YSL Le Teint Touché Eclat review: blows all other foundations out of the water

By Beautie | June 19 2012 | 84 Comments

I have a new favourite thing.

It is as pleasing to me as cats, pretending celebrities are my boyfriends (yep, plural. I dream big) and hummus put together.


The brand new Le Teint Touche Eclat foundation has ticked all my boxes and drawn little hearts around them.  We were at the launch of this new product (read first impressions here along with where and when to purchase and special sample offer) and I’ve been wearing it ever since.

To really win me over, a base needs medium to full coverage with a dewy finish and a shade range that caters to my off-white complexion. As a point of reference, I’ve previously had big fat sacks of grá for foundations that are pitched at mature skin, simply because they usually offer a more radiant finish.

Merit one, this comes in a whopping 22 shades – starting off with some genuinely pale- skin appropriate colours and ending with a couple shades for black skin. They’ve also gotten pretty nifty with their undertones, so you’ll find something regardless of whether your skin is yellow, pink or neutral based.

The coverage is like nothing I’ve experienced. You can apply it very lightly to even out your complexion without having a visible trace of product. The luminous finish means that this just looks very natural and healthy when applied in this manner – think Proenza Schlouer’s current summer lookbook.

If sheer isn’t your cup of luxury foundation, don’t dismiss Le Teint Touché Eclat just yet. You can apply another layer to get lessen the appearance of uneven pigmentation and blemishes. I felt comfortable without concealer or powder with just this thicker layer of foundation but, as greed is one of my prime traits, I still buffed some more foundation under my eyes and around my nose with a flat brush.

So, the level of coverage you get truly is up to you. Not only that, but this didn’t freak out when I waited a few hours to add a second layer. In fact, it handled it quite nicely! If you’re one of those people who have social lives and go from the office to the bar, this would be a great product to top up at the end of the working day.


I haven’t been able to pick which method of application suits this best. To be honest, all ways used worked swimmingly – fingers, flat foundation brush, buffing brush, not a bother to any of ‘em! Sidenote; YSL’s flat foundation brush is a dreamboat of a make-up tool. I’ve been using Mac’s 140 but the YSL offering blows it out of the water and, at 32, is almost a tenner cheaper. Result!

Despite being young enough to still sleep with the light on after too much Law and Order: SVU, I have some fine lines around my eyes and find that foundation tends to settle in ‘em. (“You have WHITE in your WRINKLES!” – My lovely sister.) The exclusion of talc, silica and various bulking agents means that this  smooths over wrinkles, rather than settling and making them more apparent. For the most part, this works a charm – it’s just right under my eyes that needs some blotting.

Alright, so can I fault it? Nope – and you know how good I am at picking holes in things. At €38, it’s a surprisingly affordable product, when you consider the price of other luxury foundations.

It’s blown every other foundation I own out of the water. Beaut.ies, go forth and get colour matched!

Read more about the launch dates here.


84 Replies to "YSL Le Teint Touché Eclat review: blows all other foundations out of the water"

  • LauraLou says:

    awh christ.. im running out of my armani.. ill have to pick up a sample. looks unreal!! Not too expensive either. Like mac is around 36. Not bad at all!! :)

  • LynnieDoll says:

    I went and got my Dermablend at the weekend to hide my broken capillaries around my nose. (my god that stuff is industrial strength loving it)
    Am so definitely getting this next weekend to apply over it. Lorraine it looks fab on you. Really really natural.

  • vonfluffy says:

    Its 20 times better than MAC

  • Lisa says:

    €38 is really reasonably, only three quid more than my usual brand. Have to check this one out.

  • Aisling Aisling says:


    It is fantastic, I love it

  • CiB says:

    I really want this, will have to wait until pay day though. Must try get a sample of it frst though. Lorraine, what shade did you get? I have very similiar colouring to you.

  • Gracie says:

    I picked up my sample from BT Grafton St last week and I wholeheartedly agree with this review. This foundation is amazing! I am most amazed by the buildability. You can go from sheer to medium. And when you build it up, it doesn’t look cakey. I also tested it on a night out this Friday and it still looked perfect at 3 am! And it feels like nothing on your skin even when you apply a second (I admit, I even tried a third) layer. I wear a sheer layer at work without powdering and this still stays on for good.

    In terms of the shade selection, it must really good. As a fair-medium toned person, my foundation shades are usually named around 15-20, which always surprises me. But I am B40 with this, which means there must be a better selection for fairer ladies.

  • LynnieDoll says:

    Please tell me all the YSL girls have been trained to advise properly. I refuse now to waste another 40 squid on a foundation that looks good indoors and makes me look sick outside.
    In fact I should just grow a spine and be cheeky and ask for a sample shouldn’t I?

  • Aisling Aisling says:

    There are brilliant 7 day samples available – read this post for more information!

  • Fuffyhead says:

    Any word on how this photographs, ladies?

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