Saturday, March 31, 2007

Illuminating Wands

The key to glowing dewy skin is 8 hours of undisturbed sleep, 2 litres of water/day and of course, good genes.
However, not many urbanites can adhere to this set of rules and often we are plagued by dull skin, a lack luster mien and dark shadows under our eyes.
Cheat a little. Yes, we all do. Use an illuminator. (Dang! Why does this sound like an advertorial??!!! I am not even getting paid.)

Anyway, back to the point of needing a little help in the radiance department. There is a product called a ‘highlighter’ in the beauty industry. It is used for:
a. Taking away signs of fatigue thereby giving a radiant well rested glow to our faces.
b. Banishing dark shadows from our eyes.
c. Concealing minor imperfections.
d. Lightening acne scars.
e. Contouring our features—cheeks and nose.

Take it as a multi-purpose all-in-one makeup product.
You can even use it on its own. (Which is, by the way, an excellent suggestion in my opinion). This will achieve the ‘no-makeup effect’ that is a very popular runway look. Good for just perking up your complexion, evening out its tone and looking so prettily natural.
So go minimalistic on your good skin days.
Or use over liquid foundation/ under two way cake for that extra touch.

My two favourites are:
1. The cult status YSL Touche Eclat in Shade No. 2. ($52 SGD)
2. L’Oreal Touche Magique in Natural Beige (ard $21 SGD)
Honestly, the main difference is in their price. YSL costs around 2.5 times more than its L’Oreal counterpart!!!

YSL dispenses the product with a click (think of a click pen) whereas L’Oreal’s offering comes in a turn dial. My user experience is that apart from the significant price difference, YSL’s highlighter requires less effort to blend into the skin. Other than that, I think you can only tell the difference if you leave both of them on for more than 6 hours. The effect of YSL’s radiance product lasts! In fact, it just gets better.
It’s these subtleties that differentiate the affordable and the more pricey stuff.
N.B. Both their textures are too light to cover the angry zits or stubborn marks. To tackle those flaws, you will have to use a cream concealer.

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Blogger crazychick said...

i had the Touche Magique pen before.. but it didn't work for me. maybe my dark rings are beyond salvation already! haha!

2:49 PM  
Blogger I.V.Y. said...

No, I didn't see any dark circles on you.
Still, on the same note, I heard from my friend (with serious dark circles problem) that Benefit's 'LemonAid' works for her. =P

6:24 PM  

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