Monday, November 19, 2012

NYC New York Color IndividualEyes Custom Compact Review


I'm skipping today's Miscellaneous Monday in favor of yet another review of an Influenster Beauty Blogger VoxBox product to share.  :-)  Once again, I've quite a bit to say...

NYC New York Color IndividualEyes Custom Compact
Dark Shadows

Unfortunately for me, I had purchased when this palette originally came out for Halloween 2011 so now I have 2.  Hmmm....that actually dates how old this product is - at least a year post-production.  So that was a little disappointing that I received something I already had.

Anyway, what did I think about this particular product?  Well, parts are good and others aren't so much.  If you count each pan separately, there's 4 actual eyeshadows, 1 primer and 1 illuminator/transformer.  So 6 products, but I find myself dipping the brush into only 3 pans total.  To go further, let's tackle this in sections.

Primer performance thoughts (in the picture below, it's pink face #5):
Greasy/oily feeling...even little oil spots sitting on the pan's surface.  The best use I got out of the primer was to layer it with concealer and powder over my undereye circles.  In a pinch, it was all right for that, but....not a fan.

Illuminator performance thoughts (in the picture below, it's pink face #6):
As for the illuminator, that wasn't impressive either. It is pretty shimmery so it kind of works for a brow highlight, but it's a bit sparkly for that (for my taste).  I'm also not that big a fan of cream shadows, so....

Let's move on to eyeshadows.  First, a picture of everything swatched. (I'm not very practiced at doing nice eyeshadow swatches, so please try not to mind.)
Here's what I think of each of the 4 eyeshadow shades (numbered faces match the numbers listed below):

  1. Highlight: this works pretty well as an inner-eye highlight and as a browbone highlight.
  2. All Over Lid:  I do like the silver-y gray - in fact, I've used it several times just as a quick 1-color look.  It seems to make my blue eyes look blue-r.
  3. Crease/Contour:  The charcoal color....I've used that the least.  It just blends in with the silver and the darkest shade and gets rid of any contrast that might have been there.  And by itself, it just looks dull.  Maybe someone with more skill might get it to work better but for me, it doesn't play well with others.
  4. Crease/Contour (darkest shade in the palette):  I've reached several times for this to apply with an angled brush as a soft looking upper-lash line liner and bring it down a little under the lower lashes. It works pretty good for that. 

Overall, can I wear these eyeshadows, crease-free for all day, using the included primer?  No, I can't.  I have to jump through hoops to get a crease-free look (2 additional products from other brands - ELF eyelid primer followed by a Maybelline Color Tattoo - & fingers off the included primer).  All of the shadows have the same finish - shimmer (maybe with a touch of sparkle in a couple); it would have been nice to see a matte shade put in.  I also find these to be powdery and the darker 2 shades are kind of prone to fall-out.

From Influenster's product information page:
NYC New York Color's all-in-one compact gives you everything you need for a complete eye look: primer, illuminator, applicator and complementing shadows. With four vibrant colors designed for your eye color, you can create a look as individual as you are!
And some essential facts (also from Influenster's page):
Straight from the city that never sleeps, NYC New York Color offers products with uptown style at down-to-earth prices, from $.99 - $4.99. The energy, style, and color of New York City shines through the wide range of shades, textures and innovative products. NYC always delivers the most on-trend products & shades hot off the runway!
Pricing is somewhere around $4.99, but as always, depends on where you purchase from.  This particular palette, you won't be able to purchase since it's limited edition from 2011.  But there are other options available, several of which are customized for enhancing particular eye color (if you go by that).  You can check out NYC's full line of core products on their website.

Will I be reaching for this palette often?  Probably not (I am right now, but that's mainly because it's sitting on the vanity & not in its little home).  I have to really work with these eyeshadows to get them to last all day and not crease on me.  Of course, your mileage may vary depending on your skin type.

Have you used the NYC IndividualEyes Custom Compact?  What do you think of the various parts?

I was sent these products complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster in exchange for reviews and the completion of related surveys.

**My opinions are entirely my own


  1. I've always hesitated on picking up one of these palettes maybe I should ?

    1. Hi! Thanks for stopping by! It never hurts to try products from new-to-you lines. You never know when or from what brand you might find a new favorite! If you do decide to get one, be sure to pick it up from a store that will let you return opened cosmetics just in case.