Drugstore Lipgloss Nirvana for Less Than $3 with the NYC New York Color Liquid Lipshines

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NYC New York Color Lipshine in Midtown Mulberry

Today El Hub found out about my affair. πŸ™


It had been going on since way back in 2006. That’s when I met the Sally Hansen Diamond 12-Hour Lip Treatments while cruising the aisles at Walgreens one afternoon for a pick-me-up after a really tough day.

There they were, non-sticky and pigmented, with a wear time that lasted for hours and hours…

What can I say? It just happened. When I saw they were a mere $6, I was willing to throw everything away. They were the closest thing to drugstore lipgloss nirvana I had ever seen.

But I’m not going to say I would have done it all again. No way. What I should have done is hold out for the NYC New York Color Liquid Lipshines I met last week. πŸ™‚

Like the Sally Lip Treaments, they’re light and non-sticky with lots of rich color, but they’re an even more incredible bargain at $2.49 a pop!

Since the last experience I had with an NYC gloss was less than stellar, I expected Brighton Beach Peach (a shimmery golden peach), Midtown Mulberry (a creamy berry) and Big Apple Spice (a pearly bronze) to let me down. They’re the three Lipshine shades I recently tried (out of the 10 available).

Thankfully, it didn’t work out that way at all.

From top to bottom: Midtown Mulberry, Brighton Beach Peach and Big Apple Spice

Wands from the left: Brighton Beach Peach, Big Apple Spice and Midtown Mulberry

Swatches from the left: Brighton Beach Peach, Big Apple Spice and Midtown Mulberry

Big Apple Spice

Brighton Beach Peach

Pigment varies among the colors. These three range from sheer to medium to full coverage, so the line probably has a little something for everyone.

The three I tried have a (faint) yummy caramel flavor and scent, both of which fade after about 10 minutes on my lips, and they’re hydrating as all heck.

And have I mentioned how long they last? We’re talking hours, even through a meal.

For what it’s worth, Tabs says he also likes the brand. He says NYC New York Color doesn’t test on animals, MEOW!

PRICE: $2.49 each; 10 colors to choose from
AVAILABILITY: Available now at drugstores and also online

Mr. Chatterbox!

Did you happen to hop on Google today? They had some cool artwork to honor children’s book writer Roger Hargreaves, probably best known for his Mr. Men and Little Miss books, which my younger brother and I both loved. I remember him begging me to read Mr. Chatterbox to him over and over again.

Speaking of children’s books, I just found out that another one of my childhood faves, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, written by Richard & Florence Atwater, has been made into a movie that comes out next month.


I’m not one of Jim Carrey’s biggest fans, but I’m looking forward to the movie. In second grade, I re-read the book so many times that I broke the spine of my copy. πŸ™‚

I just hope they don’t do that thing where they make the animals’ lips move like a human’s because it FREAKS. ME. OUT! I’ll take a regular old dog or cat with a simple voiceover like in Homeward Bound any day.

On the subject of children’s books, though, what were some of your favorites as a child?

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  1. 2.49?! oh my word! i need to pick up midtown mulberry! hopefully it’ll be available soon. it’ll be more than 2.49 here in canada, but i’m sure it won’t be more than $5. i’m HOPING, anyway :p.
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  2. Heidi says:

    Brighton Beach Peach will be mine!

    As for children’s books, I absolutely love The Velveteen Rabbit. A few years ago my best friend bought me a vintage copy of it and it’s one of my most cherished possessions.

  3. Jessi says:

    Ahhhmahhgaaaahd! I love cheap and awesome drugstore finds. It feels so amazing when you find something you love at such a low price.

    My favorite book as a little girl was Where The Wild Things Are. I would sit in my Dad’s lap after my bath at night in his big comfy brown chair while he read it to me. I remember wishing he would read slower so I wouldn’t have to go to bed as soon!
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  4. Lauren says:

    You convinced me. I NEED these! (-: Would the Brighton Peach work as a nude?

  5. gio says:

    What a great find, so inexpensive! Big Apple Spice looks gorgeous!

  6. Crystal says:

    I love Mr. Popper’s penguins! It was my favorite book too. Hopefully the movie will do the book justice.

  7. laura says:

    i’ve been gravitating towards lipglosses lately so this might be worth a try. i also totally adored mr. popper’s penguins when i first read it in second grade. it introduced me to penguins which are now undoubtedly one of my favorite animals. another book i another book i quite like is the phantom tollbooth.
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  8. Donna says:

    Woo hoo! That Midtown Mulberry is gorg-e-ous!!! Looks great on you!

    After scrolling down and seeing the Mr Men and Little Miss google doodle immediately below, I had to comment. I usually lurk and ooh & aah at the pretty pics but I wanted to pipe in and say that I enjoy your blog. Thanks for giving me good bargain suggestions. I have expensive tastes, but a short unemployment stint has taught me to appreciate the affordable alternatives!!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Donna,

      Thanks for stopping by to say hello! I love both high and low end makeup, and finding gems at the drugstore is one of my favorite things to do! So glad that you enjoy reading. πŸ™‚

  9. kalcedon says:

    I already have Midtown Mulberry, but I need these other two! Especially Big Apple Spice… I love it… also, everyone and their mother are raving about Brighton Beach Peach in the Hungarian blogosphere, so I have to try that, too! πŸ™‚

  10. Krystal says:

    Those look absolutely GORGEOUS. I may have to pick up one or four on my way to Longs/CVS (Sally Hansen is 40% off this week! Yay!).

  11. Vijaya says:

    Midtown Mulberry is SO pretty. =]
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  12. Nina says:

    ohh i want those – such lovely glosses for a lovely price!

  13. Ruchita says:

    I love Brighton Beach Peach! For only $2.49 I will definitely have to check these out!

  14. Kim says:

    What a steal! NYC and Sally Hansen are both owned by Coty so, while you may be cheating a little on El Hub, at least you’re staying true to Coty. πŸ™‚ hee hee!

    I’m with you on the animals’ lips moving like humans. I don’t dig it either. I loved the Black Stallion books as a kid and A Wrinkle in Time. Those are really the only ones that are coming to me and they were from late elementary school. I remember being read James and the Giant Peach and Winnie the Pooh in early elementary and loving that, but I can’t recall anything I read myself at that age.

    • Karen says:

      LOL! πŸ™‚ Speaking of Coty, did you ever use their loose powder — the one with the gold top and the powder puff pattern? I remember it being all the rage when I was in high school.

      Oh, and thanks for bringing up James and the Giant Peach. I loved that book too! I think there’s a scene in it where James tries to eat his way through the peach… I remember thinking that would’ve been SO COOL.

      • Kim says:

        No, I never used the powder. I remember having a Cover Girl pressed powder compact (that was probably 3 shades too dark) and then “graduating” to Corn Silk. Which, now that I think of it, was subsequently bought by Coty. My goodness – they’re everywhere! I was surprised that they bought OPI, too. They’re on the move. πŸ™‚

        Definitely! I also love when the peach “flies”. I think I’ll re-read that book!

        • Karen says:

          Haha, my friends and I were all about Corn Silk for touch ups. I remember busting out that little brown compact during band practice breaks!

          I think I need to re-read that book too… and eat a peach. πŸ˜€

      • Izzy says:

        James and the Brighton Beach Peach?
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  15. AK says:

    Good find, Karen! Thanks for the tips on NYC.

    I have sooo many childhood books that I look back on and just cherish in my heart…but if I could choose maybe 3 it would be:

    -Pat the Bunny (very young children’s book with interactive touch features, and it always smelled so nice. I know, weird, but it had this distinct smell! Even the ones they make today have it!)

    -The Magic Locket (I LOVED this book. About a little girl who was kind of clumsy and had low self confidence. A book about believing in yourself and loving yourself. It was such a neat book. And it came with a locket, too! *score*)

    -Sailor Moon manga (These were top notch manga with the most amazing illustrations. Naoko Takeuchi was able to convey so much emotion and feeling through this series, I loved it!)

    • Karen says:

      You’re welcome, AK! And thanks for sharing your favorite books. I’m always curious to know what people love to read. πŸ™‚

      Have a great Tuesday!

  16. Taffy says:

    Although I haven’t had much success with NYC’s face colours, they haven’t let me down in the nail and lip department yet. My only wish is that they would have more seasonal collection!

    My favourite childrens books when I was growing up in Montreal were the Adventures of Tintin series by Herge. I loved Herge’s economical way with lines and the stories always had international intrigue. Although I know some of the content is considered very un-PC now, it wasn’t like Tintin wasn’t surrounded by reoccuring characters that were not to sharp themselves. I think I might be one of the few North Americans who can’t wait for the movie!
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    • Karen says:

      One of my good friends in college had a Tin Tin poster in her room (it was her nickname). I’ve always really liked the artwork in that series.

      What other products from NYC’s nail and lip line do you like?

  17. Chris25 says:

    Big Apple Spice looks ridiculously pretty. Karen, I found out yesterday that I have been accepted to NYU!

  18. Rae says:

    Loving the look of Midtown Mulberry! That + the cost + the wear = I desperately need to hunt these down πŸ˜›

  19. tjoyu says:

    I love lip gloss almost as much as I love nail polish. And for less than $3…I predict a drug store scavenge in my future for these! Thanks for the info!

  20. Lulee says:

    midtown mulberry looks like the PERFECT shade on you. never take it off… ever!

  21. Linnea says:

    These look amazing! I don’t remember what my favourite book was as a kid, but I loved The Hungry Caterpillar (so beautiful!) as well as anything Munch (Thomas’ snowsuit, because I could RELATE).

    I am a fan of Jim Carrey, and I think he’ll do this movie really well as he’s pretty good in animal movies(hello Ace Ventura).. So hopefully!

  22. kellyo says:

    Mid town Mulberry looks amazing! As a kid I loved Mr Men and Little Miss and now I get to read them to my nieces πŸ™‚ My favorite though was Robert Munsch The Paperbag Princess and the Beverly Cleary books.

  23. jillian m. says:

    I’m running out to get this today! Brighton Beach Peach looks amazing!

  24. Tamara says:

    Will definitely be keeping an eye out for these, they look like a great staple item.

    I loved books as a kid, I could list favourites all day.. but one that stands out is Red is Best by Kathy Stinson.
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  25. victoria r. says:

    *gasp!* midtown mulberry … i want to go to there!

  26. JenJ says:

    Oh my *chants* i do not need more lip gloss. i do not need more lip gloss. lol!

  27. Izzy says:

    I read this post in English class off my phone, and today I knew I had to hunt these down! I checked my CVS, but to no avail. On the NYC site, it says that they have these at a larger CVS slightly out of my way. Tomorrow I need to pick a few of the cream finishes up (rather than frosted, bleh). Excited!
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  28. Caroline says:

    Just happened to be at my local Target after reading your raves about NYC lipglosses and picked up Brighton beach Peach. I Love it!! It looks gorgeous in the sun. I couldn’t stop staring at my lips in the mirror when I was in the car. Now I need to go back and try the other colors.

    My favorite childhood book, wow, there were many. I loved The Little Red Caboose, Tiki-Tiki-Tembo, and Cinderella (still have the beat up copy I gave to by 3 yr-old).

  29. Wow, for $2.49…it’s a must try! The Mulberry shade look gorgeous on you.
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  30. MissButterfly says:

    got 2 of them today at walmat for even $2,27 … they look so nice!

  31. For the love of life says:

    The big apple shade is such a lovey color. The shade looks great on you! πŸ™‚

  32. Lacey says:

    I freaking love these NYC Liquid Lipshines! I have two (Honey on the Hudson and Nude New York).
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  33. GG says:

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! Per your review I popped down to my local Kruidvat (a Dutch drugstore chain) and picked up a lip shine and a stain for the princely sum of 6 euros together. I grabbed the stain in Rock On Ruby and the gloss in Rockefeller Red. I usually avoid drugstore lipglosses as they often have a synthetic, fruity scent, or they’re thick and make my lips feel numb, but this lipgloss feels incredible and has a really natural caramel scent that fades quickly. Plus my hair doesn’t stick to it!

    You’re right about the wear time on the stain, but it makes for such a pretty lip I don’t mind anyway.

    I’m so glad I checked out this brand!

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