Individual Eyes Custom Compact

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$4.99 
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Category:
Makeup > Eyeshadows > Powder Eyeshadow
Last Updated:
1/24/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

This six-product eye palette contains a nude eyelid primer, white pearlescent brow bone highlighter, and four shades of powder eyeshadow whose finishes range from matte to frosts. For the price, this is a veritable steal because most of this kit performs very well. The shadows’ color payoff is impressive, and the shades—meant to coordinate with eye color, which is advice best ignored—work well together to create a variety of eye-makeup designs. The sleeper hit here is the eyelid primer, which comes in a generously sized pan. It really does enhance and enrich the shadows, as well as extend their staying power. The only miss is the garish highlighter, which is too iridescent to create a sophisticated highlighting effect.

The N.Y.C. (New York Color) brand clearly wants to align itself with all of the excitement and pulsating action of the Big Apple—think Sex and the City or any of the notable fashion magazines whose home is in the heart of Manhattan. It would have been a clever marketing maneuver if New York Color had delivered, but despite a few stellar products, the line overall is comparatively tame and relatively ordinary. Sexy product names and beguiling makeup descriptions don't equal great makeup. Forget Sex and the City, this is more like a new Woody Allen film—a few surprises, but predictably familiar in the end.

The most appealing part of this line is rock-bottom prices; everything is less than $10, and several items are less than $3 (but that's still not as rock bottom at E.L.F., where $1 per item is standard). Although this isn't the cream of the crop for makeup, there are more than enough inexpensive okay options to make it worthwhile for you to check if it's being sold at your local drugstore. Just keep in mind that not everything N.Y.C. offers is "prestige quality" or the least bit fashion-forward. Put another way: New Yorkers are a notoriously tough group to please, and as a whole N.Y.C. doesn't do enough to make an on-the-go city girl slow down and see what she's missing. In fact, shopping this line without some advance information may lead to resounding disappointments, and that's never the goal. On the flipside, knowing what to zero in on will not only save you money, but also connect you with a product that stands a very good chance of leaving you wondering why anyone would pay more.

You're most likely to find N.Y.C. at Target and Rite Aid. Regrettably, testers are not available, but both of the aforementioned retailers have a good return policy if you save your receipt.

For more information about N.Y.C., call (800) 953-5080 or visit www.newyorkcolor.com.

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  1. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Tuesday, August 06, 2013
    • Recommend
      3 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Results
      3 / 4
    Nice eyeshadow kit
    • I really like this eyeshadow compact. I have two of them: one for hazel eyes and one for brown eyes. I think that they do enhance the eye color, but the colors are similar to the Urban Decay Naked eyeshadows. My kits are neutral colors. I use the highlighter on the tip and bridge of my nose. The primer is really nice and the color lasts all day.

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