YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat foundation

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One of my biggest issues with Western foundation is the colour match. Colours from big name brands like Dior, Estee, Lancome have always turned out too orange, too salmon, too pink, too dark/ light.... which ends up leaving me looking ruddy / flushed / dirty.How does YSL's latest offering hold up?


Is hygienic but still elegant in a glass bottle with a golden pump. The only downside (like the Face Atelier Ultra Foundation), the nozzle is very short, so often leftovers will dribble down the neck of the bottle.


is a runny liquid and actually feels like the liquid gel that most Japanese/ Asian face masks come in. Very VERY faint fresh cucumber/ aloe scent. Feels super lightweight on skin, most lightweight foundation I have tried. Dries to a satiny, semi-dewy finish that looks super natural. Definitely one for a "no makeup" makeup look.


is light to medium, buildable. If you have severe acne/ pigmentation and you want full, mask-like coverage (ala Estee Lauder Double Wear/ Dior Airflash) I don't think this is the foundation for you.


is impressive. Considering how lightweight it feels and how runny the consistency is, I wasn't expecting this much coverage. It doesn't cover everything perfectly (which I didn't expect it to), but it still evened out my skin really well and blurred out the very bad scarring I got from my recent bout of allergy-cystic acne. I would put this up there with my HG Skin79 BB Cream in terms of my-skin-but-better looks. It layers well without caking, and I have been able to achieve more coverage in problem areas (chin, nose, undereyes) with 2-3 thin layers.

Usually I don't like radiant finish foundations as they make my normal combination skin look greasy and pore-ful, plus radiant finish foundations tend not to dry and always are a bit tacky feeling. This does nothing for mattifying or oil control, but it does stay looking very natural and radiant, getting a bit glowy towards the end of the day (on these hot sweaty London summers), but never looking greasy. In this aspect I'd say it totally trumps the Lancome Teint Miracle. You might need to blot once during the day, but I've yet to find a foundation that doesn't require midday blotting.

Colour match is also very impressive. This is the first big Western brand foundation that I am 100% happy with the colour match.

  • The BR line is for cool pinky undertones
  • B line is for neutral
  • BD for warm/ golden undertones. 

For my NC15-20 skin, I find BD20 is the best match with it's more yellowish undertone (as good as my HG Shiseido Dual Balancing Foundation in O20). B10 is a bit too peachy still. The MA did try to convince me to get the B10 as she said the BD line was more for Indian/ Black skintones, but I definitely felt the BD line suits AZN skintones better.

Warning: The colour numbering system is a bit odd. As you can see in the swatch left, BD30 is not only darker than BD40, it's also significantly peachier/ redder, and BD40 looks more like a logical darker version of BD20. I'm not quite sure why.

REPURCHASE? Yes. I'm very impressed with this foundation in terms of look, colour match and performance. Loving in particular how lightweight it is without sacrificing coverage. A little bit does go a long way, and I've been using the little "7 day sample" bottle for... 3 weeks plus now, and it still hasn't run out! It's especially great in this humid summer we've been having. (update: I've since bought a full sized bottle!)

RECOMMEND? Yes. If you hate that heavy foundation feeling, or want a foundation that looks like your natural skin but offers decent/buildable coverage, this versatile little number is definitely a strong contender. I'd recommend you shamelessly ask the sales assistant at the YSL counter for a sample!

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