Huge NYC Haul!

11 April 2011

Holy NYC Cosmetics!!  I recently received a huge amount of NYC products to sample and was blown away by how much they sent me!  I had never tried anything by this company before and it's a super affordable drugstore brand, so I was very excited to see what they had to offer.  I haven't tried everything yet (far from it in fact!) and I expect it will take me months to get through everything but I wanted to share with you my first reactions to the products!

Face Products
Skin Matching Foundation in Light - €3.99
An amazing price for a foundation!  I haven't tried this yet, and worry it may be too light for my skin now as we're moving into the summer months.  But I will keep you updated!

Color Wheel Mosaic Face Powder in Pink Cheek Glow - €3.49
I had already heard a lot of great things about the NYC colour wheels so it came as no surprise to me that this is one of my favourite products.  I wore this to the Cork meet-up on Saturday and I love it.  In the swatch it looks more pink but on my cheeks it looks more peachy pink!  It lasts all day and gives me a really fresh and awake look!

Cheek Glow Blush in Central Park Pink - €2.99
I can't say I'm too impressed with this.  It's very light and you can see from the swatch that it barely shows up on the skin...and this was after a few layers of product!  It reminds me of the Maybelline Expertwear blush in Dusty Rose.  Not pigmented, very light and more like a wash of colour.  I do like the "cushion" effect of the packaging though! 

Sun-Sational Mineral Bronzer in Shimmering Bronze - €3.49
I absolutely love bronzers so I wanted this to be one of my favourites!  I do think the packaging is quite a good idea for on-the-go makeup application, in that you can pop it into your purse and it's a bronzer and brush all in one.  However, the brush isn't great quality and the fact that the powder comes up through the bottom of it creates a slightly patchy application.  Having said that, the bronzer itself gives a beautiful sunkissed glow.  I just think I'll be using this with my own brushes instead.

Lip Products
Ultra Last Lipstick in Caramel - €2.49
Haven't worn this yet, but it's a beautiful shimmery dark nude.  I imagine this would be perfect for summer with a tan! :)

Liquid Lip Shine in Brighton Beach Peach - €2.29
I literally grabbed this while running out the door to the Cork meet-up on Saturday and never looked back!  I haven't stopped wearing it since...I love this!  It's a really gorgeous shimmery peachy gold gloss, which tastes like dessert :)  Yum!

Kiss Gloss in Park Ave Punch - €1.49
A jelly gloss in a bright watermelon colour.  

Lippin' Large Lip Plumper in Toffee Kiss - €2.49
Whether this actually plumps the lips or not, it sure feels like it does!  This is minty and tingly on the lips and the colour is luscious!  

Eye Shadows
Sparkle Eye Dusts in Champagne and Opal Sparkle - €2.99
These are absolutely amazing!  (Click on the picture to enlarge)  I wore the champagne colour all over my lids on Saturday and it stayed on all day and gave a gorgeous iridescent effect.  These have the cutest little brushes that come with the product and you get a lot of shadow inside!  The opal sparkle has the most amazing different coloured sparkles in it and both are very pigmented and long-lasting.  I really couldn't be happier with these!

Mineral Eye Color Wheel in Brown Eyed Girl - €2.99
I actually wore this all day today and I love it.  The pigmentation is A+ and I love how you can swirl all the colours together to get a nice bronzey all-over shadow.  This lasted all day, didn't crease and was worn without primer!

Mono Eyeshadows in Manhattan Gaze and 5th Avenue - €1.99
I have not worn these yet but was a little disappointed when I swatched them today, especially with Manhattan Gaze (blue).  The pigmentation was poor and I had to layer it a few times to get a decent colour pay-off.  It also felt quite chalky on the skin.  5th Avenue was more pigmented, I think because it has a little bit of shimmer to it which holds it in place better.  Overall though, I'm not super impressed so far but I will have to try them properly to make my mind up!

Metro Quartet Eyeshadow in Manhattan Island - €3.49
I like how this comes with a mini "tutorial" inside the packaging, which tells you where to apply the shadows.  I am also excited to wear more blues since I have brown eyes, and these look like quite pretty shades.  I must admit the crease colour was not very pigmented but aside from that they seem to be good quality.  I can't wait to try a look with these! 

Eye Products
Glamour Lashes - €2.99
High Definition Defining Mascara - €2.99
Show Time Volumising Mascara - €3.49
I haven't tried either one of these yet but I am most looking forward to using the volumising one!  The fat brush and thicker consistency appeals to me a lot as I love full, volumised lashes! 

Automatic Eye Pencil in Vampy Violet - €2.99
This didn't swatch particularly well, however I haven't worn it on my eyes yet.  It didn't appear very pigmented and the colour is not as bright as I expected.  But I will be wearing this on the lower lashline to create a pop of colour in a neutral look.

Nail Polishes
Expert Last Nail Polish - €1.99
I'm keen try these out as they claim to last up to 7 days which is perfect for lazies like me! 
(from L-R, Mink, Chelsea Cherry, Gramercy Glitz)

In A NYC Minute Nail Polish - €1.29
These also appeal to the lazybones in me as they dry very quickly!
(from L-R, Little Italy, Spring Street, Central Park)

Watch the video here! :)

I hope you liked all the pics, let me know if there's anything in particular you would like me to review in full detail!  And if you have tried NYC cosmetics, please let me know what you thought and which your favourite products were! :)

If you live in Ireland, NYC Cosmetics can be purchased from Sam McCauley's and selected pharmacies.  

Stay Stylish!

Disclaimer: These products were kindly sent to me for consideration to review.  I was not paid for my review nor am I affiliated in anyway with the brand.  My 100% honest opinion, as always :)

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