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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

YSL Touche Éclat Blur Perfector + Primer Review

The heat of summer is never easy on makeup. But my first summer in Austin, TX has proven especially challenging when trying to keep my makeup in place throughout the day. Naturally, when Influenster gave me the opportunity to give the latest in priming and setting products from YSL a try, I was beyond eager to give them a go. Both are members of the cult classic Touche Éclat line, and as such promise to leave skin with a radiant, luminous finish. Let's dive into each:

Touche Éclat Blur Primer ($52): Meant to be worn under makeup, this dimethicone-based gel primer glides over the skin to even out texture and illuminate with flecks of gold. Unlike so many gel primers, this one is considerably thinner and doesn't leave my skin feeling like there's a film over top that's going to make my foundation slip right off. It also contains four nourishing oils that will help balance natural oil production, and hopefully keep shine at bay. All of that being said, I can't say this foundation was all that effective at keeping my makeup in place. To test it out, I applied it under my foundation to half of my face, and left the other without any primer at all. At the end of the day, both sides of my face had developed the same amount of shine, and showed the same amount of wear around the nose and chin. Overall, not the primer for me.

Touche Éclat Blur Perfector ($55): This multi-tasker promises to blur imperfections, mattify, set, and touch-up makeup throughout the day. Unlike a traditional setting powder, this has a pressed gel texture that's very similar to Mally's Beauty Face Defender - although I find it to be a little thinner and less sticky. The texture requires pressing into skin with a sponge, rather than sweeping it on with a brush, but it lays completely smoothly, and creates a smooth barrier. Worn alone, it's effective at subtly evening out skin tone. While it does tone down some redness, it doesn't completely reduce it. I have to say, this is how I prefer wearing it the most - but don't try to layer your typical makeup routine over top because it won't lay quite the same.

As a setting product goes, I can't say I like it very much. Not only does it not add any lasting power to my makeup, it doesn't lay quite as well over my makeup as a setting powder does - take a look at the side-by-side below, and let me know what you think!

Overall, neither of these products were a hit, and given the price tag, they need to wow me!

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