Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Which Shade of Touché Éclat is right for me?

When YSL launched 7 shades in its iconic Touché Éclat last year (they’ve since added another 3 to confuse us further) I thought it was great for people with darker/lighter skin tones, but didn’t really affect me. You know the adage, if it aint broke don't fix it and I was happy with the original one (read my review here). But when I ran out of Touche last week (a week when I had major heavy duty bag by the way) I got to thinking... should I try another shade, because if I'm honest, the original touché is sometimes a touch pink for me.

So the search began and I soon discovered it aint easy to discover the shade that's right for you. I started having a look for some reviews and swatches but couldn’t find much of a guide or comparison. YSL has a tool on their website to match your skin tone to the right shade, which pointed me to No.5 but I felt that was too dark for my needs. Also, and this is the crucial point, if you want to use Touche for highlighting, you won't want a shade that matches your skin tone, you'll want one that's lighter. 

Here's a summary of the 10 shades...

No.1 Luminous Radiance: The original highlighter for fair to light complexions with pink undertones
No.1.5 Radiant Silk: For light to medium complexions with yellow or golden undertones
No.2 Luminous Ivory: For fair to light complexions with golden undertones

No.2.5 Luminous Vanilla: For fair to light complexions with warm undertones
No.3 Light Peach: For warm and golden-beige complexions

No.3.5 Luminous Almond: For medium complexions with warm undertones

No.4.5 Luminous Sand: For medium complexions with pink undertones
No.5 Luminous Honey: For medium complexions with olive/golden undertones

No5.5. Luminous Praline: For Medium complexions with golden undertones
No.6 Luminous Amber: For deep complexions with red undertones

No.6.5  Luminous Toffee: For deep complexions with neutral undertones
No.7 Luminous Mocha: For dark complexions. 

After much deliberation I opted to try No2 Luminous Ivory. 

I wouldn’t say I have a fair complexion (MAC NC30 for refernce purposes), but I’m definitely at my palest right now. Plus it was on of the the only one for golden undertones that wasn't too peach or too dark. To find the right touché you have to first decide what you intend to use it for, if it’s covering the undereye area like me, you need to have a look at those pesky bags to see what colour they are. Mine are more purple/blue, which are corrected by yellow based products. I also use it as a highlighter (down the nose, cupids bow etc) and for that reason it needs to be lighter than my skin. So my verdict on No.2. Luminous Ivory....

I'm wearing it under my eyes, down the bridge of my nose and the cupids bow

I won't lie, I was nervous about my decision, I've never purchased a face product with "Ivory" in the title but I love it. I'd say it's almost perfect! Yes, it's light, lighter than I'm used to and I probably won't get away with it when I have a tan, but those yellow undertones make my bags magically disappear. The shade blends into my skin perfectly and as you'd expect with this little gold want, it's very luminous! It's a fantastic highlighter and brightens my face up in an instant. It's a great tool for contouring and highlighting. What I think really sets Touché Éclat aside from its competitors (and there are many good ones) is its durability. It lasts me all day and I don't find I have to reapply later in the day.

I hope that's been helpful and makes your search for the perfect shade a touch easier (no pun intended). YSL Touché Éclat UK RRP £25, available from from £19.99.


  1. I got the same as you and I'm a lot paler, I use it under my eyes and its still illuminating and a little too light if anything, its bizarre to think one shade used to be used by everyone!

    1. I know, it's crazy. This would be too light for me if I used it all over, but under my eyes it works a treat.

  2. It really makes your eyes look radiant! I might have to check it out, though it is quite expensive.

    1. I know it's very pricey, but it seems to last me much longer than cheaper alternatives. I've just finished L'Oreal Lumi Magique and that only lasted about two months, whereas touche eclat tends to last me around 4-5 months.

  3. This was so useful, I've been looking at Touche Eclat for a while but not being able to decide what shade would suit me has always put me off! I think I'd go for the same as you, it looks lovely on you :-)x

  4. I haven't tried this one yet. But I always go for a lighter shade with concealer. I find that it illuminates my face a lot more. I think I will definitely be buying this. Although, I did just purchase a concealer duo by Josie Maran... but you can never have enough makeup! xo

  5. Nice to know your blog, already following you! I have number 2!

  6. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and reviewing it as I found it really helpful to decide on the shade! I think I’ll be going for #2 also as I don’t want anything too rosey – simply want a highlighter 
    Alina x
    The Fairytale Pretty Picture

    1. Thanks Aline, so glad you found it helpful. I'm actually wearing no2 today and it's so perfect for me at the minute. Definitely not rosey, more like MAC prep and prime highlighter in light boost, which I love x

  7. this is perfect! I have just run out of my Urban decay naked skin concealer (which I use as a highlight) and I've heard so many good things about the touch éclat that I think I will definitely buy it now! Im NC20 in Mac, but am still thinking to go for No.2 like you but I'm just hoping its still light enough to highlight with!!!

    love becky,

  8. Hi Becky,

    I also use Mac NC20 and have just got myself the touché eclat no.2. I'm just wondering what your thoughts are... As I'm not sure if I am finding it quite light enough? I feel like it does look good but I'm just not sure, however when looking at the other shades descriptions they do not seem more appropriate as I am trying to stay away from pink tones.

    Thanks xx

  9. I love your reviews :) I am French and there is something I want to say though : It is 'Touche Eclat', there is no accent above the e in Touche.
    Touche means 'a touch' when with an accent it means 'touched' Anyway, the product is great <3

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  11. This is a really great post.Every women should be use Shade of touche eclat. But when you buy a Shade of touche eclat you should be justify clearly which Shade of touche eclat is better for you. thanks. For more information


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