NYC has released several new (and permanent) products for 2014. They’re all viewable online at newyorkcolor.com now, but I can’t find a way to view all the new products together. So far I’ve noticed the following products which I think are new:
- Expert Last Lipstick
- City Proof Twistable Intense Lip Color (jumbo lip crayons)
- Skin Matching Luminizer (a foundation)
- Smooth Skin BB Cream
- Smooth Skin Mousse Foundation
- New shades of several products, including nail polish, eyeshadow, and eyeliner.
- A new gold flake topcoat, which I have and will review soon.
Today, I have five of the new $1.99 Expert Last Lipsticks – there were ten in the display, and there are twenty shades listed online.
The lipsticks are packaged in coordinating colored plastic; note that some of the plastic casings are shimmery when the lipsticks are not and vice versa. The lipsticks, unfortunately, do not retract fully into the tubes, so you’ll need to be careful not to nick them with the lid.
In terms of texture, they lipsticks are fairly creamy and apply smoothly, but feel very faintly gritty to me. It’s not noticeable enough to be a problem, but they don’t feel luxurious either. The have a faint fruity-chemical scent, which is light enough not to bother me.
The lipsticks are moderately pigmented except for Creamy Caramel, which is noticeably more sheer. Above, I’ve done three swipes of Creamy Caramel and two swipes with each of the others.
Blue Rose is a bright fuchsia with a very slight blue sheen. I don’t usually go for this type of color, but I quite like this one.
Creamy Caramel is a creme finish nude/brown; in addition to being sheerer than the other shades, it’s slightly more emollient and has a better texture. It’s a really nice nude on me – this is my favorite of the bunch.
Traffic Jam is a creme finish bright red. It’s fine, but nothing to write home about – there are several other options for a sub-$3 red lipstick that I prefer.
Berry Me is a creme finish berry – mauve. It’s a really nice color.
Coralista is an orange with a strong white base and silver glitter, though the glitter is not particularly noticeable when applied. This one clung to the dry patches on my lips and looked terrible in person – much worse than in the photo.
Overall, I’d say that these are decent but unremarkable. For $2 – and frequently on sale – they’re worth the price, and are a good option if you want to try out a color you don’t usually like. However, even in this price range, there are better options – I prefer the formulas of Wet n Wild’s lipsticks (MegaLast, Perfect Pout, and Silk Finish), ELF’s Moisturizing Lipsticks, and of course I love the formula of Black Radiance lipsticks.