Nothing makes me happier than playing with a fresh new set of eyeshadow shades. Seeing all the shades lined up like a little colour army brings me nothing but utter joy. Every Lise Watier collection has something that I cannot get enough of and when it comes to the Spring 2015 Expression Collection, it is the Expression Eyeshadow Palette*($42 CDN) featuring five bright shades ranging from matte to shimmery to iridescent. This collection is all about being your own inner artist and unleashing that hidden creativity. I don’t consider myself to be an overly creative person thanks to my Grade 8 art teacher never giving me more than a C+, but palettes like this make me forget about that 13 year old girl that believed she could do no better.
This palette is less bulky than some of the previous Lise Watier palettes with much less negative space when the palette is opened. It is compact and slim and I love the design on the front complete with the metal trim. My only qualm was that I found it hard to open and close because the mechanism seemed so tight!
The pigmentation of the shades themselves is quite striking with the iridescent yellow feeling a bit gritty when swatched. This was not an issue on the eyes though. That teal though! Even the mint green caught my attention! Swooooon!
GET THE LOOK!
Start with Benefit Cosmetics Stay Flawless 15 Hour Primer * followed by your favourite foundation or BB Cream. I used MUFE Pro Finish Foundation in #120*.
Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow in Medium/Dark.
Prime eyes with your favourite primer of the moment, mine being Mary Kay’s Eyeshadow Primer.
Start by applying the peach shade from the Lise Watier Expression Palette* all over the lid as base.
Apply mint green shade to the first half of lid and teal shade to outer half and blend the two colours with a fluffy brush. Using small smudge brush, apply the iridescent yellow shade to inner corners for highlight. I also applied this shade underneath my brow bone as my highlight. Line lower lash line with mushroom green shade and inner waterline with Eye Shine in Expression*($20 CDN). Line upper lash line with Lise Watier Feline Eyeliner HD in Vert*($20 CDN).
Apply your favourite mascara. I ended up using both Cover Girl Clump Crusher Mascara and Art Deco All in One Waterproof Mascara*.
Apply Lise Watier Expression Blush Trio.
For glossy nude lips, apply Lise Watier Plumpissimo Le Gloss in Nude.
Final Verdict: I call this my “ice cream” palette because they truly look like dessert on my eyes! I was convinced that the yellow and mint green wouldn’t show up correctly on my skin tone, but once I started working with them I was surprised at how vibrant they looked. Pastels generally look like a generic white shimmer on me so seeing the mint green stand out was awesome. The shadows were all soft, buttery and pigmented so quality was not an issue for me. When it comes to a purchase, it all comes down to whether you think these shades will work on you. Usually shades like these only work with Caucasian skin tones, but here is proof that Asian skin tones can do it too!
Are you all about releasing your inner artist?