YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat Illuminating Foundation Review


I’ve read rave reviews about this extremely pricey foundation from YSL. At $55 for a one ounce bottle, it’s not something that I would just run out and buy, but I did pick up a sample while I was in Chicago. This foundation comes in sixteen shades with different letters that designate undertones. BR is for those with cool undertones, B is for neutral undertones, and BD is for the warmer crowd. I selected a sample in B30, which is for fair to light complexions with beige undertones.

This product is in the sheer foundation family, like NARS Sheer Glow, Neutrogena Healthy Skin, or L’Oreal True Match Lumi. I’ll say right now that I like all three of those foundations way more than this one!


For the first time, the magic light of Touche Éclat is in a foundation with the added benefit of SPF 19 sun protection. Infused in a weightless fluid, this foundation targets shadowy areas and highlights the contours of the face. Free of opaque fillers, its perfecting texture evens the complexion and helps conceal imperfections while enhancing your skin’s natural beauty.


It does leave a beautiful finish on the skin. It highlights where you want to glow without looking oily. It is very sheer, so don’t expect this to cover anything up. Instead, it evens out the skin for a natural look.


While it brightened my skin, I did not like this foundation at all. It definitely made my pores look larger (probably something only I would notice). The worst part is how it felt on my face. Even though it is supposed to be weightless, I felt like my skin was crawling constantly while wearing it! I had enough in the sample jar to get multiple uses out of it, so this is not a first impression. I felt like the product just didn’t dry out, even when I set it with powder. I kept wanting to scratch my face while wearing this foundation!

If you’ve ever worn MAC Face and Body, you know that it is very “wet” feeling while it sets. That is how YSL felt on me all day; well, at least before it wore off. This is not very long lasting at all. After five hours, this foundation is basically gone from my skin. I think people with VERY dry skin would probably like this foundation, because it is super moisturizing, but if you want something that is going to last all day, this is probably not for you.


Some find this product buildable, but for me that was not the case, as I thought it looked worse afterward. This did not photograph well for me with flash either; I definitely had a case of the Caspers!

I prefer sheer to medium foundations, so the coverage on this wasn’t an issue for me, but the texture, short wear time, and the way my face felt slimy during wear was a definite deal breaker!

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8 Responses to YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat Illuminating Foundation Review

  1. Oh this makes me sad! I actually love this foundation and haven’t had any issues with wear time, not drying or slimy-ness(?)…makes me wonder about the tester/how long it had been out on the shelf.
    what type of skin do you have?

    • MelissaC says:

      My skin is pretty normal! I don’t have any issues really, on occasion some t-zone oiliness but nothing that interferes with my makeup really. I thought I was going to love this stuff! It was from a tester bottle, so maybe it had been out or contaminated…yuck….

      • I know my friends that have tried it with oilier skin said it broke down on them really bad…but you’re mostly normal skin:-/
        I also use a primer with it so maybe? I don’t know…sorry you had a bad experience with it 😦

      • MelissaC says:

        No biggie…it’s probably better that I didn’t love it! I thought I was going to because I like these types of foundations!

  2. Hankie says:

    I had the exact same thing! I went and collected a sample when it came out, the lady on the counter also put it on me. She said I might feel some tingling but this is normal and wears off. It did not! It also broke my skin out in a horrible allergy; very glad I only got a free sample and didn’t fork out for the real thing!

    • MelissaC says:

      Oh no! So sorry to hear you were so allergic to it! I’m also glad that I only got a sample…yikes!

  3. Josianne says:

    What lipstick are you wearing please? It’s very nice!

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