Today I am reviewing the second of two polishes I bought from Yves Rocher’s updated nail polish line, Botanical Colour Nail Polish (you can see the review of the first one here).
I gave the first polish, Eucalyptus, a rave review, and I am delighted to report that I am equally impressed with today’s polish.
Violet Blue / Bleu Pensée (63) is a super deep midnight blue cream that mostly looks black in dimmer light. I’m a little surprised with the “violet” in the name, as this reads more navy to me than indigo. (The French version of the name seems to translate to “thoughtful blue”—correct me if I’m wrong/not getting a phrase, French-speakers!—which is perhaps a less inaccurate name. Google is also telling me that the English “pansy” is derived from pensée, so botanical-happy Yves Rocher may simply have named it after a flower.)
I am not in love with this shade in particular, though that’s simply a matter of taste. I feel like it’s a little too dark and too close to black. If what you’re looking for is black-blue, of course, then this is the polish for you.
Here it is with two coats:
Now that’s a vampy blue.
The brush is a wide paddle shape with a rounded end, and it makes application so, so easy, particularly if your nails are not teeny like mine are—but it still works well for me.
The polish even dries to a nice, glossy finish. I am really quite wowed by this product, so far.
Just a word of warning, however: the pigmentation on this particular shade is very high, and it stains the nails fairly easily.
How pigmented is it? Here it is with one coat, and when I say one, I mean it was one swipe per nail. No fussing around with multiple swipes:
Sure, it needs another coat, but damn, that’s pretty good pigmentation, isn’t it? You could probably even get away with it if you did a single, thicker coat.
Yves Rocher Botanical Colour Nail Polish is 0.16 fl oz / 5 mL and retails for US$6 / CA$6 / UK£2.95 / EU€2.95. It is free of toluene, formaldehyde, and dibutyl phthalate (DBP), and it is made in France.
Yves Rocher was founded in 1959. The company is based in La Gacilly, France.