Let’s face it, finding a terrific foundation that matches flawlessly to your skin tone is tough stuff. For the past three years, I’ve been devoted to YSL’s Touche Éclat Illuminating Foundation. It’s weightless, provides fantastic coverage and has a glowy finish. So, when I was running low on my last bottle and looking to restock, I was surprised to discover that it had been replaced by a brand new formulation called Touche Éclat Le Teint Radiance Awakening Foundation. Say what?! The creature of habit in me loves nothing more than to stay with a good thing so I was rather nervous about this new recipe. My thorough internet research on this foundation revealed mixed reviews and honestly, why mess with a good thing? Before trying to hunt down the earth’s last remaining bottles of illuminating foundation, I decided to give the new formula a try. Here’s how Le Teint Radiance Awakening Foundation stacks up.
Claim to fame… Enriched with an anti-fatigue formula, this foundation energizes skin by targeting dullness to improve skin’s brightness and luminosity. A big plus in my books since looking awake is half the battle to staying awake. Vitamin E protects against free radicals and SPF 22 (an increase from the old formula’s SPF 19) provides sun protection.
How I used it… One pump on the back of my hand and applied to my face over Hourglass No. 28 Primer Serum with a damp Beauty Blender sponge. I set this foundation with Chanel Les Beiges pressed powder.
The result… I’m happy to say that the new awakening foundation is longer lasting and makes that fresh just-did-my-makeup look last through a solid 8 hour work day and then some. The new formulation also provides more coverage (without feeling heavier) but is definitely more matte than the previous version’s glowy and illuminating finish. The foundation doesn’t oxidize as the hours pass or make me look orange at the end of the day. In fact, it melts right into my skin rather nicely. If you’re trying this YSL foundation for the first time, it’s a good solid everyday foundation that provides nice coverage for a fresh faced complexion. If you too were used to the old formulation, you may or may not like the less glowy and dewy finish. However, this can be remedied with a liquid illuminator or a powder highlighter.
Good to know… With the old formula, I was shade B60 but in the new version, I’m a B50. The entire shade range from the old formula did not port over to the new version like for like, so to be safe, I’d get coloured matched again altogether to ensure you’re buying the right shade.
YSL Touche Éclat Le Teint Radiance Awakening Foundation, $64 CAD, Sephora
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