First Impression Friday: YSL – Touche Éclat Le Teint Radiance Awakening Foundation

Up until a short time ago I had never tried a foundation that wasn’t considered drug store. In the past I haven’t wanted to spend a lot of money on foundation shades that don’t match me as my skin is fairly pale. I’m now starting to think that by investing a little more money into nicer foundation I will be happier with the overall look of my makeup. Often higher end brands have more shades available to cater to more skintones and the quality of product is better.

I purchased YSL’s Touche Éclat Le Teint Radiance Awakening Foundation on a whim after reading a review from a fellow blogger and spending the entire day watching reviews of it on YouTube. This foundation appealed to me through it’s claims and the fact it is ideal for drier skin types.


  • Reduces the look of fatigue and creates flawless, buildable coverage
  • Improves skin’s brightness and luminosity
  • Weightless finish – foundation feels and looks invisible on the skin
  • Conceals imperfections

When it comes to foundation I like natural looking coverage that helps even out redness in my skin and product that doesn’t feel thick to apply. I prefer foundation not to lean too matte or too dewy and sit somewhere in the middle. I believe this foundation does live up to its claims. Keep reading to find out why.


I purchased this foundation online and wasn’t able to swatch or test shades in store before I bought it which is risky but I am pleased to say the shade I purchased is spot on! The Radiance Awakening foundation comes in 30 shades and I purchased the shade B10 Porcelain.

YSL cater to different undertones similar to MAC; B = neutral undertone, BD = golden/yellow undertone and BR = pink undertone. The lower the number following the undertone, the lighter the shade. I selected B10 as I have warmth and coolness in my skin but I am still on the fair end of the colour spectrum. One shade lighter BR 05 Cool Milk, may have worked for me but I wanted a neutral shade for my skin.

When this foundation arrived I automatically compared it with the sample of MAC’s Studio Fix Fluid foundation in NW13 and this is a touch lighter which is better. I wasn’t able to wear bronzer with NW13 but I think I will be able to get away with bronzer with this YSL shade.

Top: YSL


I used a clean Zoeva 102 Silk Finish brush to apply the foundation and product felt lightweight and easy to blend into the skin. Foundation didn’t drag or apply in streaks and felt silky smooth when being blended/buffed. The foundation blends out seamlessly and it’s not easy to detect where foundation stops and skin starts. The first time using this foundation my skin was drier than usual as I was getting over a cold but the formula didn’t cling or accentuate any dryness or settle into lines. Usually I like to apply one layer of foundation and touch up areas on my cheeks and around my nose if needed. This foundation had decent coverage after one layer and did allow me to build up product where I needed to without disturbing the layer underneath. The brush did soak up some of the product but I was still able to use the brush to really buff foundation into the skin.


The foundation is a nice consistency, it’s not thick and it’s not runny. Product will stay on the back of your hand between blending out layers. The foundation doesn’t feel heavy and glides over the skin. I’d say initially the coverage with one layer is light-medium which I like but you can build up coverage if you desire. The colour doesn’t oxidise after application and other makeup sits nicely on top. I used MAC’s Strobe Cream as a primer underneath and I didn’t find my face looked too glowy – it was a radiant, healthy glow which again is what I like. I will be testing out other primers to see how they perform with this too.

I had the foundation on for about 12 hours and it wore well during the day. Product didn’t fade or break down. My face didn’t look oily or shiny and the foundation kept my face looking natural and skin like. I do think it brightened up my complexion and made me feel more like my usual self despite the remnants of a cold.

Only wearing foundation and concealer:

Unedited photo taken in natural lighting.

Wearing the foundation with a full face of makeup:

Other products used:

  • Olay Complete UV Lotion Sensitive
  • MAC Strobe Cream – Pinklite
  • Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer – 1 Fair
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • Colourpop BYOP, shades used: Hear Me Out, Wake Up Call, Feathered and Ringer
  • Zoella x Colourpop Supernova Shadow in OG
  • Rimmel Scandaleyes Lycra Flex Mascara in 003 Blackest Black
  • NARS Orgasm Blush Duo
  • Kathleen Lights x Colourpop Scorpio Moon lipstick
  • MAC Fix+



  • Shade matches me well
  • Lightweight, buildable coverage
  • Seamless and natural looking on the skin
  • SPF 22


  • Pricey
  • Not as many shades available as other high end foundations (still a fair selection at 30)

Overall, I am extremely pleased with YSL’s Touche Éclat Le Teint Radiance Awakening Foundation after only one use and can’t wait to wear it again! The product lives up to it’s claims and applies and blends like a dream. The formula is extremely comfortable and lightweight and virtually undetectable on the skin. If this is what all luxury foundations are like, I’m a convert!

Have you tried this foundation? Do you own any foundations you consider luxury?


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40 thoughts on “First Impression Friday: YSL – Touche Éclat Le Teint Radiance Awakening Foundation

  1. K.M. Sutton says:

    I have heard so many great things about this foundation! It looks incredible on you! Because my skin is so finicky, I have always used high end foundation. (when I first started wearing make-up, I wore Clinique) There is a noticeable difference especially with the more natural clean products. I have been using Jane Iredale for a few years and my skin loves it, though my bank account does not. Lol. ❤

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    • Chanelle says:

      I am starting to lean towards thinking luxury foundation is the way to go, I always save money in other areas e.g. concealer and mascara and even lip products. Foundation lasts me a long time too so it’s worth it to look good! Glad you have found a foundation that works well for you x


  2. danniijane says:

    Aaw you look gorge😘 Glad it worked for you as YSL isn’t the cheapest😊 I tried this foundation a couple of years ago as they stopped my usual foundation. But sadly it didn’t work as my skin was too oily and too pale for the shades at the time xx

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    • Chanelle says:

      Thank you, I love how my skin looks when I wear this! Did you try a mattefying primer with the foundation to stop it looking slick or oily? I don’t find this too glowy at all but my skin is on the drier side. I use the second lightest shade, perhaps BR 005 would work for you, I think that’s a more recent addition to the line xx

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      • danniijane says:

        You look great💕 I did. But my skin a few years ago was very oily to be honest. It’s not as bad now. Yeah I think so. The lightest shade was a bit beige at the time and it was just too warm for me. I have a cool undertone with slight pink undertones too x

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      • Chanelle says:

        Skin changes over time too. My arms are very fair but the skin on my face must not be as pale. I thought I had a cool undertone too but I’m leaning towards thinking it’s more neutral now ☺️

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  3. thoughtfulpigeon says:

    Oooo this looks like a nice foundation. I’ve had a similar problem with finding shades for my pale skin. I used to go for really cheap foundation too but found that a couple of the No7 ones in the palest shade work well. I might be tempted to try this for a special occasion or something though,l. It looks so natural and I like that it’s build able if you want it to be too. Great review 😊

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    • Chanelle says:

      This foundation is lovely and radiant looking on the skin. Might not be so good for oily skin but combination-dry skin types will get on well with it. The foundation is very natural, when I apply it where I’ve blended it down my neck at all which I think is also down to the colour match x

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  4. hoiyinli says:

    I remember I swatched this and got colour matched at a counter maybe 2 years ago! Took away a sample and everything. I was very close to purchasing it but I think I purchased another foundation instead. I do still look to own a YSL foundation one day though.

    I like how light-weight it is and how natural it makes the skin look whilst still providing some coverage!

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  5. Hunida says:

    Yay! So happy to hear this worked out for you. You mentioned all the things that are so important to me in a foundation. I like a finish between matte & dewy, too & I hate super thick & heavy foundations. This sounds amazing & it looks amazing on you!! ❤ I've never tried a drugstore foundation before but, it's good to know there really is a big difference between them.

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    • Chanelle says:

      Formulas that are too dewy make me look slick but I don’t like flat matte as I have dry skin so this is a lovely in between 😊 the formula is so seamless and lightweight, it literally feels like there is no product on your skin. I would definitely recommend this foundation to people!


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