December 22, 2011

Lise Watier Smokey Brown Eye Shine (+ smoky green FOTD)

Perilously Pale tweeted yesterday about the upcoming Lise Watier collection, and I tweeted in turn what an underrated brand LW is. One that, as a Montrealer, I really should look at in more depth. So here's a start!

Lise Watier currently does two waterproof pencil liners in their permanent collection: the Waterproof Eyeliner and the Eye Shine. The latter have a decidedly more metallic, almost ducochrome, finish.

I recently purchased the Smokey Brown Eye Shine (17$ CAD), intrigued by the way it swatched in the store.

It's not quite brown, not quite taupe, and gleams with bronze and almost plum undertones. It's a stunning and complex alternative to the basic brown eyeliner. It is also incredibly creamy and pigmented.

In natural daylight.
The claim for these is that they are waterproof, and indeed they are. This picture was taken after I tried to wash it off with water, then soap and water, then soap and water and a lot of industrious scrubbing. Stinker was NOT going to move.

That said, the very creamy texture means that these are not entirely smudgeproof, and compared to other waterproof eyeliners, this one retains a faint sort of tackiness after application. But this actually works well if you want to use it as a base. Which is what I did here:

Eyes: Lise Watier Smokey Brown Eye Shine, MAC Sumptuous Olive eyeshadow, Lancome Hypnose mascara
Face: Chanel Pro Lumiere foundation (shade 20), MAC Secret Blush PB blush
Lips: L'Oréal Color Riche Rich Pink gloss

I applied Smoky Brown all over the lid, and used a MAC 217 brush to buff it out, barely reaching into my natural crease. I then applied MAC Sumptuous Olive all over the lid and up into the crease.

Over the Smokey Brown, the Sumptuous Olive became deeper and more metallic, gradually lightening up above the crease line into a golden-green on my bare skin. The effect was a very natural, smoky olive eye. (SO has a faint sort of copper duochrome to it that shows up when it is really buffed out. You can sort of see a bit of that reddish tinge in the crease of my left eye.)

(I also lined my lower lashes with the SB, and lightly applied the SO there as well.)

This look held up perfectly for about 8 hours, with some fading in the crease and inner corner at about the 10 hour mark. Not quite UDPP, but pretty darn good.

For reference, some swatches of Sumptuous Olive by itself.

And Sumptuous Olive patted over Smokey Brown Eye Shine in various lighting.

Direct sunlight, indirect daylight, artifical light.


Availability: In Canada, it's at Shoppers Drug Mart/Pharmaprix, Jean Coutu, The Bay, and the Lise Watier website. (In the US, Naimie's carries the brand.) Price is 17$.

Pros: Unique color, ultra-creamy and blendable, long-lasting and waterproof. Home-grown brand! *fist-bump*

Cons: So creamy it can smear a bit if you rub your eyes, though once you set it with powder, it's solid. Needs elbow grease or, well, just plain grease to get off (as in, an oil-based remover).

(I purchased these items from Pharmaprix and MAC.)


  1. Beautiful! Both the eye look and you! Can't wait to check out the liner next time I'm at Shoppers.

  2. Thank you! Always nervous posting full-face pictures, but I like to see what things look like on people, not just as swatches, so I can't really justify being shy about it.

    I'd love to hear your thoughts on the liners when you get a chance to look at them. =)


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