This is a product I bought against my better judgement. I once used something similar from a different brand and my experience with it was less than pleased (too greasy). Then why did I give the YSL's version a chance? You know me, I have weakness for elegant packaging! Plus, it promises to dry down to a powdery matte finish similar to a traditional powder but without the added “ashy” tone. Well, let's see if I'm lucky this time!
YSL never disappoints us when it comes to luxurious packaging design. The Touche Éclat Blur Perfector is no exception. It's probably one of my favorite designs actually. Feminine, elegant, and super simple, the lacquered pink and gold compact is a work of art. It has a full-sized mirror inside and closes with a gentle but secure snap.
A leather-backed puff is included but there isn't room for it within the compact. The black velvet pouch, however, has 2 compartments so you can fit the compact in one and the puff in the other. I suppose you want to carry the compact protected in the pouch anyway so it's not a big deal to me that I can't keep the puff in the compact. I love the look of the pristine white puff but honestly, I wish it would feel a bit softer on the skin (it tends to drag a little).
Now onto the product itself. The YSL Touche Éclat Blur Perfector is basically a scent-free, hardened silicone balm that upon application transforms to a powder with added luminous rosy glow effect. While the color is baby pink in the pan, on the skin it is pretty much translucent. There isn't really any “rosy” glow effect as claimed although it does add a bit of luminosity to the skin.
The product can be used in several ways:
- On bare skin to smooth, blur imperfections, and perfect your complexion (replace the foundation)
- Over foundation/makeup to set and reduce shine while maintaining the skin's natural luminosity (replace the powder)
- For touch-up during the day to instantly mattify the skin and maintain the smooth “airbrushed” effect
Besides using the included puff, you can also use fingers or a makeup brush to apply although my favorite method is to use the puff. I find that it gives the best coverage and most mattifying and imperfection blurring effect. The drawback is that you have to wash the puff often to keep it clean and free of impurities.
And regardless of application method used, be sure to check the compact often for makeup remains and stains!
When used on bare skin, I notice an instant super mattifying effect! Large pores on my nose and cheeks are noticeably blurred out. Fine lines on my forehead and under my eyes are less prominent. My overall complexion appears much smoother, softer, and more even. It doesn't leave a greasy, shiny, heavy, or cakey finish at all (unless overapplied). It does have a slightly powdery effect but it's not the same powdery effect from a true powder.
Over foundation/makeup is a bit tricky to do but with a gentle “patting” motion using the puff, you can achieve a near-airbrushed effect without lifting the makeup underneath. I like how it instantly takes away shine while adding the skin's blurring and subtle brightening effect. It doesn't leave your skin dry and ashy-looking like most powders do. It's like you are setting your makeup with a genuinely translucent powder.
As for touching-up, I highly recommend you blot excess oil from your face using blotting sheets first. I know it beats the purpose but the thought of mixing excess oil with the product just doesn't sit well with me. The effect is similar to application over foundation/makeup — skin becomes instantly re-mattified, smooth, and flawless.
In the full-face picture below, I applied the YSL Touche Éclat Blur Perfector on bare skin. I know it's a little hard to see in photos but in person, the mattifying and blurring effect is much more prominent compared to the skin without the product. My skin also appears to be slightly brighter and more glowy. Pores are minimized (but not gone), shine is taken away, and fine lines appear less visible.
Sounds great so far right? However, I hate to break it to you but this product does not keep the skin matte for long. Within an hour or so, my face would become shiny again. It also seems to require quite a bit of product to get the desired mattifying effect, at least for me. I have a feeling this is a product best used in cold climate or on someone whose skin isn't overly oily. If you're only looking to take away shine mid-day, you're better off using traditional blotting papers. With that said, blotting papers do not provide the same blurring effect as this product does. So for me, I like to blot with blotting papers first, then follow with the Touche Éclat Blur Perfector to re-perfect my makeup and diffuse skin's imperfections.
Overall, I think it is a decent product. I can see it being a good option for those who dread the drying and “masking' finish of traditional powders. Or those who already have good skin to begin with and are only seeking something to perfect their complexion. For anyone interested but hesitant to purchase, keep an eye out for my next giveaway where you can enter to win a sample of this product as well as a sample of the YSL Touche Éclat Blur Primer that I have reviewed here.
What do you think about these balm-to-powder complexion perfectors? Have you tried any? Did you have positive results with it?