Lise Watier HydraForce launch & hydration detector app!

Lise Watier HydraForce Hydra-Protective moisturizer gel-creme review

Last weekend, I had the privilege of being able to attend a Lise Watier skincare launch at West Edmonton Mall. It was a really nifty event; just a small booth and a few super helpful ladies manning the table & makeover station, but the way the line is being marketed is really unique.

The Lise Watier HydraForce line features Gaspé algae and offers a gel moisturizer, a cream moisturizer, a glossy, lemony lip balm that feels great and tastes a little sweet (don’t judge me), and an app.

Now, I know what you’re going to say: cosmetic apps are overdone! But this one involves testing tool that lets you quantifiably measure how well your moisturizer is working (or not working), and its accuracy is actually repeatable.

Lise Watier HydraForce hydration detector review

Verifying the science

My partner and I tested out the HydraForce detector for before and after readings at the counter, and the results were pretty cool to see. My hands (the HydraForce range contains silicones) went from 36% hydrated to 57% after applying the Lise Watier HydraForce Hydra-Protective Creme-Gel ($45 CAD), and Boyfriend’s face went from 48% to a whopping 76%, which surprised even the Lise Watier rep!

Lise Watier HydraForce test app

Much boyfriend. Very suspicious. Such hydration!

Lise Watier HydraForce lip balm review

Even with three before & after tests that matched my expectations, I wasn’t sure about the science, so I headed back home to broaden my sample size. My combination-skinned mom’s t-zone had a 48% moisture level (which is more or less perfect hydration, according to the app), and my dad’s scaly legs eked out a 28%.

The really scary result, though, was my own: I re-tested the skin on my freshly washed, un-moisturized hands, and I got a 13.4% reading. I tested again on my other hand to replicate the results and got 14%. So, obviously, I panicked and cried applied some moisturizer to my hands and tested again; this time, with much higher results — 28%, which is still in the dry region of the chart, but not painfully dry.

Lise Watier HydraForce app

My Lise Watier Hydration Detector app results / what your results mean!

Lise Watier HydraForce launch the bay west edmonton mall

Lise Watier HydraForce bubble


The products

As I mentioned, I can’t test these products in the long-term because they contain silicones. However, I can tell you that I really liked what I saw. The moisturizers smell and feel amazing, and the Hydra-Protective Creme-Gel is an awesome starter product from the HydraForce range. It’s super lightweight and designed only to provide your skin with hydration, so it can be used as a standalone moisturizer or used as a hydration gel-serum under the treatment product of your choice.

If you want to test your skin’s hydration levels (and grab a free deluxe sample of the Hydra-Protective Creme-Gel), the HydraForce tour has three stops left: Toronto, on April 2nd; Montreal, on April 8th; and Dartmouth, on April 16th. I highly recommend going to one of them if you can!

Availability: Get the HydraForce line here at (US & Canada shipping).

Lise Watier HydraForce event launch


Lise Watier HydraForce Creme-Gel Moisturizer review

Lise Watier makeover stand

A couple shots of the Lise Watier makeover table! Can you see any of your favourites?

Lise Watier makeup stand

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. It also contains affiliate links and product samples. However, all opinions included are my own, and my priority remains producing cool content for you guys to read! And also science. SCIENCE.

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  • esharp1978

    Have you tried Sunday Riley Tidal? I'll have to look at the ingredients again but I think it's silicone free. I've been having good luck with it so far. It's the only "blind buy" skincare I've done in a while!

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    • I'm afraid I haven't, Erin! It sounds (and looks) amaaazing, but it's just not in my budget right now :(

  • Sheila

    Hiii Rae! Just wondering, do you test the hydration level right away after applying the moisturizer, or do you leave it for a few minutes/hours? I'm wondering if the test results might be skewed if you tested hydration right away because it's just capturing the surface hydration and not necessarily the long term benefits. My skin is crazy dry too (I'm writing this on a day when I dashed out the door in the morning without a serum and my skin feels really tight), so I definitely need a lot of hydration like you.

    • Hi Sheila! When I was doing the tests at home, I tested the hydration levels after about 10 minutes. You'd definitely see decreased hydration results with time, but I compared it to other products following the same timeframe when Iw as doing my testing :)

      If you have really dry skin, though, I would definitely recommend the cream over the gel formula. Layering it with a facial mist or oil would definitely help, too — can I ask what you're using right now?

      • Sheila

        That's a very… non straightforward answer haha. I use a number of different products based on how my skin feels that day. In general I use a gel cleanser at night (Nuxe honey one), cream cleanser during the day (Pai Camellia Rose I think), toner (Guerlain Le Blanc at night and Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence during the day) a hydrating serum (Hylamide SubQ), and a moisturizer or facial oil (either Nude Treatment Rescue Oil or Odylique Rose Moisturizer). If I'm extra dry, I'll add the oil + moisturizer and apply both.

        • Ahh but I was trying so hard to be straightforward!!! >.< Okay, let me rephrase: at the counter, the Lise Watier spokespeople are the ones taking the readings, so I couldn't control the timeframe. Those results went from 36% hydrated on my already-moisturized hands to 57% after applying the HydraForce Creme-Gel and measuring within 1 minute, and from 48% on my boyfriend's moisturized face to 76% about a minute after the gel was applied.

          At home, I tested after 10 minutes, and my comparison tests (Hylamide, Skinceuticals Hydrating Gel B5, Rocky Mountain Soap Company Body Lotion) were also taken after 10 minutes for consistency. I didn't post the exact numbers for these because they're not competing products, so even though they rated lower on the scale, I didn't think it would be fair to dock them for it. (It's not like they were making claims and failing to follow through.)

          I hope that helps make things a little more clear!! But if not, let me know and I will do better. :P I'd be happy to test the product after a couple of hours as well, if that would help; it's just that I'd have to get someone else to sample it for me! (I'm allergic, so I didn't want to leave it on for more than 10-15 minutes.)

          • Sheila

            Omg noo your original answer was straightforward. I was saying my answer to your "what are you using now" question is non straightforward. Thank you for clarifying again though, you're kinda awesome <3

          • Oh dude that flew right over my head I am so sorry >.<

            I'm rotating through a bunch of things right now, but I'll do a little IG post about it for you when I get home!! I've been meaning to for ages; this gives me a really good excuse to re-hype my faves :p

        • Also, re: products — I would definitely recommend switching out your night cleanser if you find that your skin is too dry. The Nuxe honey one is really nice, but it is definitely one of my more stripping cleansers! I wonder how your skin would respond if you used the Pai for both day and night?

          I also loooove Hylamide SubQ, but at least on my skin, I don't actually find it to be hydrating for more than an hour or two. Does it help with your dry skin? I always find that it leaves me kind of peel-y by the end of the day!