When it comes to makeup, my heart (and wallet) belongs in the makeup aisles at the drugstore! While I do love me some high-end makeup, realistically, my family likes to eat, so I kind of have to save the high-end makeup purchases for pretty special occasions, which is honestly fine with me because there are so many great options at the drugstore. One of my favorite affordable makeup brands also happens to be a fairly new favorite for me (I’ll explain in a minute) and that brand is NYC!
Believe it or not I only discovered NYC (New York Color) within the past 6 months, now there are a couple of reasons why I wasn’t aware of this brand before then, the main one being that I never went into the actual drugstores to buy makeup (it was strictly Walmart and online makeup shopping for me and since my Walmart doesn’t sell NYC I just didn’t know about it), it was only when I started watching YouTube makeup tutorials that I really discovered (and then promptly fell in love with) NYC. For those of you who are currently living under the same rock I was living under until recently and are not familiar with NYC, let me tell you a little more about this awesome brand!
Essentially, NYC is a super affordable brand of makeup that includes products for the eyes, face, lips and nails. With the majority of their products ranging in price from $1.99 to $3.99 (and nothing over $4.99), NYC is a great drugstore brand that offers high-quality products at very affordable prices.
Recently NYC (or the PR firm who represents NYC rather) sent me a ton of great new lip products and an equally awesome eye product to review and since I have quite the obsession with makeup, I just couldn’t help but give them a try and I cannot wait to share my thoughts on all of that makeup goodness with all of you!
First up I’ll start with the eye product that NYC sent to me…the NYC New York Color Showtime Velvet Eyeliner. I am very picky when it comes to my eyeliner and I find it incredibly hard to find a good drugstore liner that is smooth, creamy and blendable, but this one from NYC has really surprised me so far. While it doesn’t wow me like some of the more expensive eyeliner pencils that I’ve tried have, I do think it’s a great drugstore liner and at $1.99, it’s worth giving it a try. I received the color Red Wine and the color is just fantastic, it’s perfect for the more smokey looks that I gravitate towards when it cooler outside and I cannot wait to play around with it more into the fall months!
If you know me, then you know that I adore a good lip chubby and if you’re not sure what a lip chubby is, it’s just a big, fat, lipstick crayon and every single makeup brand known to man has their own version and the NYC City Proof Twistable Intense Lip Color crayons are some of my favorites. Available in 12 stunning shades, the NYC City Proof Twistable lip color crayons are super creamy, they glide on effortlessly and they look fabulous on and I don’t know about you, but those are pretty much my criteria for a good lip crayon! I received the colors Parsons Pink, Futon Street Fuchsia and Riverside Rose to try from NYC and I was so excited to play around with them. First off I will say that while these colors can be very intense (some colors definitely more so than others) they can also come off a little sheer, some of the colors (especially Nolita Neutral and Parsons Pink) remind me almost of a tinted lip balm, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing, I mean, who doesn’t love a good tinted lip balm!?! My favorite color of the three that I reviewed is definitely the Riverside Rose (I find myself applying it almost every day), but I did purchase Nolita Neutral before NYC sent the others to me and I find that while on its own it is not very pigmented, it works perfectly on top of a darker color in the center of my bottom lip to help create the illusion of a fuller lip…it’s my go-to for that little trick! If you’re in the market for an affordable lip crayon that glides on smooth and looks fabulous on the lip, I’d definitely suggest the City Proof Twistable Lip Crayons from NYC and at only $2.99 each, they’re a steal!
Last, but most certainly not least, is another amazing lip product from NYC, the New York Color Expert Last lip color! This lipstick is definitely my favorite of the three products that I reviewed for a number of reasons, but mainly because it’s the one lipstick, drugstore or not, that I’ve ever tried that actually stayed on my lips for a decent amount of time, I can get a good 4 hours out of this lipstick without reapplying, which is something that I’ve never experience from a regular lipstick. Available in 20 gorgeous shades, NYC Expert Last lip color is in my book a definite drugstore must-have! I’ve seen mixed reviews on this lipstick and while some people have complained that it can tend to be drying, I personally haven’t experienced that, it’s not as buttery as say the Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter, but that particular lipstick, as creamy and moisturizing as it is, only lasts for about 30 minutes max on my lips, so I’ll take a formula with a little less moisture (though for me, the moisture level seems to be on par with similar lipsticks), but far more staying power, any day of the week! I receive three new colors from the Expert Last lip color line; Forever Fuchsia, Coralista and Peach Fizz and let me just say that the color payoff is incredible with these lipsticks and for me, they glide on super easily and look stunning on the lip. My personal favorite color from the entire line is Peach Fizz, it’s a very pretty peachy, neutral color that is absolutely perfect for summer, and it also pairs so well with Parsons Pink on top for a little added shimmer without changing the color too much…I absolutely love the two of them together! The NYC Expert Last lip color is also a steal coming in at just under $2 a tube!
Since I always like to include a video review when I check out new makeup products, I thought I’d share my thoughts (which include swatches of all of the colors) via video…check it out!
And there you have it, three fabulous products from NYC for you to check out and add to your collection. You can pick up these products and so many more online at newyorkcolor.com and in drugstores nationwide!
Disclosure: I received the products mentioned above from the brand of PR firm representing the brand, in exchange for my honest review…all opinions are 100% my own!