Yves Saint Laurent Perfect Touch Radiant Touch Foundation Review + Pics, Swatches & FOTD

By Beaut.ie | July 5 2011 | 31 Comments

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I’ve been promising a proper review of Yves Saint Laurent Perfect Touch Radiant Touch Foundation, €46, for ages, after using it in several FOTDs recently, so hey ho bitches! Here it is.

This is a product I’d tried when it launched several years ago and was distinctly whelmed by at the time. Fast forward a (fair) few seasons and I’m finding my feelings are radically altered. I’d never have otherwise chosen to buy or go back to this, but I was given a new tube of it at the launch of the seven shades of Touche Eclat in April, and was properly colour matched by a makeup artist at the same time, so decided to give it another whirl. This is part of the brand’s radiance essentials collection and as such is designed to work well with Touche Eclat, by the way.

So, not expecting much, I opened, squeezed and applied. And I really, really love it. I think a few years ago the coverage level (I was a firm Mac Studio Fix fluid fan a the time) just didn’t cut the mustard, but I’ve reduced the amount of foundation I wear since then and now coverage is perfect. It’s not sheer, but neither is it medium or full. It’s somewhere shy of medium (and is very adjustable and buildable) but you while you can see skin through it – so you get a realistic, non mask-looking result, a must in my base-books – it does very effectively cover blemishes and uneven skintone.

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ysl face of the day

Swatches and how it looks on (lipstick is Revlon Pink About It, fact fans)

I was shade matched to number 4 Sand, which is absolutely right for me. What’s so nice about this is that it’s so bloody natural. It’s not dewy, it’s not matte, it’s not even satin-finished. It just looks like lovely nice skin. I don’t have to finish it with powder as I’m finding it sets excellently and so doesn’t need any. Because my skin is dry, longevity is honestly not something I can ever assess with most makeup – it just stays there unless I rub it off – and this is in situ until I cleanse it back off in the evening.

The brand claims it’s suitable for all skintypes and normally I’d scoff at that sort of sweeping statement but this probably will do the business for you if you’re anywhere on the dry/normal/combination or lightly sebum-prone spectrum because of the set-factor and because the finish isn’t dewy. Very oily types might find it doesn’t last on them so well, however.


Ugh …

Anything bad? Oh god, the brush. I hate the brush. There’s absolutely no real point to this brush except to tie it logically to Touche Eclat. The brush actually takes from this product quite considerably because its presence adds two pieces of unnecessary hassle:

  1. you have to remember to turn the top ‘on’ and ‘off’ to dispense the foundation into the brush – which squeezes through  just one aperture, so doesn’t disperse well through the bristles. If you forget to turn it back off again, it goes everywhere
  2. the brush gets smelly, and you have to wash it

The brush doesn’t bring anything to the party and it doesn’t even apply the product nicely. I squeeze it out onto the back of my hand and apply with fingers – I get a far nicer result that way. This would be so much better presented in a bottle or pump, it just mystifies me as to why it’s in this format.

Anything else? Yeah, it’s hella expensive. Now, you DO get 40ml for your €46, which is 10ml more than a normal foundation, so there’s some justification for the cost, and it goes give a great finish. And I do really like it. And it is really nice.

So is it worth it? Oh yeah, definitely – if you have the cash.

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31 Replies to "Yves Saint Laurent Perfect Touch Radiant Touch Foundation Review + Pics, Swatches & FOTD"

  • Aisling Aisling says:

    Love the YSL foundation – also hate the smelly brush. Always squeeze it out onto my hand and put it on with fingies

  • Kirstie says:

    Pump bottle FTW!

  • ArtDonatella says:

    Love Pink About It, I’m your bright lippie twin, and for that, please do not show me Nars Carthage again…ok, maybe just one more time, but that’s it!!! :D xx

  • Fiona says:

    It looks LOVELY (as I said yesterday!). Before I trot down to Arnotts, does anyone know if YSL do samples?

    By odd coincidence I am wearing Studio Fix today, which I rummaged around for having decided that, for now, Photogenic Lumessence would be sidelined.

  • Sandy says:

    I have this to swap in shade 6 on the Swap Siopa at the moment if anyone is interested in it. Open to any offers!


  • Ola says:

    Oh god I hate the brush. I work for a cosmetic supplier dealing mainly with packaging and the readiness of MANY brands large and small to settle for a brush packaging (brush-pen, brush-bottle, brush-whatever) never ceases to amaze me. Cause let’s face it, what exactly is the POINT of these brushes? Can’t blend with them, they get dirty, product sticks and dries inside… such a fail.

  • Ola says:

    But I like this foundation too ;) [my post above is well moany - sorry! :)]

  • Fiona says:

    Sandy – noticed that yesterday, but I’ve a similar skin tone Kirstie so think it’ll be too dark for me :(

  • D says:

    Love it! But I have to agree that the brush is awful and I find I am using way to much as it’s hard to judge how much is coming out through the brush :( But the actual foundation has a lovely light finish but good coverage. Perfect for summer :)

  • Kirstie says:

    D – yeah I think the brush makes it really hard to use and the coverage clunky. Too much does come out at once so you get varnished and covered in brush marks – I now solely squeeze small amounts onto the back of my hand and apply that way, it’s so much nicer.

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