Monday, 20 June 2011

Touch v Touche

Having carried the world-renowned Touch Eclat around with me for years, it has been very interesting trying its recent archrival, only to find surprising differences between the two... 

Yves Saint Laurent Touch Eclat Complexion Highlighter £ 20.41- 2.5ml
It’s the texture of the beautiful brightening product that makes it such a pleasure to apply. The silky smooth liquid glides on your face, perfect for adding a touch of light or banishing shadows and signs of fatigue from the eye area and to highlight the contour of the lips, the sides of the nose, cheekbones and chin. It is always in my handbag and used most on a night out to instantly revive that dreaded tired look.

Pros: Gives a radiant finish, conceals tiredness and helps contour the face, it is not heavily pigmented, so won’t leave a cakey finish.

Cons: A highlighter rather than a concealer so won’t cover blemishes sufficiently

Active ingredients: Volatile Silicones and Crystaline pigments, light reflecting particles and mineral extracts to eliminate imperfections, blurring fine lines and creating an even glow to your complexion.

How to use: Apply on bare skin or over make-up, then blend with the fingertips.
Available in 4 shades at:

Touche Veloutee by TERRY £33.00 6.5ml
A bit more expensive, but the size means it will last you 3 times longer than Touch Eclat.  It is slightly thicker, however still has a lovely feel and smooth texture, an added benefit is that it gives great coverage and can double up as a concealer, in fact I have used it on blemishes and fine lines and find it gives a better and more subtle coverage than most concealers.  Like Touch Eclat it is great for tiredness under the eyes, however I haven’t found it as good as a highlighter. I will always remember my first use of this product before a night out, I applied it with the brush then my fingers like I would with Touch Eclat and was horrified when light whitish lines where coming up across my face in photos, these hadn’t shown up in the mirror earlier, so for any flash photography I would strongly recommend you work it a little deeper into the skin with a brush.

Pros: Gives fantastic coverage, doubles up as 2 in 1, better value for money.

Cons: Needs to be thoroughly blended into skin to avoid a streaky look, doesn’t quiet get the glow of Touch Eclat, but is the best product out there to get close…

How to use: Apply using either the brush or the fingertips and sweep product over the eye contour and areas required, I recommend a little extra blending in. 

Active ingredients: Little holly, extracts of Liquorice to erase dark circles and eye-bags. Centella Asiatica and extracts of Oriental Berries to protect against oxidative stress. Hyaluronic Acid Filling Spheres to smooth wrinkles and fine lines.
Available in three shades at:

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