Yves Rocher Botanical Colour Nail Polish in Orangey-Red / Capucine

Yves Rocher — Orangey-Red / Capucine (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 Orangey-Red / Capucine (53), a vibrant, midtone coral cream.

A note on the English and French names for this color: I think that the people at Yves Rocher who are responsible for translating the French names into English must have been out to lunch on the day they worked on shade no. 53. They probably did well to avoid giving the English name Nasturtium, the English name for the flower called Capucine in French. It’s a clumsy and unfamiliar word to most English-speakers, I’d imagine.

nasturtium flowers
Nasturtium flowers. Image: urbanseedling.com

On the other hand, Orangey-Red is probably the most awful nail polish shade name I have ever heard of. It’s literally as if my husband got to name it.


What would you name this polish color?


[hopefully] Is that an orangey…red?





It’s not even a perfectly apt color description, as I find Orangey-Red to be quite a bit pink, and not very red at all. It’s a fairly balanced coral, with a tinge of white in its base (not enough for it to qualify as a pastel).

When I first saw the French name Capucine, I thought of capuccino and capuchin monkeys.

nasturtium flowers
Capuchin monkey. Image: dailymail.co.uk

It turns out that all three words—the flower’s French name, the coffee beverage, and the monkey—were named for their partial resemblance to an order of Capuchin monks. And so, by extension, French actress Capucine really named herself after one of these guys:

Capucine, the French actress & the monk
Capucine, the actress and the monk. Images: capucine-actress.tumblr.com, theenglishcrux.tumblr.com

Anyway, this nail polish is wonderfully easy to apply, and two coats gives nearly opaque coverage. You do get a bit of VNL, but I think it looks fine with this particular shade. Three coats does get you full opacity; I only used two in the swatch.

The color is not the most unique, but it’s pretty and a nice choice if you’re looking for a coral with trouble-free application.

Yves Rocher Botanical Colour Nail Polish in Orangey-Red / Capucine, 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.

18 thoughts on “Yves Rocher — Orangey-Red / Capucine (Botanical Colour Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

  1. Hahaha honestly, the French-English translation team needs to be fired at YR!
    Interesting bit of history about “Capucine” though!
    I woulda just gone with Coral for the name of this one and called it a day. 😛

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  2. HAHAHAAHA “Mr.Fivezero”, love it! But seriously, it’s like when I taught one of my best friends the colour ‘periwinkle’…the first time he pointed out something that was periwinkle, I was so proud! The same thought occurred to me when I saw Capucine, I thought of capuchin monkeys too! This is a nice summer-y colour, what would you consider this polish to be, it looks kind of crelly-ish based on the swatch?

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    • Hee hee! Guys and colors can be a huge source of amusement. DH always uses other colors to describe a color. A purple can be “more blue-y” and a green can be “more yellow-y”.

      You know, it does look a bit crelly-ish on, but somehow it didn’t register like that to me when I was applying it!

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  3. Oh I thought it’s the expression you have as depicted by the monkey.. Phew, luckily it’s orangey-red. I don’t know what to feel if you’ll pull out a YR in Orange from your box.

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