I rushed to get this review up because I just couldn’t hold off on testing this puppy out and sharing my thoughts. The Lise Watier Simply Nudes 12-Colour Eyeshadow Palette is from the Variations de Nude Spring 2016 collection:
I’ve neglected my Project Focus 10 palette (the Smashbox Double Exposure) so I could wear this beauty all week:
I picked this palette up when I redeemed my Optimum Points, so it didn’t cost me anything, but the retail price of this palette is $65 CAD, for 12g of product (1g per colour/pan). For those of you not familiar with the brand Lise Watier, it’s a Canadian mid-range cosmetics line that I would compare to Stila or Smashbox in terms of quality – you can read more about the brand philosophy here. It is sold at Shoppers Drug Mart, select Sears and Hudson’s Bay locations. “Lise Watier” is pronounced Leez Watt-ee-yay. 😉
Lise Watier’s description of this product:
A new generation of eyeshadows with a creamy powder texture that is ultra soft. The harmony of colours and the impeccable hold of this formula allow for a luminous and sublime look.
• Cream-powder formula
• High pigmentation
• Multiple finishes, from matte to satin
• Paraben free
I was completely won over by this palette upon touching the eye shadows at the store – it felt incredibly smooth and buttery. The curated colours in the palette are so nuanced and balanced – a bit of warmth but also some cool tones, a mix of shimmers and mattes; it just looked so chic. I thought this would be it: The ONE. The palette to end all palettes. 😉
First, the colours: there’s a good mix of nudes represented; from the MLBB (My Lids But Better) shades to the transitional colours, to the deeper crease shades. One could create a wide variety of nudey type looks with this palette. I almost view the bottom row of colours as the shimmery counterparts to the top row of mattes (save for Cacao, the oddball matte shade on the bottom row). What I especially love about this palette is that I truly can get a complete eye look just using this palette. I don’t need to supplement it with a transition shade or a highlight colour – it’s all contained right here.
Top row (L to R):
Amande – ivory (matte)
Peau de pêche – light peach (matte)
Argile – peach (matte)
Terre – greyed taupe (matte)
Caramel – yellowed brown (matte)
Cendre – charcoal brown (matte)
The texture of these is SO buttery. I know makeup reviews often talk about triple jet-milled, ultra fine textures and whatnot, but these are honestly THE smoothest shadows I’ve ever felt with my flesh. And therein lies a downfall: it’s so fine that the powder can have a tendency to just blend away to nothing. I find that a patting motion rather than side to side is better for applying these onto the lids. From this row, I could have done away with Peau de pêche, it seems redundant. I love both Argile and Caramel.
Bottom row (L to R):
Lumière – champagne (shimmer)
Satin – light peach (shimmer)
Cacao – chocolate (matte)
Nude – light beige (shimmer)
Trésor – light bronze (shimmer)
Rose étain – taupe (shimmer)
The shimmers have a slightly different feel than the mattes – a little more spongey to the touch, they remind me a bit of the old Body Shop eye shadows (pre-Color Crush crap) which were dreamy. The formula of these shimmers are less consistent across the board than the mattes – the three lighter shades are much more shimmery compared to the darker shades which I would call frost finishes. The lone matte colour on this row, Cacao, has me scratching my head. My favourite of these are Trésor and Rose étain. Overall I preferred the matte formula over the shimmers in this palette, which works out well since there are 7 mattes and 5 shimmers (again, not sure why Lise Watier didn’t go even-steven here).
Lise Watier does claim that this product is high pigmentation, but I’d have to add a caveat. It’s not high pigmentation that punches you in the face, it’s buildable pigmentation. At first swipe, you won’t be impressed, but at second swipe, you’ll realize that the colour slowly builds – kind of like a watercolour – creating a refined blended look. This quality reminds me a lot of the MUFE Artist shadows. And similarly, these Lise Watier eye shadows also last an impressively long time on the lids without fading or creasing (over my usual lid primers). These eye shadows do not kick up a lot of dust, and I experienced no fall out with them.
There is a duo ended sponge / brush included. Initially I wanted to dock marks for the sponge end but now, having used the products, I can appreciate why a sponge applicator would work better with this shadow formula. The blend brush end is fantastic – the perfect size and density to blend out the edges. The packaging is a very sturdy plastic case with a full sized, high quality mirror. The palette measures 14cm x 8cm x 1.5cm. There’s absolutely no wasted spaces inside. This would make the ideal travel palette.
Now, the price. At $65, it is more expensive than comparable palettes, for example, the Tarte Tartelette Matte palette is $54 for 12 shades (1.5g of product each shade), and the Urban Decay Naked 1 costs $66, also for 12 shades (1.4g each). So why is this Lise Watier one costing $65 for 12 shades too, but only 1g product each? I’ll answer with 2 possible reasons: 1) Economies of scale. Lise Watier is a small-time brand compared to brands like Tarte or Urban Decay. Smaller production runs mean higher costs. 2) Country of origin. The Lise Watier palette is made in Italy whereas the others are made in the US. Labour costs, shipping, import duties, etc. all factor into the product’s costs – just some points to consider.
After wearing this for the past week, I have to say, this palette is darn close, but not The One. This palette is very safe, from the pigmentation to the colour selection to the finished look. It impressed me but in subtle ways – as someone who is not into large scale eye shadow palettes (anything with more than 5 colours), I found myself wearing nearly all of the colours from this palette. I would recommend this if you’re looking for an all-rounder palette that is dependable and good for travelling. I’d love to see Lise Watier develop an all matte palette using the matte formula from this palette!
I set out to do some comparisons and my half-assed attempt came up with these:
The 3 colours on the bottom row of theBalm Meet Matt(e) Nude palette seemed to be a good match for the 3 right hand side of the Lise Watier top row, but once swatched, no dice.
But the MAC Uninterrupted is a pretty good match for Caramel from this palette, with Uninterrupted pulling stronger mustard tone.
• Smooth and highly blendable formula
• Well-rounded colour selection for complete eye looks
• Long wearing formula
• Packaged well for travel (mirror, compact size)
• Useful applicator
• Made in Italy
• Not as high pigment as claimed
• Inconsistent quality between the shades; matte are better than shimmers
• Higher priced than comparable palettes
Stash worthiness: 8/10
Canadians: do go to the store to feel this palette. I assure you that you’ll gasp a little at the texture (especially the mattes) – it’s like silk! Americans, you’ll have to take my word on this – you can only purchase Lise Watier from her US site here.
If I were to make a couple of changes to this palette, this is what I’d come up with:
Do you see what I did? Here’s the original:
I got rid of Peau de pêche (the light peach matte shade 2nd from left), and shifted Argile over to its spot. Then I moved Cacao, the lone matte from the bottom, up to where Argile was, and added a shimmery brown shade at the bottom. I shall call that shade Chocolat. 😀
Hope you found this review helpful! So, have you found The One (eye shadow palette)? Do tell!