When Terry de Gunzburg first introduced Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat in 1992, it was a revelation. The revolutionary brush highlighter-slash-concealer became a beauty staple that arguably led to today’s obsession with illuminating, highlighting and strobing (um, ok yes, they do all mean the same thing).
Since then, every other beauty brand of note has introduced its own version, most often in the exact same gold encased packaging. I still use mine (now that is has expanded its shade range, the 2.5 is my perfect fit) alongside Estée Lauder’s Double Wear Brush-On Glow BB Highlighter and Charlotte’s Tilbury’s The Retoucher.
To keep up the attention, YSL has frequently fine-tuned its best-selling product, with changes in formula and the aforementioned increase in shades. And then there are the collectibles. Limited edition cases covered in lip or animal prints, or the current crop of witty conversational phrases. It’s beauty product as fashion prop, an essential accessory in our always-Instagramming age.
The latest to join your family of classic Touche Éclats then, is a new colour-correcting option (£25) in three versions. On days when you’re looking sallow, you might use the Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Neutralizer in violet, or for dark spots and ashy pigmentation, try the soft apricot bisque. Meanwhile, green cancels out redness as well as neutralising spots and blemishes.
As British Beauty Blogger points out, the Touche Éclat Neutralizers are really for the beauty specialist, so perhaps best for make-up artists, hardcore beauty bloggers or YSL super-fans. But when you have a hero item like that, you have to keep delivering on newness. And of course, the packaging is as irresistible as you’d expect, in disco-tastic colour-coordinating metallic pens.
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WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
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