Sunday, January 25th, 2009

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Radiant Touch ($40.00) is an often celebrated product for concealing and hiding under eye circles. Technically, it is called a luminizing pen that is used to help brighten and highlight the skin. They recommend using it between the eyebrows, along the sides of the nose, and even on the chin and around the lips. It’s available in four shades: 1 Luminous Radiance (fair/light/medium with pink undertones), 2 Luminous Ivory (fair/light/medium with yellow or golden undertones), 3 Light Peach (warm/golden beige), and 4 Luminous Toffee (deep).

I bought shade #2 during Sephora’s Friends & Family sale last November, and at first, I worried it was far too light for me–but it was perfect. These are designed to run lighter than your skin tone, so don’t expect to try and color match it to your foundation! The whole point of the product is that it lightens areas that are normally darker or more pigmented, like your undereye circles, scars, hyperpigmentation, etc. So I expect this is part of the reason only four shades are available, because most people will find one that lightens to their specification.

The product itself is housed in a pen that has a brush at the end. You click the other end to get the product out onto the brush tip. When you first purchase, expect to do a lot of clicking! I had to click so many times, I swore I had a broken one! But alas, eventually, I finally hit pay dirt. I like the way the product is packaged, because you don’t need a separate concealer brush, nor do you have to worry about getting more concealer than you need. One or two clicks is plenty.

The formula of Touche Éclat is creamy, smooth, and designed to go on sheerly. It really does help disguise my undereye circles/bags after a week or two of not having slept well. I don’t use concealer on a regular basis, but when I need it, I really need it. I’ve found great results with Touche Éclat, and one of the best things about it is that it doesn’t sink into fine lines or creases underneath your eyes during or after application. It also doesn’t ball up when I’ve used it on top of an eye cream, which is a definitely plus. It is also nice to use to highlight the inner corner near your eye, too.

For the high price tag, you get a concealer that’s travel-friendly, easy to use, and will last you quite awhile. It’s not as if I have to replace it on a monthly basis. For me, it should last me at least a year. There’s quite a bit of product stored in the pen, so for me it’s worth it since it works quite well.

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19 thoughts on “Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Radiant Touch for Concealing Under Eye Circles and Bags

  1. Balqees

    I have a serious problem with dark circles under my eyes
    However,this concealer works vary well with me!

  2. rowan

    can’t live without touche eclat. just a couple of dabs and i don’t look like the undead!

  3. It’s a great product! And you are right, the best thing about it is that it doesn sink into the lines and doesn’t accentuate them like many other concealers do… One drawback, it has 6 months expiration term after opening… so if you don’t use it often, you don’t manage to use it up… I am past the expiration date already :-(

    • I wonder what it is about it that makes it expire so quickly. Personally, I fully intend to keep using it even after that, LOL. As long as it works, doesn’t smell funny or change formulas…

  4. Carolina

    Touch Eclat is the best: good texture, good colour range and excellent results. I have number 3, but I’m more brunnete than you, Christine. It was the first concealer I ever bought, because my sister loved it, and I have no reason whatsoever to try any other.

    I also only use it sporadically, so I’ve had mine for well more than a year. I still seems to have some product, but I’ve already had 1 or 2 moments of crisis when I thought it was over! 😉 That’s always a good sign I like a product… lol Need to pick up a new one next time I’m at an airport (tax free represents a very significant cost cut…)

  5. Anitacska

    I agree, it’s the best concealer I’ve ever tried! Collection 2000 (UK brand) comes pretty close at fracture of the cost, but still not nearly as good. I got mine on Ebay for much less, brand new, would never pay

  6. I like it, BUT mine smells so bad, and day after wearing it my skin its irritated and dry looking

    • Michael

      Throw it out. If it smells bad that means it’s teeming with bacteria, and that will give you a dry red scaly rash if you keep using it. Touche eclat is amazing but you need to clean the brush every 2 weeks at least!

    • Oh, wow! Is yours older than 6 months? Or is it new?

  7. Hi Christine,

    I just stumbled upon this post, but I was wondering if you’ve tried Dior’s Skinflash. Dior’s Skinflash and Touch Eclat have the same function and even very similar packaging, but I was wondering which one you personally perfer? Currently I am using Skinflash in both 001 and 002, 001 to brighten and highlight, 002 to conceal. Please let me know your thoughts.


    • Hey Sheila,

      I haven’t tried it, unfortunately! I remember when I was talking to a NARS senior artist, she mentioned how there’s no better concealer than Dior’s Skinflash, even over Touche Eclat!

  8. Paula

    Hi Christine! I just bought my first touche eclat and I got no.5 luminous honey… however, im not sure if it’s the right shade for me. It seems like everyone is saying that one should buy a lighter shade than your skin tone… I am filipino, I am not pale but I am not dark either, I guess you could say I’m a little tan all year round. I think I have warm undertones… what shade do you think best suits me?

  9. Nisha

    Hi Christine, I am Indian with light brown skin and yellow undertones – which shade would you recommend for me?