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NYC Let’s Paint The Town Nail Polish Swatches

NYC Apple Fizz Raindrop Shimmer Blast Swatch

Apple Fizz // Raindrop // Apple Fizz + Shimmer Blast // Raindrop + Shimmer Blast //
Black Creme + Shimmer Blast

This is the final post (at least for now) in my series of swatches of NYC’s new Let’s Paint the Town collection. I purchased three of the four nail polishes, which are all from the $2 quick-dry nail polish line. Note that all swatch photos in this post are in natural light.

NYC Apple Fizz Raindrop

Apple Fizz // Raindrop

First, the cremes.  Both were thick and streaky, which is not uncommon with lighter colors, but is still not what I want in a polish! I had a lot of difficultly applying them neatly, and I was not happy with the final result; so I thinned them with nail polish thinner (I like Orly’s; be sure to get one that doesn’t have acetone as an ingredient).  After thinner, they performed much better.  The first coat was still streaky, but was thin enough to apply smoothly, and after 2-3 coats they looked even and smooth. Thinning is definitely recommended with these polishes!

NYC Raindrop Swatch


You can see the thickness and streakiness in the Raindrop swatch; the first coat of Raindrop was applied as bought, and the second coat was thinned, but not quite enough.

NYC Apple Fizz Swatch

Apple Fizz

And you can se how much better Apple Fizz performed – this is three very thin coats, because I thinned it sufficiently. This is a fantastic color – bright and pastel at the same time.

NYC Shimmer Blast

Shimmer Blast is definitely a top coat; it doesn’t really show up alone.  Over black (or other dark colors), it appears blue-green (due to the density of the blue-green shimmer particles) with some pink and gold shimmer as well.

NYC Shimmer Blast Swatch

Shimmer Blast over black creme

Over Raindrop & Apple Fizz, it adds a very subtle shimmer:

NYC Raindrop Shimmer Blast Swatch

Raindrop + Shimmer Blast

NYC Apple Fizz Shimmer Blast Swatch

Apple Fizz + Shimmer Blast (I lied; this photo is actually with flash, not natural light!)

Overall, I do recommend these polishes.  Raindrop isn’t a shade I am particularly drawn to, but that’s just a personal preference – I can tell that it’s a shade others will love. And I love Apple Fizz and Shimmer Blast!   It’s too bad that the formulas of the cremes aren’t better, but it’s nothing that some shimmer can’t fix; for polishes this cheap, I don’t mind a little diy.

*I purchased the three polishes featured in this post.  Please see my disclosure policy for more information.

NYC Big Bold Bronzing Powder Swatches & Quick Review


NYC Big Bold Bronzing Powder Compact

Next up, also part of NYC’s new Let’s Paint The Town Collection, are the two Big Bold Bronzing Powders.  They come in two colors; ManhaTan is the lighter one, and MetropoliTan is the darker shade.

NYC Big Bold Bronzing Powder ManhaTan MetropoliTan

ManhaTan // MetropoliTan

And both have a really lovely design embossed on them – but note that it won’t last very long at all, because the embossing is quite shallow and the bronzers are on the powdery side. In fact, you can see some of the fallout / powder in the following swatches.

NYC Big Bold Bronzing Powder Swatches - ManhaTan MetropoliTan

Daylight bulb: ManhaTan, MetropoliTan

NYC Big Bold Bronzing Powder Swatches ManhaTan MetropoliTan

With flash: ManhaTan, MetropoliTan

Despite the fallout, these are both quite smooth and blend well.  They’re on the sheer side (which I think is a good thing for bronzers!) and, as you can see, are buildable to a moderate intensity – the swatches are multiple swipes with a sponge-tipped applicator.

I’m not great at undertones, but ManhaTan looks yellow-based to me, and MetropoliTan looks more neutral, but slightly red-based. I would not contour with either of them, because I prefer a more ashy / grey toned contour (like the ones I swatched in this post), but I do think they colors will work bronzers.

I see a slight sparkle in the pan with both shades, but it’s not visible in most lighting. In full sunlight, ManhaTan (the lighter shade) is matte with a slight sparkle, and MetropoliTan is a bit sheeny with a slight sparkle.  Inside, Manhatan appears quite matte, and Metropolitan has a bit of a sheen.  I would say that if you generally prefer not to wear shimmer on your face, these are still wearable; but if you loathe the thought of even a fleck of shimmer ever appearing on your face, skip them.

Overall, I think these are quite nice for the price (around $5 each; and there are some $1 off NYC coupons floating around right now that I used).  The texture of these is a bit powdery and not particularly refined, but they’re smooth and blendable, and the pigmentation level is exactly right for a bronzer – sheer enough to be foolproof, but easily buildable.  If you’re in the market for an inexpensive drugstore bronzer, these are worth a look!

*I purchased both of the featured products.  Please see my disclosure policy for more information.

NYC Precious Pink Sparkle Eye Dust Swatch & Quick Review

NYC Precious Pink Sparkle Eye Dust

NYC Precious Pink Sparkle Eye Dust

For my first post today, I have Precious Pink Sparkle Eye Dust from NYC’s new Let’s Paint the Town Collection.  Last night I thought it looked sort of sandy gold; it turns out that’s because the lighting in-store was so awful – it’s actually a lovely peachy pink.

For a full review of the packaging and formula of NYC’s recently repackaged Sparkle Eye Dust, please see this post.  This shade was smooth and pigmented – just as good as the shade swatched in that post.

NYC Precious Pink Sparkle Eye Dust Swatch

Left swatch: Daylight bulb // Right swatch: With flash

Overall, I would definitely recommend this shade – inexpensive, high quality, and a gorgeous color!

*I purchased this product.  Please see my disclosure policy for more information.

Spotted: NYC Let’s Paint The Town Collection

NYC Let's Paint The Town Display

Earlier today, I found a new NYC collection at Rite Aid, called the Let’s Paint The Town collection. Since none of the products are listed on NYC’s website, I think every product in this display is limited edition – however, if you have different information, please let me know in the comments!

The display contains two bronzers, four lip glosses, two eyeshadow trios, two sparkle eye dusts and polishes (from the $2 quick dry line).  This post has information and photos about the collection; I purchased several items, and I’ll have swatches for you tomorrow.

NYC Big Bold Bronzing Powder

NYC Big Bold Bronzing Powder: ManhanTan, MetropoliTan

The bronzers are a new item; they’re named the Big Bold Bronzing powders, and I love the design embossed on them.  The lighter one is named ManhanTan and the darker MetropoliTan. As you can see, I purchased both.

NYC Let's Paint The Town Lip Gloss

Water Lily, Dewy Rose, Pink Flamingo, Spring Meadow

There are four Kiss lip glosses. Water Lily appears to be a shimmery pink, Dewy Rose to be a pink creme, Pink Flamingo a coral creme, and Spring Meadow to be a shimmery green (which I am guessing applies clear from the translucency).  I believe the Kiss Glosses are fairly sheer glosses, so I didn’t purchase any of them.

NYC Let's Paint The Town Eyeshadow Trios

Crystal Springs, Water Colors

The eyeshadow trios have lovely colors – I especially love the peach in Water Colors and the blue in Water Colors.  But, given my recent disappointing experience with NYC eyeshadow trios, I didn’t purchase either.

NYC Let's Paint The Town Sparkle Eye Dust

Golden Splash, Precious Pink

Oddly, the pink-appearing Sparkle Eye Dust is called Golden Splash (perhaps it reflects gold?) and the sandy gold Sparkle Eye Dust is called Precious Pink. I checked all of the labels on all of the eye dusts (each is labeled twice) in case something was mislabeled, but that appears not to be the case. I purchased Precious Pink & will have swatches of that for you tomorrow.

NYC Let's Paint The Town Nail Polish

Spring Tulip, Apple Fizz, Raindrop, Shimmer Blast

The nail polishes are really lovely – Spring Tulip is a hot pink creme, which is a great color, but not really my style, so I didn’t get it. I purchased the other three – Apple Fizz, sort of a neon pastel green, Raindrop, a pastel blue (also not really my color, but I’ve been getting more into blue lately), and Shimmer Blast, which I am SO excited to swatch.

NYC Shimmer Blast Will you be keeping an eye out for this collection?