Touche Eclat vs Prep + Prime

touche éclat vs prep + prime

One of the most sought after makeup looks of the moment is flawless, dewy skin that seems to glow from within. The beauty market is saturated with products claiming to offer just that and I’ve tried my fair share but more often than not they disappoint. Not only that but Kim Kardashian has catapulted the art of contouring to the top of our list of must-know makeup techniques, sculpting our faces with only the use of a highlighter and bronzer. All sounds pretty complex right? Well for us time-is-of-the-essence girls then there’s one product that promises all this in a flash… a highlighter pen.

If you haven’t heard of YSL’s Touche Eclat then you must have been under a stone as this beauty icon is sold once every 10 seconds. In recent years however, brands such as MAC and NARS have been on the catch up and there are now competitor highlighter/concealer pens offering up the same radiance-boosting powers. I recently purchased MAC’s Prep + Prime Highlighting Pen which quickly became one of my beauty staples but does it knock Touche Eclat off the top spot?

A lot of ladies use these pens as an alternative to a concealer but I use them over the top to add radiance – I don’t find they offer the long-lasting coverage I require from a concealer. When I’m having a dull skin, day both of these pens give me that much needed pick-me-up, turning my skin from drab to fab in just a swipe of the brush. They glide on smoothly and can be buffed in with a blending brush for that flawless look. I concentrate the product under my eyes to add brightness, bringing it right down to my nose in a ‘V’ shape. I then add three strokes to my forehead, two lines down the creases of my mouth, one line down my nose and a dot above and below my lips for a plumping effect. I’ve added an image below from YSL to show you where they recommend applying the product.

touche éclat vs prep + prime

So what are the differences between the two and which is better? Touch Eclat comes in ten shades and Prep + Prime is only available in three, all varying in pink, natural and golden undertones. I love the sensation of Prep + Prime on my skin as it feels really hydrating. It’s of a slightly thicker consistency and is a little less sheer and for this reason I think it works better as a highlighter to give me that sought after glow. Touch Eclat on the other hand freshens the face making it look bright and healthy but it doesn’t quite offer the same sculpting qualities. I also find I get more product out of the Prep + Prime pen and prefer the twist function over Touch Eclat’s clicker that releases the product.

In my books, MAC’s Prep + Prime wins out but both are fantastic products that should not be missing from your makeup bag! Also worth a shout out is YSL’s Le Teint Touch Eclat Foundation and the rest of the Prep + Prime range from MAC.

touche éclat vs prep + prime
Swatches – Top: Yves Saint Laurent Touch Eclat in No.1 The Original |
Bottom: MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter Pen in Light Boost

Where to put highlighter

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5 thoughts on “Touche Eclat vs Prep + Prime

  1. I’ve always wanted to try the YSL Touche Eclat but it’s just a little bit more than I can justify spending on a highlighter at the moment! Maybe in a few months time but it’s nice to know there’s other just-as-good options as well! xx

    Katy | Little Miss Katy

  2. I love the Touch Eclat and have been using it on and off for years. I’ve not tried the Mac one, but since we now have a Mac area in the Southampton John Lewis, I’ll have a look at it next time I’m in there (which is far, far too often!!). xx

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