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 sephora.com 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.