June 30, 2015

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Blur Primer Review & Swatches

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Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Blur Primer

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Blur Primer ($52) is a new illumtinating primer that promises to blur the appearance of imperfections while boosting the radiance of your foundation. I admit YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer had me curious and considering I was able to purchase it during the 20% sale they were having I was all about giving it a try!

Let’s take a look!

I read this review on Sephora.com and snorted myself silly at how accurate it was, “This is an exquisitely packaged bottle of silicone, perfume, and corn oil. Buying this is kind of like getting mugged and then putting Crisco on your face.”

Yeah, so, I’m not sure what demographic YSL is trying to target with this formula but I’m thinking drier, mature skin. I happen to be one of those two things as my skin is drier but not yet mature or at least I don’t think it is.

It comes housed in a gorgeous clear glass pump and quite resembles NYX Honey Dew Me as suspended in the clear primer base are tiny flecks of gold.

This is formulated with a ton of different oils including corn, apricot kernel, passiflora, and rice bran oil which YSL promises as skin softening but without the greasy residue (Ummm yeah, this is slick as hell). I find the texture is nothing at all like Honey Dew Me Up and toes the line at being part serum, part silicone primer. You have to be very, very, very, did I say very? Careful with this stuff! You really need the smallest amount to do your entire face. Too much and you’ll end up looking all kinds of greasy! I was thinking maybe my skin would appreciate this formula more when the cooler weather hits but I realize I’m making excuses for it. It’s just way too slick, way too greasy feeling….! As I said it does have a silicone-like feel on skin so it does offer some blurring and filling abilities but the serum-like texture is very moist and slick on my skin and leaves me with a dewy finish. It’s funny as I shouldn’t complain about such a hydrating product considering I have drier skin but dare I say this is just overkill? Perhaps someone who has a finely lined face and more maturer skin might appreciate this but my own face, although dry, is fairly smooth and doesn’t really need four different oils to hydrate it. Or at least it doesn’t in the day time, maybe in the evening, but wearing this in the day? No! I find that my foundation and bb cream feel like they are melting away over this. It’s the type of product that provides a little too much moisture and doesn’t offer a surface that aids foundations in adhering to skin. Instead, it ends up providing too moist a surface which makes my foundation fade away!

I’m not really sure about the entire gold shimmer luminosity thing because honestly after application I didn’t feel this added any radiance to my skin or my foundation. And I’m fine with that! I like shimmer but not on my face thanks very much!

YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Blur Primer

YLS Touche Eclat Blur Primer swatches

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Blur Primer swatches

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Blur Primer Swatches

I’d love to tell you a story about how incredible Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Blur Primer was but unfortunately this was a very big miss for me! I simply can’t recommend something this slick for use in the day under foundation. Perhaps if they introduced it as a nightly treatment of sorts? That could work? But not as a face primer!

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Blur Primer is available now on counters or at Sephora and Sephora.com.

Tried it?

Do share your thoughts!


I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

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  • Andrew

    I’m so glad you reviewed this. I was so tempted to buy it but something told me to wait. While I do have faint laugh lines (that apparently only I notice, but I swear they’re there!) my face tends to never be dry and I sweat quite a bit; so this is just a major pass for me.

    Also, what’s the deal with all of these gold-infused products I’m seeing? There’s no evidence that it has any benefits for your skin and can actually be pretty irritating to those with sensitivities. Meh. I guess if the product is out there, there must be a want for it eh?

    Oh well, thank you again!

    • Isabella Muse

      You seriously don’t want this if you’re oily in anyway, even a little, Andrew. It’s such a slick hot mess. I know! Totally pointless they don’t even add radiance so it seems dumb to even include it. My pleasure! Glad I saved you some $$$!

  • karman

    event hough this primer has failed as a primer, it sure looks good on your vanity! the gold specks makes this look like some magic fairy potion! πŸ˜›

  • Kristi C. (@lov2read68)

    For the same $$ I’d rather have Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer which I know does work for my combo/oily skin. But I’ve found some other primers that I like as well that come in under $50. The review you quoted is too funny! Thanks for the laugh!

  • Nadya Sadri Mulok

    gaaah Corn oil? Im allergic to corn and its derivatives πŸ™

    Howell.. *browse click browse click*

  • Mimi Gore

    I DO have mature skin, and love the product! It has a lovely scent and glides beautifully over my skin. As for how it wears as a primer, let it rest on your face for a while before applying foundation. I am a flight attendant, International long haul flights, and I don’t find myself reapplying powder, or correcting my makeup during flights. Flying is very very drying on your skin, so this YSL blur primer works for me!

  • EG

    Maybe use it regularly before you review… your review is misleading. This is a great product for those that are not super oily. Provides a beautiful base for foundation and powder. Personally, I only use primer and a little setting powder; along with the original touchΓ© eclat.

    • Isabella Muse

      Hi EG, I test things before reviewing them and that typically means using a product regularly and testing it under a few different ways. I don’t think my review is misleading at all, it’s my personal experience with the product. Which part was misleading to you? I have drier skin and this is a very slick, slick product that’s a little too much moisture for me. I’m glad it worked out for you.

  • Rita

    Great review. I would put purchasing this blur product on hold for a while. Honest review i like that! Thanks.

    • Isabella Muse

      My pleasure Rita! You can always go to Sephora or even a YSL counter and ask for a small sample to try out for yourself πŸ™‚

  • Marilyn

    I absolutely love, love, love this primer! It all started when someone thought I was 30 years old (I’m 59). I had already noticed that the lines in my forehead and on the top of my cheeks weren’t as noticeable but I didn’t put 2 and 2 together at first. I don’t have any problems with this primer being greasy. I put it on over moisturizer followed by Skindinavia Primer Spray just because I have it. I think you’re right about it being best suited for mature skin.

  • Yoshito

    It,s nice. Does not make you look oily either you dont have to be really careful applying it.