Dreamy lids & blue-green liner with the Lise Watier Expression Spring 2015 collection

Lise Watier Expression makeup look Spring 2015

I’ve been testing a lot of (rather excellent) all-natural skincare products for the blog recently, but this month, I had my first serious reaction to a product: a red, itchy, bumpy rash on my cheeks and jawline. I’m not sure what caused it (though I do have my suspicions), but while I wait for the reaction to go down, I’ll be focusing on testing new makeup products instead.

I don’t want to say that the rash was a good thing–because ouch–but maybe there’s a silver lining to it after all. I have so many pretty things I want to share with all of you this month!

(That rash, though. Take it back, universe. I don’t like it and I’m not having fun.)

Lise Watier Spring 2015 makeup look pastels

I haven’t used any Lise Watier in a while, so this look was a great opportunity to try out a bunch of new things — and I pretty much adored them all. I used an old Lise Watier Crayon Jumbo pencil in Moonlight (the prettiest silvery-white-purple) as my base so that the violet sheen would peek through the shadows, and then paired a few of the shades from the Lise Watier Palette Expression with their Ombre Soufflé Suprême in Fairy Pink, also from the Expression collection.

The two are a match made in heaven, I kid you not. The cool khaki and the peachy pink pair together to create just the prettiest, dreamiest “daybreak” lids, and over the white-violet base, they both pull perfectly grey/blue.

Lise Watier Expression Palette, Vert Feline Liner makeup look

Wearing/EOTD: Lise Watier Palette Expression, Féline Liner in Vert

I’m trying not to put anything on my cheeks until my skin calms down, so I finished the look with some heavy liner (Marcelle Double Precision through the lashes & Lise Watier Féline Eyeliner HD in Vert, which I swear usually looks greener than this; swatches below) and a nude lip. For the lip, I grabbed my Lise Watier Haute Couleur gloss in Rose Vintage, which was a big disappointment for me — I bought it a few months ago and only had the chance to try it today, but I didn’t like it at all.

Unlike my Rouge Catwalk gloss in the same formula (which applies like a dream and smells fruity), Rose Vintage smelled kind of “off” and caught on all of my dry skin. It was thick and almost… I want to say chalky? Like old paint that you’re trying to thin out. A pretty shade, and crazy pigmented, but not the best execution.

Anyhow. I guess the takeaway message from this whole post is: TRUST NOTHING and don’t buy the nude Haute Couleur glosses? And also always be afraid of allergies, especially if you’re a whiney baby and you can’t deal with your face freaking out.

Lise Watier dark pastels makeup look

Shop the look


Annabelle Expandable Mascara ($10.95 CAD)

Marcelle Double Precision Liquid Eyeliner Pen in Intense Black ($14.95 CAD)

Lise Watier Crayon Jumbo in Moonlight (I just found out that these no longer exist, but any light pink or lilac cream eyeshadow would produce a similar effect.)

Lise Watier Palette Expression Eyeshadows ($42 CAD)

Lise Watier Ombre Soufflé Suprême in Fairy Pink ($24 CAD)

Lise Watier Féline Eyeliner HD in Vert ($20 CAD)

Lise Watier Eye Shine pencil in Expression ($20 CAD)


Cover FX Total Cover Cream Foundation in G20 ($42 USD/$39 CAD)

theBalm timeBalm Concealer in Lighter Than Light ($18 USD)


Lise Watier Haute Couleur lipgloss in Rose Vintage ($23 CAD)

Lise Watier Feline Vert Eyeliner, Fairy Pink Ombre swatches review

Swatched L-R: Lise Watier Féline Eyeliner HD in Vert, Ombre Soufflé Suprême in Fairy Pink, and Eye Shine Eyeliner in Expression

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  • Absolutely beautiful and very ethereal …

  • scoo06

    I was about to ask you how do you manage to have such flawless skin when I read about the rash! So sorry about that but Rae you have AMAZING skin! :-) I love Vert on your eyes a lot.. in fact the eyes are done so so well I am just ashamed at my abysmal skills! :P
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    • Eep. Well, thank you, Divya! Fortunately the rash is isolated to the periphery of my face (contouring areas and jawline, basically, so it hides itself pretty well in the shadows :p

      I've always thought your eye makeup looked really pretty! I can't pull off sooty black liner or super-long lashes to save my life, but they come so naturally to you. ;)

  • as always SO pretty, rae!!

  • Your makeup looks are always so beautiful!
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  • Oh this is suuuuuuch a pretty look, Rae! <3 You look flawless!
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  • Lily @ChloeAsh

    Love the colour combination here, Rae. And I hope those nasty rashes go away soon.
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    • Thanks, babe! No progress on the rash front recently (:( :( :() but I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

  • Dreamy lids indeed! I really enjoy how the subtlety makes the impact with this finish. Beautiful!

  • truecolorjoy

    very pretty look! i grabbed a couple of Ombré Souflés at the IMATS LA in january at 50% off and now i'm kicking myself for not getting more colors! they feel so nice on the lids and blend so easily!
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    • Thank you! I'm so happy to hear that you're loving your Ombre Souffles — but yeah, you totally should have picked up more :p I have yet to find a single one that isn't breathtakingly gorgeous!

  • Those colors are sublime together!

    For the rash, have you tried honey? Sometimes when my skin is seriously acting up I do a honey mask. If it's exceptionally irritated, I mash up a few aspirin into it for the inflammation and redness.
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    • I haven't, actually — thank you so much for the tip! I'm not sure if we have any Asprin in the house (though I might try Advil instead to minimize inflammation), but I'll definitely give a honey mask a try if I have time tonight. I keep forgetting that it's such a well-loved skincare ingredient!

      • Can you do Advil instead of aspirin? They do have some of the same properties, but there is an acid in aspirin that helps with the exfoliation in addition to inflammation. I'll have to do some googling to check that out. It's a good idea, since most people tend to have ibuprofen on hand more than aspirin.
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        • You can as long as you're not expecting the same results, I think!! Exfoliation is the last thing that I want for my skin when it's this irritated, so Advil's sounding pretty good to me right now ;)

  • Jaa

    Your eye looks are always on point, Rae! Especially the liner work! How do you manage to do it perfectly every time?! Tell me your secret! ;D

    Ugh, a gloss that feels like old paint? Came across a few of those, toss right away! I mean, don't they test their products before they release them to the market?!

    • Hah! Like you need any more eye makeup secrets, Jaa ;) Your eye makeup is practically the definition of "on point"; my soft-watercolour lids have got nothing on the kind of graphic looks that you can pull off!

      I am SO confused by this gloss, because the red one that I have (in the same damn formula, and from an even older batch!!) is absolutely glorious. It's shiny, pigmented, and easy to work with — I just don't get it!!

  • You look absolutely stunning. The eyeshadow paired with the green flick is just beyond words.

  • sylirael

    That eyeliner needs to be in my life right now O_O One can never have too many teal/turquoise/whatever on one's lashline, I feel.

    Also, Bill is on holiday in Mallorca at the moment, or you't totally be hearing from him about those watercolour lids ;-)
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    • YUP. And it's a felt-tip pen, even! It was meant to be! ;)

      If you hear from Bill, could you tell him that I hope he's having a relaxing holiday, please? It must be a nice break from all of those cease & desists that he has to write :P :P

  • This is an incredible elegant look!
    Again, I'm so sad about your rash. You can't even tell there is something going on in the photos, but *knock on wood* I haven't had anything major happen yet what with all the lab testing we do on our skin.

    • Thanks, Jayne! And also <3 thanks. My skin is pretty much back to normal now — it was all along the perimeter of my face, so thankfully it was fairly easy to hide!!

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