It's always fun trying out new beauty products or brands - the excitement is a bit like a child playing with their new toys, but the toys are replaced with makeup! I've tried some of Yves Rocher's bodycare range before, but nothing from their makeup range and I now have a selection of four in my excited little hands!
First up is the Fixing Eyelid Primer (£12.50), which is a nude coloured, liquid primer for eyeshadow. The formula contains Camellia Oil, so although it has a thin consistency it provides a smooth and hydrating base. On its own, it evens out the colour of the lids and is well suited for those "no makeup makeup" days. As a primer, it adds a subtle but noticeable boost to the colour of eyeshadow and prevents creasing after a long day at the office. I frequently wore this just on one lid to test its longevity claims and my eyeshadow stayed on for a good few hours longer than the non-primed lid.
I absolutely love neutral eyeshadow palettes and I own plenty more than I really need. I don't have many quads in this collection however, so the Quad Eyeshadow Sumptuous Color in Red Hot Brown (£25.00) has a filled some of that space! This really is a stunning palette, with shiny gold packaging, a mirror in the lid, two sponge applicators (handy for travel, especially as one is tapered) and four really striking, pigmented shades. The two lighter shades are great to use all over the lid with their gold and taupe tones, with the lightest working well as a highlighting shade too. The two darker shades are more brown toned and are great for defining the crease and upper/lower lids. The only thing I would say about this eyeshadow formula wise, is that it's very soft and so when you take to it with an eyeshadow brush, there's quite a bit of excess to blow away afterwards.
Now for the lining the eyes and this comes in the form of the Intense Kajal 100% Eyeliner in Black (£15.90). I haven't used an eyeliner like this before and it does take a bit of getting used to due to its size. If you like a really thin or precise line, then this eyeliner definitely isn't for you as the tip is rounded rather than pointed. It also doesn't give a really strong, pigmented black line. What it works well for is a smokey eye or for that messy, lived in look; I tend to go over it with a smudging brush to really work it into the lash line and blend it out for subtle definition.
Last up is the Mascara Volume Vertige in Black (£22.00) - I'm still on the hunt for the perfect mascara, so it's a product I regularly try new ones of! First of all I really like the curvy, plastic brush and the formula, which contains botanical extract and has found the perfect balance between wet and dry. I do really like this mascara but it isn't as volumising as I expected considering the name. It does give volume but I would say it's subtle daytime volume rather than dramatic nighttime. What it's brilliant at is lengthening and lifting my lashes and it DOESN'T SMUDGE. Hallelujah! Most mascaras I try smudge slightly under my eyes, so it's so nice to not have to regularly check my eye makeup in a mirror.
These four products have given me a great introduction to Yves Rocher makeup - my favourite has to be the beautiful eyeshadow quad. The prices do slot these products into the high end bracket, but they are all currently on offer online with over 30% discount! So if you like the look of them, head over to the website now to check them out!
Beauty Bird xx
P.S. This post contains PR samples. This does not affect my opinion of the products.