Eye Love the Subtle Sheen of These Satin Finishes: The $3 NYC New York Color Mono Eyeshadows

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nyc new york color mono eyeshadow review

Thanks to NYC New York Color’s 10 new limited edition Mono Eye Shadows ($2.99 each), I’m a little less freaked out about my birthday next month (I’m turning 36, oy vey!). I’ve been on the market for eye makeup that doesn’t draw attention to my fine lines, so these comfort colors could not have come at a better time.


nyc new york color mono eyeshadow review

Most of them have this sophisticated, soft satin finish that’s one of the most attractive, forgiving satins I’ve ever seen from a drugstore line (there are also a couple of mattes and frosts).

In terms of shine, satiny shadows broadcast a subtle sheen that sits somewhere between shimmers (or frosts) and mattes, and unlike hi-shine shimmers, they don’t appear to actively seek out the tiny wrinkles on my lids.

I feel like NYC’s satin shades turn back the clock to a kinder, gentler time — let’s call it 26, LOL! — when my eyes looked all bright and glowy most of the time. πŸ™‚

A few of the shades stand out to me like…

  • Luxury Reborn — If MAC Woodwinked and Soba had a love child, I bet it would look just like this warm and golden bronzy brown. It looks BANGIN’ in the crease. Got teals, golds and greens? Don’t miss Luxury Reborn.
  • Broadway Look — This deep charcoal is the star of playgrounds where smokey eye looks are found.
  • In Vogue — I like this dark purple because it contains very little red, and some reddish purples can make me look like I’ve been crying.

nyc new york color mono eyeshadow review
Clockwise from the brown pan on the bottom left: Luxury Reborn, In Vogue and Broadway Look

nyc new york color mono eyeshadow review
Clockwise from pink pan on left: Buzz List, High Street and 5th Avenue

nyc new york color mono eyeshadow review
I Love NY

nyc new york color mono eyeshadow swatches
Swatches from left to right: Broadway Look, I Love NY, Luxury Reborn, Manhattan Gaze, In Vogue, High Street, 5th Avenue and Buzz List

nyc new york color mono review swatches

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Wearing Luxury Reborn, In Vogue and Broadway Look on the eyes

nyc new york color mono eyeshadow review

These also layer well and resist creasing and fading. I can really pack ’em on without them looking heavy. And on top of everything else, they leave little, if any, fallout beneath my eyes.

Keep an eye lout for these at your local drugstore. They should be arriving next month.

PRICE: $2.99 each
AVAILABILITY: Coming soon to drugstores next month (June 2011)

The full NYX New York Color Mono Eyeshadow line…
  • Luxury Reborn — a golden bronzy brown with a satin finish
  • Who’s Who — an icy blue
  • Manhattan Gaze — a shimmery blue with a satin finish
  • In Vogue — a purple amethyst with a satin finish
  • 5th Avenue — a chartreuse with a satin finish
  • High Street — a turquoise with a matte finish
  • Broadway Look — a charcoal with a satin finish
  • I Love NY — a white with a frosty finish
  • Front Row — a pale pink
  • Buzz List — a deep pink with a satin finish

I can’t stop Swiffer-ing!

You know those Swiffer Sweeper thing-a-ma-bobs? This is prolly going to make me sound like a weirdo…but I frickin’ LOVE mine. I picked one up at Target last weekend, and now I don’t know how I lived this long without it.

I’m serious, it turned cleaning the kitchen floor into a two-minute job. Those disposable dry cloths make quick work of dust, crumbs and tabby hair.

If you have furry pets or live with a lot of dust, you have got to give one of these a try. It’s 8:30 at night right now, and I’m actually tempted to clean the floors! πŸ™‚

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Jessica says:

    THis look is so pretty! Could you do a full breakdown of the makeup you’re wearing?

  2. Heidi says:

    I want all three of those colors you’re wearing! Just gorgeous!

    Oh, and I’ve just recently discovered the wonders of Swiffer, too! I love the wet cloths for cleaning the bathroom floor. So easy and I don’t have to try to lug around a bucket of water.

  3. Molly SC says:

    I am SO hitting up CVS tomorrow for a few of those.
    Also, what mascara are you wearing in those pics? Your eyes look so bright and big!

  4. wow, it seems drugstore brands have been really upping their game lately! i’ll definitely be on the lookout for these :).
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  5. Denise says:

    I love Swiffer too! Makes cleaning so fun and easy πŸ™‚ Those Mono eyeshadows look awesome, too bad we don’t have NYC here πŸ™
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  6. Beatrice says:

    you can’t beat that price tag! Very very pretty πŸ™‚
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  7. gio says:

    These are very pretty! And so inexpensive too.
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  8. nidhi says:

    I have tried there quad..blue smokey and that one is also good in quality
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  9. Jenny says:

    Holy Pigment, Batman! I didn’t expect to see that out of NYC. I have way too many eyeshadows though… so I’ll pass. Dang, though.

  10. Nina says:

    sooo pretty! and pigmented too!

  11. Nicole says:

    thanks for the swatches, love Luxury Reborn and 5th Avenue…Your hair looks great BTW!

  12. Dao says:

    Say it ain’t so, you’re not turning 36! You look too young!

    One of my cousins is a Swiffer addict, too. I remember her smiling sheepily when she swiffered the floor πŸ™‚

    These NYC eyeshadows do look fantastic. I have one of their duos (the pink and purple one) and love it ver much.
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    • Karen says:

      It used to be annoying when I was in my 20s (I was mistaken for a teenager all the way up to about 26), but now I’m like, YAY! I feel old though, LOL.

  13. Gina says:

    These look great! And Karen, I think you always look bright and glowy πŸ˜€

  14. Vonvon says:

    They are all so lovely! And for the price, it’s not a problem to get them all, except I am not in the US to buy them when they will be coming out and they are limited edition???? OH NO!
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  15. Vijaya says:

    These look amazing. I’ve got to get in on these!
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  16. Kim says:

    Oh, you totally look 26! πŸ™‚ NYC is on quite a roll, aren’t they?

    I’m with you on the Swiffer. We have the one you like, as well as the Wet Jet (which I also like quite a bit since I hate mops and mop buckets) and the duster. I think that works well, too. I hate cleaning but, the Swiffer stuff makes it easier.

    • Karen says:

      LOL, 26 was a loooong time ago.

      Oh, so I saw the Wet Jet at Target and was contemplating it. I might have to spring for that one, too. We have a lot of tile in the kitchen, dining room and entry way and it takes forever to get it all clean with a regular mop and bucket.

      • Kim says:

        HAHA! I hear ya, sista! Even longer for me!

        The wet jet is definitely handy and it does a good job, especially in between big cleanings. Ug, just typing “big cleanings” depressed me. πŸ™‚

  17. Shannon says:

    dude, LOVE these colors!! I must must must have luxury reborn.

    In terms of swiffers: have you ever used the swiffer dusters? They are AMAZING. Sooo much nicer than traditional dusters.

    • Karen says:

      Luxury Reborn is my favorite out of the bunch. I think I’ll bust it out again today.

      Nope, I’ve never used the Swiffer dusters. I’ve seen commercials for them, though. Do you have to replace them often?

      • Shannon says:

        It takes me about one duster to go through the entirety of my 2-bedroom apartment. It depends on how long it’s been since I dusted last, though, lol! If I did it every week or two, I could probably use one duster twice, or at least 1.5 times. πŸ™‚

  18. Stef says:

    I’m so impressed with all the NYC you’ve been showing us lately. But especially these! Pretty packaging, great pigment, 3 bucks?!

    My love affair with my Swifter is only rivaled by my Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Try your swifter on your walls (cobwebs in corners, dust on crown molding). It’s GENIUS!

  19. Chris25 says:

    Finally! I have been waiting for NYC to release single shadows. After my math final tonight I’ll go to CVS and check these out.

  20. Theresa says:

    Hey Karen! I am so glad you reviewed these drugstore gems, but I have a question for you: are they by NYC or NYX because you wrote NYX in your listing with all the colors! I think they’re NYC due to all of the comments, but I just want to double check because I want to go out and buy them ALL! =) You do look great, btw, and nowhere near 36!

  21. Coral says:

    I love those colors. I’ve been waiting for NYC to come out with singles of their eyeshadows. Some of their products are simply great and since it’s inexpensive it makes it even better.

  22. Soo says:

    Buzz List and those blues are pretty!
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  23. Jennifer says:

    Happy Birthday Karen! Hey 1975 was a good year! (I turned 36 in April.) Live it up!!! PS – Keep cranking out the bargain beauty stuff ’cause I’m a SAHM and I got a tiny budget for beauty products! (I still want to look good.) πŸ™‚

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