When YSL went on 40% sale at counters in Malaysia, I took the opportunity to pick up the iconic YSL Touche Eclat Radiant Touch highlighter pen. Its touted as an liquid highlighter with illuminating qualities so it conceals slightly and highlights at one go.
For many, the YSL Touche Eclat highlighter pen is a magic wand that erases imperfections at a touch. For me, I’m wondering what the hype is about.
Yes, its a dinky little tool with brush tip applicator that you can tote around on the go. Good for travel but otherwise nothing too special for me. Also, many fail to mention that its not a twist type clicky pen mechanism. Oh no! YSL, being luxury opts for a push-button clicky system like that of a ball point pen. See that black button at the back of the pen? That’s where you press down.
Now I’d like you to imagine this. You have just slathered on your moisturizer and sunscreen in the morning and then you reach for your YSL Touche Eclat highlighter pen. You click it as you would a ball pen, but that high gloss gold surface slips over and over due to the lotions from your hands. Its frustrating and I dislike it. Also, did I mention the gold body attracts fingerprints better than any fingerprinting tape the CSI use?
My pen needs me to click it something like 20 times before it spits a giant glob of liquid in the tip of the brush. Its too much to use for 2 eyes so I end up slathering it on my cheek bones and around the sides of my nose too. After all, its a highlighter right? So highlight!
The brush leaves the liquid looking streaky on the skin so I usually use the brush to apply the liquid on my skin and then use my fingers to tap it in to blend.
Now, I’ve been a little harsh. The YSL Touche Eclat pen is not one of YSL’s bestsellers for nothing. Go to duty free and you can buy packs of 2 for much cheaper than retail – that’s how popular it is.
The liquid does help conceal a little and the highlighting properties do help illuminate the undereye area if that is your intention. You can also brush it anywhere that needs highlighting. I sometimes swipe excess around my nose and cheekbones as I’ve said earlier and it works to brighten up dull areas so you look a little more alive. Late nights rushing a knitting project have left me looking like Ling Ling the panda and this helps me in the morning.
There are 4 shades and I can’t remember what shade I am – its either #1 or #2 – but its a tiny little touch pink. The next colour up was a little too dark.
And that brings me to my final complaint. Nowhere on the body of the pen is any indication of the colour shade you are using. The colour shade is on the box and I’ve tossed that – clever me. So there you go! Grumble grumble 😛
I still use mine when I remember and when I want to bother with that dicky clicky pen that spits gobs of concealer at me when it feels like it. It works for me as undereye concealer but otherwise, I’d say pass on it. You can do better with less mess and at lower prices than this one.
Now, will L’oreal please bring back the Touche Magique concealer pen to Malaysia? It acts the same as Touche Eclat and costs a fraction of the price (it was RM40) so I won’t even complain about the dicky clicky pen – I promise! I know its available in Singapore but sorry, I don’t think its quite S$21 (RM52) wonderful 😛
The YSL Touche Eclat Radiant Touch highlighter pen retailed in Malaysia at RM133 and if you can find a YSL counter still in operation, you can ask for it. The sales people will be more than happy to sell you their bestselling item. I’m fine with it for the price I paid but I will not be able to bring myself to pay the full asking price.
And I know you’re wondering why my pen looks so gunky and why I did not clean it up before taking pictures. This my friends is how the pen looks after a few uses so that bugs me too! No worries. I cleaned it up a treat after this 🙂
Pros: Conceals if you don’t have very dark undereye circles, Highlights without looking sparkly
Cons: Expensive, Clicky mechanism is tricky and temperamental, Brush cannot be cleaned properly, Difficult to color match
So was I harsh on this one? 🙂 I’m sorry if you like it. But I guess all that hype about this wonderful YSL Touche Eclat highlighter pen that helps you glow and hides a multitude of sins built my hopes up too high 😀
Do share if you like it! Its always good to have a different point of view.