Wednesday 27 June 2012

L'Oreal Lumi Magique vs YSL Touche Éclat

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 YSL Touche Éclat (left) L'Oreal Lumi Magique

When I heard on the grapevine that there was a possible dupe in the form of L'oreal Lumi Magique to the infamous YSL Touche Éclat my first thought was where can I get this from? I am a big fan of the latter and I don't think there has been a time where this has not graced my makeup collection with my latest being a sneaky purchase on a day trip to Harrods after being lured into the cosmetics hall (seriously this is like WOW, if you ever get the chance to visit I highly recommend!). Anyhow its an expensive habit at at RRP of £25 so when I spied the L'oreal Lumi Magique in Boots a while back priced at a mere £8.49 I quickly snapped one up in the shade light. 

Now lets be frank here, its not got the packaging to rival the YSL version by far and it has a twisting end which disperses the product as opposed to the fancy clicker on the YSL but on all other levels its a winner. For starters the brushes are very similar in both size and denseness with the L'oreal being a tad softer. Colour wise I opted for light whereas I am a shade 1 (original) in the Touche Éclat. I found that the L'oreal had a more yellow base whereas the YSL has more of a pink undertone in the shade I use. With the limited amount of shades in the L'oreal collection, ranging from light, medium to dark it would be hard to get a perfect match but this does the job just as well. Being a highlighting concealer this can be used anywhere you would get a natural highlight so I tend to apply under my eyes, along the bridge of my nose and creases and across the cupids bow and brows, all blended with a RT deluxe shadow brush. In terms of formulation they are very similar with the latter being of a slightly more fluid formula. Coverage wise neither are going to cover blemishes well and are designed to be used on areas such as dark circles under the eyes so I would not go putting either of these on your spots or blemishes as all this will do is highlight the area, not a good look. 

In a nutshell these are very much comparable with very different price tags. I still stand firmly that the YSL will never be beaten and will always be my under-eye concealer of choice but this is the perfect alternative without breaking the bank and is something I will definitely be re-purchasing in the future.

The YSL Touche Éclat is available at most major department stores and online for approximately £25. The L'Oreal Lumi Magique highlight can be purchased in Boots in store or online here for £8.49.