Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Blur Primer & Touche Éclat Blur Perfector Review
“Touche Éclat Blur Primer: An illuminating primer that blurs imperfections and boosts the radiance of foundation.Touche Éclat Blur Perfector: A blur perfector compact that perfects the skin while retaining its luminous glow.” Yves Saint Laurent
(deluxe sample size)
(close up of gold flakes)
(compact sleeve, perfector and puff fit inside, has 2 sections)
(powder puff, puff doesn’t fit in perfector)
(shows uses on back of packaging / ways listed below)
“Touche Élcat Blur Primer preps skin for foundation application, creating an improved, refined appearance: pores seem to be minimized, skin texture feels smoother, and skin tone is more even and luminous. It’s enriched with four nourishing oils—corn oil, apricot kernel oil, passiflora oil, and rice bran oil—to leave skin feeling incredibly soft without a greasy residue. Packed with blur technology, this universal primer provides a subtle, golden shimmer for ultimate luminosity.”
Touche Éclat Blur Perfector “A YSL first, blur in a compact that perfects skin while retaining its luminous glow. It transforms from a balm to a powder upon application to blur imperfections and create a transparent, ever so slight rosy-glow effect. Instantly pores look visibly minimized, skin feels smoother and complexion looks more uniform. Use 3 ways: 1. Alone as an all-over complexion perfector 2. To set makeup 3. As a mattifying touch up during the day to sweep away any shininess and imperfections.”
Initial application: The Primer has gold flecks in it but don’t worry it’s not glittery! When you apply the primer is has the silicone feel, a thicker silicone. Once blended in the oils sink in giving your skin a plump feel. The silicone no longer feels heavy but lightweight. It does help reduce pore size. The gold flecks aren’t that noticeable. If the product didn’t contain them, the primer would basically be the same. When the primer is on you can see a few flecks reflecting light. It’s not overwhelming enough to make your face look glittery though.
After a few wears: I really enjoy this primer. It’s a great balance of hydrating and blurring. With most primers you have to choose what concern you want to address. I don’t find it illuminating. The gold flecks end up covered with foundation. I think that it’s a great addition to the Touche Éclat line. For a while I wish it had some illuminating properties but I’m happy it doesn’t. It fits in great with the current line. If it had a shimmer it would be too overwhelming with the existing products in the Touche Éclat line. Between the two, this is my favorite. I love that it’s hydrating but blurring. For this reason it can work on all skin type.
Touche Éclat Blur Perfector
Initial Application: When using the Blur Perfector for the first time I was a bit confused. I get how to use it as a touch up or as a base with no makeup. Since I was doing my entire face I was unsure if I should use it after my foundation (like a regular powder) or last (after foundation, blush, bronze, etc skipping powder or as a finishing product over everything normal). I don’t like using cheek products over unset foundation. I have oily skin so sometimes the product can be applied streaky over matte foundation. I decided to use it in place of a face powder. It applied nicely, be warned don’t use it to set under eye concealer though. Under my eyes it didn’t help with creasing and wiped away some of the concealer. As for the foundation, I had no issues with it moving. Once it was on I went over with powder products and cream! Since it’s a balm I had no issue covering a dark spot with concealer that was still poking though and my cheek powder products glided over the balm perfectly! I immediately was impressed because I could apply anything over it without damaging my makeup. With normal setting powder sometimes you can start to get cake-y and no cream products should be applied over. Something to note with the perfector is: it maintains your concealer/foundation finish while be matte. Meaning: if you’re wearing a dewy foundation it will mattify but will retain the luminosity of the foundation unlike traditional powder which would give a flat finish. When I initially tried the product I wore my Bobbi Brown Stick foundation (natural finish) and the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer (radiant/luminous). After applying the YSL balm for the first time ever my concealer (down the center of my face/highlighted) actually looked radiant. I had always thought it wasn’t that luminous of a concealer, but it was just my powder was taking all the sheen away. I think it’s a perfect addition to the Touche Éclat line, it will keep the glow of the concealer/foundation but still set/mattify the skin. The Perfector keeps the integrity of the foundation/concealer finishes.
After a few wears: I’ve worn this all three ways it can be worn. As an all over complexion perfector it was okay. I didn’t find it kept me matte. It did hide my pores fairly well. If you’re a MUA this would be great for when working on male clients, who don’t need makeup but need to be a natural matte. As a touch-up it worked well. It mattifies without adding any heaviness to your face. I think this is my favorite way to use the product. The last way to wear the product is as a finisher. As I said before I used this in place of powder. Overall as a finisher I liked that it kept whatever product I used under it the same finish. I think within the Touche Éclat line it will keep the foundation/concealer glowy. If you were to wear something else, for example the YSL Fusion Ink, it would keep it matte.
One major down fall for this product is that if your pores are already showing through your makeup this doesn’t conceal them. One day they were showing through my foundation so I applied the perfector. It didn’t help blur them. So keep that in mind: if you’re using it as a all over complexion perfector it will and if you’re wearing it to touch-up/finisher it will as long as they were already covered. Lastly the rosy glow does not translate! As you may know I have warm undertones so I tend to avoid anything pink-ish. This doesn’t add a rosy glow to my skin. I think the rosy tone is more for those with a deeper complexion. Since it is not a clear product you don’t run the risk of it drying a bit white, looking ashy.
How many stars?
Primer: 5 out of 5
Perfector: 4 out of 5
Who would I recommend this for? all skin types.
Last Comments? I really loved both products. The primer is a nice balance of blurring and moisturizing/hydrating. The perfector can be a bit tricky to work with. It can set foundation well, I might use it in that way every once and a while. I tend to either wear makeup or none at all so I won’t get much use as a complexion perfector! Overall I enjoyed it the most as a touch-up product (I’ve never been a fan of touching up with powder). I like that the perfector has many options, I’m sure anyone could use it in 1 of the 3 ways and enjoy it!