YSL Touche Éclat Rose Gold review

Just J: YSL Touche Éclat Rose Gold review

There are only a few products that are truly iconic in the beauty world: Chanel No. 5 perfume, Guerlain meteorites, DiorShow mascara and of course the Touche Éclat highlighter pen by Yves Saint Laurent.

Heralded for years as the HG of YSL fans the world over, this legendary product is renowned for its magical properties. Before the current market saturation of highlighting and contouring products, there was the Touche Éclat. Now, YSL has debuted a new generation of this favored product: the Touche Éclat Rose Gold.

The Product
As part of the new YSL Beauté: Lumière Passion collection, the Touche Éclat Rose Gold is the same great product, but with a new rose-tinged look. The entire Lumière Passion collection celebrates Laurent's love of pink and how it is 
"the colour of femininity, the colour of both a shy blush and passionate exuberance - pink is fresh, youthful, and joyous. It brings cheer and radiance to every complexion" - Lloyd Simmonds, Creative Director Make-up YSL Beauté 
The pink tones within this highlighter pen contain shimmer to brighten skin and also help to neutralize sallowness to reveal a youthful glow.

Price & Packaging
You can purchase  the Touche Éclat Rose Gold via Sephora, but only if you're a VIB Rouge member for $72. I'm not sure why the restriction as I think otherwise this would just sell out super fast. Like the original, the Touche Éclat Rose Gold is a sleek click-pen with a brush applicator.

Just J: YSL Touche Éclat Rose Gold review

To be honest, while I appreciate the slimness of the pen and its gorgeous gold sheen, I'm not a fan of this type of pen applicator. Inevitably, the brush gets gunky with product, which isn't the most hygenic. Also, you have to click like 3-5 times to get any product out and when it does come out, it is not distributed evenly on the brush. I don't put the blame for this upon YSL as this is a common deficiency amongst the pen applicators I've used. Finally, last gripe about the packaging is that the shininess of the tube makes this prone to fingerprints, which I vigorously rubbed off for these photos!

How to Wear
Contained within my media package for this product, was a handy how-to sheet detailing two ways to wear the Touche Éclat Rose Gold.

For an instant anti-fatigue effect during the day, apply Touche Éclat Rose Gold to:
  • the inner corners of eyes
  • underneath the eyes to cover dark circles
  • upper eyelids
  • sides of the nose
  • along smile lines
To create an illuminating glow at night, apply Touche Éclat Rose Gold to:
  • brow bone
  • upper cheekbones
  • bridge of the nose
  • all around your lips

I tried wearing the Touche Éclat Rose Gold both ways described above and I have to say, well, maybe I was swayed by the hype. I was picturing Arwen level luminosity and the Touche Éclat Rose Gold didn't quite live up to it. Yes, it does have a lovely pink sheen to it that is quite flattering on my skin... and yes, it blends really well and you only need a teeny bit to get any effect... but it is also rather glittery and slippery to apply! 

Maybe we're all so used now to the subtle shimmers of the Hourglass palettes, but I found the Touche Éclat Rose Gold to be very sparkly and therefore not as sophisticated as I had imagined. YSL is a brand that I would associate to women 25+ and this level of glitter does not fit with that image. The glitter also kinda accentuates your pores, which is another reason why this may not be friendly to older women.

Just J: YSL Touche Éclat Rose Gold review
Should be all about that base, not the sparkles
Left: blended
Right: unblended

In terms of application, I would recommend applying the Touche Éclat Rose Gold before your blush or other face products. Normally I like to apply my highlighter last so that I can pinpoint just where I need it, but the Touche Éclat Rose Gold doesn't play very well with others. This is especially the case with powder blushes where it just washes away all color. That being said, the Touche Éclat Rose Gold does look really beautiful with my Cargo Swimmables blush in Ibiza if applied very sparingly. 

Final verdict
Ditch - I really really really wanted to love this product. It's such a classic that I'm thrilled to have in my collection, but for the price and results, I think there could be better options out there.

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