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Monday 13 April 2015

The Spring Smokey Eye | New Arrivals from Yves Rocher

Yves Rocher is a brand I've recently been introduced to.  After falling in love with one of their summer fragrances last year, I was quite excited to give some of their cosmetics a try.  As France's number one selling make-up and skincare brand, Yves Rocher uses home-grown botanical ingredients to create affordable, natural beauty products.  I've been putting some of their new arrivals to the test the past couple of weeks - a selection of eye make-up goodies perfect for creating a Spring Smokey Eye.  I have to say I instantly fell in the love with the  eyeshadow palette...the colours are simply perfect for the season and I couldn't wait to get creating some looks with it.  Anyway,  I shall refrain from rabbiting on and just get into the nitty gritty... Here's the lowdown on some of Yves Rocher's latest bits and bobs...

Intense Kajal 100%  / £9.95* / Link
Now then, I'll be honest - I've never quite cottoned on to these 'kajal' liners. I see them reviewed quite a bit and for the most part they're always well liked - but I just can't seem to grasp the concept.  I prefer a smudged line underneath my lower lash line as opposed to a clean line anyway so it does work for me in that sense - the product is soft to apply and provides good pigmentation and the shape of it means that it provides a soft and sultry look.  However, I'm a bit confused as to what happens once the tip has worn down slightly as I already find it a bit difficult to use. I reckon I'll end up using it as an eyeshadow stick for when I'm going a bit heavier and smokier with the eye makeup - i think it will make a nice base product.

Sumptuous Colour Eyeshadow Quad Palette in Red Hot Brown / £12.50* / Link
Yves Rocher have created a series of these quad eyeshadow palettes with a variety of tones and colour options.  Naturally, I opted for 'Red Hot Brown' - I'm such a neutrals obsessive after all.  Firstly - I love the simplicity of this quad - it has everything you need to create a variety of looks and it's lightweight and compact in size… the elegant gold casing and large mirror finishes it off nicely.  The first time I swatched this palette I was blown away by the consistency and pigmentation of the shadows.  They're incredibly soft and buttery to the touch - even the matte purple/brown shade is super creamy and pigmented. I usually find mattes to be a bit more chalky in texture but this palette really has got every shade spot on the mark… I certainly wasn't disappointed.  Whats more, the shadows can be applied wet or dry.  Applied wet, they create a more intense, metallic sort of finish.

I've been using this on a daily basis since I got it - the champagne shade is perfect for the inner corners of the eyes or for using across the lid, and the taupe shade is a gorgeous everyday sort of colour.  I adore the rust gold/brown as it really seems to bring out my eye colour - and I can definitely see myself wearing it on holiday with the dark brown blended onto the outer corners for a super quick and easy summer smokey eye. The slight purple hue is so pretty. The colour stays put really well on my eyelids (i always use a primer first) and stays looking smooth and radiant for a good few hours.  Overall - this is a fabulous little palette and totally worth the £12.50* - I've bought drugstore palettes for similar prices in the past but Yves Rocher really have stepped it up a gear with pigmentation and consistency and I definitely think it rivals my higher-end favourites.  I reckon this might be jetting away on holiday with me (not that I'm planning already or anything…) - the colours will be perfect with a tan!

Mascara Volume Vertige  / £11.50* / Link
I've heard good things about Yves Rocher mascaras in the past - I remember when they launched their 'Sexy Pulp' mascara a while back and reading a tonne of fab reviews so I couldn't wait to give this one a whirl.  The Volume Vertige mascara is enriched with a fixing botanical extract which helps lashes hold a curl for longer - something I always look for in a mascara as my lashes are straight as straight can be. The brush is also a unique 'Reservoir Wand' - which disperses product evenly and prevents clumping. I've only used this a couple of times so far but it seems to separate the lashes really nicely - creating natural looking volume and definition...not a clump in sight. It also seems to do a fab job of holding a curl but so far I've been using this mostly at weekends - I'm yet to see how it holds up through a whole day at work which will be the true test here... my lashes seem to lose their 'umph' a little when I'm at the office! It's worth mentioning that it removes easily - always a plus point in my opinion! Nobody likes scrubbing their peepers of an evening do they?  So far, so good.

Fixing Eye Primer  / £7.50* / Link
I always like to use an eyeshadow primer.  Ever since I discovered the benefits a few years ago it's become a part of my daily makeup routine.  Not only does it lock in colour and keep it in place for longer, it also helps to intensify the colour of your shadows.  Enriched with Camellia Oil, this primer smoothes and fills wrinkles and imperfections, creating a smooth base for your eyeshadow. I've only used this a couple of times so far as I'm trying to save it for my holiday in July - the tube is so lightweight and is perfect for travelling with! I really like how smooth and easy it is to apply and it makes my eyeshadow much easier to blend as well as helping it to last through the day.  It seems to prevent it from creasing in the upper lid which I seem to struggle with after a long day at work.

Overall, a really nice little selection from Yves Rocher.  If you were going to treat yourself to anything I'd say go for the eyeshadow palette.  It really is a little gem of a palette and looks so much more expensive than it actually really does rival some of my high end favourites and it looks set to go in my suitcase this July.  You can find Yves Rocher makeup online here - all products are really reasonably priced and I can't wait to treat myself to couple more things from them... their powder blushes look very tempting!

Have you tried anything from Yves Rocher? What would you recommend I try next?


  1. That quad is so beautiful, i think i may need it in my life!

    Jen -

  2. Oh my lord that palette is dreamy I love a good smokey eye! x

  3. Yves Rocher products are always in my special list. I cannot say I've tried most of its makeup products but I already know that its foundation&mascara are amazing. I got really curious about the "kajal" liner. Also, I'm gonna try the eyeshadow primer asap. Lovely post! If you're really into Yves Rocher products, you should check my blog posts and videos on Youtube!

  4. Very helpful post, Beth. I have tried their bath products and body lotions and they're fab! My sister is a big fan, so I get to try new things when I stay at her house. Going to visit my family in Spain next month, so I'll definitely bring some of these treasures back! Along with the whole of Sephora!
    Isabel x

  5. The eye palette has a nice mix of shades! You can never have enough shadows... :)

    She Likes to Shop

  6. I'll defiantly have to give the palette a go, especially as I've never tried their makeup!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

  7. That eyeshadow quad looks like it would be perfect for me! And great price too!


  8. The palette is stunning. Such gorgeous colours x

  9. That palette is so dreamy. Beautiful post!

  10. that palette is gorgeous!! xx

    Natalie / Salt & Sail

  11. I love the palette! Not too expensive either :)

    Jenna Loves Beauty

  12. I just fell in love with that palette! Gorgeous!!

    ─ Angela, The Sunday Chapter xx

  13. Yves Rocher loose powder is great too, doesn't feel heavy at all and gives a nice matte finish (great for skins that go on the oily side), I also use the brown mascara which is great as people won't notice you have it on, but it makes a good difference when it comes to the perception of the eye. Then I mostly use skincare from the brand (I actually have a blog review post about that) as I love their philosophy.

  14. The colours in that palette are gorgeous, particularly the champagne and the dark brown! xx

    Gemma Louise | Just Little Things

  15. That palette honestly is so beautiful, and for a neutral lover like me, it's perfect!
    Jodie xo // JodieLoue

  16. The shades in that palette are absolutely gorgeous ! I'm a sucker for neutrals too. The quality and colour pay-off looks impressive too :) xx

    Magpie Jasmine | Zoeva Brush Set Giveaway

  17. That eyeshadow palette looks amazing - I was so shocked when I saw the price, I was expecting it to be a lot more expensive! The colours are stunning, I can see why you'd recommend it. I'm always looking for a good eyeshadow primer too. I'd never really looked into this brand before but will be browsing their website now that I've read this post!
    Nicola x (@itsneecola)

  18. Very pretty eyeshadows!

  19. quite nice pigmentation of these shadows :)

  20. I love nude eyeshadows although I like colourful looks too, sometimes it's easier to just grab a palette like this. I've never tried anything from Yves Rocher not even sure if they're available in SA but this really is a pretty palette xo

    Dressed in the City ♥♥♥

  21. WWWOOWOWO!!! LOVVVE LOVE LOVVVE all of the fun your'e having with your colors! Fabulous shades! LOVE The smoky eye!
    xoThe Beckerman Girls

  22. Love this quad.It looks so useful!

  23. Really love this post Beth, is definitely making me want to run out and grab the products! Much love xx

  24. That primer sounds great, thanks for the recommendation!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  25. Yes, this brand of cosmetics causes respect. I will use this on the course

  26. Do you like mascara of this manufacturer? I have mascara off my eyelashes, and by the end of the evening I look like a panda.

    //Regards Cecily, student

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