It’s a busy one today.
How is yours going? I’m crawling up the hump and making my way to the looming weekend ahead and I’m seeing things in mono, City Mono Eyeshadow from N.Y.C. New York Color Cosmetics that is.
This line of cheap as chips eyeshadows are available for $2.99 each in array of lovely colors that won’t kill your Summer budget.
A budget friendly single shadow shade selection from N.Y.C. New York Color Cosmetics.
I dunno if you need to inject some color into your shadow wardrobe but these might be a good place to start particularly for those on a budget. At $2.99 a pop they feature a slim, black casing with a small sponge applicator that travels and stores easily. The line up is pretty much all matte aside from I Love New York which is a shimmering shade of white.
For matte shadow they have a fairly decent formula that blends easily and has a smooth texture. Color pay off is very good here but the aid of a shadow or cream base will really make colors pop. Shades are a mixed bag here thought as some come across a tad chalky where as others have a smoother, buttery formula but overall, most are fairly good. There are ten shades total to choose from so you are getting a good deal of variety with the cheaper price tag.
The shades I tried were:
- Luxury Reborn (burnished bronze-y brown with a buttery, smooth formula)
- Manhattan Gaze (bright, true blue bit of a chalky formula)
- In Vogue (purple with a smooth formula)
- 5th Avenue (chartreuse, bit chalky but blends out nicely)
- High Street (turquoise, a little chalky and needs extra attention during application as can apply a tad patchy)
- Broadway Look (charcoal, applies patchy and works best over a cream shadow to avoid issues with blending)
- I Love New York (pearly white with a heavy shimmer, frosty finish)
- Buzz List (deep pink, beautiful formula with intense color payoff and an easy to blend formula)
I’m not a particular fan of matte finishes but I found alot of these easy enough to use and felt they blended out decently without any harsh lines however….
It does prove difficult to contrast in some cases if you’re using a few various shades as colors become a tad muddy during the blending process.
I recommend them for wearing alone if possible or over a cream eyeshadow. Adding a bit of pigment or shimmer on top is a nice option to add further sizzle to the shades!
- Those who enjoy working with matte eyeshadow.
- Those on a budget looking for basic eyeshadows that apply easily alone but not as well when combined with other shades.
- Those who like a bit of sparkle and shimmer in their shadows.
- Makeup snobs (if you’re not a budget girl you might not feel the love here).
- Those who like using several shades of shadow for complex looks (I find these go a bit muddy if you try anything too dramatic with them).
Worn alone I’d say that City Mono Eyeshadows offer a nice, basic eye look however for more complex eye looks you might want look elsewhere as they do tend to muddy up a bit when blending together. I think they might appeal to matte eyeshadow users however the formulas are a mixed bag so you have to nail just the right shade as some are a tad chalky. At $2.99, they are a rather great deal for budget beauty types or for back to school looks that are both vibrant and fun however you might find them a tad immature for daily use in an office environment. If you love matte finishes and don’t mind a formula that varies these may appeal!
Available now at drugstores.