Saturday, May 10, 2014

Yves Rocher Summer 2014 Collection: Review and Swatches

Disclaimer: The products featured were provided for review.
With Summer almost arriving, Yves Rocher releases its Summer 2014 Collection, inspired by summertime by the Mediterranean Sea. The collection features a full range of products, ranging from nail polishes to even a new summery fragrance.
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Eye Trio Mini Palette ($9.95):
What it is:
A beautiful mini eyeshadow compact featuring a trio of shadows with a silky and fine texture infused with rice extract.
The shadows comes in a square plastic yellow compact with a clear lid printed with a Mediterranean themed design. I am not a big fan of the packaging, the quality feels a little flimsy.
Color & Formulation:
All there colors were surprisingly pigmented and creamy. The formulation is comparable to Urban Decay or Too Faced shadows!
Smokey Blue: This one is a rich deep blue with a slight metallic finish.
Bronze: Beautiful metallic coppery brown.
Golden Beige: Shimmery light golden brown.
Compact Bronzing Powder ($9.95):
What it is:
A bronzer palette with three shades of earthy tones that gives a sun-kissed glow.
The bronzer comes in a circular compact. Again, the packaging isn't the greatest.
With all three shades blended, the bronzer gives a fairly natural light tan with a subtle shimmer. The formulation is a bit hard but the pigmentation is buildable.
Lip Glosses ($4.95):
What it is:
A non-sticky lip gloss with a smooth and lightweight formulation.
The lip glosses come in standard gloss tubes. However, as you may notice from the photo below. The design of the tubes aren't actually printed on. They are actually on a layer of plastic that wraps around the tube.
Pigmentation & Formulation:
All three glosses have an exceptionally smooth and comfortable formulation with zero tackiness.
Golden Beige: This one is a sheer gloss with golden shimmer and flecks of micro-glitter.
Bright Pink: This one is a super pigmented dark pink, such a bold and gorgeous color!
Copper Sun: This one is another sheer gloss but instead of gold shimmers it has warm coppery shimmers.
Here is a lip swatch of Bright Pink blended with a bit of Golden Beige.

Eye Pencil ($5.95):
What it is:
Eyeshadow pencils with a long-lasting, soft and comfortable formulation. The pencils are easy to remove and can be used as liner or shadow.
Packaging: The pencils are traditional chubby shadows pencils with a clear lid to protect the tip. They are not retractable and thus requires sharpening.
Royal Blue: This one is a matte blue. The formulation is a bit sheer and I couldn't really get the color to build.
Lemon Yellow: This one is a bright matte yellow. The pigmentation is surprisingly rich!
Mediterranean Blue: This one is a beautiful intense bluish teal. The formulation was super rich and smooth.
Copper Brown: This one is a matte copper with a super intense pigmentation. Again, the formulation is super creamy and smooth.
The staying power of these colors were quite impressive. I tried Copper Brown and Mediterranean Blue and they were smudge free and crease-proof!
Glitter Mascara ($4.95):
What it is:
A lash topper that adds a beautiful golden glimmer to the eyes.
This mascara has a fairly sheer formulation and when used on its own, you really can't see the effect at all. But when applied over a normal black mascara, it adds a very subtle glittery effect.
Nail Polish ($2.95):
Royal Blue: This one is a deep blue creme. The formulation was rather sheer for a color this dark. I had to use two and a half coats to obtain full opacity.
Lemon Yellow: This one is a beautiful soft yellow. The formulation is surprisingly lovely. I used two coats to achieve full opacity.
Copper Brown: This one is a super pigmented copper metallic. The formulation was simply incredible, one thin coat for full opacity!
Bright Pink: This one is a hot hot pink with a very subtle shimmer. The formulation is decent; I used two coats.
Gold: A beautiful pale champagne metallic, this color is quite rich and only two coats were needed to obtain full opacity.
Crackle Nail Polish in "Mediterranean Blue" ($2.95):
This is a super wicked teal crackle polish. Can you believe this is the first time I have tried a crackle polish? This stuff is so cool! I noticed that a thinner coat gives a more shattered effect and a thicker coat yields only a few giant cracks.
Collection Été Eau de Toilette ($29 for 75ml):
This fragrance is a lovely summer citrus infused with bergamot, lemon, and mandarin as top notes. The middle notes include citrus flower and the base notes feature a blend of woody scents.
This is quite a refreshing summer fragrance, it reminds me a bit of Daisy Delight from Marc Jacobs (reviewed here).
Shower Gel ($3.95 for 200ml):
A lovely citrus scented shower gel that provides a rich lather in the shower, leaving the skin feeling refreshed and clean.

This was such a lovely and affordable collection. Though I am not a big fan of majority of the packaging design, the formulation and quality of some of the pieces are really impressive. The eyeshadow trio, the glosses, a few of the shadow pencils and polishes are very amazing and worth checking out. The fragrance really nice as well; it's an affordable scent that easily dupes a lot of the high-end citrus-y summer scents on the market.

The new collection will be available at Yves Rocher starting this June.

So what do you think of Yves Rocher's new collection? Which product is do you want to try the most?