By Fiona McKim
Once upon a time there was an iconic multi-million selling concealer, except it didn’t actually conceal.
The fact that YSL Touche Éclat didn’t claim to cover dark circles or veins or angry red spots that bubble up on the morning of your birthday didn’t seem to register with its army of loyal users.
In fact it categorically stated it was a highlighter, but regardless beauty fans across the nation were already utterly addicted, quite rightly, to its silky light-reflecting formula and satisfying clickable pen.
Fast-forward 25 years and Touche Éclat is the most universally-raved about award-winning concealer of all time, but (whisper it) we’ve all been complicit in the beauty version of the emperor's new clothes. While it is an absolutely genius tool for diffusing light, blurring skin texture issues and brightening undereyes, it didn’t stand a chance of giving hardcore pigmented coverage, because that’s simply not what the formula was designed for…
... Until now, that is. Meet the all new YSL Le Touche Éclat High Cover Radiance Concealer, £26, which lands in Debenhams from February 13th and sure to be racking up a waiting list as I type.
The clever click pen remains unchanged, as does that glorious, glowy soft-focus effect, but now packs in seriously muscular pigment to cover your skin’s modesty in a rainbow of 16 shades with light, medium and deep skin tones all well looked after.
Tom Pecheux, Global Beauty Director for YSL Beauté, suggests using it in place of cakey foundations on good skin days. “This is the perfect high coverage concealer, yet natural looking. Sometimes, putting on a foundation can feel a little thick, especially if your skin is in great condition but all you need is a little spot coverage.”
Essentially this is the ultimate skin perfector. Nakedness, but better.
As woman&home's Senior Beauty Editor, Fiona Mckim has tried more beauty products than she’s had hot dinners and nothing makes her happier than raving about a brilliant beauty find on womanandhome.com or her instagram grid (@fionamckim if you like hair dye experiments and cute shih-tzus)
Fiona joined woman&home as Assistant Beauty Editor in 2013, working under legend Jo GB, who taught her everything she needed to know about the industry (clue: learn about ingredients and employ extreme cynicism).
In a previous life, Fiona studied journalism back home in bonnie Scotland and honed her skills as a features writer at publications including Junior and Prima Baby, with a brief and terrifying stint on the showbiz gossip pages of a tabloid newspaper in between. She's a skincare fanatic who can’t resist adding an extra step to her routine if it’s all the rage in Japan, loves fragrance, has fun with makeup and never turns down the chance to test a new hair tool. Basically, she loves it all.
When not slathering herself in self tan or squinting at a tiny ingredients list on a moisturiser, you’ll probably find Fiona enjoying something to do with food - cooking it, eating it, cajoling her friends into trekking across London to try a hyped pop-up in a dirty car park.
Come to think of it, the hot dinners and beauty products are probably about even.
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