on the beauty shelf today is the ysl touche elclat blur makeup primer that that has sort of changed the primer game. when i first started dabbling in makeup my first every primer and one that used for years was a chanel primer. i have since moved and prior to purchasing the ysl primer, i’ve been rotating through two primary ones (Chanel Le Blanc & Makeup Forever’s Step 1 Smoothing Primer). depending on the look i’m going for, one gets chosen over the other. the ysl primer caught my eye primarily because of the name. anything that would blur any imperfections on my face i was all about it.
“Touche Elcat Blur Primer preps skin for foundation application, creating an improved, refined appearance: pores seem to be minimized, skin texture feels smoother, and skin tone is more even. It’s enriched with four nourishing oils—corn oil, apricot kernel oil, passiflora oil, and rice bran oil—to leave skin feeling incredibly soft without a greasy residue. Packed with blur technology, this universal primer provides a subtle, golden shimmer for ultimate luminosity”
at first glance i was a bit skeptical about the product it self. if you look closely you can see tiny gold flecks within the product however while it does transfer to the skin, it is very subtle – almost undetectable over makeup. ysl’s claims of luminosity is pretty spot on with this primer. it adds touch of illuminosity to the skin with or without foundation (hence the flecks of gold). i must say, i was very happy that my skin was not shinning like a disco ball after application.
the most important claim for me and the one that i wanted to really test out was the product’s blurring capabilities. for reference my problem area and most problematic imperfection (for me personally) are my pores. since using the Dior pink clay mask (which i reviewed here), my pores have been a much tighter. When using the blur primer however my makeup has never looked better. let’s take a step back here. my makeup forever smoothing primer really does a good job at creating a smooth canvas with which to work with. however i find that the touche eclat does that and much more. my pores are pretty much filled in and my makeup looks smooth and even on the skin. i love the consistency of the product as it is has a slightly tacky silicone feel to it. as a reference, the texture is very similar to the hourglass veil primer. i appreciate the fact that it does not leave any grease or residue on the skin and after a minute or so sinks in nicely.
another claim made by ysl is the products ability to even out one’s skin tone. i cannot attest to this as i do not find that it does. for one, the product is clear so there’s tint or color to even out one’s tone. i find that the longevity of makeup is pretty on point. you makeup does not budge with this primer. there is no slipping or sliding what so ever. everything is intact for the most part. my face does not get terribly oily throughout it’s wear, and my foundation does not break apart. if you’re an oily girl however, i would first get a sample and test it for yourself before committing.
at $52 a bottle this primer is by no means on the cheaper side of things. for me personally, it has been worth it. – i take into consideration the amount of product i get (1 0z) in addition to the amount of product i actually use. you do not need a lot to cover the surface of the skin and if you’re like me and only use it where problem areas exist, you require even less product. i honestly use this particular primer for important outings where i know i will be bustling around and will be out for long periods of time. for everyday wear i stick to my MUFE or le blanc primers if need be. other than a pencil eye liner i received in a sephora perks bag and a lipstick, this is my only major makeup item from ysl and i have to say i am quite impressed and will be happy to repurchase it again when i run out .