Beauty by Design

When you hear the names Yves Saint Laurent and Christian Dior, you might immediately have visions of beautiful gowns or luxurious signature accessories made by each of these famed designers. But these style geniuses are not only revered in the fashion world. They have also made their colorful marks on the world of beauty as well. In 1998, the French cosmetic store chain Sephora opened its first American store in New York City. From then on, the store has become the central hub of acquiring elite and high-end cosmetics such as the makeup lines of world-renowned fashion designers.

Yves Saint Laurent’s Touche Eclat

Perhaps nothing points to the immense success of these lines more than the cult following of both Yves Saint Laurent’s Touche Eclat and Christian Dior’s Diorshow products.

Saint Laurent’s world famous Touche Eclat Highlighter pen has been known to work miracles on the faces of many sleep deprived models and beauty gurus alike. YSL claims that with a few strategic swipes on the face, “dark circles, fine lines, and signs of fatigue virtually disappear”. Even at a whopping retail price of $41 per gold tube, Touche Eclat stubbornly remains YSL’s most iconic beauty product.

A Dior Diorshow Mascara ad featuring Natalie Portman

Dior’s Diorshow Mascara continues to reel in devotees with its trademark wand brush that “delivers perfectly plush, glam lashes for show-stopping volume”. Indeed, the award winning Diorshow is known to pack luxurious volume on to the lashes without tackily clumping, and the $25 per tube price tag is well worth it to its die-hard fans.

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