In the April Macy’s Beauty box there was a sample of the Yves Saint Laurent Touch Eclat Blur primer. Personally i was thrilled to see it. I think everyone and their neighbor knows by this point that I love primers. A while back this particular primer seemed to be the darling of everyone. It was featured on makeup reviews and collections, people reviewed and raved about it.
But then silence.
I don’t know if the reviews came out around the product’s release or if it there was a domino effect of reviews and once one person reviewed it everyone decided they had to as well. But after the furor, silence.
It is easy to see why they would want to review it. Have you seen the full bottle? I know I have the small sample size pictured here and it really doesn’t do it justice. The links will take you to the site and well lit photos of the full sized bottle so you can see it in all it’s glory if you like. (I am not an affiliate and I get nothing from those links, in case you were wondering, they are just links to the product page for those who want more official info).
There is just something about gold flakes suspended in a clear medium that just looks amazing.
It also made me want it, even just to look at.
Oddly the gold flakes were also what made me cautions about buying it. Well that and the price. This YSL Primer retails for $52.
And I had no desire to go around with gold flakes coating my face. Admittedly, it made me think of the old stories of Incan Kings or priests decorating themselves with gold dust and then diving into sacred lakes. At least I think that’s the story. I quickly realized that should I be gold and glittery I would just look like a bad extra for a Twilight film.
Luckily, neither occurred and the gold flakes weren’t a concern.
Now, I have been lucky enough to try a few YSL makeup products before and I really did love them. The lipstick in particular I remember using down until there was only a nub left and I had to use a brush to get the last dregs of the pruct out. I think the last use was merely a bare wash of color and a memory. It was a particularly flattering shade of red and I still dream about it. I also tried a small sample of the Touche Eclat Foundation and really enjoyed it. It was only enough product for two uses but it was a fantastic foundation both times I tried it. Despite these ventures, I am not all that familiar with the YSL product line. So let’s take a bit of a closer look.
Touche Elcat 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. 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.
INGREDIENTS: CYCLOPENTASILOXANE . DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER . PARFUM / FRAGRANCE . ZEA MAYS OIL / CORN OIL . PRUNUS ARMENIACA KERNEL OIL / APRICOT KERNEL OIL . PASSIFLORA EDULIS OIL / PASSIFLORA EDULIS SEED OIL . ORYZA SATIVA BRAN OIL / RICE BRAN OIL . CALCIUM SODIUM BOROSILICATE . SILICA . TIN OXIDE . [+/- MAY CONTAIN: CI 77891 / TITANIUM DIOXIDE . CI 77491 / IRON OXIDES] . (F.I.L. B166500/2)Yves Saint Laurent Website
As you can see, very high up on the ingredients list you can see our good buddy dimethicone crosspolymer which means that this is definitely a silicone based primer. As a consequence, I chose silicone based foundations this week. As we all remember, like goes with like. I didn’t see a reason to set the primer up for failure but trying to pair it with a water based foundation.
While the primer does go on feeling a little slippy, a lot of the slippiness fades as the primer settles. I know the temptation when getting ready is to apply your primer and go straight into your foundation. Don’t. Your primer, whichever primer you are using, needs a minute to settle. If you rush the process it will just sort of mix with the foundation and you won’t get the coverage you were expecting. So give it it’s minute to settle in. The add foundation.
I will say I did like this primer on my skin. It felt really nice. I had no adverse reactions. Even though there are four oils, my skin did not feel oily. My skin tends to ride that strange balance line irritatingly called normal which means that whether I lean oily or dry depends on the season. Right now I am coming out of the driest season for my skin. I am edging out of dry as the humidity levels climb. Knowing my skin, I think that the only time I might have an issue with this primer is in high summer when I am at my oiliest and the humidity level in my area is 80% minimum each day. Other than that section of time where my skin isn’t happy with many products, I think I would be fine to use this primer.
While that is a bit specifice, how a product works for you does depend on your skin. To broaden it generally I would say that unless you had really oily skin, you probably wouldn’t have issues with this primer.
It doesn’t make the face glitter. However I did see some evening out and a bit of a glow going on which was nice. There was a small reduction in the visibility of my pores, but i think I am just more accustomed to seeing more pore filling primers on my face. I really did like the blurring effect of this primer.
The primer sat well on the skin and it worked well with all of the foundations I used with it. I did find that in most of them it actually extended the life of my foundation by a few hours. Which is definitely not a bad thing. In short this primer did everything it claimed and then just a little bit more.
It was all things considered, a very good primer. My one issue with it was the applicator wand. It is pictured in this post, as I was trying to show the product. However it is important to remember that the full size comes with a pump and not the wand.
I don’t like the wand for applying because to apply you either have to have the wand in contact with your hands or with the skin of your face. while I wash both before applying makeup, the wand still makes it easier to contaminate than a pump would. As I said the full size doesn’t have this. However since the sample does, I am probably going to work on using it up sooner rather than rotating it evenly with my other primers. I really wish i could keep it longer, but that wand makes me nervous about what could mix in with the product and I’d rather just use it up.
Like I said before it is a good product. It is also a pricy one. Can you get other primers that do something similar? Yes. I have several blurring primers in my collection at this very moment, some of them even clear. None with the gold flakes though. This is a luxury product. If you are looking to splurge on a luxury item, then i would say that this Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Blur Primer is a good one to splurge on.
It does everything it claims to do and does it well. It feels great on the skin, has almost no fragrance to it and looks gorgeous in the packaging. having a full sized bottle of this primer sitting on my dressing table would be lovely. And when I next splurge on a luxury item, this may be the one I go for. It might be a toss up between the Touche Eclat Primer and the foundation from the same line as they are both lovely and on my list for spurge purchases. The end result is that this YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer is certainly a product i would enjoy using as much as I enjoy looking at.