“ Brand: NYC / Type: Nail Varnish / Subcategory: Nail Polish / Gloss / Suitable for: Nails „
Item: NYC Nail Polish
Colour: Greenwich Village (236)
Bought in: Superdrug
I bought this when I was browsing in Superdrug, I didn't need it or have it on my list to get, but I liked the look of the bottle and the colour so I thought I would treat myself.
Packaging: This is a polish that comes in a glass bottle with a black lid. The glass is clear and you can easily see the colour of the polish through it. The bottle stands 8cm tall and the lid makes up 4cm of that height. The lid is matt black and has "NYC New York Colour" embossed on it. This is really quite a nice wee extra effect and makes the bottle look quite expensive. As the lid is matt rather than glossy this helps you to get a good grip on it when you are trying to open it too. The bottle has quite a lot of details written over it and the details are all written in reflective silver text so it can be a bit fiddly to read. It states "NYC, New York Colour. In a New York colour minute. Quick dry nail polish. 9.87ml. the lid is narrower at the top than it is at the bottom and the bottle is wider at the top and narrows towards the bottom, giving it a bit of a "bucket" shape. I really like the look of this nail polish and this is what lured me over to pick it up. It definitely looks way more expensive than the £1.79 t is retailed at.
Colour, application and lasting wear:
The colour I chose is a bright pink, it is called Greenwich Village. I like that the colour is named after a place in new york to tie in with the branding and theme. The polish requires 2 applications to get a nice even cover. The brush is 1cm long and 0.4cm wide so it take between2 strokes for my pinky nail up to 5 strokes for my thumb nail to apply. The polish dries in around 60 to 70 seconds and you can then apply the second coat. It does say "quick drying" on the bottle but no times are stated, however as they have mentioned "In a New York colour minute" they are implying it will dry in one minute. So at around one minute I am happy with that length of time. I have managed to get 2 full days out of this polish before I have to retouch any bald spots. As I apply 2 coats I am sure this helps with the durability but as I am applying 2 coats each time the polish will run out twice as fast, but at £1.79 a bottle I am happy to buy more.
Overall I really like this polish. The bottle is really eye catching and the names of the polish are really cute too. As it costs £1.79 I find this to be great value for money. 5 stars from me.
I was in Superdug today, doing my usual wander around the make up concessionsvand saw this nyc brand. I had never actually noticed them before but was drawn over as they had a good offer going on their polishes; £1.79 each or 2 for £2.99. Sounded a good bargain and I love nail polish (I have around 25 bottles and counting!) So I'm always looking to expand my collection as I am not particularly loyal to any brand. I ended up getting this in a clear colour and a goldy/bronzey/brown shade.
*** Appearance ***
This polish comes in a small 9.7ml pot. They do look on the cheaper, childish, girly scale of the market, probably aimed at girls 13+ (or whatever age they start painting their nails these days!) So this brand isn't really for the more "sophisticated" woman! (Suits me fine, I'm still in my 20s!).
They come in loads of bright funky colours, like pinks and greens and oranges so there is a good range of variety.
*** Usage ***
Using it today I was actually super impressed. The polish itself was quite thick and substsntial. I've often had experiences when the colour on my nail doesn't quite match as it appeared in the bottle but this one was exactly identical and looked lovely! As expected with all nail polishes it needed 2 coats to give a good even coverage on my nails and give it a nice finish, but from years of experience this is to be expected with any brand.
The brush is on the small side, but again as the pot is so small it is to be expected! The brush is secure in the base of the lid which is large and round for good grip for application.
In terms of drying I was extraordinarily surprised! I started to paint one hand but little madam (2 year olds eh?) Demanded attention so I was required to stop what I was doing to attend to her. I was annoyed as I knew she would smudge the hand I had already completed but to my surprise it was dry and didn't smudge at all! I didn't even need to use a drying spray! Mega happy! It literally took about a minute and although I have a rimmel 60 second dry polish I actually think this one is much better!
*** Overall ***
I really like this brand now, and so will be keeping an eye out in Superdrug stores for them more often! I'd definitely recommend!
I recently bought this nail varnish from Morrisons for £1.99 when it was on offer of £1 off - so the usual price is £2.99 so under £3! I have it in the colour 243B which is a dark blue/navy colour.
The bottle tells me it is a 13.3ml bottle and the shape of the bottle reminds me of the Chanel nail varnish bottles, but not as nice - but near enough! It contains Vinyl Shine and Pro Vitamin B5.
The big square shaped bit at the top of the bottle comes off to leave a smaller, round shaped top which fits in the hand much better and is easier to apply the varnish with.
The smell of the varnish is the same as most others - quite chemically smelling which doesn't really bother me. The applicator brush is quite long but much bigger than I expected from a cheaper brand of nail varnish. The brush covers my nail very evenly and doesn't pick up great big blobs of varnish which then drop onto my nail and take an age to dry! I can get my whole nail painted in about two strokes. The varnish dries in about 5 minutes which is perfect for me as I hate spending ages doing my nails only to go and scuff them on the next available object! It drives me mad! I normally paint my nails while watching the TV or doing something where I know I won't be moving around too much for a bit.
In terms of application and staying power, I use a Sally Hansen base coat on my nails first, then apply usually two coats of varnish. One coat does cover very well, but I like the colour to be very vibrant and similar to that in the bottle. With two coats, this can be achieved. The colour is a really nice dark but electric blue. Once dried it leaves the colour very shiny and bright. Many coloured nail varnishes leave my nails with that horrible yellowy tinge to them which makes me look like I smoke 100 cigarettes a day (I don't smoke), but the NYC Glossies don't leave me with this problem! Which is fab!
The varnish usually lasts on my nails for at least 5 days without chipping and on my toes it lasts a lot longer. The range available in Morrisons was pretty small, but I guess at the price I paid, they wouldn't have been around for long. I know you can get the NYC Nail Glossies in Superdrug, where there is a much bigger range.
Overall, I highly recommend these nail varnishes and will definately be picking up some more when I next get the chance. They are very cheap too so won't break the bank!
I've reviewed a few nail varnish brands in the past and here I'm about to talk about my most used brand N.Y.C. I don't often have the time or inclination to put on a full face of slap but I do always like to make sure my hands look good and that includes a fun application of nail colour.
N.Y.C make up at least appears to be a Superdrug only range, an affordable line that caters for all your budget make up needs, from eyebrow pencil sharpeners to glitter shadows, pressed powders to mascara, but the product that use most frequently is their nail varnish. N.Y.C nail varnish comes in a wide variety of colours from the classic pinks and reds to more vibrant blues, greens and mauves, it is this variety that attracts me to the range more than anything as I love to have a little fun with my nail varnish, many of the expensive brands don't have such a fun selection and those that do are simply beyond the budget of a family of 5.
Coming in 2 bottle sizes and shapes, you can select from the basic £1.99 13ml round bottle which is designed to be long wearing or the slightly larger £2.99 13.3ml square bottle which is designed with extra shine and added vitamin B5. Colours in the range include Hot Orchid, Turquoise Seas, Black Lace..........as well as clear top coats and fortifiers.
The nail varnish itself whether you choose the long wearing or added shine variety is quite thin and runny but it is quick to dry between coats because of this. Of course being a budget range and being of such a thin consistency you cannot simply apply one coat and hope for a great colour, no it can take as many as 5 coats to get a complete and deep colour otherwise the varnish simply looks watery and washed out, especially the lighter colours such as the pale pink. I don't really mind this although it does take a bit longer than usual to do my nails this way, but because the varnish is so cheap you don't really mind having to use the extra coats, a bottle still lasts a fair amount of time, no doubt a result of the thinner consistency in comparison to more expensive brands which are used up far quicker. The clear varnishes of course are the only exception to this rule, only needing one or two coats to give a nice layer of shine, after all you don't need to build up a colour because there is none.
You do have to leave the varnish to dry fully in between coats and not rush off to do a job, answer the phone etc.... otherwise the polish will end up denting, or worse, smudging all over the place leaving you to have to start that nail, or entire hand again. This can be quite time consuming and not exactly suitable for those with busy lives which is why I always wait to do my nails after I've tucked the kids up in bed at night, a little peace and quiet and 5 minutes all to myself!
Once applied you are free to add a top coat if you desire and the colours do look quite funky if you apply nail gems or glitter varnish over the top. You don't really need a base coat though if you don't want to, I've never experienced any damage or staining to my nails as a result of applying the colour directly to them and the varnish stays on for equal amounts of time whether I've used base and tops coats or not. Depending on what I'm up to in a week and how much work I have to do with my hands will affect the life span of the varnish, quite frequently I can find the polish lasts for up to a week with no chips, although doing your nails and then getting stuck into some gardening or D.I.Y is more likely to produce chips and flaking quite quickly. I've never noticed any difference between the long wearing and glossy varieties, both last equal lengths of time and stand up to the same level of wear, they also both have great similar colours that produce a glossy shine, the only actual difference seems to be 0.3ml and £1 extra.
Removing the polish is really easy and quick, you can use any form of polish remover although I use Superdrug nail varnish remover pads, a quick rub and a few minutes later and all the colour is gone leaving clean looking healthy nails ready for a different colour to be applied. I wouldn't recommend picking the polish off, this is possible with N.Y.C polish but isn't great for your nails.
Overall I'm very happy using N.Y.C nail varnish and will continue to do so as long as they have such fun and interesting colours, while they may take a lot more coats than a colour range such as Barry M I find that they last longer, not chipping so quickly, they are also a lot friendlier on my pocket than ranges such as Ruby & Milly and many of those designer or TV only brands. They are easy to apply, although not particularly quick due to the amount of coats you need, and they last a sufficient amount of time to make the work seem worth it, I always get comments on my nail varnish when I've applied N.Y.C varnishes and they always make me feel a little more light hearted. I can highly recommend them although I'm sure those of you out there with more expensive tastes or more cash to flash will not find this budget range appealing in the slightest, still as they say don't knock it until you've tried it.
Go to http://www.superdrug.com and search for the N.Y.C brand for a look at a selection of their products, of course the selection is so extensive and the colours so varied that you'll need to check them out in store for a full look.