Recently, I'd all but given up on makeup primers; I was tired of not being wowed, or seeing a dramatic difference from when I used them, and when I didn't. I was beginning to question if primers were even necessary, or if they were just another product brands produce to make extra money. Well, that sentiment changed tenfold, when I got to try out both the YSL Touch Éclat Blur Perfector, and the Blur Primer, and I'm never looking back.Primers as I've mentioned, can be pretty hit or miss for me—with oily skin, I have found that mattifying primers do the trick for helping to control excess oil, but in exchange for oil control, you also look like you're wearing a mask; all of the natural glow is gone, and you're left with a poreless, yet cakey appearance: why is it so hard to have both oil control and luminance? I know that oily skin can be difficult to formulate products for, but, is our fate to forever look like scary porcelain dolls? Maybe not.
Upon first glance, the YSL Blur Primer is kind of a no-go. It has an odd applicator, and is filled with tiny gold flecks, which I'm sorry, I haven't voluntarily worn glitter on my face since I was eight. Glitter and oily skin don't mix—discoball head is imminent. However, I gave this a try anyway, and it didn't make my forehead a reflective surface, on the contrary, it made my face look poreless, and I looked like I had a natural glow! The glitter is really not much cause for concern here, it does leave particles on your skin, but they are quite subtle, and evenly spread out across the areas you apply it, and since the glitter is very fine, you don't see it much until you start turning your head, and it begins to catch the light.
Here's what it promises: Touche Élcat Blur Primer preps skin for foundation application, creating an improved, refined appearance: pores seem to be minimized, skin texture feels smoother, and skintone is more even. It’s enriched with four nourishing oils—corn oil, apricot kernel oil, passiflora oil, and rice bran oil—to leave skin feeling incredibly soft without a greasy residue. Packed with blur technology, this universal primer provides a subtle, golden shimmer for ultimate luminosity. This product is noncomedogenic, and it’s suitable for all skintypes, including sensitive ones.
The gel formula is pretty light-feeling, but you see its effect immediately. I'm still not sure I care about the applicator, the silicon wand seems unsanitary if you're supposed to use it to dab product directly onto your face (please don't). I've personally just been placing some of the product on the back of my hand, and using my clean fingers to blend it in, but, I think I would have preferred a squeezable tube or bottle with a pump so that the product can stay sealed, and not get potentially contaminated. This is a small pet-peeve with this product, and despite the packaging flaw, it is extremely beautiful to look at, and it's equally beautiful on the skin. Your skin will look so soft, and youthful, it's insane!
(Edit: The full-sized version does have a pump! No weird wand like on the sample size I tested!)
A little goes a long way here, so despite the $52 price tag (for 1 oz.), you should see this product last you quite some time! I really was quite intimidated by the glitter in this, I even avoided trying this product for a couple of weeks while I gleefully used the Blur Perfector instead, but do not be swayed by the glitter. Do not let the glitter deter you. This primer made my skin look beyond flawless! It wasn't glittery, or greasy, I didn't break out from it, it added luminance, my skin looked plumper and more even, and my makeup stayed fresh for hours and hours—this primer completely impressed me, and now, I'm not sure what I ever did before it!
Now, take how much I liked the Blur Primer, and then multiply that by ten, and you have a rough estimate of how much I love the Blur Perfector.
Out of the two excellent primers, this one would be the one I would pick when I go to repurchase. I think this one suits me more.
First of all, can we discuss this packaging? This luxe pink and gold compact is reason enough to pick this up for yourself, but on top of that, the pink balm on the inside completely lives up to it's name, making it totally worth the splurge. You want to look blurred to perfection? Well, look no further.
What it promises: This portable perfector is Yves Saint Laurent’s first ever blur perfector encased within a compact. It transforms from a balm to a powder upon application to soften the skin’s imperfections—creating a transparent yet subtle, rosy-glow effect. Use it alone as an allover complexion perfector, to set makeup, or as a mattifying touch up to sweep away shine and hide imperfections. Featuring one universal shade that complements all skin types, it instantly minimizes the look of pores so that skin feels smoother and the complexion appears more even. This product is noncomedogenic, and it’s suitable for all skintypes, including sensitive ones.
While I cannot say this gave me a 'rosy' glow, there's definitely a glow this provides (not luminous like the Primer), and I can say that my skin was visibly more even after using this. So much so, that the very first time I put this on my skin, I sat in awe and looked at myself in the mirror for about five minutes trying to let the fact that my skin looked amazing sink in. It was kind of a strange feeling, I'd never looked so airbrushed in my life—in fact, it looked like someone had applied a Photoshop filter to my face in real life—I couldn't believe it.The second wondrous thing that occurred was oil control! Yes, I need it, and this product delivered! Plus, in almost 90 degree weather, it held its own against sweat and whatever else my skin was producing. I was at the Citi Open Tennis Tournament photographing the event, for the entire first week of August, it was super hot and humid, but every night when I came home, my makeup looked as though I had just applied it! This couldn't be real life. A primer that keeps my makeup in tact in the pit of Hell I like to call August? I was amazed.
Now, this product can be used in multiple ways: you can wear this alone, as a way to just even the skin and get that rosy glow, you can wear this under makeup as a primer, and lastly, you can use this over your makeup to touch up areas where you might be getting a bit shiny. I've only ever used this as a primer, I think it works extremely well for that purpose. Feel free to experiment though, and use it however it works best for you.
Much like the Blur Primer, the only complaint I have is how to apply this product. The compact does come with a cute makeup puff, but after one use, it was gross and lint from the air was clinging to it, so that was a no-go. I've been using my clean fingers to apply, which works well, but, I'm not really a fan of sticking my fingers into products, if I can avoid it. So, I'm still trying to figure it out—if anyone has any tips, I'd love to hear them!
Overall, this has been a real standout product. I have purchased many luxury makeup items before, and a lot of times, I'm left feeling like I have a beautifully packaged product, but the results aren't there. With both the primer and perfector, I've gotten gorgeous packaging, plus amazing results! These worked out far better for me than any brand of primer I've ever tried before—and, I've tried quite a lot. Since I'm such a fan of the convenience and packaging on the Blur Perfector, that I would immediately repurchase it when I run out—who am I kidding, I'd purchase them both again in a heartbeat. The Blur Perfector is a cool $55, but, I promise, it's worth every penny. Consider either of these products the next time you're having a Treat Yo Self moment at Sephora.I feel like my whole stance on priming my face has been changed! I actually look forward to it now! Maybe primers aren't a total waste of money, but wow, finding the right one has been a struggle. Do you guys use primers, if so, which ones, and do you think you'd give these YSL products a try? As always, I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments!
YSL Blur Primer, $52 1 oz. at Sephora
YSL Blur Perfector, $55 .33 oz. at Sephora
These products were sent to me for review by Influenster, all opinions are my own.
Photography by Tasha James, Christopher Cain