No matter how much beauty sleep us girls get each night, those pesky under eye circles just wont disappear. Highlighting products are brilliant at disguising dark circles and the reigning product on the market has to be YSL's Touche Eclat. Unfortunately, with luxury comes a hefty price tag, so if you can't quite afford £25 then read on...
The infamous Touche Eclat comes in a gold pen with a velvet 'Y' to one side giving it an ultra luxe look. It's important to remember that the Touche Eclat is branded as a highighter and not a concealer, which it is most commonly mistaken for. If you have extremely dark circles, I would go in with a concealer first and then use the YSL over the top to brighten the area. The product is a salmon pink to help counteract the purple tones found under the eyes. There's 10 shade variants depending on your skin colour. To apply the product, you click the button to the bottom of the product and run over the areas you wish to brighten. Its a lovely creamy formula and blends well under the eye, but like most concealers or under eye products, it creases. I find that once I re-blend where the product has creased it looks a lot better. You get 25ml of product and I've been using mine on and off for the past four months and have yet to find any tell tale 'running low' signs.
Most high street brands have a dupe for the YSL Touche Eclat. My favourite of the bunch is the Collection Illuminating Touch Light Diffusing Concealer. The big difference between the two products is that this is a concealer, so it has more coverage than the Touche Eclat. I was worried that this would mean it would be quite 'cakey' looking under my eye, but this was not the case. Although it has more coverage, it's just as light as the YSL alternative and blends just as nicely. Collection have a limited shade range, only carrying three different shades for this product. The only problem I have is that the brush is quite stiff and drags on the eye, which isn't a good thing. The packaging isn't half as luxurious, the lid comes off quite easily, but for £4.99 you can't really grumble.
If you have some cash to splash, treat yourself to the Touche Eclat as it's an amazing product and really helps brighten the skin and under eye area. If you're a little strapped for cash however, I recommend the Collection alternative, which has slightly more coverage.
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