Lise Watier has created an eye-area moisturizer that presents two products, each individually packaged but sold together. The Day Wrinkle Eraser is supposed to fill and help conceal wrinkles, while the Night Redensifier is said to completely restructure the skin at night, while also reducing puffiness. The overall effect is supposed to be a younger-looking eye area; to some extent, it works. The issue is that it only works cosmetically—no permanent change is taking place and this isn't going to eliminate puffy eyes or "decongest" skin.
The Day Wrinkle Eraser has a spackle-like texture that can temporarily fill in superficial lines, and also contains some good plant-based ingredients, though they cannot prevent skin from slackening and cannot "deep-moisturize" skin. The Night Redensifier has a formula that is similar to the Day Wrinkle Eraser—it doesn't contain anything specific to nighttime use. Really, this is just a case of Lise Watier trying to convince consumers they need not one, but two separate products for the eye area, as if the skin around the eyes has special needs in the morning and evening. The only special need the eye area (and all exposed skin) has during the day that it doesn’t need at night is sun protection. However, Lise Watier left sunscreen out of this product (and out of all the eye products they sell, which guarantees more wrinkles not less), and didn't do enough to make both formulas distinct, which makes this fragrance-free duo more gimmicky than practical. It’s an OK option for slightly dry skin, but it could've been much better. Just so you know, the claims are not supported by published research.
24 Hour Dual Eye Contour Program Continuous Action is the first dual-formula treatment that immediately smoothes wrinkles by day and completely restructures skin by night. DAY WRINKLE ERASER This cream contains light-reflective microparticules which instantly fill and conceal fine lines and wrinkles. It prevents skin slackening, restores firmness, and deep-moisturizes the skin. The result: a smoother, more even eye contour, ready for makeup. NIGHT REDENSIFIER High-performance anti-puffiness care that helps to drain and decongest the eye area. It deeply redensifies, soothes and intensely hydrates the skin. The result: a well-rested, smoother, firmer and youthful eye contour.
Day Wrinkle Eraser: Water, Cyclohexasiloxane, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Glycerin, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Isononyl Isononanoate, Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Extract, Hydrolyzed Lupine Protein, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lactic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Propylene Glycol, Silica, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben. Night Redensifier: Water, Cyclohexasiloxane, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Isohexadecane, Butylene Glycol, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Extract, Hydrolyzed Lupine Protein, Palmitoyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Propylene Glycol, PPG-15 Stearyl Ether, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Chloride, Fragrance, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben.
If you're not a Canadian cosmetics consumer you likely have no idea who Lise Watier is. We had no idea, either, despite having seen their products in drugstores and select department stores throughout Canada. Reader interest in this cosmetics line (only the skin care is reviewed on Beautypedia; the brand sells makeup, too) is what prompted us to finally stop and pay attention. Regrettably, this isn't a garden of roses; Lise Watier is a rather dull line with few positives and definitely nothing novel or exciting. In fact, this line's shortcomings are glaringly apparent.
The name and personality behind the line, Lise Watier, is definitely the most interesting facet of these products. Watier began her career in the 1960s by hosting Canadian television shows aimed at women. As she became more popular and recognized for her outspoken nature (and some would say feminist viewpoint), women started writing to her for advice on a wide variety of topics. Her desire to help women find their uniqueness led to her opening a namesake institute that offered women lessons on personal growth … and makeup. It was pop psychology mixed with pops of color. Now that's a unique way to begin a cosmetics line!
Without question, personal growth and personal appearance are linked together by self-esteem, and Watier enhanced this with personal style and makeup application. Given the success of her institute, it wasn't long before Watier launched her own makeup products, along with a message that coincided with the times, and that still resonates today—beauty without rules or limitations. Watier's Montreal-based business continues to thrive in Canada, and the line has expanded beyond color to offer a range of skin-care and fragrance products.
If you're looking to support Watier and her "movement," she offers some viable skin-care products, including some good cleansers, sunscreens, and moisturizers. What's troublesome is twofold: First, the claims for many of the products make false promises that relate more to fantasy than to personal growth (it's one thing to encourage self-confidence in a woman; it's another to send her down a rose garden path that's lined with bogus information and deceptive twists and turns). Second, there are also several omissions that make is impossible to assemble a complete skin-care routine. For example, you won't find gentle exfoliants, there are no products to lighten skin discolorations, and if you're dealing with acne or you need soothing products for rosacea, you're out of luck.
For more information about Lise Watier, call 1-800-665-4531 or visit www.lisewatier.com. Note: All prices for Lise Watier products are in Canadian dollars.