For the longest time I was under the delusion that department store cosmetics were inherently better than their drugstore counterparts in every way… that is, until I moved to LA and had to start paying my own rent. I then began experimenting with less expensive products from my local CVS, and I have to say, I’ve been pleasantly surprised (for the most part).
Having tried many different make-up products from low to high end, I’ll be posting some of my department store favorites and their drugstore alternatives! I’m starting with everyone’s favorite…
YSL Touche Éclat
One of the most popular cosmetics on the market, the Yves Saint Laurent’s Touche Éclat boasts that it “adds unparalleled radiance to your skin.” It seems like everyone’s been dying to get one of these, but at $40 it’s pretty pricey for a highlighting pen. But never fear, because there’s a drugstore product that’s JUST as good… if not (*gasp*) better.
$40 USD $7.99 USD
I’d like to introduce you to Maybelline’s Dream Lumi Touch. This new product is a nearly PERFECT dupe for the YSL Touche Éclat (just without the pretty gold packaging). Having used both many times, I would even go as far to say that I prefer my Dream Lumi Touch.
Perfect for concealing blemishes and brighting up your face (I love to use it under my eyes and along the bridge of my nose), I use this pen every day under my foundation. It blends well and works like a charm!
Here are some swatches to help demonstrate the subtle differences between the YSL Touche Éclat and the Maybelline Dream Lumi (left to right):
These products are seriously nearly identical, but I find that Maybelline’s is actually smoother and gives better coverage (which is something that’s important to me since I suffer from frequent break outs).
At only $7.99 USD, the Dream Lumi Touch is one hell of a steal.
Will you be trying Maybelline’s Dream Lumi Touch, sticking with the YSL original, or is there another highlighter you love? Leave us a comment!