I agree with the reviewer who wondered what exactly this stuff is supposed to do. After reading and hearing all the hype about this product's miraculous ability to eradicate undereye circles I just had to try it (I have moderately dark hereditary undereye circles and pale skin). Well, for my undereye circles it doesn't do diddly. Too thin, too slippery.
And as a highlighter? Well, color me befuddled, but I was always under the impression that a highlighter should have some gleam or shine to actually attract light to the area being highlighted. This has neither. Pretty pointless (and pricey) if you ask me.
I love this product. I don't have very dark under eye circles and this covers them beautifully. I also use it on my eyelids and cheekbones as a highlighter. Love it and will continue to purchase.
I've had this for several weeks and I like it as a highlighter. I personally don't think it COVERS undereye circles as well as thicker concealers but it does make me look more awake. I apply it around the corners of my eyes and it looks nice. I have light olive skin (NC30) and the color is slightly off but the ivory looked too light and the peach looked too orange. I think I would repurchase but I want to try Dior's Skinflash first since it has received so many rave reviews. ***Update 4/23/06 - Now that I have used this more often, I can really see the pink in this. I think this color is better suited for fair gals w/ rosy undertones.***Update 2/13/07 - Okay, I realized that this color is perfect for counteracting the blueness of undereye circles. It does not cover them per say, but I feel like it cancels out some of the darkness. As a highlighter, it is a little too pinkish. However, I did upgrade the score to 4 lippies b/c when I have dark circles, I ALWAYS turn to this stuff now.
I use this under my eyes to make me look more awake. And the one I have now is like my 5th one and I have never, ever, ever noticed a smell. That is weird, now the next time I pick it up I will have to sniff it! I don't have any circles but I use it to brighted up my eyes and it works great
I do really like this and agree with the positive comments about it's texture BUT I think the smell comes from microbes feeding on dead skin that has been passed up inside the tube. Washing the brush doesn't seem to help. Other concealers don't seem to have this problem?? maybe not enough proper preservatives. I have to replace it frequently.
I use three brush-pen type brighteners at the moment, Dior Skinflash, Touche Éclat and (deep breath) La Prairie Light Fantastic Cellular Concealing Brightening Eye Treatment. I’m a NW15 in my late twenties and these come in shades light enough for me to use – 001, 1, and 10. None of the three is light enough to highlight, but they do brighten my complexion. The Dior pen contains 1.5 ml of the product, the YSL and LP 2.5 ml respectively, which makes Skinflash actually more expensive than Touche Éclat. They're all my faves, but very dissimilar.
This product is the most matte of the three, its texture the thickest, but easy to blend and use, a tad less pigmented than Skinflash. It’s also the only one of the three that claims no skincare benefits. No fragrance. Melds easily, doesn’t crease. Should be disposed of within 6 months after opening. I use it mainly as a brightener and gentle concealer on my browbones, nose ridge, in the inner corner of eyes, and on my undereye area, which is sunken in, with fine lines and deep shadows but less dark pigmentation. I’ve also used it as primer on my lids where Skinflash and the LP crease too much. And while Touche Éclat is not a magic pen by any stretch of imagination, it makes a world of a difference if I want to look well-rested. The packaging is much better at delivering the right amount of product than Dior’s, but not as good as La Prairie’s. Made of only eleven very basic and not particularly brilliant cosmetic ingredients plus ten others possible, it’s partly ingenious because of its simplicity. Especially if you compare this to LP’s 47 + 4.
I thought this product was awful! I finally purchased it after hearing all the hype...what a mistake. First and foremost, I found the brush applicator unsanitary. Within a month of purchasing, it took on the most noxious odor! Secondly, it didn't really do much in terms of highlighting or concealing. If you're looking for a good YSL concealer try the multi-action concealer which comes in stick form. It's creamy, smooth, blends well...and no malodorous stench.
I think the formulation has changed since this was first introduced and the shade is definitely more pink . It's not a concealer it's a light reflector which bounces light and attention away from problem areas like dark shadows (apparently) but I think that the formulation is not as good as it once was and there are other similar products that do the job more effectively and in a less cakey way. Sisley is nice but pricey.
After years of hearing raves about this product, and being faithful to Dior Skinflash, I decided to give this a try. It's really nothing short of... blah. At least for me. I don't use concealers under my eyes, and I count on other products as highlighters, so Touche Eclat, for me, would be entirely for concealing post-zit blemishes and occasional spots of redness. It doesn't do anything spectacular - nothing a MAC or MUFE concealer couldn't do. Not a bad product, but no rebuy for me.
Firstly, this thing almost gave me a heart attack, when, after 1 week of use, it...stopped. I thought I had run out already, and was mortified that I paid so much for 1 week's worth of concealer!!
However, after storing it cap-down for awhile, it came back to life.
This is an inferior product to Dior's Skinflash, in my opinion. Not as much coverage, and he shade I got is too pink on me.
I'd not repurchase this, unless Dior discontinues skinflash. There isn't enough coverage to be a concealer, and its effects as a highlighter are too subtle to make a difference.
The other down-side is the outrageous price.