I'm in my late 40s and have a slightly olive complexion. My shade is 02 (also 02 in Yves St Laurent Touche Eclat). It does a good job as a complexion refresher and light concealer for dark circles, comparable to but not quite as good as Touche Eclat. It isn't quite as expensive. I am happy to use either but have come down on the side of YSL as there seems to be more product in the YSL pen, the texture of the cream is a bit smoother and I think it gives me just that bit more radiance. To perk me up, I use Skinflash or YSL wherever shadows are making me look tired. So I dot and swirl and blend it here and there - usually in the dip between my lips and my chin, around my nose, nose to mouth crease, around outer eye/upper cheekbone area, inner eye/nose area. But never directly under my eyes. Any creases/lines under my eyes are invisible until I put foundation or concealer there, so I leave well alone. The pen is silver as opposed to YSL's gold. Other considerations are that this is twist-to-dispense rather than click-to-dispense and it comes in a black velvet pouch, which may appeal to you, but I thought it was of no use whatsoever. That is, until I broke the case for my slimline reading specs and the pouch was the perfect substitute. Oh happy day! I would only buy this again at a bargain price but I have clicked 'Yes' I would repurchase. It isn't out of the question.
I purchased the 02 shade from Heathrow before a flight departure. I was rather worried that the shade might be too dark as I have very dark circles. I usually use Laura Mercier SC3 (mostly the light yellow side of the compact very sparingly). I was looking for something a little lighter in texture. When I applied it I realised that I'd made a mistake, this was incredibly light on me, a VERY pale yellow. The texture and light reflecting qualities are good but I think the shade problem is influencing how I view this product. I'm just using it as a hightlighter under the brows as it is too light to use anywhere else. I'm going to take my pen to a beauty counter to compare it with their 02 and 03 shades. This shade is so light that I think there may have been a labelling mistake and my pen might be an 01 despite the box and the end of the pen saying otherwise. I'll update when I find out. I can use the YSL Touch eclat in the original shade with no problem. My skin shade is MMM and GGG with a tan.
Technically YSL has the edge with the click technology, I find turning the end to get the liquid out of Skinflash less efficient. When I'm in a hurry it's also a little iritating that there's not much to differentiate the two ends of the pen. I take it out and pull the end to remove the lid to find that I'm pulling at the twist end and not the lid, only a tiny quibble but one that nonetheless makes Touche Eclat more intelligently designed.
This little baby is worth its weight in gold. I received this from a lovely swapper and could not believe the difference it made. I have been trying heavier concealers like Becca concealer compact and while they provided great coverage, they were just too heavy and it was obvious. Maybe there is some truth to the notion of using lighter textured products as you get older. This manages to conceal, but has light diffusers in it too. It lasted all day, and my skin just looked a bit brighter and clearer. I used it around my eyes, and in the shadows on each side of my nose, and even on a blemish, and it looked great! I will never go back to heavier textured concealers because this will do the job beautifully. Lastly, it is a breeze to use and it is portable. If you are 40+ you MUST have this in your arsenal. RUN, don't walk to get this.
I purchased this several months ago, so I'm not sure why I never reviewed it. This is probably one of my favorite concealers. I got in the #002. (For reference, I am a MAC NC25.) I dot this on under the eyes and in the inner corners of the eye, and it really hides the shadows and makes me look more awake. Sometimes, when I have heavy circles, I do need to use a thicker concealer underneath, and then I just dot this on top to finish. This stuff is A LOT better than YSL's Touche Eclat, which make me look like I had some calamine lotion under my eyes.
Despite the pricetag, I wouldn't hesitate to purchase again when I run out!
After years of buying Yves St. Laurents touche eclat- and having to put up with it's diconcerting smell- I've finally found a concealer which is extremely light, but also extremely effective. It conceals and covers and brightens eyes up without causing lines, or to crack. I'm very happy with it and have bought it 4 times already.
The colour I have is 002. (And I have dry skin, and fairly olive- but with blue eyes and blonde hair) So, i prefer light shades as I like to go for the smoky eyes look and like a concealer to be bright.
EDIT: I do not use this anymore. HG Bobbi Brown Corrector.
This "radiance booster" retails for $33, which is considerably more costly than any concealer I've purchased. It comes in click-pen format, which can get on my last nerve on occasion but hasn't bothered me yet. The purpose of concealer, from what I know, is to erase blemishes and darkness around the eyes. As simple as that sounds, few concealers I have tried even come close to effective. Skinflash, however, makes a resounding effort and truly does "illuminate" about as much as any product could. Does the quality justify the cost? Let it just be said that trying this before buying it might be a telling venture. I happened to be fortunate enough to find a shade that matched my skintone and blended to perfection, and I'd advise any prospective buyers to do the same before forking out so much money on something that might be a huge mistake. I gave this a 4 rating because 1.) I believe the packaging will become troublesome and 2.) I'm not sure, based on the design, if you are given enough product for $33.
Holy cow...I just tried putting on my SKINFLASH and nothing came out. Guess what? It's empty after 3 weeks of use! This stuff is good, but not THAT good. And the price? Way too expensive unless you're using it only periodically. Any suggestions for a similar, cheaper, longer lasting product????
Been suffering from dark circles for ages..tried on lots of branded eye creams and the more generic branded concealers..not much luck in lightening the circles until I tried CD Skinflash. Am of warm Asian skin tone and thought that shade #001 would be too light for me, but turns out to be a lovely match that made my eye area look more 'lighted up'.
Been receiving compliments on how my face glows these days:). Good texture, doesn't cause any problems with milia (I have a few but no new ones appeared after using this) and definitely shows a difference. But be careful to not turn the dial too much as you may waste the content. Just half a turn would do. And don't forget to blend well. Can also be used to highlight the upper part of the eye brows, cheeks and sides of nose to give more contours. Another winner from Dior!
I'm on my second tube of this stuff (001). I was considering YSL Touche Eclat but MUA reviews steered me towards Dior's Skinflash instead....so in April I first purchased this and by June it was gone. Lesson learned: less is more! So I bought tube no. 2 and now I'm more conservative with it.
It hides my undereye circles wonderfully but it does contain silica and dries my undereye area out just a tad (you can see fine lines). So I try to avoid using this under my eyes unless I really need it. However, it is WONDERFUL for covering up the broken capillaries around my nose...something I have lived with since I was a preteen and have always hated, hated, hated. Foundation plus the Skinflash (or just the Skinflash alone!) completely hides this flaw. I apply a small amount around my nose and carefully blend with my fingertip. I have found that using the Skinflash's brush PLUS a fingertip to blend works best for me.
Some say it isn't good at covering up spots. It can be....what I do is layer on a small bit, then another layer, then a thin layer of powder, then if needed, another thin layer of the Skinflash. Unless the spot is glaringly red or large, it should be concealed well.
I like this better than YSL's where I can't get a colour match. I'm and NC20, and take #2 in Skinflash. I just think it's ridiculously expensive for the tiny amount of product you get.