Collection: Yves Rocher 2016 Winter, Holiday
Yves Rocher’s 2016 Holiday collection consists of three shades in their Botanical Colour Nail Polish line, of which I’m a huge fan. Two appeared to be repromotes from their original launch, Sparkling Gold (which I already own) and Sparkling Silver, which is why I didn’t bother to get them.
However, upon closer inspection, it seems that they may be two different new shades with the same names, and they have different codes on Yves Rocher’s website. Argh! Why would you give them the same names as existing shades?!
Anyway, I have the third shade for you today, Sparkling Cranberry (97). The French name is Cranberry scintillant, which I find odd since Canadian bilingual packaging taught me that the French word for cranberry is canneberge! So, I don’t know what’s up with the half English, half French translation.
The shade is a surprisingly warm-toned medium red with fine gold shimmer—I normally associate “cranberry” cosmetic colors as deeper, cooler reds. But I suppose actual fresh cranberries are quite similar to this polish, aren’t they? A bit cooler red than warm red, though.
A nice little tidbit about how cranberries got their name: early European settlers in America thought a cranberry flower looked like the head of a crane. Craneberry somehow evolved into cranberry. Also, apparently some eastern Canadians refer to cranberries as mossberries. Cranberry farming first started around 1816.
As usual, this Botanical Color Nail Polish applies beautifully and is fully opaque with two smooth coats. The polish is very sparkly, with loads of fine gold shimmer/microglitter. It shimmers nicely even in low light. I do wish the shimmer was a little more multidimensional, though, to give the polish a little more interest.
The dried polish does feel gritty—I think you can tell from just looking at the swatches!— so a top coat is recommended for a smooth finish.
Yves Rocher’s Holiday 2016 colors are limited edition.
As a final note, Toronto FC lost the MLS Cup final to Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday night. The match went to extra time and penalties, so I don’t really envy the fans who had to sit out there in the freezing cold for that long! Seattle managed to win the penalty shootout after a 120-minute game in which they had zero shots on target, which is insanely frustrating as a TFC fan! But I suppose if you can’t take any of your chances to score (7 shots on target for TFC), you can’t complain. I hope that reaching the final can serve as a springboard for the team, and that this is the first of many more finals.
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.