Recently, Influenster sent me two Yves Saint Laurent products free for my use and to review. The first product is Touche Elcat Blur Primer, which is supposed to prep skin for foundation application. It is formulated with four nourishing oils—corn oil, apricot kernel oil, passiflora oil, and rice bran oil—to leave skin feeling incredibly soft without a greasy residue. I found this to be true and I have oily skin, so that’s saying a lot. It has gold flakes in it and it works to “blur” and smooth lines under your makeup. This is a nice product but you don’t get very much for $52 as that is pretty pricey for a primer.
The second product is the Touche Elcat Blur Perfector and its cost is $55. It is supposed to perfect the skin while retaining its luminous glow. I couldn’t figure out if this goes on before or after base. I think it goes on after base and if that is the case, it kind of messes up your base instead of “blurring” lines. It does, as it advertises, transform from a balm to a powder upon application to soften the skin’s imperfections. You can use it alone as an allover complexion perfector, to set makeup, or as a mattifying touch up to sweep away shine and hide imperfections. I would use this as a primer before base. It features one universal shade that complements all skin types, it says, but its basically a pink vaseline type formulation. It’s not really a color. I did not think it minimized the look of pores but will keep trying to figure out how to use it correctly and give it a chance.
Many people who reviewed this product talk about the packaging. I agree, it is very nice and YSL is a high end line. However, for the price, I would rather have a killer product than amazing packaging. I mean, if you want a YSL compact to show off, spend $55. If you want a great primer, maybe go get one at Target? For the average person $55 is a lot of money for a beauty product. I think Siggy is tired of talking about makeup and by the looks of her, could use a little primping and Mommy time. Love you, Kathryn (the “Haute Angel”)