Review: Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Le Teint Radiance Awakening Foundation

Hello, everyone! Today’s post is a review of the Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Le Teint Radiance Awakening Foundation. I’ve been wanting to try this foundation for a while, so when Shoppers Drug Mart had a points redemption event back in June, I redeemed my Optimum points for this product. I only paid $6 for this luxury foundation, which is such a steal! Now that I’ve been using it for three months, I have a pretty solid opinion of it, and am ready to share my thoughts! Read on to see if I think this foundation is worth the price tag!

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THE BASICS

A bestselling foundation that reduces the look of fatigue and creates flawless coverage. The Touche Éclat Le Teint Radiance Awakening Foundation is enriched with stimulating ruscus extract, an anti-fatigue formula that energizes skin by stimulating micro-circulation and targeting dullness to instantly improve the look your skin’s brightness and luminosity, while the vitamin E protects against free radicals. It leaves a weightless finish while offering eight hours of a refreshed, radiant look.

The YSL Touche Eclat Le Teint Radiance Awakening Foundation is a foundation that is supposed to provide flawless coverage with weightless radiance. With translucent pigments, the formula is supposed to feel and look invisible on the skin, while diminishing shadows and creating a luminous complexion. It is made in France, and retails at $74 CAD for 30 mL. You can purchase it at Sephora, Shoppers Drug Mart, Hudson’s Bay, and the YSL website.

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THE PACKAGING

The Le Teint foundation is housed in a round glass pump bottle with a gold cap. The packaging is heavy and feels so luxurious! The pump is really sturdy, BUT I find it hard to control sometimes. I usually get exactly the right amount of foundation I want with the first pump (I only press halfway down and that is enough to cover my whole face), but if I ever just want to go back and get a teensy bit more foundation to cover up an area a little better, I always end up pumping too much out. When a product is this expensive, I don’t want to waste any of it!

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THE PERFORMANCE

As a reference, I have a dry skin type. My issues are dry, flakey spots that can cling to foundation, as well as minor hyperpigmentation and skin texture. My ideal foundation is one that doesn’t look cakey and makes my dry skin look dewy, has enough coverage to cover my hyperpigmentation to a reasonable degree, and doesn’t accentuate my dry skin or skin texture. I own the shade B40 Sand in this range, which is a perfect match for me.

The Le Teint foundation has a thicker, more creamy consistency. Even with the thicker formulation, it’s still very easy to spread out, and doesn’t feel heavy on the skin at all. I would say this has light to medium coverage, depending on how you apply it (more on this later).

My favourite way of applying this is with…my hands. I know, I know, it sounds disgusting, but I always make sure I have clean hands before touching my face. For some reason, I have honestly never taken to using brushes for foundation; before sponges became popular, I always went in with my fingers. Since sponges have become a thing in the beauty industry, that has been my preferred method of applying foundation. With the Le Teint foundation, I found that the sponge soaks this foundation right up, leaving my face with very, very light coverage. This is why I prefer to use my hands for the Le Teint foundation, although I do like dabbing a sponge all over my face once I have applied it with my fingers, just to make sure that everything is blended well and not too thick. Applying it with my fingers gives me medium coverage, which is able to cover up 80% of my hyperpigmentation even without concealer.

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Even with the high coverage, this foundation isn’t thick or cakey at all, and leaves my skin with a subdued dewy finish. Sometimes, foundations can look almost TOO glowy, almost making my dry skin look greasy, but this was just subtly glowy. One thing to note is that I usually wear a luminous primer underneath my foundations, but I don’t with this one. I tried it once with the Becca Backlight Priming Filter (my go-to primer) underneath, and it was just too much dew, even for a glow-chaser like me! Using it on its own is absolutely perfect, and the lack of primer did not affect the wear time, at least on my dry skin. I do wonder how this would wear on oily skin types, though – I think it might be a little too dewy for them, but perhaps a mattifying primer would help with that. Please let me know in the comments if you have oily skin and you like this foundation, I’m curious!

What I love about this foundation is that it makes my skin look like skin, just more even in tone. It wears well all day, and fades pretty evenly without leaving behind unsightly patches. After a full day of wear, I never find that this looks cakey on me like some foundations do.

Similar to many products from luxury brand, this foundation does have a fragrance. I can detect a subtle floral scent while applying the foundation, but it disappears almost right away. I don’t react negatively to scents, but people whose skin is sensitive to fragrance will probably not like this.

THE SUMMARY

Pros:

  • Dewy finish is great for dry skin types
  • Looks natural
  • Feels nice and lightweight on the skin
  • Wears well all day

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Scented
  • Pump is a little hard to control

Overall, a super solid foundation that I would recommend for normal to dry skin types. I would be happy to pay full price for this. Have you used any luxury foundations before, and if so, which ones are your favourites?

20 thoughts on “Review: Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Le Teint Radiance Awakening Foundation

  1. Wow, you got this for an absolute steal!! Lucky you! I have dry skin too so this foundation sounds like a dream! Honestly I use my hands for base products all the time, so I definitely don’t think it’s weird. But I’m very conscious of keeping my hands clean when applying my makeup (obviously). Even for tapping out my concealer, I will use my finger; it really meshes the product with my skin without losing too much coverage. I’ve tried using brushes before but I found the product just sat on top looking so obvious. Anyways, just my two cents!

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    • Oh you’re right, I totally use my fingers for applying concealer too, I don’t know why I feel like people might think it’s grosser for foundation (maybe because you’re putting it all over the face instead of just targeted areas?) But I totally agree, the warmth of your hand really helps the base makeup melt into your skin! Thanks for reading, Erica!

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      • I just think as long as your hands are clean and you’re not digging your fingers into a foundation bottle, what’s the harm? I can totally understand not touching someone else’s face with your hands though!

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  2. Hmm I think the most luxurious foundation I own is the Bobbi Brown Full Coverage Foundation (I am assuming that’s the name of the foundation off the top of my head). I remember I wore it into work once and a colleague of mine commented how flawless my skin looked. That’s when I knew it was a winner.

    Great review all in all. I have only tried a sample of one of YSL’s foundation – I believe it’s the Touche Eclat one? I was very close to purchasing it but I bought something else instead. That one was glowy but the right amount of glow for my combo/oily skin.

    I personally never apply foundation with my fingers – not because I don’t think it would blend well – more I just don’t like having to go back and forth between my dresser and bathroom just to wash my hands again and again. I do however, tend to apply tinted moisturisers more with my fingers, in which case, I’ll use the sponge technique afterwards if need be!

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    • When people comment on certain parts of your makeup, you know you’ve found a gem!

      How do you usually apply your foundation? I find that I end up having to go back and forth to the washroom regardless of whether I use my sponge or hands, because I have to wet the sponge anyways!

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      • I usually apply my foundation with a brush but there are some foundations that I prefer to apply with a sponge. I usually use a sponge to perfect my base though since I apply concealer on top with with it. 🙂

        Speaking of sponges, I need to buy some new ones!!

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  3. I used to always use my hands for foundation and I still use my fingers for concealer, the finger gives better coverage without leaving streaky concealer like a brush. This foundation sounds gorgeous – so glad it lived up to the claims! I haven’t tried a luxury foundation before but I’d like to one day, I think I’m worried I’ll spend a lot of money and it won’t work out or something. Are there other luxury foundations you’ve liked and would recommend?

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    • I always use my fingers for concealers too! It’s true, you don’t want to risk spending a lot of money on something that won’t work. Are you able to get samples to try first so that you know you’ll like it before you commit to a full size? This is actually my first luxury foundation, so I apologize for not having any recommendations!

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      • I ended up blind buying the foundation! I read and watched other reviews and it sounds lovely, I’m yet to try the product as I’m waiting to give it a proper test run in a day I don’t work in case any weird things happen. I got a sample of MAC’s Studio Fix that I’m waiting to finish before testing it out 🙂

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  4. This foundation sounds sooo good! I love that combined with the Becca primer it’s too dewy, that sounds like my kind of foundation! It’s nice to be able to cut a step out of your makeup routine to save time.
    I’ve been using my hands to apply my foundations lately too. I love the finish with a sponge but I hate cleaning them. It’s great that you can get the coverage you want using your fingers with the sponge just for touch ups.
    I might need to pick this up!

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  5. Don’t you just love Optimum Points! I have so many points burning a hole in my pocket… however, ever since they merged Optimum and PC Points, the SO always wants to redeem for groceries. Food > makeup? 🙄

    I swear they design pumps that dispense too much so you’ll waste product! It’s an industry conspiracy! But this foundation sounds lovely. Maybe you can just keep redeeming points for it the next time you run out. 😛 OR most likely scenario – you’ll get curious to try another foundation!

    Apply foundation with your hands is not disgusting at all. I think sponges and brushes can harbour a lot of bacteria. I like spreading foundation by my hands and even patting with my fingers to get rid of any streaks, and the warmth of your hands help make everything meld into the face.

    Why must the high end brands always add in fragrance in their foundations?!

    So, the most luxury foundation I have right now is the Armani Luminous Silk foundation that I got with the Sephora Rouge “free” gift card… I feel like the formula in the full size isn’t the same as the samples I tried? The samples I tried gave such a long lasting flawless wear on my skin, but the full size version just doesn’t sit the same on my face. Maybe it’s another makeup conspiracy theory! 🤔 Companies make samples better to entice people to buy the full size? I’m not sure but I’ll try it again once the weather is cooler.

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    • You ALWAYS get such nice stuff with your Optimum Points! LOL, precisely why my husband and I both have our own Optimum Points cards – mine is used for redeeming points on makeup, his for groceries 😂

      That’s such a good point about hands being more sanitary and sponges and brushes harbouring bacteria – especially sponges! I love the way products look applied with a sponge but I’m always wondering what’s lurking about inside the sponge…

      Oooh, I never thought about them making the pumps dispense too much product on PURPOSE to make us use foundations up more! What a conspiracy, haha. Oh my goodness, so funny that you’re using the Armani Luminous Silk foundation because that’s the next foundation I want to try! I asked for a sample at Sephora a while back and I loved it. That’s so weird that it’s not working the same way that the sample did for your though! Maybe they could have changed the formula too?

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  6. […] This foundation gives the most beautiful dewy finish without making your skin look overly shiny. It feels lightweight and looks natural, even though it has medium coverage. My dry skin really seemed to like it, as it doesn’t cling to dry patches (although I have to note that in December I had really crazy dry patches which I believe may have been a reaction to a skincare product I had been using, and this did emphasize the dryness. But to be honest, I’m not sure there’s any foundation out there that doesn’t when your dry patches were as bad as mine). I shared a review of this foundation here. […]

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