N.Y.C What I’ve Got To Show You

Roll up, roll up! Here we have a bargain of the day in the form of N.Y.C Smooth Mineral Starter Kit. A little set that boasts pure, gentle minerals which add a soft, naturally radiant glow! What a tag line eh?! But does it live up to this wonderful bit of copy writing? You’ll have to read on I guess so I can sum it up a little clearer for y’all….

 It’s quite an impressive looking set, claiming to contain $30 worth of goods. I bagged it for £1.99 at my local B&M store. I’ve not been in a B&M for a while so wasn’t sure how great their cheapo make up products would be so I had a jolly good browse and this was probably best of what I shall dub a ‘bad bunch’.

 The packaging and price are where the good vibes end I’m afraid.  For inside we have some rather cheap and cheerful looking products that I’m very apathetic towards. I thought at least if the make up is shite I can at least use the brush and applicator. Think again, they’re such crappy quality I wouldn’t even donate them to a primary school for kids to piss around with paint with.

 I first had a little swatcheroo of the eyeshadows, I do really like the colour of the lighter one. It’s a nice bronze shade and applies fairly smoothly, when not making a massive mess. Whoever came up with the packaging for these is a moron, as soon as you open each on it spills EVERYWHERE. The dark brown shade has the consistency, shade and application of soil.

 The face powder was equally as shoddy. It’s a fine transparent loose powder in a rather small pot. Probably only enough for a weeks worth of use. It’s just about as good as any bog standard translucent powder you’d pick up from the Miss Sporty range or summit. No quality, less quantity.

 Can you see what I mean about the lids/pots being a pretty messy affair? It’s rubbish and a good job I opened them over a piece of paper otherwise I would have made a rayt freaking mess. As you can see, once they’re out of the fancy packaging they all look rather drab.

The last thing I tried was the blusher. This is probably the best thing in the kit, but still pretty piss poor. I dusted the lightest touch I could on my cheek and that first image happened. I then blended for about 5 minutes to achieve look 2. It’s quite a weird powder as it doesn’t blend well and kind of stains wherever it touches!
I’m pretty disappointed as you know, I love my bargains and hate to review poorly of something that cost so little. I know I shouldn’t of been expecting much but blah, it should be WORTH so much more than I paid and it’s still…. in a word… Crap.

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  1. July 10, 2012 / 8:38 am

    I love the face. Haha. I'm disappointed. Where I live (South Australia), I've only ever seen their nail polishes. Was quite curious about their eye-shadows.

  2. July 7, 2012 / 3:12 pm

    I bought the face powder aaaaages (like 4 years) ago, and I was as impressed as you… It's just total arse! Looks like the 'kabuki' brush is the same as it was back then: utter shit. Boooo, but at least it only cost you £2…!

    • July 8, 2012 / 6:43 pm

      Yeah, although someone just said they got it for 50p less than I did, double blow!

  3. July 7, 2012 / 2:37 pm

    I have literally just got home from shopping, and I picked this exact set up too from B&M, it was only £1.49 at mine. But oh my god, what a disappointing review! I was quite looking forward to trying mine out aswell 🙁 x

    • July 8, 2012 / 6:43 pm

      Give it a go! You might make less of a mess and be able to use it better than I!

  4. July 7, 2012 / 12:49 am

    Hahahaa, your facial expression cracked me up! I love how honest this review is, I suppose at £1.99 for 4 products it's a case of sometimes you DO get what you pay for! x

    • July 8, 2012 / 6:43 pm

      Definitely, I always feel more disappointed if a cheaper product is shit for some reason, GUHHH.