Monday, July 5, 2010

Review & Swatches: NYC Blushable Creme Stick Blushes

NYC (New York Color) Blushable Creme Stick Blushes

 L-R: Berry Newyorker, South St. Seashell, Big Apple Blush, Plaza Pink, Pink Flash, Wild Berry

Overall Rating: 4/5 (in general)
Size/Amount: 0.28 oz/8.0 g
Packaging: Somewhat tacky but practical!
Would you buy this again? I would buy certain colors again.

I'm sure you've all heard about these by now. I've been using some of them for over a month now (Picture above was taken when I first got them). First off, I love the concept of these blushes. All you have to do is glide it over your cheeks, blend it in, and you're ready to go! However, like the Maybelline Dream Mousse Blush I reviewed a while ago, some of the colors are a hit or miss for certain skin tones. For instance, South St. Seashell and Plaza Pink disappears on my skin after I blend it out but when I add a bit more, it does show up. Big Apple Red and Plaza Pink has too much silver shimmers for me but I can see this looking very nice on lighter skin tones. Here's a break down of all the colors and my description.

Berry Newyorker: True blush color. Matte pinky brown.
South St. Seashell: Matte coral peachy pink. This one looks really natural on me.
Big Apple Blush: Shimmery muavy rose pink.
Plaza Pink: Shimmery Coral pink.
Pink Flash (Limited Edition): Matte bright coral yellow pink.
Wild Berry (Limited Edition): Matte bright intense cool blue pink (almost fuchsia).

Staying power for the blushes is about 3-4 hours but the bright colors from the Shock Value limited edition line stays put for the whole day! I bought the ones from the regular line for $2.29 CAD (on sale) and the LE ones for $2.99 USD (with $1 off coupon =D) so I think these blushes are worth a try! I would only repurchase Pink Flash because that one is my favorite! Here are some pros and cons that I came up with:

- Inexpensive...well more like DIRT CHEAP
- Practical packaging for on-the-go
- Excellent pigmentation
- Comparable to high end cream blushes like Nars multiple, Stila, Tarte, etc
- Formula is easy to blend and not crumbly!
- Pretty wearable colors
- Colors are build-able
- Makes for a good blush base
- Scent-free
- Non sticky, dries fast!
- Finish is dewy glowy
- Fun to have :)

- Not very long wearing (colors from the regular line)
- Some colors are way too shimmery
- Some colors don't show up on darker skin
- Can accentuate flaky dry skin and acne (unfortunately, most cream blushes do that)
- Packaging is a bit tacky but for the price, who can complain?
- The Limited Edition ones are the best.. I hope they make them permanent!

Swatches Below:

 L-R: Berry Newyorker, South St. Seashell, Big Apple Blush, Plaza Pink, Pink Flash, Wild Berry

If you're in Canada, you can purchase these at Walmart.

Disclaimer: Products were purchased by yours truly :) all opinions are honest.