Name: City Duet Eyeshadows in Island Sunset
From NYC’s website:
These silky, long-lasting, ultra-vibrant shades stay flawless for hours and hours.
What I liked:
– buildable pigmentation
– colors complement each other well
– almost matte finish
– easy to blend
– texture is quite soft
– the packaging
– the price
What I didn’t like:
– color doesn’t transfer from brush to lid well
– creases without a primer
– some fall out can occur
I’ve read lots of positive reviews about NYC City Duet Eyeshadows, all claiming they were bright and pigmented. So you can imagine how excited I was when my friend Dao sent me one of the duos, Island Sunset in a swap. This duo contains a matte bright pink shade and an almost matte but with a slight sheen medium purple. However, bright and pigmented isn’t exactly how I would describe them.. Not when used alone anyway…
I’d call the pigmentation buildable. It is true that my eyeshadow brush picks up quite a lot of product but, for some reason, most of the pigment won’t transfer from it to the lid. It’s definitely not a problem with the brush as I get the same result with all the brushes I usually use and even with my fingers. It may be that I simply got a duo from a bad batch but because NYC is not available here I can’t verify it.
However, I’m not too disappointed about the color payoff. Yes, it does provide a sheer wash of color on the lids when used alone (which is easily buildable anyway), but the payoff greatly improves when you use an eyeshadow base underneath. This will also make sure the eyeshadows will last all day otherwise, if you have oily lids, they will crease on you after about 4 hours of wear.
The texture is quite soft to the touch, especially considering it is so inexpensive, but not silky smooth. The colors are both easy to blend but some fall out can occur. Nothing major, but still something worth mentioning. They come in a black case which looks sleek and is quite sturdy. It also includes a dual-ended sponge applicator but this is just useless.
Available at: Target and CVS
NYC City Duet Eyeshadows in Island Sunset contains a matte bright pink and an almost matte purple which complement each other beautifully. However, the colors don’t transfer well from the brush to the skin so pigmentation is sheer but buildable. It improves if you use a base which will also prevent the colors from creasing. Despite this, I would say that considering the price, they are good value for money if you use them with a primer.