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NYC Gold Flake Topcoat Swatches & Review

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NYC Top of the Gold topcoat

I am in the process of moving (almost everything is packed, including most of my makeup & nail polish) so today I have a very short post for you. NYC recently released a new gold flake top coat called Top of the Gold – it’s on the website, so I think it’s permanent.  Note that it’s not a real-gold-flake type topcoat – more of a gold-colored flakie topcoat. It looks to be a dupe for Zoya Maria Luisa – but I don’t own the Zoya to compare.

NYC Top Coat Gold-2

Above, I have two coats alone on the left and one coat layered over two different polishes in the middle / on the right.  The polish is a bit thick/goopy, and I found that unless you allow it to dry completely, you can’t do a second coat – it will be uneven. I think it would be fairly opaque in three coats, but I didn’t have the patience for that!

However, when layered, it looks best (I think) applied in one thin layer – and a single thin layer is easy to apply evenly.

It’s not perfect, but it’s pretty! For $1.99, I’d definitely recommend it!

NYC Nail Polish Swatches – Long Wearing


NYC Long Wearing Nail Polish

This is Part Two of my NYC Nail polish mega-swatch posts! Part One, which has swatches of 17 of the $1.99 Quick Dry polishes is here. This post has swatches of 12 of the $.99 Long Wear polish line. Several of these polishes are really excellent – beautiful colors and a great price.

You can see a list of all the available colors on the NYC website – 26 colors plus a clear.

NYC Long Wearing Nail Polish Swatches

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NYC Nail Polish Swatches – Quick Dry


NYC In A Minute Quick Dry Nail Polish

This year, NYC added several new shades of nail polish to its lineup in both the 99 cent Long Wearing nail polish line and the $1.99 Quick Dry nail polish line. They’re some of my favorite polishes – uniformly good quality, not to mention cheap! During various sales, I’ve purchased quite a few polishes from each line. Today, I have swatches of 17 of the 28 permanent Quick Dry polishes for you, and I’ll have swatches of the other line in a separate post.

You can see a list of all the available colors on the NYC website – 27 colors plus Grand Central Station, which is clear. It’s my favorite inexpensive topcoat – I’ve gone through a couple bottles.

First, the bright cremes:

NYC Quick Dry polish - bright cremes

NYC Quick Dry polish – bright cremes

This is a very image heavy post – the rest is behind the cut!
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Dupe Alert! Essie Naughty Nautical and NYC Short Shorts

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Essie Naughty Nautical NYC Short Shorts Comparison

A little while ago, I promised a comparison of Essie Naughty Nautical (from Essie’s summer collection) and NYC Short Shorts, from NYC’s limited edition Rooftop Party collection.  And, I have good news for those seeking a cheaper alternative to the Essie – the NYC polish is extremely similar!

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Spotted: NYC Rooftop Party Display

NYC Rooftop Party Display

NYC has a new collection out, called the Rooftop Party collection. I found this today at CVS.  The display contains one totally new product, called the Sweet Splash Gloss Sticks ($3.99), and several new nail polishes which come packaged with a topcoat ($1.99 for the duo).   It’s a great topcoat by the way – one of my favorites. There’s no information on the display as to whether any of the products are limited edition or permanent.

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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.