Several weeks ago I wrote up a post about dupes for NARS the Multiple. To refresh the memory, dupes are cheaper versions of luxury products that accomplish the same goal. Makeup artists, models, and “normal” women have been crazy for YSL’s Touche Eclat, which is a “pen” that dispenses creamy, illuminating concealer that also works to highlight.
You can apply this product around the eyes, the mouth, alongside the nose, and near the temples to create the illusion of a well-rested face. This product works by not just covering up dark circles and uneven skin tone, but it reflects light so that your skin looks dewy and fresh, and not caked with makeup. The Touche Eclat is similar to NARS the Multiple in that it’s a cult favorite among beauty enthusiasts–people swear by it, and it’s become a mainstay of the brand. But, like NARS the Multiple, it’s $40 for a single tube. Not outrageous, but not cheap either.
Enter Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer. (Say that five times fast.) This is a nearly identical product to the YSL, and at most, it retails for $8 (though I found it for as little as just over $6 online). I actually prefer the Maybelline to the YSL. Now, full disclosure. I own the full size MDLTC, and I’ve only used a sample size of the YSL that I got from Sephora. BUT, it was enough to convince me that Maybelline is better, at least for me. It’s shinier, lighter, and seems to rest more on the surface of the skin, instead of absorbing into it. YSL feels more like a concealer whereas Maybelline feels more like a highlighter.
Here are the two products side by side; the Maybelline is at left, the YSL is at right. Really hard to tell the difference here, they look so similar. This is one of those products that works because people don’t know it’s there. No one’s ever going to come up and say, wow the highlighting under your eyes is amazing. Using it simply gives an overall appearance of glowing, bright and refreshed skin. The only benefit of spending the extra money on the YSL is that you can try out the colors in the store to get a perfect match to your skin tone. Since Maybelline is sold at drugstores, it’s not as easy. But, some drugstores, like Walgreens for instance, WILL take back opened cosmetics if you’re not satisfied. For reference, I have very pale skin and I used the Radiant color for Maybelline. Looking at it now, I think it’s a bit too pink for my skin tone, but it works fine in the mean time.
Here’s a video of a makeup artist using the pen under her eye. You can see the brightening effect.
If you’re a fan of YSL Touche Eclat, why not give the Maybelline version a try?