I really am a nail polish addict. A
week ago, while ago, I was hanging with Debbie, we were at CVS checking out the huge beauty clearance sale (check it out! It should still be going on, I believe.) when I said, “I can’t buy anything! I’m still on my makeup ban! However, nail polish doesn’t count!!!” LOL. I may have not bought makeup products in about 5 months but I still have been purchasing nail polishes here and there. I can justify buying nail polish for some reason but not so much for make up. I think it’s because make up has a shorter shelf life compared to nail polish. Even though I wanted more nail polish, I couldn’t bring myself to pay for the more luxurious brands like, OPI, Essie, Orly, China Glaze, etc. Especially, right not now, as I’m on a budget. So, I went searching for cheap nail polishes and ended up in Target (Of course. lol.) where I was actually looking for Wet n’ Wild products. But, I realized that Target doesn’t carry this brand, total brain fart. Since I was already there, I continued searching and I came across a brand I haven’t used in ages, NYC (New York City). I think just like Wet n’ Wild, NYC doesn’t get enough praise and attention! Wet n’ Wild eyeshadow pigmentation rivals that of Urban Decay. It’s pretty freaking awesome considering it does this for the fraction of the price of just even one Urban Decay eyeshadow which is priced at like $17+. I was initially drawn to NYC because of the extremely low price of the NYC nail polishes. The prices vary between $.97-$1.50 depending where you go. At my CVS, the Quick Dry formula is more expensive than the Long Wearing Nail Enamel and at Target vice versa. Such a steal! Which is why I now have a little NYC nail polish collection growing in my room. I’ll say it, I’m an addict. It’s just too much fun!! Hey, I could be addicted to something way more detrimental!
While NYC’s nail polish is exceptional in quality for its price, the choices to chose from are underwhelming. There aren’t many colors, or shades or tints or tones available. With all the different type of nail polishes that give you textures, different finishes and a mesmerizing sheen, it’s hard for NYC to be noticed. Which is such a shame because I think they are exceptionally decent. If NYC would step up and add more to the collection, I definitely see myself using this brand for many years to come!
The Colors: 270 Sidewalkers (Grey Slate), 294 Lexington Yellow (Canary Yellow), 147 Lexington Lilac (Light Lilac), 119 Black Lace Creme (Truly Black), 152 Tudor City Teal (Sea foam Green) I say, its more of a sea foam green than a teal, definitely more green than blue–a tad deeper shade of sea foam green.
Swatches Galore! Instead of doing swatches on my nails, I decided to do it on some heavy stock paper! You can see the pigmentation more easily. One coat of nail polish, to two coats, to three to four coats. Which to be honest, three-four coats seem like a lot but it dries quickly. It doesn’t have the opaque-ness of a higher quality polish, but considering the price, that makes sense.
Applicator: The Quick Dry formula comes with a much wider brush, which makes perfect sense because it dries within a minute; it covers a larger surface area with one swish. The Longer Wearing formula comes with a standard sized brush, much thinner than its counter-part.
Pigmentation: Definitely not bad for the price! They’re not streaky except for the yellow canary (294 Lexington Yellow) nail polish (Quick Dry Formula). That one was a little different in consistency compared to the four other nail polishes. The other colors I bought are: grey slate (270 Sidewalkers), light lilac (147 Lexington Lilac), black (119 Black Lace Creme) and (52 Tudor City Teal) sea foam green! Try to carefully apply your strokes to avoid possible streaking, try to keep the brush as parallel to the nail as possible. Just don’t apply a lot of pressure, that adds to the streakiness! Glide the brush over the nails to avoid that. I feel this helps for optimum coverage and evenness.
Consistency: I found that it does bubble on you if you apply too many layers or if you apply it too thickly. Just apply thinner strokes! I noticed that with a nearly every nail polish though but some do bubble more than others, this one is definitely one that bubbles moderately. My bottle has gotten gooey, it’s dried out so the formula is not as viscous as when I first bought, but that’s an easy fix, just put a few drops of polish thinner in the bottle. I found that both formulas dry quite quickly, so make sure you don’t leave the top off too long!
Price: You can’t beat the price at $.97-$1.50. BTW, I live in Southern California.
Durability: Quite good. Tends to chip around the edges of the nail in a about week. Pretty standard. The Long Wearing Nail Enamel is definitely more durable than the Color Minute (Quick Dry), hence the name! ^-^
Versatility: Not the most varied collection out there. Not many variations of shades, tints, or tones but a decent amount of colors.
Overall: I really like these polishes given the price point. A lot of really cheap nail polish end up giving me cheap results, but I feel that the NYC Nail Polishes give me a decent quality without the hefty price. Just like most nail polishes however they do tend to stain my nails a little more than say OPI or the brands I mentioned above. This is pretty much unavoidable, I don’t think it’s really a negative. Just remember to use a base coat! Also, buff your nails after you remove your nail polish. Then give your nails a little love, let them remain nail polish free for a few days to give them a little break! ^-^
I love that NYC has decent quality nail polishes but I wish they would come out with more colors, shades, tints and tones and maybe even some textured nail polishes, like the OPI Liquid Sand Collection. Overall, I think it’s worth your money but it terms off versatility it’s quite lacking. I still give it my Mar-stamped approval but reluctantly since I think NYC can do better.
Thank you for reading!! I have plenty posts in the works, hope to hear from us soon! Mar, in and–OUT!