I thought I’d do this post because they’re both lightweight products that can be used under the eye. The YSL touche eclat was the first of its kind – a highlighting pen, which some people have found useful under the eyes as a illuminating concealer. The Bobbi Brown (BB) tinted eye brightener is also a brightening concealer which is a hybrid of the BB corrector and concealer.
In this post I’ve tested them both out under my eyes to see which one does a better job. I get blue- purplish just under the very inner corners of my eyes (and consider myself lucky), which means I don’t really need a heavy duty corrector or concealer. However, this week my under eyes have been darker than usual from late nights with my recent assignments.
For this experiment, I prepped my eyes with a little eye cream, and applied the product with the applicator provided. The touche eclat has a brush built in as it comes in a pen form, and the BB has a lip gloss/doe foot sort of applicator. I used my ring finger to blend them in.
First of all I’ll start off with the YSL. I have no other make up on except this.
I personally think doesn’t neutralise the blue-purple tones, so it makes the area look grey (almost like a really muted milky pastel lilac), which is perhaps worse than not having any concealer on. Plus, I think the illuminating properties just highlight where the darkness is perhaps because my under eye is slightly sunken. Moreover, under my eye this looks powdery when I use this product in real life which I don’t like the look of.
On to the Bobbi Brown tinted eye brightener.
On to BB following same progression in pictures. I feel a lot better wearing this as a concealer. It makes the blue-purple tint closer to the actual colour of my skin, by correcting it rather than trying to mask it, which is what the YSL highlighter seems to do. The picture above doesn’t really do the product justice in how reduced the darkness was. It also blends into my skin seamlessly which makes it undetectable. Moreover, unlike the YSL with its highlighting qualities, this doesn’t emphasise where my eye is slightly sunken. However, the way I’ve applied it here isn’t my favourite method to apply this. If you want to know my winning combination for how to apply this read my September favourites.
Whilst these are both lightweight products and the coverage is sheer, I would say that the BB tinted eye brightener has a tad more coverage. Neither of them are build able in coverage, so I wouldn’t recommend them to anyone looking for a heavy duty under eye concealer.
So the better concealer of this experiment is the Bobbi Brown tinted eye brightener.
However, that doesn’t mean that I hate my YSL touche eclat radiant touch because I don’t. I love it to highlight the bridge of my nose, my cupids bow, chin, under my brow bone and on top of my brow bone, and of course my cheek bones. I also like to use around my lips when I’m wearing lipstick to enhance my lip shape. I just don’t think it works under the eyes for me.
Also, if you’re looking into investing in one of these. Think about the cost and how much product you’re going to get. The YSL touche eclat is £25 for 2.5ml or 0.1 fl oz of product, whereas the Bobbi Brown is £19.50 for 6ml of product. I’m no genius at maths but isn’t that like 2 and (nearly) a half times more product?!
Long story short: If I could only choose one of these on the basis that it’d solely be used for under eyes it’d be the Bobbi Brown tinted eye brightener. Sorry YSL.
But let me know if the YSL touche eclat works for you as an under eye concealer? Do you own both? Do you use the BB tinted eye brightener? What are your thoughts?
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