I recently received many of the new 2012 products from NYC for review, so I'd like to kick off this review series by showing you two of the new polishes, which are now available in stores:
NYC Matte Me Crazy Mattifying Top Coat
NYC In a Minute Sparkle Top Coat
(retail: $1.99 each, 0.33 oz)
In A Minute Sparkle Top Coat looks like a maroon-based glitter top coat in the bottle. The glitter pieces are all very fine (no chunky glitter) and smooth to the touch when on the nail. Matte Me Crazy looks like a standard matte top coat in the bottle, but at such a low retail price, I was afraid that it would actually turn out to provide more of a satin finish rather than a true matte finish. So let's take a look at some swatches:
I thought I'd swatch both top coats over a limited edition NYC polish from a few years back: Orange Creamsicle. As you can see, I used two coats of Sparkle Top Coat on the first two nails, and a layer of Matte Me Crazy over one of the glitter nails. On the last two nails, I wanted to show you a before-and-after using just Matte Me Crazy.
Looking at the picture above, I hope it's clear that Matte Me Crazy truly provides a matte finish. This is not a satin finish, which is pretty remarkable given its price (just $1.99!). Matte Me Crazy applies like a dream--it's not thick or goopy and it dries to a matte finish pretty quickly as well.
In A Minute Sparkle Top Coat turned to be much more of a multi-colored glitter than what you see in the bottle. Maroon is not the predominant color once on the nail, and the base is clear. This is actually much prettier in person--the glitter is very fine but it has a lot of nice sparkle. When I first applied this polish, I couldn't help but think of all you nail fanatics who like to franken--I think this would be a fun polish to use in that capacity! (For those of you who don't know what frankening is, it's simply a process of mixing two or more polishes together to create an entirely new polish, like this.)
FINAL THOUGHTS: If you're looking for a true matte top coat that definitely won't break the bank, I would suggest picking up NYC Matte Me Crazy Mattifying Top Coat. It far exceeded my expectations and I can't wait to play around with it and try a glossy/matte French mani like this. If you're "over" chunky glitters and would like a top coat that only contains fine glitters, check out In A Minute Sparkle Top Coat. And if you're looking for a glitter to add to a franken for an extra kick, I think this would be a fun one to experiment with as well.
Have you spotted these new polish offerings from NYC in your area yet? Do you already own either or both of them? I'd love to hear your thoughts!
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