Ready, Set, Save! The $2 N.Y.C. New York Color Ultra Last Lipsticks

Published in: Drugstore Beauty Finds, Makeup, Product Reviews

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Wearing N.Y.C. New York Color Ultra Last Lipstick in Sugar Plum

I seriously cannot believe these NYC New York Color Ultra Last LipWear lipsticks are just $2. TWO DOLLARS!


Like Trader Joe’s Two-Buck Chuck, (I think) these are worth way more than their price implies. I’m talkin’ hidden drugstore gems.

I didn’t expect much from the three tubes I bought on a whim last weekend, but what a pleasant surprise. Opaque, pretty colors, a smooth texture, a hydrating formula and a high-shine finish? WOW!

Wear time’s been pretty good (about five hours), and they’ve been able to withstand gin-n-juice sips of water, but they don’t really tolerate meals.

Tabs gives ’em two paws way up for being both drugstore AND cruelty-free, and I give them two thumbs up for not having an (ob)noxious taste or scent (I’m talking to YOU, NYX Beautiful).

To top it all off, they come in 20 shades! The perfectly named Berry Rich is my favorite of the three I got. It makes lips sing sonnets paired with purple eye looks.

But here’s the thing…the bullet’s gotta go. It doesn’t screw all the way down, so the sticks jut out of the tubes; consequently, I keep nicking the sides of the bullets when I put the caps back on, grrr…

The caps also feel kinda flimsy, too, but maybe that’s a trade-off for a $2 tube. I keep expecting one to pop open in my purse… Ms. Kate Spade would not be down with that.

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N.Y.C. New York Color Ultra Last Lipsticks from left: Berry Rich, Sugar Plum and Caramel

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Wack-@ss packaging!

Swatches from left: Sugar Plum, Berry Rich and Caramel

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Berry Rich

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Sugar Plum

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Berry Rich


Bargain hunting beauties, broke college students (been there!) and low-cost lipstick lovers — you might want to give these a try on your next trip to the drugstore to buy toilet paper and grapes — wait, that’s me. πŸ™‚


PRICE: $2 each; 20 shades to choose from
AVAILABILITY: At most drugstores and online.

In completely unrelated yet sufficiently scintillating news…

Ryan Reynolds’ abs just snagged People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive award! See, Ryan! I knew you could do it, LOL!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Appu says:

    I love Caramel! I never knew these were so good. Will pick them up πŸ™‚ The NYC creme blushable sticks are pretty good too!!
    Appu recently posted … Smashbox Blush Rush in Chiffon

  2. Kim says:

    I like Sugar Plum and $2 is a definitely steal. Of course, if given the choice, I might go with the Two Buck Chuck. πŸ™‚

  3. sophia says:

    Hi! I must ask ~ where is your necklace from in the first photo?? It’s gorgeous I love it!

  4. Hey Karen,

    I will definitely have to check out those N.Y.C. lipsticks. I’m normally a MAC or Clinique gal for lipsticks but considering I have a bad habit of losing lippies sometimes, I definitely need some drugstore alternates.

    I thought it was 3-Buck-Chuck but either way, LOVE me some wine from TJs. πŸ™‚
    Lindsay a.k.a. RVAfashionista recently posted … 40andFAB – A Social Media Makeover – THE FINAL REVEAL

  5. NeutraKris says:

    Thanks for this! I have seen these around but have been reluctant to try them… I don’t know why. I usually am down for going on a limp on cheaper lipsticks. I will definitely pick some of these up the next time I’m out.

  6. Nina says:

    those are pretty!!! NYC lippies are relatively OK. must check these out soon!

  7. I’ll give it go. 5 hours and only 2 bucks! It’s a great deal. Especially if you wanna try out a color that isn’t your norm!
    Trinidad Pena recently posted … Hump day Hooray! Get fit for fifty bucks!

  8. Trisha says:

    First, I looooooove Ryan Reynolds. I would marry his face and attitude in a second.

    Second, those lip sticks look awesome. I like how pigmented they are and how great they look on you. I’m going to have to pick some up!
    Trisha recently posted … Nails of the Day- Runts Rainbow

  9. This is definitley a brand to take a second look at–I also love their blush sticks for $3.99!

  10. Dao says:

    I was surprised at how pigmented these guys are when I bought Blue Orchid a couple of months ago. I just wanted a very bright and tacky pink lipstick and that fit the bill quite nicely. Now, CVS and K-Mart are having a BOGO half off this week. Which means, you’ll get 2 lipsticks for 3 bucks!

  11. mkdallas says:

    I’ve really enjoyed seeing your posts on NYX and NYX products! I love me some high-end department store makeup goodies, but I also think finding a drugstore treasure is extra fun. You really get way more than you pay for with both lines and I’m thrilled to learn that NYC is cruelty-free. I hope you’ll keep throwing in the occasional cheap thrill review; it really is nice to know that good-quality makeup is available at a fair price.

  12. gio says:

    Berry Rich is gorgeous! And what a steal too!
    gio recently posted … How To Use Pink Concealers

  13. Ashley says:

    Berry Rich looks great. I might just pick it up later today!

    But you know what or rather who looks even greater? Ryan Reynolds! Mmm.. And he’s Canadian, eh πŸ˜‰

  14. vonnie says:

    WOW! it’s beautiful for such a low price…look moisturizing and pigmented
    vonnie recently posted … 80s Whitney Houston Makeup Look Recreated

  15. Rae says:

    Holy crap, $2?! I’m impressed! Maybe I’ll have to give one a try and just put it in a separate pot or something…
    Rae recently posted … Fall tones- Rimmel True Vintage

  16. lo says:

    Pretty… I think I need to check these out! I’ve been wanting to creep into the world of lipstick lately, and some of those colors look like they’d be perfect. Do they smell or taste like anything?

  17. Marian says:

    I’ve gotta check these out…..but everything looks fab on you, Karen!

  18. steph b says:

    Ohhh…going to have to check out Berry Rich. So pretty.

    I know you love Whip My Hair — have you seen the Jimmy Fallon (as Neil Young) and Bruce Springsteen cover? Freaking hilarious.

  19. Elaine says:

    Hey Karen!

    Something I do to keep my makeup under control in expensive purses is it put my makeup in a small makeup bag and then put the makeup bag in my purse! This was after an unfortunate incident with a powder blush explosion…

    • Karen says:

      Hey Elaine,

      Ah! Ye olde bag-within-a-bag trick! Yes, that works great. I’ve been carrying a wristlet around lately in the attempt to streamline, so it doesn’t really work (maybe I can put it in a ziploc?), but for big purses it’s a good trick.

      Sorry to hear about your powder blush explosion. πŸ™ How long did it take you to clean out your bag?

  20. Christina says:

    I just started to read your blog (I tagged it as a favorite). You are so funny – and an inspiration for people like me who are not makeup savvy. You make it all look fun, easy and approachable. Plus the occasional pic of Ryan doesn’t hurt.

    I’ll have to check out these lipsticks. I love a great bargain.


    • Karen says:

      Hi Christina!

      It’s very nice to meet you. And yes… an occasional picture of Ryan is always a good thing. πŸ™‚

      BTW, I just picked up another shade of this lipstick yesterday — Lilac Dream. Will let you know if it’s any good.

  21. Resham says:

    WOW!! $2….I just love Bargain Beauty Products!
    Resham recently posted … Bobbi Brown Day to Night Warm Eye

  22. Hazel says:

    thanks karen! i can’t wait to pick a few of these up!

  23. Leah says:

    mousse is my new HG color. perfect for me and lasts a long time which us important cause I’m a teacher. but I always hit the cap on the lipstick too!

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