June 05, 2012

Lise Watier Blush-On Powder - Libertine

I have a crazy infatuation with blush, bordering on the unseemly. Though I don't have the mental fortitude to go on a five month blush ban as Tracy over at Beauty Reflections did, I have tried to limit my blush buying lately. So let's pretend that the blush I got at the Lise Watier warehouse sale counts as an example of my blush thrift, since it was 50% off. Ok? Ok.

This is my first experience with the Blush-On Powders, and I thought I would start with a color that generally works very well on me - the soft peachy-pink, Nars Orgasm-type shade, in this case called "Libertine". (What is it about that kind of color that seems to evoke sexual innuendo?)




The packaging is fairly sleek and simple, with a good-sized mirror. The inclusion of a brush underneath the pan is not really necessary, even if it is relatively soft and will do in a pinch.

Lise Watier Blush-On Powder - Libertine

Lise Watier Blush-On Powder - Libertine


In some lighting Libertine looks like a warm, medium pink, in others the peachy undertones come out more clearly. Though it's not super obvious in the pan, the blush does have a fine golden shimmer throughout, which reads more on the skin. I find it less shimmery than Orgasm though. It's the kind of shade that tends to enliven light-to-medium skin, and looks particularly nice in the summer.

The texture is silky, smooth and just a smidge dry - not powdery, but it feels light as opposed to buttery and dense. This makes application easy, and longevity a bit more difficult. Libertine can be kept sheer or built up, and looks lovely and natural either way due to the airiness of the powder. However, this also means that it is best applied over a foundation or primer of some sort. With its light texture, it can wear away more quickly than you might like.

Indirect natural light.

Artificial light.

Lise Watier Blush-On Powder - Libertine
Direct sunlight.

Availability: Part of the permanent collection, Libertine is available at most Pharmaprix/SDM locations, as well as The Bay. It can also be purchased from Lise Watier, and from Naimie's in the US. Price is 25$ CAD.

Pros: Very flattering color, brightening without being too warm or too much. Smooth, airy texture makes for a silky finish and natural application. Goes from sheer to intense easily.

Cons: Tends to fly away unless applied over a foundation or primer, compromising length of wear.

(I purchased this item from Lise Watier.)

8 comments:

  1. That's a really pretty shade! Although for a second I thought the pink square on the front of the compact was the shade...that would excite me :D

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    1. Oh my gosh, I would LOVE a color like that. Someone needs to get on making a duochrome fuchsia blush, ASAP.

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  2. My aunt has bought me a few shadows and blushes from Lise Watier, and I always passed on them instantly - they always look too soft and pale for my skintone. HOWEVER, that was back before I knew better LOL, and I think I should dig these out of my swap pike and give them another go. You make it sound worth my while!! Thanks for the review, Maggie :)

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    1. You're welcome! =)

      Lise Watier has really crept up on me this last year. Being in Montreal I tended to overlook it a bit, but they really do have some very interesting products. Definitely will be doing more reviews from my recent hauls!

      Which products did you aunt get you? (Btw, love that family members are willing to get you makeup. Mine tend to just roll their eyes.)

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  3. Ooh, this is so cute! It looks really versatile - not just in terms of sheer/buildable, but peachy/pinky, too.

    (Though I have to agree with Larie's comment, too: a blush the colour of the pink square would be awesome! :P )

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    1. It is! I think it's one of those colors that will pull one way or the other depending on your skin tone, but probably flattering either way.

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  4. I thought that the little square on the top was the shade of the blush as well *doh*! I actually really like the look of the compact - it seems modern and clean. Even the brush seems a fairly good size, not like those dinky ones most blushes come with (what's with that? what a waste...). The colour, while not as intense as Orgasm, seems to actually be more wearable - mental note to start looking at Lise Watier products a bit more thoroughly, if this is an indication of what they're producing! Thanks for the gorgeous swatches, Maggie!

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    1. Thank you, Eugenia! Usually I hate those in-compact brushes, especially when they add bulk, but this one is not so terrible. :P

      I don't unreservedly love everything (heck, not even Guerlain can claim my unconditional devotion!) but LW is definitely a brand worth investigating if you haven't tried anything from them.

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