As you know my blog is of the budget variety so I love nothing more than a good drugstore find, however I can't help but get sucked in to trying out some luxurious high end products too, but the question is... is the price tag worth it? This is a question I thought I'd answer today by comparing the Boots bargain Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting concealer with the heavenly high end cult favourite, the Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat. Both claim to be amazing highlighting under eye concealers, but which one will come out on top...
Price- The YSL Touche Eclat comes in at a very pricey £25 from make up counters, whereas Maybelline's dupe is a mere fraction of the price at £6.99 from Boots or Superdrug. RESULT: SAVE
Packaging- You can call me superficial but I defy any girl not to be drawn in by the classy and luxe gold metal packaging of the Touche Eclat, which I'm afraid triumphs over the plastic Lumi Touch although bravo to Maybelline for still keeping it simple and classic. RESULT: SPLURGE
Application- You can see from the photo of the brushes how similar the applicators are but I do actually find the Maybelline one easier to work with as it's slightly shorter and flater so the perfect size and shape for the under eye area. RESULT: SAVE
Shade- I was given the YSL concealer as a gift hence why the shade seems very light compared to the other swatch, however good old Yves does offer ten shades that cater for very dark to pale skin tones in comparison to Maybelline's three which would not suit every complexion. RESULT: SPLURGE
Formula- If I'm honest both products have a lovely creamy and blendable formula so I can't really choose a winner in this category, I'm a cop out I know! RESULT: TIE
Coverage- Being such an expensive high end gift I really have tried to convince myself that the YSL one is better for this so I want to use it, but it just doesn't offer anywhere near the same level of coverage that the Maybelline one does, which manages to cover up those annoying dark circles in a matter of seconds. RESULT: SAVE
Illumination- I found the Touche Eclat to be very disappointing in this area too and had to add some other concealer on top for a highlight, however the Lumi Touch is literally an illuminating dream, making my eyes look awake and sparkly (no Edward Cullen style glitter necessary). RESULT: SAVE
Longevity- Because the Lumi Touch has greater coverage and illumination it's no wonder that it hides my pesky circles away for the whole day and a whole lot longer than the touch eclat, which I found needed reapplication throughout the day to prevent me from looking like a zombie. RESULT: SAVE
WINNER- Save with the Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer!
At an incredibly reasonable £7 for product that lasted me almost a year this has to be one of my holy grail items. The difference it makes to my under eyes and brow bones (and where ever else you fancy putting it) is ridiculous and transforms my face from looking like a Shaun of the Dead extra to a bright eyed bambi (apologies for my bizarre phrasing today). In contrast I found the YSL Touche Eclat to be disappointing and certainly not worth all that dollar, which just goes to show more money doesn't always mean more effective.
Have you tried either of these products or if not, what do you use to tackle those under eye circles?
Today I'm having a chill out until the final performance of 'Hansel and Gretel' and 'The Steadfast Tin Soldier' tonight. It's been an amazing run and made me realise how much I'm going to miss doing student theatre once I graduate! On a happier more exciting note I'm going to start doing some vlogging today as I'm nearing 1000 subscribers on my youtube channel now (it's here if you want to take a peek) and I feel like I want to move into showing you some more about my personal life and things I get up to along side all the beauty stuff. So please let me know if you'd be interested in seeing monthly 'life highlight' type videos, as I think that's where I'm going to start because I have quite a few exciting things happening in February that I'd love to share with you. In the mean time though have a wonderful weekend!