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NYC or New York Color is a brand I often overlook with the exception of their nail colours, which I sometimes grab for a low cost boost of colour. Their summer collection however, has some true gems. It is a mixed bag with a few disappointments along the way, but overall a great offering. Here’s the lowdown:

Nail Colours – I adore all three of these colours, and they apply nicely to boot. There’s a blue (Blue Sky), mint green (Raindrop) and coral (Pink Spring Tulip) and I think they are all beautiful. With a good base and top coat these last a few days – to be honest all nail colours chip on me so I never really invest in expensive ones. At £1.79 these are a real steal. Thumbs up.

Bronzer – Huge disc bronzers are my favourite kind. Clarins, MUA and Bourjois all make similar offerings and this impresses just as much as they do. The colour is just the right balance of warm and cool tones and although the texture is a little powdery in the pan, it has become my everyday bronzer. At £3.99 this is a great buy and it definitely gets my seal of approval.

Lipsticks – I’m afraid this is where the collection falls short for me. I’m not one for shimmery lips, and these are incredibly frosty, which was a disappointment. The lighter two colours would have been my thing if it weren’t for that, and I wish they had produced a creme formula instead of this unflattering one. If you love frosted lips these will be fine but I looked a tad ridiculous. The pink was alright and not quite as frosty but still not what I would pick. These are priced at a great £1.99 and I’m not sure if all of the shades they make are frosted, but if they are I would steer clear and stick with other NYC products.

Eyeshadow – I was semi impressed here. I see how they thought including a base was helpful, but if it’s not a stellar base it’s just taking up room and wasting product in a compact. I just feel bad when I look at it because I reach for my Urban Decay Primer Potion and just use the powder shadows. Go big or go home, and I think NYC should stick to the powder shadows because they are actually lovely shades and a lovely consistency. If I could I would redesign this palette chopping off the cream products and making a handbag sized palette of neutrals. They do have shadow-only palettes in their range, which I will definitely check out now, and at £3.99 for this one it’s no big deal if you don’t like the primer, but it just makes me feel wasteful.

So there’s my roundup of summer products by NYC.

Have you tried this brand? Do you think it’s underrated in the UK?

  • Flora

    The new lipsticks look stunning. I love the pink shade the most!

  • Roshni

    NYC is a brand I normally ignore, but if you think its worth trying I may have a look next time I’m in superdrug. Can’t go too wrong with a couple of cheap nail varnishes :)

  • Hannah

    I definitely think NYC underrated- sometimes we can think that the cheaper products aren’t good quality but I love their lipstick in Plum Rum- it’s my most used lipstick and is great for darker skin tones!

  • Charlotte

    I’ve tried one of their bronzers a few years ago and didn’t find it brilliant but might give this new one a go :-) xxx

  • Maddy

    Such a shame they are frosted, would definitely have bought them otherwise! xx

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD 

  • Devyn

    I remember NYC being one of the first makeup brands I bought for myself when I was younger. I think I actually picked up a red lipstick, how adventurous! I’m definitely going to have to check out those nail polishes, gotta love the cheap stuff! :)

  • Celina

    I’ve heard quite a bit about the NYC bronzers before.
    I personally don’t own anything from NYC but I have a friend who owns quite a bit of colourful products from them and they’re lovely!

    Celina | The Celution

  • Kimberley

    I love the look of the lipsticks, gorgeous!

    Kimberley x (currently running an international MAC giveaway)

  • Fiona

    Wow, I always overlook NYC because of the price, which I’m a bit wary of, but thanks for showing me that there are some decent products in there! I’m tempted to try those lovely looking nail polishes for sure, although I wish the lipsticks were better, because that’s what I’m hoping to purchase some more of! x

  • Ashley

    Those lipsticks look amazing!

    Sincerely Miss Ash