YSL Touche Eclat Dupes: Kiko vs Seventeen

Kiko Soft Focus and Seventeen Wow ConcealerOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYSL’s Touche Éclat is one of the most iconic and raved about makeup items out there,  but £25 for a concealer is a little bit naaaaaah for me. But with the shiny casing and clicky distribution method, it’s obvious that both of these concealers are marketing themselves as dupes for the eye-brightening miracle worker that apparently is Touche Éclat. While I don’t have the original to compare, I decided to give them both a whirl to see what magic they could work.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFirst up, I bought the Kiko Soft Focus Concealer. This is described as an ‘illuminating concealer’ with a ‘lifting effect’. It applies really nicely, with the brush applicator making smoothing this underneath the eyes really easy. At first I really liked how this looked, and it covered any dark circles and uneven skin tone really well. However, I didn’t find that it brightened my under-eye area that much, and as the day wore on I did notice that it went a bit cakey and noticeable.

As I wasn’t in love with it, when I saw the new Seventeen Wow! Skin Concealer on sale in Boots I decided that it was worth giving that a go too. I’ve used a couple of the Wow! Skin products from Seventeen and really liked them, so felt like I was in safe hands. I have to say that I was much more impressed with the Seventeen offering than the Kiko. While the application was practically identical, the final effect was better. Firstly,  the shade was much better:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATop: Seventeen Wow Skin Highlighter
Bottom: Kiko Soft Focus Concealer

I’d bought the Kiko Soft Focus Concealer in the lightest shade, 01. But as you can see, the Wow Skin Highlighter in the shade Fair is much lighter. I think the pinker undertone also helps with the illumination better than the yellow tone of the Kiko product. Overall I just don’t think the Kiko concealer adds anywhere near enough brightness to the eye, and I think paler girls would actually find this to be too dark for their skin in general. Also, the Seventeen concealer wears much better underneath the eyes than Kiko. I don’t find that it settles into any lines at all, and it looks almost as good at the end of the day as the beginning.

I certainly don’t hate the Kiko concealer, and I’ve actually now started using it as my concealer for blemishes as the coverage is still really good. However, if you’re looking for something that’s really going to brighten your face up then I 100% recommend Seventeen’s Wow Skin.

Have you tried either of these products, or do you swear by the classic YSL Touch Eclat? Let me know in the comments!


38 Responses

  1. Katya April 17, 2016 / 6:42 pm

    Wow you’ve definitely tempted me with Seventeen’s Skin Wow. I’ve not tried Touche Eclat either but a good dupe always gets my vote!

    Katya | The Beauty Harbour

    • Claire April 18, 2016 / 1:40 pm

      Exactly, who doesn’t love a dupe! xx

  2. Eilidh April 17, 2016 / 7:30 pm

    I definitely want to try the Seventeen one now:) I have always wanted to sample the YSL one but as you say, £25 is pretty steep!

    Eilidh from Velvet-Winter

    • Claire April 18, 2016 / 1:39 pm

      It is, sob! But I’m sure you would love this one as a cheaper alternative 🙂 xx

  3. Amy April 17, 2016 / 7:44 pm

    The Seventeen skin highlighter looks pretty great actually, I wouldn’t mind giving that a try for myself. I use their Stay Time Concealer which I am a huge fan of.

    • Claire April 18, 2016 / 1:39 pm

      Ahh yeah I’ve used some of the Stay Time products too and really liked them! So I think you’d get on with this one too xx

  4. Stephanie April 17, 2016 / 9:16 pm

    I haven’t used either, but I have to say that for my pale skin the Seventeen one looks much better! I have a concealer that’s a similar colour to the KIKO one and it just makes the concealer SO noticeable because it’s way too yellow for my skin . I’ve saved this so that next time I head in to Boots I can have a peek at the Seventeen concealer!

    Steph – http://www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

    • Claire April 18, 2016 / 1:38 pm

      I think it would definitely be good for paler skin tones, and its not yellowy at all 🙂 xx

  5. Shireen L. Platt April 17, 2016 / 9:48 pm

    I honestly wish Seventeen is easily available here in Canada but I think the only way for me to get my hands on it is through online. Have read really great reviews on the brand, just wish it’s easily accessible here. 🙁

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • Claire April 18, 2016 / 1:37 pm

      Oh no, I really love the brand so that’s a shame! Fingers crossed it makes its way to Canada in the future xx

  6. Jamie April 18, 2016 / 2:54 am

    Great review! these products look great and sound amazing! I would love to try these:) Thanks for sharing 🙂

    xx Jamie | With Love, Jamie

    • Claire April 18, 2016 / 1:37 pm

      I definitely recommend giving them both a go – thanks for reading 🙂 xx

    • Claire April 18, 2016 / 1:36 pm

      Yep, out of my budget for now so these are great! xx

  7. Pam April 18, 2016 / 11:06 am

    ive used the YSL before and it was the best illuminating concealer I have ever tried 🙂 definitely worth the money!
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

    • Claire April 18, 2016 / 1:36 pm

      Ahh you’ve tempted me now! One day 😉 xx

    • Claire April 26, 2016 / 1:36 pm

      I definitely recommend giving both of these a go 🙂 xx

  8. Linsay April 18, 2016 / 9:17 pm

    I like the sound of the Seventeen one, might give it a try. xx

    • Claire April 26, 2016 / 1:36 pm

      Yessss you should! Let me know if you do :)xx

  9. Rachel April 18, 2016 / 11:05 pm

    I haven’t tried these concealers, but I really love the clicky pen type of concealer because they tend to be so brightening on the face 🙂


    • Claire April 26, 2016 / 1:36 pm

      It’s definitely something I’ll be looking out for more! xx

  10. Sharon April 18, 2016 / 11:32 pm

    I’ve used YSL before and loved it but it’s pretty pricey. Your review of the seventeen one sounds like a great dupe so may have to try that. 🙂

    Sharon from rosieloveslife.blogspot.com

    • Claire April 26, 2016 / 1:37 pm

      I think I’d love it if I tried it too (hence why I just don’t want to, ha!) but for now these will more than do 🙂 xx

  11. Jemma Humphreys April 19, 2016 / 3:30 pm

    Oooh I would have thought the Kiko would be better, but you’re right the Seventeen one looks more like what I’m after! So pretty 🙂
    Jemma xx

    • Claire April 26, 2016 / 1:37 pm

      I think I would’ve thought the same too, but Seventeen is such a winner! xx

    • Claire April 26, 2016 / 1:38 pm

      Let me know if you give it a go 🙂

    • Claire April 26, 2016 / 1:38 pm

      I actually do love them both 🙂 xx

  12. Layla April 21, 2016 / 12:17 pm

    Love the comparison of these two – I didn’t even know Kiko did their version! Love the look of both of them really! 🙂

    Feel a shopping spree coming along 🙂

    Layla xx


    • Claire April 26, 2016 / 1:39 pm

      I recommend them both (such an enabler haha!) xx

  13. Kiran April 21, 2016 / 3:57 pm

    These concealers sound great, definitely tempted by the Seventeen Skin Wow. I haven’t heard much about it at all, thanks for sharing x


    • Claire April 26, 2016 / 1:39 pm

      I’m sure it’ll pop up on a lot more blogs soon once people discover how amazing it is 🙂 xx

  14. Jasmine April 23, 2016 / 9:58 pm

    I really need to find an alternative to Touche Eclat but I haven’t found anything cheaper that has as good a shade range 🙁 the L’Oreal Lumi Magique is a really good formula I find, just too light and I checked out the Seventeen when it came out but the shades were an instant ‘nope’!

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

    • Claire April 26, 2016 / 1:39 pm

      Ahh I hadn’t considered the shade range, that must be so frustrating! xx

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