This toner is bound to confuse skin despite its short-lived mattifying effect. The tapioca starch (a major ingredient) can feed the bacteria that cause blemishes, making this a bad idea for acne-prone skin; the iris root extract is an irritant; the antioxidants are likely not going to be able to counteract the irritation from the iris root extract; and last, the castor oil isn’t what someone with oily skin needs. Add to all of this the irritating fragrance chemical linalool and this is a toner to avoid.
Alcohol-free dual phase lotion that purifies skin, tightens pores and controls sebum, thanks to a natural oil-absorbing powder. This exclusive formula combines the anti-seborrheaic properties of its iris/zinc salt/Vitamin A complex and antioxidant action of malachite and the purity of spring water, leaving skin refreshed, matte and healthy looking.
Water, Glycerin, Tapioca Starch, Iris Florentina Root Extract, Tilia Tomentosa Extract, Malachite Extract, Zinc Sulfate, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Sodium Pca, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Propylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Linalool, Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol
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.