The perfect canvas?

by Juliette

Hello everyone.

Today, I think I’ll write about foundation. This article starts with a lot of babbling, feel free to skip the few first paragraphs or not; either way, I apologize that this might take a while.

I, like many others, have been on a quest to find the perfect foundation to create a perfect canvas for my makeup to stick onto. All of us bought foundations on a whim, the lady at the beauty counter applied it perfectly, the finish looked perfect, it concealed all our little troubles and the lights in the department store tricked you into thinking it was a perfect colour match. Fast forward a few hours /days and you realize that the finish isn’t that great, the colour doesn’t match and the foundation doesn’t hold very well on the skin. Think about it, how many times has this happened to you? I count three… And that’s only how many I’m happy to admit right now.

And so over the years, I’ve learnt that most beauty brands will give free samples. Getting samples allows you to try the products for a few days and see how you get on with them. You should never give your money to those who don’t, we are talking high end products here, they should offer an excellent service as well.

When Yves Saint Laurent launched its new foundation, there was a 7-day trial sample scheme to allow customers to try their new product and I couldn’t be more pleased, YSL was giving free samples of the Teint Touche Éclat, and advertising it too. I had to try it, I went to my local YSL counter, nobody was there to colour match me (this was on a weekday). So I went to another counter, no YSL lady either. Same situation at the third place but a lovely man from another brand helped me find a match. I was apparently a BD50, I took my sample home.I was so happy with the product that I went back and bought a full bottle the next day, I even bought a new Touche Éclat.

My old demons came back to haunt me a few days later when I was wearing a shirt with a lower neckline than I would usually go for; I started having second thoughts about the colour match. While I clearly did it again and bought something that could potentially be the wrong colour, I hadn’t open the bottle yet (I was still using the free sample) and I still had the receipt! I just went back to the counter and asked for a lighter shade. Below BD50 is BD40… There is a huge colour difference between the two though. So much so that the BD40 just created a ghostly mask on my face. I went back and picked up several samples and nothing matched me very well, until I started using some self tan, that’s when my friend BD50 was a very good match! So I never returned the bottle and started using it while I had a tan.

I’m sorry if some of you find all this story useless but I felt like it should be included in the post. I’ve been trying to decide wether to keep the BD50 for 30 days (which is how long I had to return it with receipt), when I did keep it I used it for another 3 weeks thinking thinking maybe I should get another colour to mix it with. I mean, as I explained in my Late-August/not-quite-September-yet purchases article, I still felt the foundation ‘might be a tad too dark for my complexion’ (without self tanning). When I got a chance, I bought a BD40 as well.

Most high end foundations come with a price tag of £30 and up. Le Teint Touche Éclat‘s RRP is £28. Not only is it ‘cheap‘, it comes in a gorgeous glass bottle with a signature YSL gold lid. And like this wasn’t enough, it also comes with a pump! I personally am not too fond of dipping my fingers in foundation bottles or of pouring the product out. The pump is a hygienic dispensing system and it also helps me when measure how much of each shade I need.

The foundation comes in a wide range of colours, twenty-two in total. The full range of colour is exclusive to Selfridges, all other counters and department stores only stock sixteen. The shades are divided in three groups, BR or Beige Rosé (pink undertone), B or Beige (neutral undertone) and BD or Beige Doré (golden undertone). Pale and Dark skin tones should have a match. If you were courageous enough, you would have read the few paragraphs about finding the correct shade above and you know that I wasn’t totally happy with the colour, I am now very picky. As a reference I’m usually a NC25 and go up to a NC30 when I self tan, I mix equal amount of BD40 and BD50, it’s the perfect match, you read it right, perfect match.

Now onto the actual product! It is a liquid foundation, I’d say quite a rich consistency and it feels quite silky. I have used a Sigma F60 then a Beauty Blender and the Beauty Blender on its own to apply the foundation, both applications worked very well. I now use it with my Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush and it’s brilliant.

I’m aware that some people might not like using fragranced foundations but I personally adore the smell, I have been trying to figure it out what it remind me of, and I just can’t put my finger on it. I’m certain it’s something to do with one of my childhood memories. I have been sat here writing this article, sniffing the smell it left on the back of my hand (where I applied it).

I’d say the foundation has a radiant dewy finish. It gives light to medium coverage and this is exactly what I’m after. So it’s perfect right after the application but how does it wear throughout the day? Well… I was running errands in the city one afternoon and decided to go to Debenhams to try the Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronze Universel Makeup Base. When the lady handed me a mirror to see how it looked on my face I was horrified… I was shining (from the foundation and not the bronzer, that looked amazing, I bought it straight away) and the foundation had oxidized a lot (and I was wearing BD50 only back then…). My skin is dry to normal, I never use setting powders (don’t really like then, never needed them), I never needed blotting sheets… I never looked so shiny in my entire life.

So what was it? The heat? My natural oils? The only factor I could try to adjust was my moisturizer. And so, the next day, I applied less moisturizer than usual. Well, that was it, I had a radiant dewy finish but no shine or oxidization occurred during the day. I have been wearing Le Teint Touche Éclat for up to 12 hours on some occasions and I’ve just used a couple of spritzes of Caudalie Eau de Beauté when I felt like I needed to refresh my makeup.

Now that I have the correct shade and that I know how to work with it, I am extremely happy with this foundation. I personally cannot fault it, it is my favourite. I wouldn’t say it is perfect, but it is the most perfect one so far.

I would highly recommend this product but I must warn some of you that it might not be your most perfect foundation. If you have an oily skin, try powdering it? For those of you who love full coverage, I fear it might not look as good as it does with a lighter coverage. And, going back to a point I’ve made earlier, this product is fragranced, some of you might not like it.

Le Teint Touche Eclat is in the summer sales here for another few days.

Have you tried Le teint Touche Éclat? What do you think of this foundation? Are you picky when it comes to colour matching too?