I smiled when I read the word of the day because the first thing that came to mind was YSL.
The Company’s Touche Éclat launched in 1992 – I was still in middle school so it was just off my radar. When I got to college a few years later, however, Sephora stores started cropping up near campus – the store was a whole other realm of retail because it provided a one-stop-shopping experience for all things color (cosmetics, makeup etc) and skincare without having to deal with a full on department store. Ah, the brilliance. Having been a performing athlete most of my Life I was used to a perpetual search for glitz and glitter (one I daresay took much more effort before the likes of Sephora.)
Back then I was far more obviously-Goth, but there was something about shimmer (the dancer and figure skater in me?) that always pulled me in. Yes, glitter and badassery – in my own Geminian mind, they worked perfectly well in tandem. I was regularly told I looked “intimidating” and I blended so well at a Type O show that no one would have been the wiser, but yes…my closet housed an absolutely arsenal of products.
Glowing, radiant, glimmering…all worked for me at that age – I was completely unabashed and frankly got a ton of girls hooked on the glitter. It became a trend among the class, even with the sorority girls (with whom I shared little else in common.) The other must-have? Products that could fake “awake.” Yep, countless sleepless nights writing papers, finishing homework, wolfing down a third dinner…some mornings we all needed some help (my undereye bags the most!)
At 18 it seems like sleeplessness doesn’t show… Or maybe it’s that we think it “shouldn’t”? I can’t speak for anyone else but – while not nearly as pronounced as it can be at 38 – it showed! Enter YSL’s cult Touche Éclat. ❤ (They’ve since followed suit with a ton more shades and a variety of “Neutralizers” (as below.)
I remember some years later working in executive retail management. My hours were horrendous, the pay was incredibly low, and the work was exhausting! I’d get home dead tired, and wake up feeling a shade worse than that…but I recall one of the ladies on my staff saying “you always look so bright and awake!” With a laugh (to balance my “OMG, are you serious?!” thought process) I told her it was thanks to YSL. “Just let me believe it -you look beautiful,” she replied. Talk about a compliment (more for the product than myself!)
So it was tried and true for me as much as all the cult followers out there, I guess! They’ve expanded in to color corrective versions also, which I have to say is hugely intelligent based on the of-the-moment trends! I haven’t used those myself, but some days I think it would be a wise purchase… My bed, the devil on one shoulder, the pen, the angel on the other?