Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Yves Rocher Lipstick Palette review

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So there is this certain holiday coming, you might have heard of it, it's called "Christmas". Part of the Christmas tradition is the giving of gifts, but sometimes we can reach a point where we run out of ideas. Well today I'm going to be sharing a great little gift idea for someone you love.

Yves Rocher Lipstick Palette
Yves Rocher Lipstick Palette

The Yves Rocher Lipstick Palette is a palette that contains five of the brands top Grand Rouge lipsticks within one sleek palette based offering. The Grand Rouge formula is described as being long-wearing, hydrating and so silky smooth that you forget that you are wearing it.

Yves Rocher Lipstick Palette
Yves Rocher Lipstick Palette

The shade choice contains reds, pinks and purples with differing undertones so that there is something for everyone within the palette. There is also a handy lip brush for application and a mirror inside so you can apply on the go.

They come packaged in a beautifully chic, slimline, rose gold palette. Whilst it looks gorgeous, it is rather hard to get a decent photo of as it's effectively like a mirror.  You all want to see the palette, not my mush staring back at you with my concentrating photography face. With that said, I did do my best for you all.

Application, Results and Swatches:

To apply these lipsticks for the review and the swatch photos, I used the brush included within the palette. As with all other lipsticks, it's easiest to begin by drawing a V in the middle of the upper lip for the perfects cupid bow and continue from there. 

Yves Rocher Lipstick Palette
Yves Rocher Lipstick Palette

Application is pretty much the same for all of the shades in this palette (except for one which I'll mention briefly in a moment). All of the shades seem to apply sheerly and a little streakily when using the brush. This results in it taking a while to neaten out the finished look and to have bold colour. If you prefer the sheerer finish, you can blend out any streaks using your finger and rock it that way, but if you do want the bolder colours you may be building it up for a while. The only shade I didn't have much trouble with was Rose Sompetueux which was bolder far faster than the others.

To work out whether or not this was down to the formula or the brush, I also attempted to apply them on a different occasion with my finger instead. This resulted in a bolder, less streaky finish in little to no time. It has more of a natural look to it as well that comes across as more of a wash of shade rather than a slick of it (if you're following me). The issue with this type of application though is that the edges don't look as smooth. 

I think the best way to go is to have a play with different methods of applying these shades from the pan to find what look you like best. Applying the outline with the brush and filling in with your finger is an option, or pulling out lip liner to line and your finger for the rest. Either way, the finish is a nice one.

Here are the swatches of the shades included in the palette (applied just with the brush):

Rouge Vif

Yves Rocher Grand Rouge Lipstick in Rouge Vif lip swatch
Yves Rocher Grand Rouge Lipstick in Rouge Vif lip swatch

Corail Incandescent


Yves Rocher Grand Rouge Lipstick in Corail Incandescent lip swatch
Yves Rocher Grand Rouge Lipstick in Corail Incandescent lip swatch

Rose Somptueux


Yves Rocher Grand Rouge Lipstick in Rose Somptueux lip swatch
Yves Rocher Grand Rouge Lipstick in Rose Somptueux lip swatch

Violet Profond


Yves Rocher Grand Rouge Lipstick in Violent Profond lip swatch
Yves Rocher Grand Rouge Lipstick in Violent Profond lip swatch

Mauve Subtil


Yves Rocher Grand Rouge Lipstick in Mauve Subtil lip swatch
Yves Rocher Grand Rouge Lipstick in Mauve Subtil lip swatch

Out of the bunch, my favourite shades are Rose Somptueux and Mauve Subtil. For a bolder shade, I like Rose Somptueux because it has great pigmentation and glides onto the lips well. For a more subtle look, I adore Mauve Subtil. Whilst it looks quite sheer in the photo, it's actually more pigmented than it appears. It blends onto the lips and allows juuuuust enough of your natural skintone to come through to create a beautiful, casual, mauve glow. This is the type of lilac lipstick that I personally love the most.

Yves Rocher Lipstick Palette
Yves Rocher Lipstick Palette

I find the wear time to be similar for each of them and that came in at around 2-3 hours. With Mauve Subtil, it was around 2 hours for vibrant colour, but it did wear for a few hours with a more muted version of itself which actually still looked nice and not in a "oh she needs to re-apply that lipstick" kind of way at all. 

Formula wise, these lipsticks are pretty hydrating and feel more like a lip balm than a lipstick when on. They're lightweight and silky, so I agree with the claim about forgetting that you're wearing it. I honestly have forgotten on multiple occasions until I've caught myself in the mirror and I'm like, "ohhh yes, I forgot I was wearing a bit of lippie!".


Overall I do like this palette. I think that you need to have a play around with it to work out the best method of application and once you find it you'll be flying. I don't recommend using it if you're short on time if you are using the included brush as it will take you a little longer to achieve the perfect look, but if you have the time or if you go with another method it is worth the effort. 

You can purchase the Yves Rocher Grand Rouge Lipstick Palette from Yves Rocher.

What are your thoughts on the Yves Rocher Grand Rouge Lipstick Palette? What is your favourite shade?
Let me know in the comments below!

Zoe. @Beautifinous

*This particular item wasn't sent as a PR item to review, but it was sent as a gift from Yves Rocher.

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