YSL Touche Eclat Illuminating Foundation Review and Swatch

August 17, 2014

I have been really into YSL makeup lately, almost on par with Chanel. They have released some stellar products in recent years including the highly coveted YSL Touche Eclat Illuminating Foundation. It was an instant success with this foundation as it was claimed to be the foundation version of their cult product concealer. I was not that into other foundations for a very long time as I was content with what I had, until I tried a sample of this several months ago. I fell in love with its signature soft glow finish and went ahead and purchased one along with many other “newer” foundations…


What I love about this product the most is that it is such a versatile foundation. It gives a natural and satin finish with a soft glow which is neither matte nor too dewy, and it would look lovely on any skin type.  It gives the skin just the right amount of radiance for the day, and it photographs particularly well without looking too shiny. If I want to make my skin look extra dewy, I normally add some liquid highlighter. Over the T-zone I would dust some loose powder for a slightly more matte finish.   It has a standard medium coverage that cover up the pores and blurs out uneven skin tones, and it can be sheered down or built-up. When this is applied with a beauty blender it tends to give a softer and more bare-faced look. Applying with a foundation brush (such as the Tom Ford Cream Foundation brush) gives a more polished and airbrushed look otherwise.  I find that the Touche Eclat Concealer can look a little dry on the skin in cold weather, and if you have the same problem with the concealer, rest assured with this one it won’t happen! It has a lightweight milky texture that performs well on my dry skin in winter without enhancing the pores and dry patches.

If I have to pick one aspect that I don’t like, is that it doesn’t melt into the skin upon contact – which many of my other holy grail foundations do. This foundation is designed for all skin types so perhaps on my dry skin it takes some time to blend into the skin seamlessly. Lasting power is fine with me. I normally use this with a primer such as the YSL CC cream, and the combo lasts around 6 -8 hours in an air conditioned environment.

I bought the shade in Beige Rose 20 as I have a cool skin tone, and it matches me very well. Here are some foundation swatch comparisons.


Overall the coverage and its beautiful finish makes it an excellent everyday foundation for me. The price is also not too bad compared to the other high end foundations. I bought mine here in Australia, and it’s also available at Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus in the US.





{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

WondersReviews August 21, 2014 at 8:37 am

Hi beauty mom,
I was following you a while before to décidé to create my own account on WP.
It seems you stoped blogging for some times. I’m happy to see you coming back !
Love TF brushes ! One of my FF is going to bring me back some Beauty products from her trip to the US, i’m impatient to see the bronzer brush !
I’m waiting to try this new YSL foundation! Happy to see your review about it !
(Mom of a little boy:)


Reika August 21, 2014 at 2:48 pm

Hi Michelle thank you for the comment. It’s good to know that you are a beauty mum too 🙂 Yes you will absolutely love the bronzer brush – it’s sooo lush!


Angela July 9, 2015 at 6:10 pm

Hi, Reika!
I love your site. I know that you have dry skin, but with all of your experience and knowledge, could you recommend 2 or 3 best liquid foundations for my oily skin? I know that there are many sites regarding this but I trust you more.


Chel March 30, 2016 at 9:34 pm

Please please do a comparison with the reformulated YSL touche eclat (radiance awakening)! 🙂


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