Yves Rocher Botanical Colour Nail Polish in Rosewood / Bois de Bahia

Yves Rocher — Rosewood / Bois de Bahia (Botanical Colour Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

Collection: Yves Rocher 2015 Summer, Botanical Colour Nail Polish [Launch]

So, I’ve been completely smitten by Yves Rocher’s new line of Botanical Colour Nail Polish and I’ve taken advantage of their many sales and ordered even more colors. I mean, they end up coming in at around CA$3 a pop. What’s not to love?

Today, I’m reviewing Rosewood / Bois de Bahia (02), a muted midtoned cocoa brown cream with a soft pink undertone.

Its namesake, Brazilian Rosewood, also known as Bahia Rosewood and Jacaranda, is a tree whose wood has long been used for rather romantic purposes such as making piano cases, Renaissance lutes, and Danish Modern furniture. It is found in only three eastern Brazilian states, one of which is Bahia, and it is considered a vulnerable species which is illegal to trade. This applies not only to the lumber, but also to items made with the wood!

The core of the Brazilian Rosewood tree is deep red, and the wood itself actually smells something like roses.

Yves Rocher’s polish, however, isn’t really quite as interesting! The shade of brown is a bit dull and uninspiring, at least on my skintone. It’s a little unusual, but I can’t imagine this shade of brown being flattering on very many people. It’s a meh at best, for me.

Formula-wise, it’s lovely. Two coats gives you full opacity, and the polish applies very evenly.

Yves Rocher Botanical Colour Nail Polish in Rosewood / Bois de Bahia, swatch

A word about the brush: it 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.

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, camphor, and dibutyl phthalate (DBP), and it is made in France.

Yves Rocher was founded in 1959. The company is based in La Gacilly, France.


7 thoughts on “Yves Rocher — Rosewood / Bois de Bahia (Botanical Colour Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

  1. Hmm from the bottle colour I thought I’d like this but it applies so much darker and more poo-like than the bottle would lead me to think it would! Eh, I might still get this one just because, ya know, it’s a neutral.

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    • Poo-like is definitely the right description. It does look better in the bottle. It has these weird undertones once applied on the nail, or maybe it’s just my skintone bringing them out! :O


  2. I had the same thoughts as stashmatters! I literally thought to myself based on the bottle “oh she’d probably like that!”…then when I saw it on the nails, I was like “hmm…maybe it’s not totally her type of boring beige (breige? is that t hing)” haha. I’m undecided surprisingly, I actually like it better on the nails than how it looks in the bottle, but you’re right, it’s definitely not a universally flattering colour, but as per usual, you seem to be pulling it off quite okay!

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