Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Review

I first came across the famous Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat at a makeover by a European makeup artist in Taiwan. The Touche Eclat is a clickable luminizing pen that claims to banish shadows and perk up tired eyes by bringing light and radiance to the skin. I was introduced to #2 Luminous Ivory, a light color and the yellow-based shade out of the 3 shades they have.

The texture was very creamy and blended easily. The light-reflecting particles were definitely great for highlighting purposes but the coverage was sheer and did not cover up undereye circles completely.

The biggest thing that bugged me though, was the packaging. Although the pen dispenser allowed great portability, it was very hard to control how much product that came out. Plus since the product is cream-based, it is easy for bacteria to grow on the brush. Mine started growing mold only after a month so I ended up throwing it away. Ugh!

* Update: I revisited the Touche Eclat again in 2010 at a makeover session by runway makeup artist Christopher Kam while I was in Hong Kong. This time, #3 Light Peach, a peachy shade just a bit darker than #2, was used on me. Maybe it was the color but I seemed to like it much better than the first time. I also made sure to clean the brush with rubbing alcohol every now and then and have not see mold ever again.

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE, Glamour.com, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. Hi Phylz
    Thanks for your great reviews! I’m a make-up artist and my favourit concealer is the “Forget It” by Biotherm. It covers dark circles perfectly and doesn’t crease. I also love YSL’s Touche Eclat.

    I’m desperate to find out where I can buy Kate Moss’s favourit foundation by Kesalan Patharan. Do you know where I could find it in the US or Europe?
    My email is infoNOSPAM@beautyimpulse.com
    (remove NOSPAM)

    Kind Regards,

  2. Good thing you reviewed about the YSL touche eclat, i was supposed to buy it yesterday! good thing i didnt! i dont want a mold on my face! xD ive heard great reviews though…but not about the mold…xD

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