Monday, December 20, 2010

Beauty Review: Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Pen

I have been subsisting off a diet of champagne and canapés.  The month of December has been a different holiday party.  Every.  Single.  Night.  It’s been wonderful catching up with friends and business contacts, but all those late nights means huge bags under my eyes.  I’m starting to look like a zombie and Halloween has already passed.
Concealer and highlighter has become this girl’s best friend throughout the holiday season.  I love to socialize, but don’t want to look like a party-girl (see Lindsay Lohan) the next day at work.  I’ve been eyeing the gold Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Pen for a very long time.  I had first heard about it through the countless number of ‘Best Beauty Products’ lists that the Touche Éclat has made.  The pen is a favourite among beauty editors and make-up junkies, so I had to see what all the hype was about.

I initially thought the pen was meant to replace your concealer, but I was wrong. So what exactly is it? According to the company, the pen is a highlighter cream that will help your face “capture eight hours of sleep with the click of a pen.” Woah - those are some serious promises. Touche Éclat also claims to reduce the look of fine lines and dark shadows.  The secret is in the tiny light-reflecting illuminators contained in the formula.  

So did it work?  It definitely helped brighten the areas around my eyes, but I still needed a concealer for my dark ‘partied too much’ circles.  Did the pen do its job in highlighting?  Yes. You can also apply the product on your eyelid and brow bone for an even fresher look.  The product needs to be used correctly in order to be properly optimized.  The people at Yves Saint Laurent suggest that the pen be used on the sides of your nose, corners of your mouth, the hollow of the chin and in the inner and outer corners of your eyes.  Use the brush to apply and then blend the product in with your fingers to complete your look.  In the end, I looked glowy, dewy and put together.

The Touche Éclat made me look awake, when I was not feeling awake.  The price tag is a bit steep but it kept my look professional and bright.  If my pen can last a year, I think it would have been well worth it.  The Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Pen ($50) is available at The Bay stores across Canada.

How do you keep your look fresh after a night out on the town?  What’s your favourite brand of concealer?  Would you spend $50 on a highlighter pen?  Do you know of something equally as good?

1 comment:

  1. I have heard rave reviews about this product. Once I finish the concealer I just bought, I need to try this out. Thanks for sharing your review.