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Reviewed and recommended: VIP Expert by Terry

April 11, 2008 Reviewed by Marta 6 Comments
If you float around media circles, you will find that you frequently run into people who claim to have founded MTV. More recently, you'll find implausibly unresentful folk who say they were there with Sergey Brin and Larry Page right at the very beginning of Google but somehow drifted off to do something else and missed out on being billionaires. In the beauty world, I seem to come across people who invented, or were more vaguely 'behind' YSL's legendary Touche Eclat. One of them, Terry de Gunzburg claims it has been his daily passion to create his own version. Since Touche Eclat is one of the handbag staples that I'd make sure I was carrying out of a burning building, I was eager to check out VIP Expert by Terry.

The description on is burdened by unintelligible faux science (eg: microspheres and corrective prisms). Behind all this nonsense, there is something clever and that is the use of hyaluronic acid (an ingredient that retains a lot of moisture) to plump out the skin and minimize the appearance of wrinkles. Apart from that there is date seed extract, silicones and a host of parabens, talc and a couple of preservatives that are known irritants.

Nevertheless, I gave it a try. Just Touch Eclat, it comes in a pump that fills a brush at one end. Only in the case of VIP Expert, the brush is fairly big and designed for full-face coverage not just a little dab here and there. It actually does a very nice job. It is extremely light, barely noticeable, yet an excellent camouflage for slight to moderate uneven skin tone. I would say it is more of a substitute for YSL's Teint Parfait than Touch Eclat on those days when you need a bit more help.

UPDATE: After a few days, I fell victim to a rosacea outbreak. After a long process of elimination, VIP was determined the culprit. It is with great disappointment that I have given this up - I really liked the smooth and downy look it gave me. Readers should note that I am the dermatological equivalent of the Princess & the Pea and other users may find that they are fine with this product.

  • April 23, 2008

    by Marta

    <p>I almost bought this today, but it contains talc (linked to cancer). Although the amount is probably miniscule and I don't want to become a fanatic about this stuff, I put it back on the shelf. </p>

  • April 18, 2008

    by mt

    <p>Re the request for an alternative to Touche Eclat. I'm on my fourth Dior Skinflash (a good sign - I'm rarely so loyal to a product). For me, 002 works well. Admittedly a copycat product, but one that offers an improvement on the original. </p>

  • April 13, 2008

    by Marta

    <p>Hi Bethany<br />
    Dr Pickart cites a San Francisco university study. This is also cited by the American Cancer Association, so I conclude we should take it seriously.<br />
    I have come across one dermatologist who thinks that hyaluronic acid can make your skin drier because it sucks in all the moisture (it can absorb 100 times its own weight in water).<br />
    Finally, it doesn't make skin any younger. <br />
    On balance, to be avoided I think.</p>

  • April 13, 2008

    by bethany


    <p>I have a number of products with Hylauronic Acid, and have been hesitant to use them based on what I read on the Skin Bio website and Dr, Pickart's book regarding the overwetting of the skin and speeding the deveopment of cancer. I would love to hear your thoughts on this.</p>

    <p>Here are some quotes from Dr. Pickart on the Skin Bio forum:<br />
    "Hyaluronic acid wets the outer skin proteins. Your skin will look better but age faster like the old night creams on "I Love Lucy". </p>

    <p>The outer skin proteins protect the skin. If they are too wet, they become less protective, then bacteria and viruses enter the skin and produce more spots and blemsishes. </p>

    <p>Also the outer skin proteins must be fairly dry. The dryness is the signal for the skin to send new keratinocytes to the skin's surface. This speeds the removal of older skin." <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a></p>

    <p>Regarding Cancer (more in regards to fillers): <br />
    "Hyaluronic acid does not cause cancer but does speed the spread of cancers. The patients using hyaluronic acid implants is the same group that become at risk for cancer because of their age. </p>

    <p>Also, when hyaluronic acid is applied to the skin as a "moisturizer", it wets the skin and degrades the skin barrier. This make it easier for bacteria and viruses to enter the skin.</p>

    <p>Keeping the outer layers of the skin wet results in a slowing of skin renewal and speeds aging. New keratinocytes are sent to the surface in response to dryness in the outer skin layers." <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a></p>

  • April 11, 2008

    by Marta

    <p>I must admit that it struck me that the colors might be too warm for pale winter skin and I'll have to stop using it by the end of the summer. You are right about the Touche Eclat smell, as well. Have you come across a good alternative?</p>

  • April 11, 2008

    by mt

    <p>Personally find the color-ways a bit too orange for my skin - admittedly most foundations turn me orange, something strange going on there. And like Touche Eclat, the brushes seem to "go off". A damp moldy smell lingers after a few weeks. </p>

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