Lise Watier HydraForce Comforting Creme Review, Photos #getinthebubble

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Hello! Recently I had the chance to try the new Lise Watier HydraForce Comforting Creme($45 CAD, 45 ml) through Glam Sense, Topbox's review program (free to join!) I was quite excited to receive a the product, as I love Lise Watier's makeup but am not as familiar with their skincare. Keep reading to see what I thought!

The star ingredient in Lise Watier's HydraForce Comforting Creme is Gaspé algae extract, which Lise Watier says is, "A survivor of harsh environments, the Gaspé algae has developed a highly efficient resistance system, enabling it to thrive in severe conditions. Its extract guarantees the skin’s global hydration, transforming it into a veritable defensive shield." Googling Gaspé algae, I only found reference to this product (or info about algae in the Gaspé river...), but searching the ingredient name (Laminaria Saccharina Extract), it seems to simply be a relative of brown algae. and is also called sugar kelp or sea algae. According to Paula's Choice ingredient dictionary, algae is a good ingredient with emollient and antioxidant properties, but many of its claims are unsubstantiated.

Whether or not the Gaspé algae extract functions as Lise Watier claims, I'm concerned that the full benefits are lost due to the jar packaging, which exposes ingredients to air and light. I love the design of the jar, but it's really not the best choice for skincare products and I wish companies would stop using them. I would use a properly packaged (e.g. in an opaque tube or airless pump) serum with this, or any other jarred creams.

As for hydration, I can attest that the HydraForce Comforting Creme does work well at dispelling dry skin. This cream is intended for normal to dry skin, but it doesn't make my combo/oily skin oilier (there is a creme-gel version for normal to combination skin though). It has a nice, medium consistency and absorbs quickly. It leaves my skin soft, without tackiness or greasiness, and the formula doesn't pill either. There is a strong marine-like scent (and fragrance is an ingredient), so do be aware of that if you are sensitive to scents.

Part of the Glam Sense review package was a nifty hydration tester (the round blue key with wings!) and an app. The way it worked was download the app, plug the hydration tester into my smartphone (I used my iPad mini), and place the wings of the tester on the spot I was testing, then repeat again after applying the HydraForce Comforting Creme. Here were my results:

First, a look at the skin moisture levels guide.

My t-zone was hydrated before using the creme, but it's also an oilier part of my face.

I seem to have lost the before photo of the cheek test, but you can see from the point just above 30 that my skin was dry before and a lot more moisturized after.

Overall, I quite like the Lise Watier HydraForce Comforting Creme. While there are a couple concerns regarding the algae and fragrance, it still works well at hydrating dry skin. I'm going to pair this with a serum or facial oil moving forward to ensure I get an antioxidant boost, and I hope Lise Watier considers adding one to this line (with appropriate packaging, of course!)

My first foray into Lise Watier skincare was a pretty good one, and I look forward to trying more. Thanks to Glam Sense for the opportunity. Be sure to sign up if you haven't already for free product review opportunities!

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Dicaprylyl Ether, Cetyl Alcohol, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Stem Extract, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Leaf Cell Extract, Squalane, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Ascorbic Acid, Tocopherol, Sorbitan Oleate, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-100 Stearate, Stearic Acid, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Carbomer, Dimethiconol, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Isostearate, Peg-8, Sodium Benzoate, Disodium Edta, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid, Parfum (Fragrance), Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Chlorphenesin, Benzyl Salicylate, Limonene, Geraniol, Citronellol.

*Product provided for review by Glam Sense. All opinions are my own.

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