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NYC In a New York Color Minute Quick Dry Nail Polish

Overall, I am a fan of the NYC cosmetics line, since the quality is surprisinly good for such a low price. I’ve already reviewed their Color Wheel Mosaic Eye Powder and Ultra Moist Lipwear (both thumbs up).

I like non-traditional nail polish colors, so when I saw NYC’s In a New York Color Minute Quick Dry Nail Polish in 206B: East Village (below), I decided to try it out.

With the very first coat, I started to have doubts. The color is great in the bottle, but applied to the nails, it is very faint, transparent, and weak. With 2 coats, the color was still uneven and nowhere near as vibrant as in the bottle. Personally I don’t care to apply 4 coats of nail polish to get the color it is supposed to be, so this was a major strike against this product.

I painted my nails 2 days ago and applied a clear coat, but the color has already chipped on 4 fingers and started peeling off. To me, $1.99 is still too much to pay for a nail color that applies unevenly, that isn’t the same color as in the bottle, and doesn’t last anyway.

I’m disappointed to give this product 0 stars out of 5. Except for a low price, there is really no redeeming quality of this nail polish. I’ve tried this color twice and had miserable results both times, so it’s going in the trash now.

All You Magazine Coupons

The April issue of All You magazine boasts over $51 worth of coupons, and so far, buying this issue was well worth the minimal $2.49 cover price. I haven’t finished reading it yet, but one coupon I cut out right away was for a FREE Rimmel mascara! I’ll be picking that up today, so stay tuned for a new product review.

There’s also a coupon for $1.00 off a NYC cosmetics item. This is one of my favorite budget brands, so I clipped that one as well.

All You magazine is available at Walmart stores and by subscription.

And if you’d like to try 2 free trial issues, click here!

NYC Color Wheel Mosaic Eye Powder

Yet another impulse buy, but unlike most impulse buys, this is one I was actually glad I bought. I’ve seen NYC’s Color Wheel Mosaic Eye Powder in stores, and I’ve read great reviews about it, so when I was deliberating my next frivolous cosmetics purchase in the Wal-mart make-up aisles, I grabbed the Color Wheel in Beyond the Sea (colors below):


The first challenge with this product is how to apply it, as each individual color is rather tiny, and the eye shadow does not come with an applicator. I bought a small pack of disposable eye shadow applicators and was on my way.

One pet peeve I have with eye shadow sets is that I typically like a handful of colors in the set and would never dream of touching the rest of the odd, not-for-me colors in the palette. However, I like all of the colors in the Beyond the Sea color set, from a shimmery light brown to a deep brown to a pale aqua. My favorite is the shimmery brown, but the aqua looks great with a bold, black liquid eyeliner to offset its light color.

For a whopping $3.99, this is a great product. The eye shadow colors stay true and apply smoothly. The shimmery colors are not cheap glitter and don’t shed glitter all over your face like some other sparkly shadows I have tried. They’re just the right touch of dazzle for your eyes, but still subtle and classy.

I have yet to be disappointed by NYC’s cosmetics, and I wish stores around here carried a more extensive selection of their items. I’m a fan of their lipsticks especially, which I’ve reviewed here: NYC Ultra Moist Lipwear.

The Color Wheels come in 5 color options:

Brown Sugar
Beyond the Sea
Pink Cadillac
Brown Eyed Girl
Purple Rain

My only complaint is the lack of an applicator that can remain with the eye shadow case. For such a low price, I can deal with it, but I wonder why an applicator isn’t part of the price.

N.Y.C. Ultra Moist Lipwear

I love Sephora as much as the next lady, but sometimes a great product is hiding in your local Walmart or drugstore. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the N.Y.C. cosmetic line, with items ranging mostly in the $1 – $5 range. I’ve tried the pressed face powder and love experimenting with the lipstick colors. For $1 or $2, why not see how diva red or an out-there coral looks on my lips?

Recently I bought N.Y.C. Ultra Moist Lipwear in Chiffon (color pictured below):

This lipstick set me back 99 cents, and I adore it! It’s a barely there, slightly shimmery, pale pink that is perfect with dark eyeliner or other dramatic eye make-up, giving my lips a pretty and subtle touch of color but letting my eyes stand out as the main attraction. It has a bit of mod personality and would look great with winged or cat-eye liquid eyeliner.

As a rule, I don’t like lipstick, since most lipsticks feel heavy, waxy, slippery, or in some other way just plain gross, but this lipstick is smooth and light. It leaves my lips soft, like I’m wearing a lip balm.

The N.Y.C. website showcases all of its products, including mineral make-up, and the site includes beauty tips and a Beauty Q&A.

Part of the company’s mission, according to the website, is “to offer women the opportunity to buy more cosmetics more frequently, to try new looks with minimal risk, to get more value for their money and to feel good about treating themselves to cosmetics purchases.”

What’s not to like?