Showing posts with label Lise Watier. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lise Watier. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Lise Watier Quatour Imagine Eyeshadow Quartet - Review, Pictures, Swatches


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I was sent the Lise Watier Quartour Imagine Eyeshadow Quartet along with the blush I reviewed earlier. This limited edition eyeshadow quad has a blend of warm and cool shades all in one compact. The mixture of Ivory, Pink, Marine Blue and Charcoal Grey are all frosty shades that blend well and have decent pigmentation.

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The shadows are not too soft and not too hard, but they can be slightly on the powdery side if you aren't careful with application. The shadows went on smoothly and lasted fairly well when I used an eyeshadow base underneath them.

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While the colors were pretty and I am able to develop many different eye looks form these 4 colors, I felt that this selection wasn't very "Spring" like at all. It felt closer to a Winter collection to me. In fact, since we are JUST getting into Spring, I wore this quad a lot during the Winter, but it can make the transition from Winter to Spring quite well because of the pastel nature of some of the shades.

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Speaking of Winter, I just saw the move Frozen for the second time...under protest. I really do not like Musicals let alone DISNEY Musicals. They are always so dang tragic...and the songs....ugh. I just don't like musicals. I can tolerate The Wizard Of Oz as a musical and perhaps...West Side Story, but that's about it. It's just...no one breaks into song and a choreographed number at the drop of a hat, especially in times of crisis. I just can't deal.

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Then there is the Disney part of the equation. Now I know Frozen was adapted from a Hans Christian Andersen story and good old Hans had it in for parents and had some sort of Orphan fetish, but does every parent have to die in every dang Disney story? Can you name me one Disney musical where at least ONE parent wasn't dead? No. You can't. (If you can, please e-mail me so I can plausibly deny any knowledge of being wrong in the comments section of this post.) In the Frozen musical BOTH parents eat it at the bottom of the sea in a shipwreck. (Note that the Little Mermaid, Ariel, swims among the lost souls of that shipwreck like the evil leviathan that she is.) So now we are left with 2 orphan princesses, one of which has special powers to freeze things that she is oppressing...no thanks to her parents.

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Oh my gosh, they were THE WORST parents EVER! After getting a bunch of rocks to save one of their daughters' life the parents do the EXACT OPPOSITE of the advice they were given for dealing with a child with "special needs"(...heh. I just realized that Elsa really IS a "Special Snowflake"!) That boulder told them that LOVE thaws and LOVE heals. But what do these nimrod parents do? They tell Elsa to bury her feelings deep down inside of her, causing her to have control issues and a "freedom complex" until she finally loses control of her powers and practically destroys her entire Kingdom. Stupid twerps! What was it they drilled into that girl's head? Oh yeah, "Conceal. Don't Feel." That's EXACTLY NOT what that talking pebble told them to do. I don't remember that boulder telling the parents to lock Elsa up in a castle until she is safe to be around? I don't think that verbalizing gravel told the parents to teach Elsa to be scared of herself. It said PURE LOVE HEALS! AND Another thing! Why didn't that Swen guy remember when the KING AND QUEEN went to his "adoptive" cobblestone parents for help to "cure" their afflicted daughter all those years ago? I think that would be a memory that would stay with you for some time. Right? Well, maybe not. After all, he hung out with articulating stones...I'm sure he saw weirder stuff than that. And what the heck happened to HIS parents? But I digress.

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My POINT is, Disney Musicals are always so screwed up. Aside from the insipid singing, the dead parent(s) and easily avoidable misunderstandings from foreshadowing, I thought Frozen was a decent story. In other words. I only like the parts with Olaf the talking snowman.

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So what does my rant have to do with the Lise Watier Quartour Eyeshadow Quad? Nothing. I just needed to get that off my chest.

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Do you NEED the Lise Watier Quartour Imagine Eyeshadow Quartet? Maybe. It has some pretty colors, but they aren't unique so you might have a dupe of them in your collection already. As I said above, the quality is decent and the shadow lasts fairly well when using an eyeshadow base, but at $36 for the compact, I'm not sure if this is a MUST HAVE. You certainly could do worse for even more money, so if you like the colors and want a limited edition item, this might be the one to pick up. You can purchase the Lise Watier Quartour Imagine Eyeshadow Quartet directly from the Lise Watier website.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Lise Watier Imagine Blush from the 2014 Spring Collection - Review, Pictures, Swatches

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Warning. This review contains TV and Movie Spoilers

The Spring 2014 collection from Lise Watier is a mixture of warm and cool colors that can satisfy almost any skin tone.  One particular stand out is the blush.  Packaged in a blue case with a dreamy pastel water color design on top, the Imagine Blush from the Spring 2014 collection is unusual and striking.


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As you can see it is a blush with a richly pigmented mosaic of colors from light pink to deep fuchsia. When combined together the Lise Watier Imagine Blush imparts a strong fuchsia glow to the cheeks.  The blush is insanely pigmented.  It really packs a punch, so I recommend using a light hand upon application. In addition to the high pigmentation the blush is matte and does not give any shimmer or sheen to the finished look. Some may not like that finish, but I prefer it so I can decide if I want a truly matte look or if I want a little shimmer.


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Something a lot of people know about is Color Blindness. Color blindness affects a large number of people (Mostly males). Among people with Northern European ancestry, as many as 8 percent of men and 0.5 percent of women experience the common form of red-green color blindness.  I could go into the different types of color blindness and chromosomes and the like, but I don't want to bore you.  But I will say that one of the more common tests to see if someone has colorblindness is the Ishihara Color Test Plate.


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As you can see (or can't see if you are red-green color blind) the plate is made up of a series of dots in specific hues.  Most people will see a 74 those with certain kinds of color blindness might see a 21 and those with another type of color blindness will not see any number.  

The reason I bring this up is that I would like to talk to you all about a serious vision affliction that 99.99% of the human population suffers from.  It is called Blush Color Blindness. (BCB) I happen to be the 0.01% of the population that does NOT have BCB.  It has been a gift and a curse all at the same time.  The Lise Watier Imagine Blush is the perfect test to see if you suffer from BCB.  Let's take a look, shall we?

Spoiler Alert if you haven't watched Citizen Kane:

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Spoiler Alert if you have never watched Star Wars


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Remember that show "Lost"  Yeah. We knew it wasn't Penny's Boat!


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Spoiler Alert if you haven't watched The Walking Dead Season Finale!

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So did you see the hidden messages in the Imagine Blush? If you did then you too are part of the 0.01% of the population that is NOT Blush Color Blind. Congratulations! Now you too can go out and get the new Lise Watier Blush for just $32 USD from lisewatier.us


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If you couldn't see the messages, don't fret, you're better off. I get a lot of TV shows and books ruined for me by looking at blush messages.  You might be better off.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Lise Watier Rouge Sublime Lumière Lipstick in Rouge Satin - Review, Pictures, Swatches

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Part of the Lise Watier Winter 2013 collection are two new colors of the Rouge Sublime Lipstick formula. The one pictured above is Rouge Sublime Lumière Lipstick in Rouge Satin. But in addition to having new colors they have added a "light" touch and "reflective" quality to the lipstick....packaging.  OK. I'll stop being coy.  The geniuses at Lise Watier added a LED light bulb on either side of the lipstick case and a mirror on the back of the case.  Cute huh? 

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I don't know a lot of people that apply their lipstick in the dark, but as you can see in the picture the light is fairly bright and centered well enough to see what you are doing.  But remember my clubbing days are over. My idea of a "Night Out" is going to a chain restaurant and hoping against all hope that Darthypie actually eats what is put in front of him. (OK. I'm not that pathetic, but allow me to use hyperbole for comedic effect)  Worse comes to worse you can use it to find your keys at the bottom of your purse!  

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OK. But seriously. I think it's clever and a novelty. Will it be used more often than my other lipsticks?  Well ... not really.

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Why?  First off the color. It looks like a frosty orange-y red color here, right? It looks very warm and glowy and festive.  But that's just how it looks on the bullet (technical term for the actual lipstick product itself not the casing or mechanism to raise & lower it).  When swatched, it turns a completely different color on me.

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See? It's now a frosty warm pinkish color. The orange hue is gone and it looks completely different. Now I will say that my skin tone has the habit of turning certain nude pink colors to orange. It's my undertones or my skin's chemistry or something, some lipsticks just don't look the same on me as they do on other people.  But I have not had this with a red color before.  However, I will give the color changing aspect the benefit of the doubt and say that just because it looks one way on my skin, it may NOT look the same on yours.

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I forgot to clean up a rogue lipliner malfunction at the corner of my lip, but you can see how the frost formula is patchy and accentuates every line and crevasse on my lips.
There is a second reason this will probably not be my favorite lipstick.  The formula.  I'm sorry to say I did not enjoy it whatsoever. Unlike the Rouge Gourmand lipstick that I adore, this Rouge Sublime was thick, waxy, drying and applied unevenly (from the tube and with a lip brush). I don't think other Rouge Sublime lipstick is this unappealing because it wouldn't be Lise Watier's best seller if it was. I think it's the frost formula. It's a heavy frost, and sometimes with a heavy frost lipstick the formula is compromised and it just feels hard, dry and uneven on the lips.  At least that's been my experience. Perhaps you have had a different experience with frost lipsticks.

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This little button at the base of the lipstick turns on the cute LED light.
Either way the combination of the poor color and the unappealing formula does not make this my new favorite lipstick even though it lights up.  That makes me sad. I love novelty lipstick stuff like this. I love unique packaging. I love NEW!

Do you NEED this?  No. I personally believe you do not. However, there is another color in this collection of Rouge Sublime Lumière Lipstick called Frisson. That color looks like it might not be as frosty as the Rouge Satin color and it's also a neutral cool pink beige.  That might be a better bet if you really want your lipstick to light up!  The Lise Watier Rouge Sublime Lumière Lipstick in Rouge Satin retails for $23 USD and can be purchased directly from lisewatier.us.

What say you?  Do you like the light up features of the lipstick case?  How do you feel about frost lipstick? Like? Love? Indifferent?

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Lise Watier Jardin de Givre Illuminating Powder -Review, Pictures, Swatches

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The Lise Watier Jardin de Givre Illuminating Powder is part of the Winter 2013 collection. Jardin de Givre translates literally into Garden of Frost, and while this collection could have gone into the pastel and white hues of the "frost" theme, it instead took cues from the finish of frost rather than the color.  The Lise Watier Jardin de Givre Illuminating Powder is no exception to this wondrous frosty finish of winter.  

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Now I know what you are thinking. I hate a frosty look on my cheeks. it makes me look oily, fake, greasy, too frosty, etc. I have heard it all. You can quit your griping because the Lise Watier Jardin de Givre Illuminating Powder is frosty but SUBTLE and sophisticated.


Because the base product is a shimmery nude beige you avoid the pitfalls of the over-hyped and over frosted finish that a lot of makeup had in the early 2000's. In addition, what I thought was over-spray (the "eyes" of the peacock feathers) on the product is actually ingrained into the product. The lighter champagne color provides just a soupçon of shimmer, allowing the powder to give off a three-dimensional glow upon your cheeks.

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Overall the powder is not too powdery (yes, a powder can be too powdery), and not too hard. It's not too frosty and not too matte. It's the perfect compromise for a illuminating powder.  Key word = ILLUMINATING! An illuminating powder is not a highlighter. That means the Lise Watier Jardin de Givre Illuminating Powder can be used all over your face or décolleté to give a soft effect glow.

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Do you NEED this? If you wanted to get an illuminating powder that does not make you look like a disco ball or make you look like you got into a fight (and lost) with Tinkerbell, then this is the powder for you.  I'm fairly pale (read: white as a sheet) so this powder didn't show up in a swatch very well, but that's how it is supposed to be, right?  I imagine those with much darker skin coloring would find this more pronounced and frosty on them, but for the majority of people in the middle with medium golden to tan complexions, will find this just the perfect finishing powder for their overall look.

The Lise Watier Jardin de Givre Illuminating Powder retails for $36 USD and can be purchased on lisewatier.us (don't forget, lisewatier.us also takes paypal!)

What say you?  Are you "warming up" to the Garden of Frost?  See what I did there?

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Lise Watier Palette Jardin de Givre Eyeshadows and Eyeliner - Review, Pictures, Swatches

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Lise Watier has a very pretty collection for Winter 2013.  From the design of the packaging to the thoughtfulness of the color choices, this collection has some fairly good choices.  While not all of them are gems, as you will read in an upcoming review, there are some stand outs, the Palette Jardin de Givre Eyeshadows and Eyeliner being one of those stand outs!

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The Palette Jardin de Givre Eyeshadows and Eyeliner provides the opportunity for many different looks with seven eyeshadow shades in different finishes and a black creme eyeliner. The palette can also please those with cool or warm undertones as there is always a combination to make the shades work together to flatter your complexion.The shadows are fairly smooth and easy to blend.  The green and blue shadows applied fairly sheer when using a brush, but darker when using a sponge tip applicator. 

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The shadows do not have names, so allow ME to name them!

The first shadow on the top row on the left side is a white glitter CREME shadow.  That's right. It freaked me out when I ran my applicator over it. I realized quickly that this is a glitter shadow that can be used all over the eye to give a sparkly look to the shadows you used, or it can be used in the corner of the eyes for a special brightness and glow or as a highlight.    Let's call this one: OMG Snow! (OMG = Oh My Goodness)

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The next shadow is a neutral gold with micro glitter. I love gold shadows but they don't always work for me. This one had a nice sheer sheen to it and the pigmentation was light enough to use as a highlight or wash of color.  Not everybody can wear gold shadow, so let's call this one YRMV Gold. (YRMV = Your Results May Vary)

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Taupe!  That's the next shadow in this palette. It's sparkly but brilliantly pigmented. It's got enough gray in it for taupe lovers to drool and non taupe lovers to make it work.  It does not lean purple at all. It's so pretty. If I could only wear one taupe for the winter I would totally be happy with this one.  Let's call this taupe BAMF Taupe. (BAMF = Bad A** Mother F***er)

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The last shadow in the top row is a very pretty brown. It's a red leaning brown, It's fairly pigmented and makes a great crease color or liner color, if you are so inclined. I love the shimmery aspect to this shadow and it's rare to find a brown that does not clash with certain grey based taupes. Maybe I spend too much time thinking about stuff like that but once you find a brown that goes well with a beloved taupe it's a great thing. I think this one should be called KWIM Brown. (KWIM = Know What I Mean)

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On to the bottom row. on the far left we have a very very light frosty peach color.  The color is so light it got lost on my arm. While it makes a good base and decent highlight I found it a bit too sheer/invisible on my fair skin.  Perhaps people with a darker skin tone than my corpse white might benefit from it better.  I'm not really sure why they included such a dull shade in an otherwise dazzling palette so I think I'll name this one IDK Peach. (IDK = I Don't Know)

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The next shade is a stunning deep emerald green. It's metallic and has decent pigmentation with a sponge applicator, but when used with a brush it's a little sheer.  I like the green shade and it really makes people with brown eyes look amazing.  But the popular green shade is becoming a tad out of style and will soon be ushered away like the Pantone Tangerine Tango of summer 2012. That's why I have decided to name this CUL8R Green. (CUL8R = See You Later)

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Now we come to my new favorite color. I am in love with cobalt blue.  While this shade is not exactly a cobalt blue, it is still close enough to be on trend and very chic! This has the same metallic finish and preforms the same was as CUL8R Green. That's why wearing it to work wasn't so shocking for my conservative cow-workers.  Because I love this color so much I have decided to name it DDG Blue. (DDG = Drop Dead Gorgeous) 

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Last but not least we have the black creme liner. It's smooth, well pigmented and flows easily with a slant tip brush (one is provided in the palette). Since I am unskilled at gel or cream eyeliner application, yet I can whip out  cat eye  with a liquid liner and brush in seconds I am at a loss as to why the skill of cream liner evades me. I am going to name this one PITA Black. (PITA = Pain In The A**)

The Lise Watier Palette Jardin de Givre Eyeshadows and Eyeliner retails for $45 USD and can be purchased directly from lisewatier.us. They also take paypal! 

What say you?  WDUT? (WDUT = What Do You Think?) Would this be  a purchase for you or maybe your BFF? (BFF = Best Friend Forever) Is this TGTB4G? (TGTB4G = Too Good To Be Forgotten) or perhaps you DGAF. (DGAF = Don't Give a F***). Let me know in the comments section.


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Top Ten Tuesdays - Top 10 Concealers

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Here we are again on a Tuesday and surprise surprise I have another top 10 list for you.  This week we are listing our top 10 concealers.  Now you might say, Elvira how can you have TEN concealers that are in your top 10?" And to that I would respond, "I'm fickle, I like to change up my makeup routine, I need a 12 step group for foundations and concealers, and I have the attention span of a toddler. oooh shiny!"  Does THAT answer your question?  I thought so.

So in no particular order, here are my Top 10 concealers of all time *years 2007-2013*


1. Eve Pearl Dual Salmon Concealer - Retails for $39 (press sample)
I just received this to test out. So far so good! It's very creamy and the salmon color really does help hide those dark circles under my eyes.  A little goes a long way.  Keep a look out for a full review soon!


I adore this concealer so much I used up the entire thing and purchased another one. at $55 a pop you know it's gotta be good if I am repurchasing.  It is THAT good. Check my review HERE.


I have been using this concealer since the late 1990's. It's just a great color match for me, it looks nice, doesn't get cakey or creases and it wears well even on my oily skin. I should really do a review of this baby. it's a long time staple. I have purchased countless tubes of this concealer.


4.  Cle de Peau Beaute Concealer - Retails for $70
The holy grail of concealers.  A concealer by which all others are judged. It is so iconic it just has the name "Concealer".  Yes. The CdP Concealer is amazing. You can read my review HERE. I have purchased this twice. once at full price and another through a sale where I paid $26!!


5. itCosmetis Bye Bye Undereye Concealer - Retails for $24 (press sample)
This full coverage concealer is creamy and comes in 4 colors for a great match for most skin tones. I like the fact that this won't crease beneath my eyes once I set it with powder.  You can read my review HERE.


6.  Edward Bess Platinum Concealer - Retails for $38
What can I say about the Edward Bess concealer that I haven't already said in my glowing review HERE.  I guess I can say that it takes me from looking like The Predator to an almost normal looking human being!


The new cosmetics line from Michelle Phan, Youtube beauty guru, and all around awesome lady, has many different shades for the Shade Play Concealer palette. I am loving the different tones and shades. one palette with all the perfecting concealing power I need?  Sign me up.


When I reviewed this concealer YEARS ago I likened it to my adore CdP concealer.  I would still do that today. I love the color match, I love the compact little pot of concealer, I love that a little goes a long way, I pretty much just Love it...and the price has not changed since I first reviewed it! You can read my full review HERE


This concealer comes in so many shades it would be difficult not to find one perfect for you. I love this concealer for the coverage, opaque, the consistency, smooth, the longevity, All Dang Day! and the amount per use, you need a teeny tiny dab.  You can read my full review HERE.


10. Lise Water Portfolio Professional Corrector and Concealer - Retails for $31 (press sample)
This concealer is awesome because it has almost every corrector shade and a concealer shade you would ever need. All in one small pot.  The concealer glides on effortlessly, blends really well and lasts a long time.  Check out my full review HERE.

So that's my Top 10.  Do you have a favorite concealer you would like to share?  Let me know in the comments section!

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