SKINCARE | K-beauty inspired cleansers from Lise Watier

B4ADA62D-8EE4-45C8-91A6-453F388A23A5Lise Watier has released a line of cleansing and toning products inspired by Korean beauty. As a skincare fanatic, and a rose fanatic, this line is the newest thing to excite me in the world of beauty. There are four products targeted at deep cleansing and hydrating your skin. I’m also very excited to see that Lise Watier

First, we have the Lise Watier Deep Cleansing Oil (C$35 for 200mL). This cleansing oil is the first step in your skincare routine, helping to remove makeup, sunscreen, and impurities from your skin. I always do a pre-cleanse with a cleansing oil because I find that this is the best way to remove all traces of makeup from my skin. As with other cleansing oils or balms, you apply this on your dry face with dry hands, massage it in to dissolve makeup, add a bit of water and continue massaging to emulsify, then rinse off.

I really like this – it does a fantastic job at removing my makeup, with enough slip that I don’t need to apply too much and can still get a good massage in. It emulsifies completely, leaving behind almost no trace. My skin feels comfortable after, thanks to the copious amounts of good oils that it contains, such as sweet almond, macademia, green tea, avocado, and coconut. It’s not a bad price, since you get 200mL of product. It also contains trace amount of Panax Ginseng Root Extract, which is the same ingredient used in La Prairie products. It’s probably a waste though, because cleansers just get washed off. I do like this, and would recommend it.

Ingredients: Ethylhexyl Stearate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Triethylhexanoin, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Hydrogenated Poly(C6-14 Olefin), Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Benzotriazolyl Dodecyl P-Cresol, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Seed Oil, Orbignya Oleifera (Babassu) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Betula Alba Juice, Aqua (Water/Eau), Butylene Glycol, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Parfum (Fragrance), Phenoxyethanol, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citronellol.

The Lise Watier Cooling Cream Foam Cleanser (C$26 for 150mL) is the next step in your skincare routine, after the Deep Cleansing Oil. I don’t believe that you can deeply clean your pores using just one product if you wear makeup, since you’re just massaging the dissolved makeup into your pores as you cleanse, so I always double cleanse with a cleansing foam or gel after my oil.

The cooling cream is a bit of an interesting experience – I actually prefer using this in the morning to help wake me up, but I don’t like using foaming cleansers in the morning because it can be more drying. The cooling sensation is derived from menthol, which can be irritating if it gets anywhere near the eyes. While I enjoy the foamy consistency, I don’t love this cleanser. It does clean but I find it almost a bit too strippy for me. I think it might be better for someone with normal to combo or oily skin. I have dry skin so it’s not the best for my skin type.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water/Eau), Stearic Acid, Myristic Acid, PEG-400, Potassium Hydroxide, Glycerin, Lauric Acid, Lauryl Hydroxysultaine, Methylpropanediol, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Menthol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Amaranthus Caudatus Seed Extract, Ulmus Davidiana (Elm) Root Extract, Butylene Glycol, Polyquaternium-51, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Beta-Glucan, Cynara Scolymus (Artichoke) Leaf Extract, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Pteris Multifida Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Parfum (Fragrance), Phenoxyethanol, Disodium EDTA.

The Lise Watier Gentle Rose Petal Scrub (C$26 for 150mL) was one of the two products that I was most looking forward to. This rose sugar scrub has real rose petals in it. Sugar scrubs are much gentler and hydrating on the face than salt scrubs (I would never use a salt scrub on my face, ow!).

It smells amazing and does a great job at exfoliating without overdoing it. The sugar bits melt after you’ve been massaging for a bit, and my skin is left feeling super soft and silky. I don’t really use physical scrubs anymore, preferring chemical peels, but this one I still reach for in place of my glycolic peel because the rose scent is just too much of a delight not to use.

Ingredients: Glycerin, Sucrose, PEG-32, Aqua (Water/Eau), Polyglyceryl-10 Behenate/Eicosadioate, Diglycerin, Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate, Rosa Gallica Flower Powder, Silica, Parfum (Fragrance), Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Hydroxide, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol.

The Lise Watier Soothing Rose Petal Gel Toner (C$26 for 150mL) was the other of the two products that I was most excited to try. This reminds me of the Fresh rose toner that has the real rose petals floating in it, but this is more of a thicker, gel consistency.

I love this. It’s very hydrating and leaves my skin feeling super plump and happy. I generally prefer to apply this type of thicker toner by patting it on my face, but I feel like the rose petals don’t really dissipate that way, so I use this primarily with a cotton pad at night after cleansing. For a winter toner, this is perfect. It smells amazing too – very fresh and rosy.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water/Eau), Methylpropanediol, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Rosa Gallica Flower Extract, Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Trehalose, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tromethamine, Allantoin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Parfum (Fragrance), Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Citronellol.

Of the four products, I would say buy for everything except the Cooling Cream Foam Cleanser. There are other drugstore cleansers out there that is more cost effective and works about the same or even better. You can purchase these products directly from Lise Watier, or from London Drugs.

For the holidays, Lise Watier has released a limited edition set (C$69) that contains three out of four products. I’m a bit disappointed to see that the Rose Petal Scrub was not included in the set since it is my favourite product from the line, but this kit does have all the basic products in it to complete the first three basic daily steps of your skincare routine. The kit is amazing value at just $69, so you essentially save $18 or 21% off the purchase of all three products. The Rose Petal Scrub is not super pricey on its own, so it could be an add-on product to the kit.

Product received from PR for review consideration; all opinions are my own.

Review + swatches – Lise Watier Spring 2017 Beauty Blossom and Rouge Intense Supreme collections

Lise Watier Spring 2017 Beauty Blossom review and swatches

Lise Watier is one of my favourite Canadian brands. They consistently release high quality products with beautiful formulas. For Spring 2017, they are releasing two collections: the Beauty Blossom limited edition colour collection, and the Rouge Intense Supreme, which is a new permanent line of lipsticks.

The Beauty Blossom collection is inspired by delicate florals and soft pastels. I was sent the 24 Hrs Glam Eyeshadow sticks from this collection, which are three shades of matte, waterproof, budge-proof cream eyeshadows that blend easily, dry quickly and stay in place until they are removed. The three shades are:

  • Ivory Velours – a matte ivory that works great as a base makeup to help bring out bright pigments
  • Urban Velours – a matte soft taupe that is a perfect eye contour shade, and can also be used elsewhere on the face
  • Petal Velours – a matte delicate peach that works well to neutralize any colours on your lids

 

Lise Watier Spring 2017 Beauty Blossom review and swatches

Lise Watier Rouge Intense Supreme in Kelly, Daphne and Maya review and swatches

Also new for spring is the Rouge Intense Supreme lipstick. Lise Watier makes fantastic lipstick formulas, and the new Rouge Intense Supreme has become an instant favourite of mine. It claims that it provides intense colour payoff and incredibly comfortable sensation in just one swipe. It is also infused with the Lise Watier exclusive ingredient, Labrador Tea.

The shades I have are:

  • Daphne – a medium brown
  • Kelly – a rosy pink
  • Maya – a nude peach

I love the texture of the Rouge Intense Supreme lipsticks, they are so incredibly creamy with beautiful colour payoff. You do get medium coverage in just one swipe. I have very dry lips so these are comfortable to wear.

Lise Watier Rouge Intense Supreme in Kelly, Daphne and Maya review and swatches
Lise Watier Rouge Intense Supreme in Kelly, Daphne and Maya review and swatches

The swatches

Lise Watier 24 Hrs Glam Eyeshadow Ivory Velours, Urban Velours and Petal Velours

Lise Watier Rouge Intense Supreme in Kelly, Daphne and Maya review and swatches

Lise Watier Rouge Intense Supreme in Maya, Kelly, and Daphne

Lise Watier Spring 2017 Beauty Blossom review and swatches

Review + swatches + look – Lise Watier EYEvolution collection for fall 2015

Lise Watier fall 2015 EYEvolution collection review and swatches

Fall 2015 at Lise Watier is all about the eyes. Lise Watier’s eyeshadows are one of my absolute favourite eyeshadow formulas, and this season’s new releases aren’t any different. There are so many winners in this collection; and despite that this collection is all eye makeup, it’s quickly jumped to be one of my favourite releases this season.

Lise Watier Eyevolution Quartet review and swatches

The limited edition Eyevolution Quartet (C$37) is the star of the collection, featuring a new cream-like powder formula that yields high colour payoff with an irresistibly smooth texture and extended wear time. It contains four shades – a satin light pink, a shimmery sand, a shimmery medium purple grey, and a shimmery charcoal. These eyeshadows feel amazingly soft and silky, almost like a cream. Pigmentation is incredible, one swipe and you get intense colour payoff to create a beautiful smokey look.

Lise Watier fall 2015 CC Eye Primer review and swatch

The Extreme Hold CC Eye Primer (C$27), new and permanent for fall 2015, is a tinted eye primer that helps to improve colour intensity and wear of your eye makeup. It comes in a matte beige shade that blends in perfectly with my NC25 light medium skin tone. I have very oily lids and I found that this does help to extend the wear time of my eye makeup to about the 10 hour mark and then I will see minor creasing. It doesn’t really improve the colour intensity of my eye makeup though; the colours apply more or less true to colour as when I apply on bare skin. The CC primer just provides a slightly tacky base for the powder eyeshadow to stick on. My biggest dislike of this product is the applicator – I found it extremely hard to control how much product I want dispensed. My eyelid area isn’t very big, so this product dispenses way more product than necessary. I also dislike using the specially-designed zamak alloy applicator as I prefer to use a brush or my fingers to blend this on my lids.

Lise Watier fall 2015 Ombre Velours Supreme review and swatch

Also new and permanent for fall 2015 is the Ombre Velours Supreme (C$25), the matte sister of their highly popular Ombre Souffle Supreme. As with the Ombre Souffle Supreme, the Ombre Velours Supreme contains the powerful anti-aging Labrador Tea extract, packed within a creamy eyeshadow. The shade I have is Sable Velours, which is a nude-y, light pink shade that makes a great eyeshadow primer, or to create a, easy, natural daytime look. The Ombre Velours Supreme is more creamy than the gel-cream texture of the Ombre Souffle Supreme, and it dries down to a matte finish. Colour payoff is quite good, being mostly opaque in one swipe.

Lise Watier Mascara Dramatique Intense 3D

Lastly, we also have the Mascara Dramatique Intense 3D (C$24) and the Intense Waterproof Eyeliner (C$22). The Mascara Dramatique is a regular collection item but repackaged for the Eyevolution collection. It contains a really fat, pyramid shaped brush to create drama, volume, and definition. The Intense Waterproof Eyeliner comes in eight new and permanent shades for 14 hours of water-resistant, smudge-free wear.

Lise Watier Intense Waterproof Eyeliner

Lise Watier Fall 2015 collection is available from now to end of October, so be sure to check this out in store while it’s still available! My recommendations are the Eyevolution Palette and the Ombre Velours Supreme.

Lise Watier fall 2015 EYEvolution collection review and swatches

The swatches

From left to right: Lise Watier CC Eye Primer, Ombre Velours Supreme in Sable Velours, and Eyevolution Quartet

Lise Watier fall 2015 EYEvolution collection review and swatches

The look

Wearing Lise Watier CC Eye Primer as a base, and Eyevolution Quartet on the eyes

Lise Watier fall 2015 EYEvolution collection review and swatches
Lise Watier fall 2015 EYEvolution collection review and swatches
Lise Watier fall 2015 EYEvolution collection review and swatches
Lise Watier fall 2015 EYEvolution collection review and swatches
Lise Watier fall 2015 EYEvolution collection review and swatches

Review + swatches + look – Lise Watier Rivages collection for summer 2015

Lise Watier Rivages collection

Hold on to your hats, because we have a winner here in the Lise Watier Rivages collection for summer 2015. For the first time in a long time, an entire collection of products have all been winners in terms of quality and the overall colour combination. The Rivages collection contains two star products: a limited edition Palette Rivages, a 10-pan mega-palette of neutral eyeshadows; and Rivages Bronzing Powder, a giant powder bronzer that combines bronze, pink, and gold tones to create a sun-kissed look.

lise watier palette rivages

Palette Rivages (C$54 – limited edition) is a must have. I will say it again, RUN, do not walk, and go out and buy this palette. The texture of these shadows are just incredible – smooth, creamy, and uber pigmented. It reminds me of the Feline palette from last fall in that the eyeshadows just apply, blend, and wear so easily and beautifully. It is ultra fool-proof, and not much blending is required in order to get a beautiful look. The shades in this palette are relatively neutral, with select shades running a bit cooler or warmer, but can still be worn together for a put-together look.  It also has a good combination of daytime and nighttime intense colours, which make this palette great for leaving at work to do touchups during the day, or to add a bit of intensity for an after-work event.

The only disappointing thing about this palette is that it comes with two measly double-ended sponges. Lise Watier could have gone the extra mile and made this an extremely luxurious palette but introducing a double-ended brush, such as those in the UD Naked palettes. That being said, the outside packaging is also gorgeous in that it’s a mother-of-pearl-like case. I have no doubts that I’ll be taking this with me to a lot of places. Compared to the Shu Uemura Shu:Palette, the Palette Rivages is better built and feels more hefty. If you can’t get ahold of the Shu:Palette, or if that one is too far out of your budget, the Lise Watier Palette Rivages is a very good alternative with the same level of quality in a beautiful packaging.

lise watier rivages bronzing powder

The Rivages Bronzing Powder (C$39 – limited edition) is a powder bronzer housed in a giant case that comes with a convenient, equally big mirror. Made with a combination of bronze, pink, and gold shades, this bronzer is ultra smooth, very pigmented, and gives off the most beautiful bronzey glow without being orange at all. I don’t generally wear bronzers but this one I can see myself wearing a lot because a light touch will give you a sunkissed, natural looking glow. If you want to look very tanned, it’s possible with the Rivages Bronzing Powder as well because its not orange. Overall, it’s a great bronzing powder to have if you enjoy using bronzers.

Lise Watier Rivages collection

The limited edition Blush Fondant Supreme in Sand (C$30) is a pretty muted pink shade that works beautifully with the rest of the collection. The texture of the Blush Fondant Supremes are a lightweight, creamy blush with good pigmentation. Sand provides just the right touch of pink on the cheeks that will complement the golden glow from the Rivages Bronzing Powder, as well as the neutral eyes created by the Palette Rivages. I believe that everyone should have this type of muted pink blush in their collection as it works so well with any kind of eye and lip makeup, and is also flexible to wear during the day or at night.

The 24 Hours Glam Eyeshadow (C$23) sticks are one of my favourite stick eyeshadow formulas. They last FOREVER on the eyes, only removable with eye makeup remover. They are amazing for a night out, or if you’re going to be outdoors and don’t want your makeup to melt off. The two shades I have for summer 2015, both permanent, are Chic Glam, a shimmery taupe, and Sexy Glam, a light peachy pink. Both are great for layering underneath your powder eyeshadow as a primer, or to wear on your lower lash line to accent your eye makeup.

Lise Watier makes some of the best mid-end lipsticks, and their Rouge Sublime (C$23) is an ultra creamy, very pigmented line of lipsticks that introduces a few more new shades with the summer collection. The two shades I have are Amour, a creamy pink, and Ginger, a brown. I probably won’t wear Ginger very much but if you have darker skin tones, Ginger would look amazing, and Amour is such a flattering pink shade for those with lighter skin tones.

Lastly, we have the Smokey Kohl Velours in Nude Velours (C$21), an incredible nude eye liner that is amazing on the waterline or the inner lash line to create the illusion of bigger, brighter eyes. The Smokey Kohl Velours formula is long wearing and dries down matte for the most natural eye makeup look.

Swatches

Palette Rivages (top row, then bottom row)

Lise Watier Palette Rivages swatches
Lise Watier Palette Rivages swatches

Rivages Bronzing Powder and Blush Fondant Supreme in Sand

Lise Watier Rivages Bronzing Powder and Blush Fondant Supreme in Sand

24 Hours Glam Eyeshadow in Chic Glam and Sexy Glam, Rouge Sublime in Amour and Ginger

lise watier 24 Hours Glam Eyeshadow in Chic Glam and Sexy Glam, Rouge Sublime in Amour and Ginger

The look

On the eyes, wearing Lise Watier Rivages palette – the top middle shade as an all-over wash of colour, with the 2nd to right shade on top to accent the eyes and create a bit of a contour. The left most shade on the bottom was used as a highlight on the inner corners, the right most shade on the right was used to line the outer corner of the bottom lash line, and the right most shade was used to line the top lash line.

On the cheeks, wearing Lise Watier Rivages Brozing Palette, and on the lips, wearing Lise Watier Rouge Sublime in Amour.

Lise Watier Rivages review
Lise Watier Rivages review
Lise Watier Rivages review
Lise Watier Rivages review
Lise Watier Rivages review

Red lips for all occasions! An overview of eight red lipsticks in different textures and finishes

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I love a good red lip. I used to be intimidated by strong lips but now they’re my favourite “statement piece” to wear. Over the years, I’ve accumulated a ton of red lip products today I’m sharing some old favourites as well as some new discoveries.

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From left to right: Burberry Kisses in 109 Military Red, Chanel Rouge Allure Laque in 75 Dragon, Estee Lauder Pure Colour Envy Shine Sculpting Lipstick in Empowered, Guerlain Rouge G in Rouge Parade

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  • Burberry Kisses in 109 Military Red is a new recent discovery (full review to be posted soon). It’s a blue-based red in an almost gel texture. It’s more opaque once layered compared to the Estee Lauder Pure Colour Envy Shine in Empowered, but you can also sheer it out by wearing less layers.
  • Chanel Rouge Allure Laque in 75 Dragon is one of my all-time favourite reds. It is a cult classic product that has sadly been discontinued, but it is a very blue-based red with gold shimmers. This is probably one of the more high maintenance reds, since it stains the lips significantly so you need a lip brush to get the most precise line around the lips, and then to fill it in. The end result is a gorgeous, rich red that’s most fitting for any black tie event.
  • Estee Lauder Pure Colour Envy Shine Sculpting Lipstick in Empowered (reviewed here) is another recent discovery that has quickly become a favourite. This is one of the few reds I’ve found that doesn’t stain the lips (woo hoo!). It’s an orange-based red that starts out sheer, almost jelly-like, and can be built up to fuller coverage.
  • Guerlain Rouge G in Rouge Parade (reviewed here) is another all-time favourite red. Even though it was just introduced late last year, the Rouge G formula has been one of my favourites for years due to its rich colour payoff and creamy formula. Rouge Parade is a neutral red that just brightens up my whole face when I wear it. I’m also loving the limited edition red lacquer case, which is a nice bonus.

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From left to right: Lise Watier Baiser Velours in Eternal Kiss, Paul & Joe Lipstick in Rosebud, Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stain in New York Scene, Shiseido Laquer Rouge in RD413

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  • Lise Watier Baiser Velours in Eternal Kiss (reviewed here) is a recent discovery and the only matte red lip on this list. It’s hard to find a matte lipstick that doesn’t completely dry out the lips, and this one fits the bill. It is a more neutral, leaning blue-based red that has a matte, velvet finish. I like wearing this when I want a long-wearing red lip without the maintenance (you can just top up with lip balm to refresh the colour).
  • Paul & Joe Lipstick in Rosebud (reviewed here) is a good option for those who want to try the red lip but is intimidated by its intensity. This one is the sheerest of the bunch, and is also the easiest to wear, even appropriate for work lunch meetings.
  • Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stain in New York Scene (reviewed here) is one of my favourite low-maintenance lip formula, in a beautiful raspberry red tone. The ColorStay Moisture Stain really does stain your lips for hours, meaning you can wear this when you’re out and about without needing to worry about touchups.
  • Shiseido Laquer Rouge in RD413 is an orange-based red with an interesting wet laquer formula. It’s like a gloss and lacquer in one, giving up extreme shine with intense colour. The wet formula, while glossy, is also very light and not sticky at all, so this would be great for those who like that glossy finish without all the downsides of one.

What are some of your favourite red lip products, and have you discovered any new ones you want to try recently?

Review + swatches + look: Lise Watier Baiser Velours matte liquid lipsticks #MyKissStory

Lise watier baiser velours review

For Spring 2015, Lise Watier has introduced a lined of matte liquid lipsticks – Baiser Velours (C$27). Baiser Velours is available in nine beautiful and rich shades. The three I received were Love Kiss, Eternal Kiss, and Party Kiss. Love Kiss is a warm-toned bright pink, Eternal Kiss is a blue-based rich red, and Party Kiss is a cool-toned fuchsia. It comes in a long slim tube with a flat doe foot applicator.

The formula is very similar, if not identical, to the Velvet Lip Lacquer released as a limited edition to the last fall’s Feline collection (reviewed and swatched here, and used in a look here). It has a matte finish, and when dried, feels super lightweight, like you’re not wearing anything at all. It was extremely comfortable to wear, especially for a matte finish. It is super easy to apply, as normally with bright lipsticks you’d likely need a lip brush for precision application, but due to the relatively pointy tip of the doe foot applicator, you can achieve very clean lines very easily without the need for a lip brush. The colours, as you can see in the swatch photos below, are phenomenal. These photos were taken with just one swipe of colour, and they are super rich and deep. On the lips, they look incredible and is definitely not for the lighthearted or casual lipstick wearer.

It’s not entirely transfer-proof like the Velvet Lip Lacquer released last year, and I also found it pretty smudgeable with either a napkin (I ended up with some on my chin after lunch) or your finger, if you’re not careful. This could be good because you can easily wipe it off anywhere that you don’t want it, compared to other liquid lipsticks that not only won’t budge, but also stains whatever surface it touches.

I’m not a huge fan of the packaging; I have three of these and it’s hard to tell which shade is which, so in the future it’d be awesome if Lise Watier created transparent packaging, or at least some colour indicator on the cap or something to allow users to easily identify which colour they’re picking up. My biggest dislike about this lipstick is that I found it to be quite drying. I wore this two days in a row and by the end of the second day, my lips were pretty chapped. I applied lip balm overnight and also before applying this during the day, but they were still left pretty parched. Due to the dryer nature of the product, they also migrated and stayed on any dry spots or lip lines, and even the application of lip balm on top of the lipstick could not save the patchiness.

Even with the dryness, I still really like the Lise Watier Baiser Velours lipsticks. The light texture and the beautiful colours just draw me to them, and I can always just give a bit more TLC to my lips after each wear, which is no big deal. Overall, definitely recommend you check these out!

The swatches

From left to right: Love Kiss, Eternal Kiss, and Party Kiss

Lise watier baiser velours swatches

The look

Wearing Lise Watier Baiser Velours in Party Kiss. You can also see me wearing Love Kiss on Instagram here.

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Lise watier baiser velours review

I love the press kit packaging! It’s so nice when brands take time to personalize the kits, it really shows that they care. Thanks, Lise Watier!

Lise watier baiser velours review

Review + swatches + Look: Lise Watier Expression collection for Spring 2015

Lise Watier Expression review

I had a chance to try the beautiful new Lise Watier Expression Spring collection, which had a lot of exciting bright shades and colors, as well as gorgeous packaging.

The Expression Eyeshadow Palette ($42 CAD) was probably my least favorite item from the collection. The product claims to be a long-lasting cream-powder formula, and while the colors offered are very fun and summery, they are not my cup of tea. Blues and greens don’t do much for me, and I find that I end up looking a little bit too 80s whenever I try to wear those shades. Most importantly, the color pay-off was poor even after I tried to build up the intensity, and the consistency felt dry and powdery rather than creamy. The charcoal shade was probably the only one I liked out of the bunch, and I would repurchase it if it was sold individually. However, as a palette I feel that it is rather expensive for the blow-average quality of the shadows.

Lise Watier Expression review

The Expression Blush Trio ($38 CAD) is my favorite item of the bunch! Not only is the packaging gorgeous, but the blush offers subtle iridescent glow that compliments my very fair skin tone. You can wear each of the shades on their own, or combine the three for a warm, rosy glow. I find that the shimmer in the formula is just perfect – it helps to accentuate my cheekbones without looking too shiny for the daytime. I like subtle blushes that have the option to be built up for nighttime, so I would definitely recommend this product!

Lise Watier Expression review

In conjunction with the Expression Blush Trio, I would suggest using the Ombre Souffle Supreme in Fairy Pink ($24 CAD) for a more dramatic look. I use this product as an all-over illuminator and brightener. Although it is advertised as mostly an eyeshadow, I have used it to highlight my cheekbones and brow-bone area most. The texture of the Ombre Souffle Supreme is light and creamy, and it blends and spreads amazingly! As a bonus, I have not had any problems with it settling into my fine-lines even after a full day of work.

Limited Edition Rouge Gourmand Velour in Expression ($22 CAD) – it’s no secret that my lips have always been a sad, dry mess. I am not much of a lipstick girl for that exact reason (I reapply chapstick far too frequently for any lipstick to ever stand a chance!). However, as far as matte lipstick is concerned, this one is quite fabulous and hydrating. It applies smoothly and doesn’t feather or bleed with wear. I am surprised by how much I like this product given that: A) I don’t wear matte lipstick, and B) I don’t like bold shades.

Feline Eyeliner HD in Vert ($20 CAD). I am not a huge fan of this product. While the color is a lot of fun, I have found it a hassle to apply. I am a bit of an eyeliner snob, and I have been using the same product for close to seven years now, so I find that this liner simply doesn’t compare. The felt tip is extremely flexible and fine, therefore I find that it flops around too much to produce a fine, crisp line that can satisfy my inner perfectionist. I have had to apply this product in several steps, attempting to build up the thickness of the line gradually, however the formula dries incredibly fast and begins to flake off after multiple applications. This is a shame, because I am incredibly enthusiastic about the gorgeous deep, forest-green color. I could see myself wearing this product a lot more if the applicator was a little stiffer and wasn’t so prone to getting clogged with eyeshadow, and therefore producing inconsistent results.

The Eye Shine in Expression ($20 CAD) pencil is a beautiful charcoal-green shade that goes well with the rest of the products found in the collection. Although I don’t think it is dark enough to work as an eyeliner over eyeshadow, I have been wearing it on my lower lash line to accentuate my eye without creating too dramatic of a look. This product is fairly creamy and blends well with an angled brush (which is how I chose to apply it in order to get more precision). Much like the rest of the collection, the eye shine pencil is great for a fun, fresh, daytime look.

Lise Watier Expression review

Lastly, the Limited Edition Nail Lacquer in Expression ($13.50 CAD) is an incredibly unique polish which comes with a light inside the cap that promises easy application, even in the dark! First of all, I adore this color and how easy it is to apply. The lacquer dries very quickly, and only requires two coats for even, streak-free coverage. The longevity is admittedly average – after about three days it began to chip quite significantly. I work a pretty fast-paced job and I wash my hands a lot, so I imagine that this would last a lot longer if you are trying to be careful and gentle with your nails. Overall, for $13.50 I believe this is a good product, especially given the handy light in the cap!

Lise Watier Expression review

The swatches

Lise Watier Expression Eyeshadow palette

Lise Watier Expression swatches

Lise Watier Expression Blush Trio

Lise Watier Expression swatches

Lise Watier Rouge Gourmand Velours in Expression, Eye Shine in Expression, and Feline Eyeliner HD in Vert

Lise Watier Expression swatches

Lise Watier Nail Laquer in Expression

Lise Watier Expression swatches

The look

Here is a look I did using most of the Lise Watier Expression Spring collection:

Eyes: I used the shimmery yellow shade in the inner corner of my eye, the turquoise shade all over my lid, and the charcoal to accentuate the outer corner and crease. I am wearing the Feline Eyeliner in Vert on my upper eyelid, and my lower lashline is accentuated with the Eye Shine pencil. If you look closely, you can see that the eyeshadows are rather translucent and poorly pigmented, despite being rather dark – the veins and freckles on my eyelids are visible, despite several coats and a primer underneath.

Cheeks: I am wearing the Expression Blush Trio with all of the colors blended together, and although it is definitely noticeable in person, I find that the blush doesn’t translate well on camera and is lost amidst my incredibly pale skin. My suggestion would be to ramp up the blush if you know you’ll be getting your picture taken!

Lips: I am wearing the Rouge Gourmand Velour lipstick in these shots; however, I am admittedly wearing a light coat of transparent gloss over top. I felt like the extremely pigmented, matte shade of the lipstick was too dramatic when paired with my heavy eye makeup, so I wanted to soften the look a little bit (since I was wearing it to work during the day). For a nighttime look, I would leave the lipstick matte and take care to apply it with a lip-brush for extra precision.

Lise Watier Expression review
Lise Watier Expression review
Lise Watier Expression review

I hope you liked the look! Will you be checking out the Lise Watier Expression collection in stores?

Birthday look with Lise Watier fall 2014 Feline collection

Lise Watier feline collection review and swatches

My birthday was last week and I created a look with Lise Watier’s fall 2014 Feline collection (reviewed here). Lise Watier’s products have been long-time favourites of mine and I believe this is the 3rd birthday in the last 4 years where I’ve used Lise Watier products to create my makeup look.

Lise Watier feline collection review and swatches

I prepped my skin with Mereadesso All-In-One Moisturizer and used Make Up For Ever HD foundation as my base (reviews coming soon!). On my eyes, I used the Feline eyeshadow quartet – light pink shade as an all over wash of colour, taupe colour to line and define my lashline, bronze shade in my crease, and the light champagne shade to highlight.

I used my HG eyeliner, the Anna Sui liquid liner to line my upper lash line. After curling my lashes, I applied one coat of Clarins Truly Waterproof Mascara to help maintain my curl, and created volume and length with Anna Sui Perfect Mascara.

Lise Watier feline collection review and swatches

On my cheeks, I used my favourite cream blush formula – the Make Up For Ever HD Blush in 220, and finished off my lips with the Lise Watier Velvet Lip Lacquer in Rouge.

The lipstick managed to last at full coverage for about 4 hours, but did not make it through dinner. It left me with a stain that was a lot more manageable and natural to end off the night. I can also attest that the lipstick is transfer proof, AKA kiss proof. Obviously any extreme wiping will smudge it, but anything with a light touch (sipping water, etc.), will not get lipstick transfer on it.

Lise Watier feline collection review and swatches

Swatches + review: Lise Watier fall 2014 Feline collection

Lise Watier feline fall 2014 swatches and review

Lise Watier‘s new releases always tend to blow me out of the water in terms of the quality. Especially, their fall collections, with their rich, warm-toned colours, usually end up being my favourite fall collections of all the beauty brands. This year is no exception with the Feline collection, a jungle cat-inspired collection that is the definition of bold and glam. I have some select products from the collection reviewed and swatched below.

Lise Watier feline fall 2014 swatches and review

The two star products of the collection are the Feline eyeshadow quartet ($36), and the Velvet Lip Lacquer ($23), both housed in beautiful leopard print packaging. The Feline eyeshadow palette is truly an amazing product – all four shades swatch super pigmented, smooth, with almost a pseudo-cream texture. With almost a metallic finish, they are great for work or play, and are super versatile for whether you want to create a more neutral or smokey look.

Lise Watier velvet lip lacquer in rouge fall 2014

The Velvet Lip Lacquer in Rouge is a beautiful blue-based red in a smooth, matte, liquid lipstick formula. It applies super easily with the sponge-tip applicator, or if you want a more precise application, with a lip brush.

Lise Watier 24 hour glam eyeshadow fall 2014

In addition, Lise Watier is releasing a 24 Hour Glam Eyeshadow crayon stick that is available in 6 rich shades. You can apply it straight from the stick and blend with your fingers, for a super convenient application. Once it dries down, it basically sticks and doesn’t budge until you remove it with makeup remover. It also comes with a sharpener that attaches very nicely to the end of the packaging.

Lise Watier feline eyeliner in brown fall 2014

Lastly, the cult classic Feline eyeliner is now available in a very natural brown! Apparently one Feline eyeliner in the original black is sold every 30 minutes in Canada, so it was just natural that they release a brown shade as well. Unfortunately I’m not a huge fan of this eyeliner because I found the felt applicator to be a bit too stiff for my liking, and also due to my oil lids, the colour didn’t stay put and transferred and bled to the rest of my eyelid after an hour or so. I do know most people who’ve tried the Feline eyeliner really like it, so I’m likely in the minority.

My recommendations? The Feline eyeshadow quartet, the Velvet Lip Lacquer, and the 24 Hour Glam Eyeshadow stick.

Swatches (left to right: Feline eyeliner in brown, Feline eyeshadow quartet, Velvet Lip Lacquer in Rouge, 24 Hour Glam Eyeshadow Stick)

Lise Watier feline fall 2014 swatches and review

 

Lise Watier fall 2014 Feline collection is available August at London Drugs, Shoppers Drug Mart, and other locations where Lise Watier products are sold.

Review + thoughts: Lise Watier Summer 2014 Eden Tropical collection

lise watier summer 2014 eden tropical collection

I always look forward to Lise Watier’s collections every season because generally I’ve found a few products that I’ve absolutely loved and have been blown out of the water by. I’m usually not too fond of summer collections in general (by any brand) because its normally filled with bronzers and bronzing products, neither of which I use. Unfortunately, Lise Watier’s summer 2014 Eden Tropical is no exception, and it is one of the rare collections by Lise Watier that I just couldn’t find myself to love.

lise watier summer 2014 eden tropical collection

The two star items of the collection – the Palette Eden Tropical Eyeshadow ($43) and the Eden Tropical Bronzing Powder ($38) (both limited edition) – were underwhelming and pigmentation were just so-so. Neither powder product had Lise Watier’s signature soft, creamy feel to it, and both applied somewhat patchy.

The Palette Eden Tropical Eyeshadow has 6 jewel-toned eyeshadows, and all of them required more than one swipe to get it to show up with the vibrancy you see in my swatch.

lise watier summer 2014 eden tropical collection
lise watier summer 2014 eden tropical collection

The Eden Tropical Bronzing Powder can be used either with the lighter, peachier shade in the centre, the darker bronzer on the outside ring, or mixed together for more warmth.

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My favourite product in this collection is the Blush Creme Satin ($24) cream blush in Coral Paradise. This cream blush is super creamy, blends in beautifully and smoothly, and dries down to a powdery finish. It also comes in the shade Rose Eden, which is a rose-pink.

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My least favourite product in this collection is Ombre Souffle Supreme in Wonderland. Lise Watier’s Ombre Souffle Supreme is one of my favourite cream eyeshadow formulas so I was very disappointed to find that this colour swatched of just pure glitter with barely any base colour. I generally don’t like products with just pure glitter, but I know that some people will find uses for this. Overall, I am still a fan of the formula just because of how easily it blends, how well it wears, and how long it lasts on the eyelids (even without a primer). I would recommend skipping Wonderland but definitely check out the other shades in Ombre Souffle Supreme range.

lise watier summer 2014 eden tropical collection

The nail polish ($13.5) in Rose Eden also didn’t perform as well as some of my other Lise Watier polishes. Rose Eden was thick and slightly goopy. Even though it dried out with no streaks, while I was applying it, the streaks were very visible. Lise Watier polishes general last a week on me with minor tip wear and usually no chipping.

lise watier summer 2014 eden tropical collection

Other products in this collection include a limited edition 24 Hours Gel Liner in jet black ($25), a Hydra Kiss Colour Balm in Rose Eden and Coral Paradise, and the introduction of the new Rouge Gourmand Velours lipsick formula, a velvet-finish lipstick. The Rouge Gourmand Velours joins the Rouge Gourmand lipstick (cream finish) and the Rouge Fondant Supreme (slightly glossy finish) lipsticks in Lise Watier’s lipstick range.

My recommendations from the collection: Blush Creme Satin, Hydra Kiss Colour Balm, and if you like velvet formula lipsticks, Rouge Gourmand Velours.

lise watier summer 2014 eden tropical collection

Lise Watier’s summer 2014 Eden Tropical collection is available in stores now at London Drugs, Shoppers Drug Mart, and other locations where Lise Watier cosmetics are sold, until July.