I can use this on all skin tones! X

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  3. YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is such good news and such an exciting thing for you to be involved in! Congratulations and I look forward to visitng my counter and seeing it in person! A little bit of Soh near me :) Emma xx

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  4. @Computergirl: Haha thanks hon, I wished, I merely started the ball rolling by showing that it's actually quite a hard product to use. All the important stuff was done by experts and amazing people really. Pls go check it out, I'm super excited and have my set ready for my shoot tomorrow to try! Thank you for reading & commenting! x

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  5. You're welcome :) Hope the shoot goes ok tomorrow- I love seeing your work on here. The blog world is great xx

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  6. @computergirl: Aww thanks so much! Yeah I love my world too, pretty crazy but fun! X

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  7. I don't think anyone has a 'normal' world! Crazy is the way forward :Dxx

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  8. @CG: You're so right! Who wants normal? It's boring right? x

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  9. How funny! I was only today telling a girl with dark skin about Touche Eclat, but noted I was worried that she might struggle with the shades! This is great news : ) *LOVE*

    Finally, we're starting to see a true appreciation and embrace of all skin colours in cosmetics. Illamasqua are also launching an amazing colour range of foundations, I believe. Exciting times! x

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  10. @Amanda: Exciting times indeed! Thanks Amanda! x

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  11. Looking forward to trying this one x

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  12. This is great news. I tested no.3 years back but the tones looked gray so hopefully I will be able to find a match in the new ones!

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  13. @Charlie: Yes do try, I think many people are going to be quite happy and excited! Thanks Wife! x

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  14. @Meeta:Meeta, you'' be very happy to know that an exact shade will be available for you soon. Thank you for reading & taking time to comment! x

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  15. Such good news, can't wait to check them out. A big thank you for all your posts. xx

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  16. I love YSL foundations. I can't wait to see how the new Touche Eclat stands up to the Clinique Airbrush concealers. x

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  17. @cmlewis99: You're very welcome, thank you for being so supportive! X

    @Rebecca: It's good! Trying it today on shoot and it's fab! You'll love it! x

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  18. About time they launched colours for all skin tones, i find the number 1 way to pink for my skin and unfortunately in ireland, cannot purchase the number 2, which i do like. Have they changed the formula a bit aswell, or have they just introduced new colours?

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  20. @Jenny: You'll like the 1.5 then, it's light but yellow toned so perfect for shadows and most skin tones. They said the formula's not changed but I feel it's softer and definitely more emollient! Look out for it! XX

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  21. Oh brilliant, cos the only one problem i did have with it, was that it was a little bit too thick and i also sometimes found it a bit drying :-(. Will defo keep a look out for the 1.5, very exciting stuff. xx

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  22. @Jenny: It can be tricky to use but if you still find it too drying, add a bit of your foundation to TE and then pat it on and finish off with a light sweep of a fluffy brush. Let me know how you get on when you finally get it. Thanks! x

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  23. Finally! They really rode on the back of the success if TE for too long, while other brands launched their own often better versions, this had the name because it was the original. Glad to see they've tweaked it and extended the colour range as there is a huge demand for Asian and Black skins concealer/brightener especially Indian where dark under eyes are prevailant. Looking forward to trying these out.

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  24. @clionasweeney: Indeed hon, I love them and think the shades are great. Will need to use them to get final verdict but so far so good! Thanks lovely lady for always making the efffort to comment. x

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  25. This is exciting news, Kenneth! I started using TE when I received my first paycheck almost 19 years ago. Back then, there was only one option, the legendary #1. Then YSL brought us shades 2 & 3, and 3 became my staple undereye concealer. I'd stock up at DFS whenever I was in Singapore.

    Don't know if you guys remember how TE would give off a funky smell after being opened for some time? I recall reading beauty forums like MakeupAlley of people complaining, and thankfully YSL took notice and quickly rectified the problem. Have to say that over the years I have diverted from my TE love affair to flirt with other brands like Bobbi Brown, Shu Uemura and Giorgio Armani. But recently I've redicovered my first "concealer" love, TE #1. Its no-fuss application, and bright and natural results makes TE simply one of the best of its kind. Quoting a famous makeup artist (can't remember who) regarding YSL TE, "every man, woman and child needs to own one". I can't wait for shade 1.5 to hit the counters in Australia :)

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  26. @Elaine: Hey Elaine, thanks for making the time to comment and yes sooo exciting! Regarding to the funky smell, the thing is that you do have to wash the brush at least once a week with detergent or shampoo. That was what gave off the smell. Just wash it and squeeze dry it with tissue and let dry before capping again. I hope you enjoy 1.5!! Take care and thanks again xx

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  27. This is major! (Have blogged about it and linked you...) So, does YSL market it as an under-eye product or a highlighter? I use mine under eyes and it works a treat.

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  28. @disneyrollergirl: Thanks for the link first of all! And yes it is MAJOR!! It's still and will always be a highlighter but I think women have misunderstood as highlighters are now used so differently compared to when they were first introduced. The trick is to only place it on the area of darkness, which usually is the hollow part of the undereye socket and not all the way to the bottom lashes which gives you that dreadful panda effect! Paint the TE on that dark area and then either pat or use a fluffy brush to blend it in and you should be ok to go! That's what I do all the time for the last 17 years. Thanks hon for reading this and commenting! xx

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  29. Does anyone know where I can buy YSL Teint Radiance in the #1 Ivory shade in the UK?
    thanks!

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  30. @anonymous: Hey I have asked round my friends on Twitter so hopefully will get the answer to you asap.

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  31. Thank you, that's really kind!

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  32. The new Touche Eclat shades are on the Selfridges website now. I'm thinking of trying the 1.5 (I'm a pale yellow toned redhead).

    Still no sign of Teint Radiance in Ivory.

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  33. @Anonymous: I'm sorry lovely but I've asked everyone I know but no one's come back with an answer regarding Teint Radiance. I will ask the PR when he gets home from holiday. With Touche Eclat, I would say to give it a go if you can get to a counter and try it. That way you will be assured of getting the best colour for you. Hope that helps. x

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  34. I love Touche Eclat it is my go to product for any look i do !
    such an amazing thing!

    i hate the people who say its a concealer! :(
    it drives me crazy

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  35. @MrAJBx3: It's definitely a cult product isn't it? Glad you like and yes it's a highlighter not concealer. X

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