I was wearing the Lancome Teint Miracle for years and had fancied a change and I also didn’t like the strong alcohol scent of that foundation. So during a trip to the UK about a year ago I went into boots and began trying different brands, none of which I liked or which were not too yellow.
Finally I ended up at the YSL counter and the assistant colour matched me with YSL Touche Éclat and I really liked the feel and colour so I bought it. The assistant told me that it was on special offer as the new reformulated foundation was coming out soon which had an added SPF.
This foundation didn’t accentuate my large pores nor my uneven texture and it set to a lovely, radiant finish and it truly felt like I wasn’t wearing anything on my face. The scent was pleasant and I thought I looked the bees-knees with my new foundation that made my skin look like a million dollars! Lol
Because I have oily to combination skin, all foundations transfer to mobiles and anything else that touches my face and this did the same which for me is normal. It didn’t clog my pores and it didn’t cake and was very blendable and buildable.
I really loved this foundation and as soon as I saw that my bottle was running low I ordered another one online from Selfridges. When my foundation arrived I saw that it was the reformulated one with the added SPF 19. Because I wear a strong sunscreen under my foundation I don’t specifically look for foundations with sunscreen in them. To get any sun protection from a foundation you are going to need tons of it to coat your face and SPF 19 is not strong enough, anyway.
I didn’t think more on it until it came to using it. I realized straight away that something was very different and that this new formula wasnt at all like the other one without the SPF. this formula felt thicker and heavier on my face and worst of all, it accentuated my large pores and uneven skin texture. I was so upset 😪 i couldn’t understand why a company who had a near perfect product would sabotage it like this. With it being thicker I tried to use the minimum amount but with doing this, my imperfections were not being hidden such as broken veins and my melasma.
I continued to wear it being as I had paid for it and it was still workable even though I was not happy with it. Like the previous formula it is long lasting and if I can manage to apply the right amount, it looks ok. It is just difficult trying to find the balance between accentuating all my facial sins and showing looking caked.
Here are some swatches in various lighting. My shade is B40
YSL Touche Éclat Foundation B40 – Indoors no flash
YSL Touche Éclat Foundation B40 – Indoors with flash
YSL Touche Éclat Foundation B40 – Outside in the shade
YSL Touche Éclat Foundation B40 – In direct sunlight
YSL Touche Éclat Foundation B40
Octinoxate 7% Other: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Dimethicone, PEG-10, Dimethicone, Sorbitol, Bis-PEG/PPG-14/14 Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Polglycerin-3 Crosspolymer, Sodium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance, Aluminum Hydroxide, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Dipropylene Glycol, Isotridecyl Isononanoate. May contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Bismuth Oxychloride