Bionic Bamboozle: Yves Rocher Couleurs Nature makeup review

by Bionic Beauty on 20.Aug.2009 · 7 comments

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

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!

The Pastel Creme Eyeshadow in Bleu Horizon- I typically adore bright shadows but I’m really not sure how one could wear this shadow. I usually tend to gravitate towards cream shadows because I like their long wear and softness. However, this is the consistency of a nail polish- it was runny, and the applicator is a lip gloss wand so you can’t apply it correctly. And most importantly it never dried. ($17)

The Pastel Creme Eyeshadow in Or- This color is certainly much more wearable than Bleu Horizon, but my comments on it’s lack luster performance still apply. ($17)

Liquid Shadow and Liner in Lapis Lazuli- This color is just plain gorgeous- a dark blue shimmer. It seems that they already discontinued it because I can’t find it anywhere on their site. Anyhow, a liquid shadow/liner combo is a good idea however, again the application feel short. The applicator itself is a too-short nail polish style brush. It’s too thick to line with and too thin to apply shadow. This formula also didn’t dry. Yves Rocher does have other colors available on their site- hopefully they have improved the formula.

In summary, this collection is way too pricey for the quality. Heck, I don’t think I’d pay a dollar each for the items above. I also don’t like how they are trying to market this with a “natural” feeling when they are packed with chemicals and non-natural ingredients. Hopefully I’ll have better luck with some of their other items… or maybe I got a bad batch.

You can check out the entire makeup collection at Yves Rocher’s website.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Brittany August 20, 2009 at 8:48 am

Wow, great website! Thanks for the tips

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2 Bionic Beauty August 20, 2009 at 9:31 am

Hi Brittany, Thank you and welcome to Bionic Beauty! I hope to continue to see you around the website. :)

Cheers,
Bionic Beauty (Jami)

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3 Yvonne C. August 20, 2009 at 11:22 am

Quite a few years ago a neighbor was a Yves Rocher representative and asked me to try some sample products. And like you, I encountered “issues”. I want to say it was with a lipstick that just felt too waxy and a cakey eyeshadow. Sad but true. Maybe they need to get back in the lab and do some tweeking of their products????? Just saying……….no offense Yves Rocher, just my opinion. Hope everyone has a good day!

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4 Bionic Beauty August 20, 2009 at 11:27 am

I’m glad I’m not the only one then Yvonne. I was trying and trying… and kept thinking: “Jeesh, This has *got* to get better”. Maybe they could hire me as a formulator. 😉

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5 Victoria Bouras August 20, 2009 at 11:47 am

Sad that these products don’t work, the colors are absoulutely gorgeous!

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6 carole templeton August 25, 2009 at 4:23 pm

I got my first Yves Rocher product as a girl in Paris. I really like the new line, maybe the colors were too sophisticated, too European for you. As a note, nothing beats Yves Rocher especially the skincare

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7 Bionic Beauty August 25, 2009 at 9:24 pm

Hi Carole, First off… welcome to Bionic Beauty! I hope to continue to see you around the website!

As for Yves Rocher, I’ve liked some of their products in the past, and I do like the colors in this collection. I am normally a very “Fashion Forward” makeup artist. I subscribe to mostly UK beauty magazines, because the USA ones are too “standard” with their ideas on makeup. This collection was poor mostly because of performance. It just didn’t meet their normal level of quality. But like I said, maybe my box of products (I got the whole Couleurs collection) was bad or *off*. Let me know if you had a different experience with some of the Nature Couleurs collection.

I really encourage everyone to share their experiences. We are all unique and hence like different things and even ways that different products perform.
Cheers,
Jami (aka Bionic Beauty)

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