As foretold in my Canada – French Pharmacy Haul, I present my review of the Lise Watier Eyeshadow Quartet in Les Bleus (or Eyeshadow Quad in The Blues). Lise Watier is a Canadian prestige cosmetic brand launched in 1972 by Montreal native….Lise Watier. Besides department stores and some drugstores in Canada, you can find her products at Lise Watier online (with shipping to Canada and the U.S. only), as well as at Naimies in the United States (not affiliate links).
I’d initially asked my mum to keep an eye out for the Quatuor Feline Eyeshadow Quarteti, a more neutral palette, that I believe is limited edition for Fall/Autumn, and packaged in an adorable leopard print rectangular compact. I suppose she couldn’t find it and picked this one up instead. Like all of the regular, permanent quads, this comes in a study plastic packaging that has a shiny, gunmetal-type finish. The glare made taking a photo quite challenging. It’s funny, my boyfriend thought this was something from Clinique because, to him, it looks like their packaging and I suppose he’s kind of right….
The colour scheme is not what I’d usually go for, but I’m actually really happy that it’s something different and not yet another set of neutrals to compete with the rest in my collection.
The four shadows are divided into non-equal quadrants, with the darkest colour being the smallest (which makes sense as you’d probably use the least amount of this shade). Although some of the colours contain visible shimmer, I would actually describe the finish as satin because the shimmer does not translate on the eye the way that you see it in the pan (apart from perhaps the white one). Oddly enough, the midnight/navy blue shade appeared to contain the most shimmer but that shimmer all but blended away upon application.
Pigmentation on these is fair to decent. You may be able to gather from the swatches below that the darkest shade did not swatch as dark as it appears in the pan. The formula was slightly powdery, though still creamy (smoothness level was about average) and all shadows blended well.
O.K., now for the fun stuff! I created two looks using the Lise Watier Les Bleus Quad to share with you guys today (P.S. I make no claims at being a make-up artist, I’m just a self-taught makeup lover). The first look uses only the shadows from the palette, while the second look incorporates some more neutral shades from my collection. As the individual shadows within the palette have no names, for reference, I have numbered them.
A few tings to note, I have very hooded eyes, so I usually have to take shadows a little higher on my lid. And in terms of tools, for both looks I basically used the eye brushes that come in the Sedona Lace 12 Piece Brush Set.
The first look is quite typical of what one would expect using all four colours in this quad. It actually turned out to be much more dramatic than it appears in my photos. My apologies, I took so many shots but the light was just not co-operating with me that day. Also, my face looks so red (probably due to my frustration regarding the light). Anyway, in the second look, the lighting is better.
Application (Look One): After priming my lids with Urban Decay’s Anti-Aging Primer Potion and Stila’s Prime Pot (which is a neutral base much like MAC’s painterly paint pot), using a Sedona Lace tapered blending brush, I placed shade #2 (sky blue/turquoise) in the crease. To me, it seemed like the best option in terms of a crease colour when limited to these four shades. I packed shade #3 (icy blue) all over the lid with a Sedona Lace flat shadow brush (it took a bit of work to build this color). I deepened the outer-crease with #1 (midnight/navy blue) – which I also added to the lower lash line, and finished with touch of #4 (frosty white), to the upper brow bone and inner tear duct. The look was completed with black liquid liner (Kat Von D) and one coat of my Chanel Le Volume (reviewed here).
These colours are quite cool toned and, perhaps, somewhat typical of many blue eye shadow palettes. As I thought about what kind of different looks I could create, the sky blue/turquoise color (#2) in the quad jumped out at me. Not only is it the most unique of the four but lends itself to a “warmer” look (in my opinion, anyway). So in an attempt to create something that is more “neutral” and “wearable” than the first look, I paired shadows #1, #2 and #4 with MAC’s Soft Brown and Brule (if you want to see these swatched, check out my MAC palette post). Neutral and wearable are in quotations because, while this look is a vibrant pop of colour, it’s not so “in your face blue”.
Application (Look Two): After priming, I dusted MAC’s Brule all over the lid. Then, I created some dimension by blending MAC’s Soft Brown in the crease. I wasn’t going for anything too defined, aiming for more of a diffused look. The star of the show, shade #2 (sky blue/turquoise), was packed generously all over the lid. As with the first look, I added the dark blue shade (#1) to the outer corner crease…but only ever so slightly, blending it out quite a bit. I popped a combination of shade #4 (white) and MAC’s Brule on the brow bone and inner tear duct. If I create this look again, I think I would skip using the white shade (or use much less) and just stick with Brule for the brow bone. To complete the look, I opted for a dark brown pencil liner (Stila’s Smudge Stick Lionfish) instead of liquid liner and two coats of my Ardency Inn Curl & Wax Mascara (review here).
The Quad, the full name of which is the Lise Watier Quatuor Eyeshadow Quartet Les Bleus, retails for $33.00 CAD/USD (this seems repetitive as I’m pretty sure Quatuor is french for Quartet, but this is how the eye shadow is listed on the website).
Thanks for stopping by guys. I hope this has been interesting even if you don’t have this palette or have no plans to purchase it…perhaps there are blues in your collection that you’re not using? If you’ve created any blue shadow looks lately please share!
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