I was poking around the makeup section of Shoppers Drug Mart — yes, I’m sure you’re absolutely shocked by this revelation — when I spotted a Lise Watier holiday display. In all honesty, I’d never purchased any Lise Watier products before, but their Illuminating Powder ($45.00 CAD) grabbed my attention. I swatched it and was pleasantly surprised at how pretty it was on the skin. I also swatched the Ombre Soufflé Suprême in Love Spell ($25.00 CAD) and ended up falling in love with that as well, so of course they both came home with me (thank you, Shoppers Drug Mart Optimum points). If you’d like either of these to come home with you, too, but you can’t get to a Shoppers Drug Mart, you can pick them up on Lise Watier’s website. They’re both limited edition, so I’m not sure how long they’ll be around!
The Illuminating Powder is absolutely gorgeous. It comes in some fancy packaging (it even houses a decent little brush underneath) and it’s embossed with a pretty design. These types of things normally don’t matter to me, but I feel like, at this price point, it should look luxurious in addition to being great quality.
The powder itself is made up of a pale pink section and a bronze section, which you can use individually or mix together. Being a very fair-skinned girl, I was surprised at how light both sections showed up on my skin. The pinky highlight actually works as a highlight on me and the bronze section is extremely subtle. The sheen is lovely — very smooth and pearlescent without any glitter whatsoever.
The Ombre Soufflé Suprême has a very interesting texture — it’s a light, airy mousse that’s almost spongey to the touch. The colour is a pale, dusty pink-mauve. It’s slightly glittery, but the sparkles are extremely fine and the product still applies very smoothly and evenly. The finish is more “metallic with subtle sparkle” rather than being a full-on glitter bomb. I can see this looking gorgeous on the centre of the eyelid for a “spotlight” effect.
Why You Might Like These:
- Illuminating Powder:
- If your skin tone is fair to medium, this will look great on you. The pink section highlights nicely while the bronze section gives a very subtle warm glow to the skin.
- You can mix both sections together to get a custom combination of the two, depending on how much of each colour you use.
- If you like your highlighters to be smooth and sparkle-free, this is perfect.
- It’s worth checking out if you like to display your makeup (or just enjoy pretty packaging).
- Ombre Soufflé Suprême:
- It’s quite pigmented and applies very smoothly. Using your fingers works well!
- There are other shades if you’re not fond of this one in particular.
- The finish is beautiful if you like a little sheen/sparkle to your eyeshadow.
- The mousse texture is unique and works with the tiny sparkles, keeping them “stuck” in place and resulting in very little fallout, if any.
- The creaminess of the shadow is great if you have drier lids and the formula claims to be long-lasting.
Why You Might Not Like These:
- Illuminating Powder:
- Although the quality is great, the price point is on the higher end. You can definitely find less expensive highlighters from other brands.
- Depending on how deep your skin tone is, the pink section alone could turn ashy. The bronze section will become less “bronzey” and turn into more of a highlight on deeper skin tones as well (which might actually work out). The good thing is that both sides can be mixed together, so you might be able to avoid the ashy look by doing so.
- If you prefer your highlighters to be matte, this one probably isn’t for you.
- The packaging is a little bulky, so you might not enjoy travelling with this. But, if you do, you’ll have a brush in there as well.
- Ombre Soufflé Suprême:
- If you can’t tolerate any sparkle or sheen in your eyeshadow, you’ll probably want to skip this particular shade. I haven’t swatched the other colours of this formula so I can’t say if they all have the same finish.
- If you’re not a fan of cream eyeshadows, you might want to pass. Though it’s more mousse-like, it applies and performs similar to a cream shadow.
- This might not be your best option if cream eyeshadows tend to wear off faster on you, no matter how long-lasting they claim to be. I’m in the same boat, but I find that a good primer prevents that from happening, so it’s a non-issue for me. And we all know what my favourite eyeshadow primer is.
I’m glad that display caught my eye because I’m really liking my first Lise Watier goodies and I’m inspired to check out some more of their products in the future. Do you have any good recommendations for me? Have you checked these ones out in person and, if so, what do you think? Let me know in the comments!