In Honour of Canada's (Recent) Birthday: A Review of Canada's Own Lise Watier Rivages Palette

Lise Watier Rivages Eyeshadow Palette for Summer 2015

The Lise Water Rivages Palette for Summer 2015 was love at first sight. I stalked Shoppers Drug Mart for days before it came in and I gleefully traded my Optimum points for these 10 Lise Water summer eyeshadows in all their glory. Lise Watier shadows are boss. Usually her palettes have a shade or two that are a little "out there" for me—a bright pink or teal, for example. But in this palette, every single shade said "me." 

Is this palette terribly unique? No. Are there colour combinations in it unlike any I already have in my collection? No. But there's a little something for everyone: matte, satin, and shimmer; colours for a work-appropriate daytime eye and classy smoky eye; and neutral basics as well as a couple of stronger options. The quality is solid across the palette: Some shades are more pigmented than others, but all even the less pigmented shades are buildable. All blend well—almost TOO well. As you'll see below, the shades can kind of blend together, depending on what you choose, but I'm cool with that. The hardest part is deciding among the whopping 10 (1!) shade options. How many can you put into one look, after all?

The one truly exceptional side of this palette is the packaging. Just look at the cover:

Lise Watier Rivages Eyeshadow Palette

Have you ever seen a prettier eyeshadow case? No, really. The photo doesn't do it justice. I'm not a packaging nut, but the mother-of-pearl-esque design on this palette—like seashells—makes me smile. Perfect for summer. It also comes with a giant mirror, which is awesome, and a couple of sponge-tip applicators  (if you dig that sort of thing—I tossed mine).

Here are the swatches:

Swatches of Lise Watier's Rivages Eyeshadow Palette for Summer 2015.

Here's the look I came up with—just one of literally dozens of options. I decided to go with a soft brown smoky eye—typical pour moi:

Here's the breakdown. As far as I can tell, these shades aren't named, so bear with me:

  • Inner lid: The purple shade
  • Outer lid: The copper shade (the softest, most pigmented shade in the palette—easily on part with MUFE Artist Shadow)
  • Crease: The dark brown
  • Upper crease, to blend: The pink 
  • Brow bone: The beige
  • Lower lash line: The taupe shade (just a teeny bit)

Rating: Four stars out of five. 

The verdict: This is a solid shadow palette all around. If you're looking for a great collection of neutrals, go for it. If you have colours like it, skip it.

Available: Shoppers Drug Mart and London Drugs for $54. It's currently sold out on Does anyone know whether they restock limited-edition products online?

Have you tried anything from Lise Watier's summer 2015 collection? What did you think?

Disclosure: This product was purchased by Eyeshadow Addict.