Resist-Age Metamulsion Cell-Matrix

$68 - 1.7 fl. oz.
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The name for this serum makes it sound anti-aging and high-tech at the same time, so doubtless many consumers will be tempted to try it. A quick scan of the fantastic-sounding claims makes this seem like the anti-aging elixir to beat, but the ingredient list tells a different story. The core of this product is water, silicone, glycerin, fatty acid, mica (which adds shine, but shine isn’t anti-aging skin care), and film-forming agent. Labeling those ingredients “revolutionary” is a prime example of how out of hand claims for such products have become. This serum is about as revolutionary as Wonder bread, and vastly overpriced, too. If you’re looking for a serum with pronounced anti-aging effects, this falls short. Yes, it contains some yeast-based antioxidants and a tiny amount of water-binding agents, but to think this product can “combat the signs of premature aging due to ultraviolet rays” is incredibly misleading, especially because this doesn’t contain sunscreen. You can find plenty of serums whose formulas best this by leaps and bounds, and for less than half of what this one costs.

Going beyond the anti-age performance of antioxidant products, Lise Watier has developed Metamulsion Cell-Matrix. Based on revolutionary technology, this new generation treatment in the Resist-Age skincare line arms your skin with a global defense system to resist signs of aging. The strengthening and reparative actions of the DNA protector peptides reinforce the skin’s natural defense systems. The antioxidant action of powerful flavonoids combat the signs of premature aging due to ultraviolet rays, pollution and stress. The restructuring action of Derm Builder preserves the skin; the enlivening action of beech bud extract, a veritable life concentrate, improves skin metabolism. Its refined and incomparable texture quickly penetrates the skin for an infusion of vitality. Day after day, the beauty of your skin is reborn from its deepest layers.

Water, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Mica, Sodium Polyacrylate, Fagus Sylvatica Bud Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Spilanthes Acmella Flower Extract, Xanthan Gum, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Trideceth-6, PEG-6 Stearate, Ceteth-20, Steareth-20, PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Isohexadecane, Gossypium Herbaceum (Cotton) Extract, Bisabolol, Caprylyl Glycol, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzoic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Allantoin, Chlorphenesin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Titanium Dioxide, Barium Sulfate

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 1-800-592-8437, email at, or visit or the US website: Note: All prices for Lise Watier products are in Canadian dollars.

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