Lise Watier — Gulabi & Sundara (Light Cap Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: Lise Watier 2013 Summer, India Gold

I recently hauled from Lise Watier during one of their sales, and today I am reviewing two of the Light Cap Nail Lacquers I received from the 2013 India Gold collection.

Lise Watier Light Cap Nail Lacquer in Gulabi
Lise Watier Light Cap Nail Lacquer in Sundara

I’m just going to quote myself here from a previous review of the Light Cap Nail Lacquers:

[T]heir Light Cap Nail Lacquer line, which is a rather gimmicky product. Its selling point is that there is an LED light built into the cap of the nail polish, which you can turn on and off with a little rubber nubbin of a button on the top of the cap. The light comes out on one side at the base of the cap, denoted by a sort of flare on the side of the cap.… It’s all a bit silly to me, but at least it seems to be a unique, if rather unnecessary, idea.

Gulabi, which, by Googling, I have discovered means “rose” or “pink” in Hindi, is a beauty of a pink cream. It’s reminiscent of gummy desserts and saris, as you’d imagine: a perfect, creamy candied rose pink with a touch of coral to warm it up. I’m not much of a pink person, and I don’t even think it looks that good on me, but I’m loving this shade!

The formula on Gulabi was very nice: rich, creamy, and fully opaque in two coats.

Lise Watier Light Cap Nail Lacquer in Gulabi, swatch

I’m going to be a little less effusive with Sundara, though. According to Wikipedia, Sundara means “lovely” or “noble/right” in Sanskrit. The polish is a rich, slightly reddish purple shimmer that, while pretty, isn’t especially unique or remarkable. What I didn’t like was that the formula had a strange, thin, stickiness to it. I’m probably just being a little picky, since I did swatch Sundara right after Gulabi, which applied so well. But, Sundara does require three coats for full opacity.

Lise Watier Light Cap Nail Lacquer in Sundara, swatch

I got a great deal picking up these polishes at $4 apiece during the last Lise Watier online sale. Of the two, I’d only recommend Gulabi at the regular price. I feel you could find a very similar purple shimmer to Sundara at China Glaze (I’m thinking Señorita Bonita) and it’d have a superior formula.

Lise Watier Light Cap Nail Lacquer retails for $13.50 (in both Canada and the US) and is 0.41 fl. oz. / 12 mL. The lacquer is free of formaldehyde, toluene, and DBP (dibutyl pthalate). The company is cruelty-free.

Lise Watier Cosmétiques is a private company based in Montréal, QC, Canada.


4 thoughts on “Lise Watier — Gulabi & Sundara (Light Cap Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

    • Yes, it’s kind of a lower high-end brand, priced like MAC, that is sold at department stores and Shoppers Drug Mart (which carries a lot of high end cosmetics, too). Thanks!


  1. Eh, these 2 aren’t doing it for me for some reason. Yes, that purple is totally dupeable.
    I like that LW stayed true to the collection’s theme with the polish shade names!
    Thanks for swatching these and good job on jumping on the deals!

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