Lise Watier hit a MAJOR home run with the pattern on the palettes in their summer makeup collection, called Eden Tropical. I mean, look at it. Don't you want a matching summer dress and beach bag? I'd even like this on some pillows, please. (I'm sure they'll be right on that.)
But it's not just the outside that's appealing in this range—the products and shades themselves are some of their coolest yet. Canadians, if you haven't given this brand any love yet, I encourage you to give this stuff a look. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised!
Here's the lowdown:
Lise Watier Eden Tropical Bronzing Powder
First up is the bronzing duo, which has that awesome tropical pattern on the outside and then these two tones of brown and peach powder on the inside. They say you can swirl them both together or apply them individually, depending on the look you're after. Here's what they look like on my ghostly skin. (I swear it looks blue today!? What up, skin?)
Note that I had to apply several layers to get the colours to show up, so the brown in particular wouldn't be this intense on a normal swirl of your brush. I do wish it didn't have shimmer, and think with the warm brown colour it's probably a bit better suited for skin tones slightly darker than mine, to a medium. I quite like the peach though, and think it's a nice idea for those with bronzer fears who still want to add colour across the top of the forehead and along the jaw and cheekbones.
Lise Watier Palette Eden Tropical Eyeshadows
The eyeshadows don't have the same take-your-breath-away effect as the bronzers inside, although they too have the gorge tropical print on the outside. One small problem: I tapped the palette on its side to get away the excess shadow before taking this photo, and the blue in the lower right corner immediately cracked and fell out. Oh well... here they are on skin:
I was surprised at this, because the colours—particularly the green and pink—seemed like they could be a little too "out there" for the average person's shadow needs. But they're actually quite soft and almost neutral. I test-drove the two paler shades; they did crease a bit on me, but keep in mind I have the worst eye shape in the world for eyeshadow (hence you never really hear me raving about eyeshadows as a general category). I think these could be fun if you have a lot of lid space and are into playing with your shadow colours... just make sure to handle the palette with extra care.
Lise Watier Blush Crème Satin
Hugely excited over this guy! I don't know if LW had cream blushes before, but I hadn't tried them until now. This shade is called Coral Paradise; there is actually another one in this collection called Rose Eden, which is an amazing bright pink. Alas, I requested it for this review and was instead sent a second Coral Paradise... oh well! This shade is still great; it is a soft and creamy peach:
I think it would look great on a wide range of skin tones; the formula is creamy in the pot but then immediately dries down on skin, so there's no chance it will smear or move around. It looks very much like a stain, very seamless with the skin. I like the peach to pair with pink on my mouth... still want to get my hands on the pink one (Rose Eden) to pair with coral lips! I love pairing the opposite tones for lips versus cheeks.
Lise Watier Hydra Kiss Colour Balm
Now we get to the best part; the new tinted lip balms! I have to say, I rarely meet a tinted balm I don't like, but these are extra, extra good. The two shades are again called Coral Paradise and Rose Eden, and here's how much pigment you get:
They go on extremely creamy, in one of the best textures I've ever come across (i.e. they totally hide any dryness/flakiness on your lips!). Here's the colour payoff with Coral Paradise:
And here's Rose Eden:
I can't decide which one I prefer! They're both going into my summer rotation. These would be great if you like a little pop of colour on your lips... but not traffic-stopping bright.
Had to share this great little video featuring David Vincent, Lise Watier's international makeup artist. I met David in Florida earlier this year when the brand took a few beauty editors and bloggers to Club Med (!!) to preview this collection. David is a wonderful person and a fantastically talented artist—check out the two Eden Tropical looks he creates here. (I love this model too!)
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