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When YSL Touche Éclat debuted in 1992, beauty editors began raving about the highlighter's ability to brighten a dull complexion. Sixteen years later, it's still a best-selling item, even spawning a version for men last month. It's one of the few makeup items I'll splurge on, but after my most recent pen started to smell bad after a few weeks, I resented having paid $39.50 for it.

Off to the drugstore, then. Clearly angling for the Touche Éclat market, Maybelline's Instant Age Rewind Double Face Perfector ($6.38) combines a concealer and highlighter in one double-ended wand. First things first: The concealer is just so-so. It's not as though I'm Uncle Fester or anything, but I need a bit more spackle than what this creamy, light coverage provides. But the highlighter is pretty great; you brush it on underneath your eyes, along the bridge of the nose, along cheekbones, and bam! Subtly brighter, less tired-looking skin. Will I give up Touche Éclat? No, but especially while the economy is rough, I'll pick up Maybelline again.


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