Shiv at LetzMakeup mentioned the NYC palettes a while ago and I got curious. I swear, I haven't used NYC in at least two decades and I figured maybe it was time to give them another try.
I decided to pick up the Individual Eyes palette in #945, Midtown Mauve. It's also branded as the new Brown Eyes palette. (I really don't think this is a new product.)
The palette contains 4 eyeshadow shades, a primer and a cream highlight along with directions on which color to apply where.
(L-R: Contour, Lid, Crease, Highlight)
- Contour - matte dark plum with a tiny bit of glitter. Good payoff. Blendable.
- All over lid color - very cool toned satin light pink. Okay payoff, especially for such a light color.
- Crease - satin mauve/taupe with good payoff. Soft. Blendable.
- Highlight - matte white. Bad payoff, but pretty much what I would expect at this price point.
Also included in the palette are an eyeshadow primer and a cream highlight. They are both very emolient and in my experience, neither one of them really dried down.
If you're someone who regularly uses concealers as primer, then I could see this working for you. I would personally be afraid that it would crease, but I didn't put a lot of effort into testing it.
The cream highlighter is very white and shimmery. It can apply a bit patchy. All in all, this is a total miss for me. I don't have any desire to really try it out. It's just not for me.
Overall, the shadows aren't bad. I really, really like the taupe-y color and it alone is worth the price of the palette for me. Speaking of price, this palette was incredibly budget friendly.
The NYC Individual Eyes Brown Eyes palette in #945 Midtown Mauve contains 1.6 grams of each of the powder eyeshadows and 1.45 grams each for the cream products. It is available whereever NYC cosmetics are sold. I got mine at for $3.97 at Wal-Mart