Tuesday, May 11, 2010

I'm Back! Shock Value Limited Edition Collection from N.Y.C. (review)

The cold is officially on it's way out, and I am officially back to beauty business. I'm also in need of something bright and chipper to chase away the rest of the blahs, so today I'm wearing shadow, liner and gloss from N.Y.C. (New York Color) Cosmetics. These items are all from their "Shock Value" collection - a limited edition collection of bright spring colors for lips, eyes, cheeks, and nails.

City Duet Blendable Brights Eyeshadow

Blurb: Create eye-popping looks with this crease-resistant, pigment-rich shadow duo. Color coordinated for maximum impact, the shocking shade combination dramatically highlights and contours eyes. The shades can be worn alone or blended to create a multitude of looks with the included double-ended applicator. Limited-Edition Shades: Electric, Flash

Liquid Eyeliner

Blurb: Electrify eyes with shocking shades of this long-lasting, fast-drying color. The fragrance-free, hypoallergenic liner glides on easily and resists smudging. The narrow brush allows for precise application. Limited-Edition Shades: Electric Blue, Ultra Violet

Extreme Lip Glider Lip Gloss

Blurb: This high-gloss formula shocks lips with vivid, wet-shine color and a glassy finish. Vitamins A, C, and E nourish lips while a complex of extracts and oils provide conditioning benefits. The non-sticky, lightweight, moisturizing gloss provides radiant, vibrant color and lush melon flavor as it smoothes and softens, leaving lips looking ultra-saturated and super-shiny.Limited-Edition Shades: Fuchsia Shock, Wild Orchid, Red Hot

I love getting super hot trendy colors at great prices! I feel a lot freer to experiment when I know I'm not putting a serious dent in my beauty budget. If you're not 100% sure that you're the sort of person who wears electric blue liquid liner, this is the perfect way to find out.

By the way, It turns out I am the sort of person who wears electric blue liner. And I really liked N.Y.C.'s version a lot. It has a thin brush, goes on smoothly, and even stayed put during today's post-cold sneezing and eye-dabbing. I'm wearing it with the "Electric" shadow duo and the results are great. The shadows are actually a lot less shocking than I thought they would be. And both look fresh and spring-like.

The Glider glosses are also very nice. The color is sheer and has a glassy shine. They last, and feel very good on the lips. My favorite was the "Fuchsia Shock," but I also really liked "Wild Orchid."

The summer collection is on the website. While you're there, take a look at the Dare to Compare section and join Beautynet to get the latest info and offers. N.Y.C. is easy to find at Supermarkets, drugstores and places like Ulta, Target, and Walmart. You can also go to the Where To Buy section for more locations.

In addition to all of my opinions and musings; the folks at NYC were kind enough to send over a few beauty trends, tips and recommendations. Take a look…

Trends and Tips from N.Y.C. New York Color Make-Up Artist Mathew Nigara

Trend-Red Hot Coral Lips: Instead of using your normal red go for a more orange toned coral in a shiny gloss with and opaque lipstick underneath.

You can achieve this by using the N.Y.C. New York Color Retro Red stained with ring finger blotted and re-stained. Then apply the new Limited Edition Extreme Lip Glider in Red Hot.

Be sure to keep this modern by using little to no foundation - lots of illuminating highlighter, and a sparkly metallic shadow like the N.Y.C. New York Color Sparkle Eye Dust in Champagne or Opal

Trend-Monochromatic bronzer and/or cheek color used on multiple features on the face: Use the N.Y.C. New York Color Sun to Sun Bronzer which actually comes with a low light and a highlight to create dimension on the face. Paint the face as you would using your normal and comfortable shades using the deeper color to create shadow and depth and the lighter to add sparkle and bring your bones forward. A plush bronzer brush will help to execute this and don't be afraid to use your eye shadow brushes with the bronzer to apply it as eyeshadow. The look you are trying to achieve is simple but specifically executed.

A simpler way to achieve this is to of course use the N.Y.C. New York Color Blushable Creme stick and apply the color of your choice all over the face with your fingers. A white eye pencil on the inner rim of the eye will brighten and draw attention to the simplicity of this look.

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