Have you ever run across makeup that fell so far below your expectations that you wonder how it got released? Thankfully it doesn’t happen often but I do have an unfortunate experience to report. I was sent the new Yves Rocher Couleurs Nature makeup collection to review on Bionic Beauty.
I set off to my bathroom with some of the bright cream shadows in hand, an eyeliner and a lipgloss. I applied everything and hmmm… still not dry. Twenty minutes later the eyeliner and “cream” shadows were still a runny mess and the lipgloss was coagulating on my lips. I ended up washing it all off after an hour.
Yves Rocher Couleurs Nature makeup collection swatches
Anyhow, here are swatches. These were taken after 30 minutes on my arm. From left to right…
The Couleurs Nature lipgloss in Mure- This is a very pretty translucent pink gloss. Sadly it was sticky and became gloppy on the lips, plus it’s $15!
This Orly collection appeared in early Spring 2009, but I just got the chance to pick it all up. While some colors are stands outs, others are just so-so. I guess it all depends on what you like. So on with the swatches!
Orly's Cashmere Cardigan
Cashmere Cardigan is coollllllll… It’s a truly unique periwinkle blue. Love it! It applied like a dream, wore very well and didn’t chip or peel for three days.
In mid June I showed you swatches of Essie’s amazing blue polish, Mesmerize. While the rest of the collection certainly isn’t as spunky, some of the colors are certainly worth a peek. And as always, Essie nail polish applies and wears like a dream.
Spring 2009 nail polish from Essie
Flawless is a very cool-toned pink with a slightly dusty appearance. It’s a true cream with no hint of shimmer. I applied 3 coats for pure matte coverage.
One of A Kind is a cream red with a coral undertone. This red is great for warm-toned gals.
Status Symbol– a punchy bubble gum pink! This color is perfect for a slight foray into the neons that are so popular this summer. You’ll need a few coats to reach opaqueness though.
All Lacquered Up, a classic red cream. This one doesn’t have the orange/coral undertone of One of a Kind. And while it’s still quite warm, it would be better than OOAK for cooler skin tones. Personally, I’d pick up one or the other- they’re close enough that most people won’t notice the difference.
Eternal Optimist is another slightly dusted pink creme. I’m no usually a pink polish gal, but this was a bit grungy, yet subtle. Almost a flesh tone for those of us pale ladies.
Which colors are your favorites?
I got my hands on two more of the Sally Hansen for Tracy Reese limited edition nail polishes! I spotted these in my local drugstore on the same day Erin from The Cheap Chick grabbed 2 Honeydews up in her neck of the woods. It must’ve been Sally Hansen day!
Sally Hansen nail polish in Beet Stain
When Essie launched their Spring 2009 nail polishes, most of us were enamored with Mesmerize.
Mesmerize nail polish by Essie
Well ladies, it’s just gorgeous in real life. The medium blue cream is very flattering on cool-toned skin. It’s punchy, summery and like all Essie formulas- it wears very well and applies like a dream.
If you’re like me and can’t find Essie’s newer polishes in your local stores, you can order them from Essie.com for $8. If you’re interested in trying some of their basic shades, be sure to check out your local Target store!