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?
Purple Pink / Rose pourpre (44) is this line’s answer to Chanel Vamp, Essie Wicked, and Revlon Vixen. It’s a deep, vampy, raisin-y red cream. It is also another atrociously named shade. I don’t know whether the French name is literally Purple Pink or Purple Rose, as in the flower (since rose is both pink and the rose flower in French), and possibly a reference to this Woody Allen film. Purple Rose would have been a much nicer English name, don’t you think?
In any case, this color still reads as a red to me, and not a purple or a pink. It is a deep, blackened red with plummy tones and few, if any, brown and grey tones.
This is an easy two-coater, very commendable for such a deep, vampy cream shade.
While it isn’t the most unique shade in the world, it’s still beautiful and I cannot complain about the application. I’d easily recommend this over the similarly priced Revlon Vixen (albeit, Vixen comes in a 14.7 mL bottle versus Yves Rocher’s 5 mL). If you take unit price into account, this polish is more comparable to a salon brand, and I actually think this performs better than Essie Wicked and Orly Naughty! I’ll have to do a new vampy swatch comparison soon.
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, and dibutyl phthalate (DBP), and it is made in France.
Yves Rocher was founded in 1959. The company is based in La Gacilly, France.