I hate all foundations, except this one
Until finding YSL's Touche Eclat foundation I had sworn off face base for a few years. Aside from the odd foray into over-priced tinted moisturiser (motivated more by the desire to just buy something than actually wear said item), I'd removed foundation from my standard morning routine.
Something about the way foundations tend to be formulated and marketed feels drastically out of step with what I feel the modern 20-something woman aspires to be. Formulations which announce themselves in a very hello I am Wearing Makeup Today kind of way - not to mention ads in which a panting Hadid sister climbs a skyscraper, wins a boxing match and struts a pristine catwalk, all while promising 'perfecting' and 'correcting' that 'lasts and lasts' - just leave me wondering who exactly Maybelline et al believe they are talking to. It's certainly not me, or indeed any women I know. Which leads me to wonder what exactly they find so gratifying about shouting dodgy empowerment directives into the void.
But hadid-empowerment-vortex aside, there are of course lighter options on the market (see above my penchant for impulse-purchasing expensive tinted moisturisers). On the whole though they usually prove too wishy washy or too short-lived to really be worth the bother, or the thirty quid. YSL's Touche Eclat Le Teint foundation is a reformulated version of its much sheerer original Touch Eclat foundation, and is a nice middle road between these two unhappy extremes. It covers well and 'lasts and lasts' (cheers Gigi) but has a very comfortable, alive-looking matte finish. Not the '24 hour hold' chalky, nasty kind, but a pretty, skin-smoothing, pore-blurring, no makeup makeup kind of matte that you can wear even if you have seriously dry skin like me. Many have mourned the passing of the original much more glowy, low coverage Touche Eclat, but trust me its replacement is a winner, and worth a trip to your local counter.