YSL’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.
First 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:
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!