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NYC New York Color Review & Swatches - HD Color Shadow Trios, Big Bold Curl Mascara, Applelicious Glossy Lip Balms

Products in this post were provided for review


NYC New York Color Profile

New York Color is a New York themed drugstore company that offers a variety of products from eyeshadow to mascara; lippies to polish. Prices are very budget-friendly and the brand is accessible at a wide variety of stores. 

Where to Buy

New York Color can be purchased through a number of retailers listed through the Store Locator on New York Color's site HERE


New York Color HD Trio Eye Shadow Swatches & Review


Product Type

These are shadow trios that are meant to include 1 highlight color, 1 all-over lid color, and 1 crease color.

Shades

Central Park Plums (785)

West Vintage (789)

Application

Central Park Plums - These shades offered moderate pigmentation, though the lightest shade (which is meant as a highlighter) had the least payoff. The darkest shade (meant to be a crease color) was slightly powdery, but not chalky. These offer a reasonable wash of color.



Wet Vintage - These shades were slightly more pigmented than Central Park Plums. The highlight color offered a sparkly wash of color, while the 2 deeper pigmented shades offered more payoff. None of these shades were particularly chalky, though the purple was slightly powdery.


Price

Each trio retails for $2.99

Where to Buy

New York Color can be purchased through a number of retailers listed through the Store Locator on New York Color's site HERE

My Thoughts

For the price, I'm actually pretty impressed with these trios! While you won't achieve the same pigmentation you might with high-end products, these have better texture and pigmentation than many of the comparable drugstore shadows I've swatched/reviewed. I also think these are some of the most well thought out drugstore trios I've seen and it's nice that New York Color actually put complementary colors in each. I think those that prefer drugstore products or those just starting out will find these to be a great buy!


New York Color Applelicious Glossy Lip Balm Swatches & Review


Product Type

These are glossy tinted balms. Each has an apple-shaped core that is so adorable!



Shades

I reviewed the following:
  • Chocolate Apple (352) 
  • Apple Blossom (354) 
  • Big Apple Red (356)
  • Apple Plum Pie (359)

Chocolate Apple (352)

Apple Blossom (354)

Big Apple Red (356)

Apple Plum Pie (359)

Application

  • Chocolate Apple (352) - slight wash of brown-red
  • Apple Blossom (354) - natural glossy wash (not much tint)
  • Big Apple Red (356) - slight wash of warm red
  • Apple Plum Pie (359) - slight wash of purple-leaning red
These colors are not meant to be opaque, but all but Apple Blossom provided a slight tint to my lips. All were hydrating and moderately glossy.

Scent/Flavor

These have a really pleasant apple-like scent. 

Price

These retail for $2.99

Where to Buy

New York Color can be purchased through a number of retailers listed through the Store Locator on New York Color's site HERE

My Thoughts

These are so darn cute! Scented like fruit and sporting a little apple in the center? I'm sold! Granted I'm a bit partial to apples given where I grew up (which is aptly referred to as Apple Country), I think these will appeal to wide variety of makeup lovers. These are hydrating and offer a subtle wash of color perfect for those that don't want a bold lip.


New York Color Big Bold Curl Mascara Review


Product Type

Big Bold Curl mascara is meant to provide volume and curl. This is not a waterproof formula

Application

First, let's talk the wand because this baby is huge. While it's roughly twice the circumference of some of the thinner mascara brushes I've used in the past (easily 50% larger than average size wands), it actually wasn't bad to use! Granted I've worn mascara every day for well over 16 years, I think with a little trial and error almost anyone could get the handle of this wand. I have incredibly short, thin lashes and I was still able to use it if that's at all helpful.


On the Lash

I had to ask myself the age old question--does size really matter? I found this mascara and its jumbo wand easy to work with overall. I did see some noticeable volume. As far as extra curl goes, I found that it didn't give me immediate curl on its own. I always curl my lashes and found that if I curled, applied a coat, curled again, then applied a second coat, the curl held well. Granted, not everyone is going to want to work that hard, for the price it may still be worth considering. Perhaps for those of you with longer, naturally curly lashes you won't have to go through this routine. But for those of us with teeny, pathetic lashes--there may be no other way around it. I saw no clumping and did not comb through my lashes prior to taking the picture below.

2 coats New York Color Big Bold Curl mascara

Price

This retails for $4.99

Where to Buy

New York Color can be purchased through a number of retailers listed through the Store Locator on New York Color's site HERE

My Thoughts

I love that this didn't clump and for some reason, I actually kind of like the super large wand. On the other hand, while the volume this provided was fairly good, it did not provide insta-curl or lift. That being said, if you're looking for a decent mascara (that isn't waterproof) and don't mind or need to curl your lashes, this could be a great budget-friendly option.

Have you tried New York Color products before? Which of these are you most interested in?

Note: Products in this post were provided by PR/the brand. All opinions stated above are my own based on my personal experience and have not been influenced by PR/the brand.

22 comments :

  1. I really think that NYC New York Color's products are underdogs and a lot of people don't know how awesome their stuff is. That being said, those trios are so cute and I'm such a sucker for a new mascara. I'll probably be running out to get it! xx

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    1. Yeah, I was surprised, especially in comparison to some other drugstore brands I've reviewed, how decent these were! The price is incredibly low as well.

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  2. Nice! That mascara is awesome!! I love the Applelicious balms - I have one - can't remember which one, though! <3

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    1. Yeah, it's not a bad mascara :) Those applelicious balms are so darn cute! <3

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  3. These seem really nice for the price! I would love to see a comparison of the eyeshadow trios with Wet 'n Wilds if you can. They seem quite similar at first glance!

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    1. Do you have the names of the Wet n Wild ones that are comparable? If you find out I can see if I can do a comparison post :)

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  4. Central Park Plums looks like a great trio for those days when you're running late. The light shade could be a great way to blend the top edge of the crease color in 2 seconds flat.

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    1. Could be! Though I prefer mattes in my crease and up to my brow (minus a little shimmer sometimes just under the arch), but I know some don't mind! I was definitely impressed by the shades they put together, you don't always see such complementary shades in the drugstore trios ;)

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  5. I love the eye shadow colors very nice

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  6. I love the West Vintage trio! You are killing my wallet!

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    1. Lol at least these are super budget-friendly ;)

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  7. I love NYC's polishes...I'll have to try some of their other cosmetics!

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    1. Fun! I've never tried their polish actually!

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  8. I'm definitely picking up one (or many) of these lip balms. I'm a sucker for lip balms! LOL

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  9. The mascara looks pretty good! I like the Vintage shadow trio.

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    1. It's not bad, especially for the price :)

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  10. Heard about this mascara. Think it's time I get it. Gorgeous post!

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  11. West Vintage is amazing! I'm so going to look for that palette today! You sure do have the best lip anything swatches around!

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