It’s not often I’ll order from Yves Rocher. I’m turned off by the frequent discontinuation of products and junk mail. They used to have a foundation I loved (Teint Fluide Effet Seconde Peau/Second Skin Effect Foundation), and would buy it forever but of course – discontinued. Rarely I will get an email with free shipping on a $15-20 order, and if the “free gift” is good that week I will try a couple of things. Sometimes I get something amazing, and the items I’m reviewing and swatching today are one of those lucky finds!
These 2 lovelies came together as a bundled free gift with purchase: Yves Rocher Nail Lacquer in Rouge Grenadine 31 (a grenadine/pomegranate red also labeled in french as Vernis Brillance) and Yves Rocher Grand Rouge in Rouge Vif 31 (Bright Red).
Starting with the nail polish. The bottle is less than half the size of your average nail polish at 5.5 mls. I was initially disappointed by that, thinking I would get less uses out of it, however the first thing I noticed during application is that it was near perfect coverage at only one coat! The colour is an amazing brightening true red. I have all kinds of red polish and never has one popped so much against my skin tone. The formula is smooth, highly pigmented, spreads out beautifully over the nail and dries glossy without a topcoat. Drying time is about average. Overall I’m super impressed by the quality of this formula and would try it again gladly. This has quickly become my favourite red! Only downsides are that the bottle is smaller than average, is a tall, skinny shape making it more prone to tip over, and the brush holds a deceptively large amount of product even after brushing it off making application slightly sloppier. None of these are deal breakers for a formula this good. The product swatch on Yves Rocher’s website shows this shade to have a golden shimmer, but it does not. This is a creme. Their website claims the addition of “Elemi Gum” helps the product last longer, which I can’t substantiate one way or the other! It does wear well though.
On to the lipstick! It is full size at 3.7g or 0.13 oz and in a pretty golden shiny tube. The top is angled so I can’t store it upside down. I like to see the labels to find things faster. The formula of this lipstick is as good as it’s nail polish counter part! It is a rich cream formula with no shimmer, goes on smoothly, easily buildable with very intense pigment. The finish isn’t glossy, probably closer to satin. If blotted this could easily be matte. The red is a true red, leaning slightly blue based in natural light and orange based in indoor lighting (just like the polish). It feels luxurious on the lips and isn’t drying. As it wears off, it does so evenly with no patchiness. The pigment is so potent and smooth I’ve found I can dab on a small amount with some gloss for a more subtle yet still colourful look. This isn’t long wearing by any means, although their website claims it to be so. It wears as well as any regular lipstick, but I’d put the feel of the formula up with higher end ones. The formula boasts Camelia Oil, Vitamine E and Organic Sesame Oil for moisturization. It has a lightly sweet scent that reminds me a little of marshmallows, this fades quickly.
Overall I love the formula and intense pigmentation of both these products. I would gladly try other shades in either line, especially if they’re on offer as a free gift with purchase again!