A crystal I’d probably be okay with dropping | Lise Watier Crystal Drops Lip Gloss in Tangerine: review, photos, swatches

Thursday, June 14, 2012

The product: Lise Watier Crystal Drops Ultra-Shine Lip Gloss in Tangerine 

[ Psst: I haven’t worn this one around a ton because I’m not crazy about orange, so this is going to be more of a “flash review” than a full-blown production. If you have any questions about the product that aren’t answered in this post, please feel free to ask them in the comments! ]

Lise Watier call their Crystal Drops formula a “wet look” lip gloss, made to “[bathe] lips in a translucent, glistening, ultra-shine.” They note that the glosses are non-sticky and won’t run, and the Drops come in three shades this summer: Tangerine (photographed here), Smoothie (a shimmering nude pink, and Dragon Fruit (a bright, punchy pink).

Lise Watier  Crystal Drops Lip Gloss in Tangerine – swatch

Lise Watier Tangerine lip swatch

This Crystal Drops lipgloss has a light floral fragrance that lingers; a negative in my books, but a plus in many others, I’m sure. The shade and shine, though, didn’t blow me away: Tangerine is super-sheer, almost more clear than translucent. And, while, I can definitely get it to deliver on the “wet-look” claims, I find I have to apply quite a bit to go from “shiny” to “ultra-shiny.”

It’s more of a… regular shine. An okay-shiny lipgloss.

From what I’ve read, though, Tangerine is the runt of the litter in terms of shade and opacity, and it does fulfill its promises: glistening and non-sticky, definitely. Translucent, maybe; I’d go more for transparent to describe this one, myself. Ultra-shine, though, I’m more hesitant about, and the shade itself seems too tame (read: boring) for an $18 price tag.

Which leads me to…

The (mini-)verdict?

(A mini-verdict, for a mini-review.)

I’m not crazy about Tangerine, but I can definitely see where they were going with this one. If you’re an orange-lover that feels like you can’t wear orange makeup, this limited-edition Summer Sunset gloss would be a must-have — but if you wanted anything more than super-sheer colour, I think you’ll have to look for it elsewhere.

I was really disappointed that I didn’t love this, because I’ve read some great things about the Crystal Drops line. At the end of the day, though, I’d give this one a solid skip: for $18 CAD, it’s basically a clear lipgloss, and it’s not even scent- or paraben-free, at that.

L-R: Crystal Drops Ultra-Shine Lip Glosses in Smoothie, Tangerine, and Dragon Fruit

The ingredients:

Polybutene, Octyldodecanol, Silica, Triacontanyl PVP, Parfum, Aroma, Propylparaben, BHT, Anise Alcohol. +/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Yellow 6 Lake, Iron Oxide, Carmine, Red 7 Lake, Tin Oxide.

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6 Responses to “A crystal I’d probably be okay with dropping | Lise Watier Crystal Drops Lip Gloss in Tangerine: review, photos, swatches”

  1. Jamilla, on June 14th, 2012 at 12:43 pm said:

    It gives a nice sheen, but yes, it's rather meh.

  2. Hmm… That wouldn't show up on me at all. A shame, because the shade is so fun!
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  3. Pretty–but I wish it were just a touch more pigmented. If I'm gonna go the orange lipgloss route, I want something more along the lines of Illamasqua Temper! or maybe a little sheerer than that :P
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  4. Yeah :( As far as I'm concerned, if I can get the same effect with a clear gloss (or even just a shiny lip balm), I will!

  5. I know! Even as a not-orange-lover, I was really hoping for more of a tint out of this one. There's a difference between sheer and clear, after all — and this one didn't really get to "sheer."

  6. LOL! I was definitely *not* expecting Temper-levels of pigment out of this one, but a little more pigment would have been really nice to see :p

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