In my twenties, I never really thought about primers. Why would I? My skin was younger and there was no need for the bulletproof level of makeup that is now required not to terrify the neighbour’s kids.
I have skin concerns which include; fine lines, combination skin and not looking like Gisele Bündchen, therefore I have tried every type of primer going. I was at the point of giving up altogether. And then, like fate, this little piece of (expensive beautifully packaged) heaven came into my life. Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat blur primer.
Let me start by saying that I am often a little skeptical about fashion and makeup brands colliding. I prefer skincare and makeup that stick to a specific team, master of one trade not Jack of many. Therefore, I generally always opt for skincare along the lines of; Fresh, Origins, Eve Lom or Clarins for skincare over Chanel or YSL. This is probably hugely wrong and I am shooting myself in the cosmetic foot with some products. I don’t have this mantra with makeup as much as skincare – I would swap my mother for a lifetime supply of Tom Ford makeup (sorry Mum).
So, YSL Touche Éclat primer, stunning. It came into my life by chance, purchasing a new touché éclat highlighter I received a small sample of primer. I used it on a whim as I had already decided that it would be awful, it contains glitter flecks and I am 30 plus with oil patches, why would I want to be shiny and sparkly, on my face? With zero expectations, I gave it a go. My face felt and looked so smooth, even, fine lines reduced in appearance and not a pore in sight. Obviously, I thought that it was too good to be true, cynical? Moi? The ‘glitter’ is so fine that it creates a glow rather than a sparkle and with foundation on top it creates the perfect light glow to your base without being, ‘disco sequin faced’.
The sample bottle had an unappealing plastic wand that made you feel like you were scooping out a product for a science experiment. However, the full-size version is a pump (and it looks pretty in the bottle on your dresser). It is pretty pricey, retailing at £29.50 for a primer, but it needs one pump for an entire face, lasts all day stay in place without blocking pores and causing breakouts, 100% worth it. I apply it after my normal skincare routine with my fingers to get even coverage and (controversially) I put it under my eyes. It is a gel-like consistency light enough and it doesn’t sit heavy into fine lines. My under-eye concealer and highlighter also remain perfectly in place. After 12 hours of wear, my makeup still in place without shine and this is something I have been genuinely unable to find before.
This is my go-to primer, my one, and only primer, I take it all back, let the beauty and fashion world collide, YSL Touche Éclat Primer, I thank you from the bottom of my pores.