Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer Review

So a few weeks ago in my ‘Top Drugstore Makeup Picks’ video I mentioned that I’d found a really excellent dupe for the YSL Touche Eclat pen in the form of the Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer.  Now lets clear one thing up straight away; it doesn’t do a very good job at concealing (well spots anyway).  I use this pen to brighten under my eyes, below my brows and around my nose as it is fantastic at highlighting.
I’m using 01 Ivory and as I just said, I use the pen to mainly brighten my under eye area.  There are a couple of ways that I have tried using this product to find the best results.  Firstly lets talk about using it on it’s own; great results!  The bags around my eyes look a lot smaller and my skin in that area appears brighter.  I would be happy to just use this product straight onto the skin if it’s a chilled out makeup day, or onto foundation which is usually what I do on a day to day basis.  However I must tell you about another way I’ve tried using it which is a bit more fancy (and a bit more effort.)  I’ve been using my Bobbi Brown Corrector to first cancel out the blue pigmentation on my skin and then I’ve been applying my Dream Lumi pen on top of it and marvelling at the results which amazing and definably noticeable.  I’ve been using this combination for nights out or days where I’m looking particularly tired and it’s like I’ve just woke up from a really great 10 hour sleep!
Texture wise, the formulation is creamy, easy to spread and blend and doesn’t cake or build up around fine lines.  I blend mine using either a brush or my fingers and pat it into my under eye area.  If I’m doing it around my nose or eyebrows I use a mixture of small flicks and patting with the brush.  Just like the YSL pen you can use this almost anywhere that you want to highlight on your face.  My friend uses hers to give the appearance of fuller lips although I am yet to master that technique.  It seems to be fairly long lasting as I wear it to work and at the end of my day it’s still there, although not as brightly.
So is this a good dupe for YSL Touche Eclat Pen? My theory is that as YSL Beauty is owned by L’Oreal who also own Maybelline, that some of the technology for the YSL pen has been passed down and rebranded into cheaper packaging.  The YSL offering comes in a gold plated metal case whereas the Maybelline (and the L’Oreal Paris offering) come in plastic nude coloured tubes with gold writing on them.  I would absolutely recommend this product to anybody who is considering the YSL one.  Afterall, it’s better to see if there’s a cheaper product that does the job first surely?  The only negatives I can see is that the packaging is not as fancy (who cares?) and the colour range is limited (ok, so that’s a real problem.)
I’m definitely a convert and I see no point in returning to my YSL Touche Eclat (unless it’s a gift of course.) The Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer is available from Boots for £6.99 which is peanuts compared to the YSL Touche Eclat so what are you waiting for?
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