Friday, January 07, 2011

Product Review: Lise Watier Mineral Compact Powder

Reviewer: Cinnamon Kitten

Brand: Lise Watier
Name: :Mineral Compact Powder
Size: 10 g / 0.35 oz
Price: approx. $35 CAD

Shade Tried: Natural

As soon as I saw this product, I was immediately impressed with the packaging and design of the compact. The idea that it included oil-blotting sheets was genius, because sometimes, I just want to blot the shine away, not add more powder onto my face. Love the idea, so I was pretty excited to try this out.

The mineral powder is fragrance-free, talc-free and paraben-free, but includes Tourmaline, Vitamin A, E and Camomile.

Comes with 30 Oil Blotting Papers (refills cost $8 CAD for 30 sheets)

To Purr About:
- light, airy powder is really natural looking on the skin
- smart packaging in the compact - still light and easy to use, with a large mirror
- love that it includes oil blotting sheets and powder in one compact

Claws Out:
- if you use a primer, like I do, the mineral powder doesn't seem to mesh well with it
- the sponge applicator is too light and flimsy and is difficult to use

Final Comments:
I'm disappointed with this product because it has the potential to be get a 5-paw rating, but there are a few drawbacks that keep it from a perfect rating. The innovative packaging of oil-blotting sheets and powder compact is amazing. The powder itself is light and airy, yet provides a good amount of coverage. The oil blotting sheets work perfectly well. The compact itself is nicely designed, with an easy-open latch and a nice, large mirror.

Unfortunately, because I use a primer before I put on my makeup, the mineral powder doesn't mesh well with it and it leaves lots of little flakes on my skin. If I use the powder without any primer, it works much better. I think this may be something that all mineral powders may do. I don't normally use mineral powders, so I've never really experienced it, although several readers have told me that their primers also react with various mineral foundations.

The other big drawback is the thin applicator "sponge" (it's not really a sponge) that comes with it. It's a thin applicator, with a soft side that's really difficult to use. It's so thin that it irritated my skin - it felt like I was trying to put the powder on with a piece of paper - and the resulting application was uneven. I gave up after a couple of days and used my own brush, which is great when you're at home, but not so handy when you're out.

With just a few tweaks, this could be a great product.

Rating (out of 5):

Disclosure: A free sample of this product was received by Cinnamon Kitten

image: press kit


Shaylee Anne said...

Hmm darn I thought this looked fantastic when I first saw the ads! I may still try it as I can go without primer everyday and it just looks so handy to have in a purse! Great review!

Suziesaurus said...

I absolutely love that this product has blotter sheets with it. I like to carry it as a quick touch-up solution.

I have used primers with mineral makeup with some success, but i apply my mineral makeup with a large brush. Perhaps this product would work bettwe if it was applied using a mineral powder brush. I'll have to try that some time.

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