“ Brand: NYC / Type: Gift Set / What it does: Smoothes, „
This is a review of the NYC Smooth mineral starter kit I have recently been using in Basic Brown (code 755A). I picked up what I thought was a bargain and couldn't wait to use it. In the set, you get six items: a loose finishing powder, a loose blush powder, two eyeshadows (which make up the basic brown description) a mini kabuki brush (which is described as large on the pack!) and a double ended brush with a sponge applicator and brush applicator on either end. I usually use the quite expensive Bare Minerals make up so am always on the look out for anything which can achieve the same results for less money.
The box is silver with a clear window in it so you can see what you are getting. It looks like a lot of make up for your money. It is easy to open and each product sits in a cheap plastic tray. I immediately ditched the outer packaging and tray once I started to use it. Each of the pots has a screw top lid which is good quality and easy to open. Possibly an import, the package promises $30 value of make up. I am not sure this is true though!
I will just give a brief overview of each product as it's not worth going in to much more detail!
The loose finishing powder, I suppose is meant to mimic the Bare Minerals Mineral Veil in that it is a fine and light powder and is called 'natural veil' on the base of the pot. I can use the former on its own instead of foundation for a light look and it evens out my skin tone. Not so with the NYC version. It is far too light for starters and just doesn't make any difference to my face when buffed in to the skin. The pot is quite large but only contains 1.1g (so the pot is half empty when you first open it) which doesn't go very far when using the product daily. It can be quite messy to use as it is fine and loose and does not have a sifter in the lid.
The blusher has somewhat the opposite problem in that it is far too dark for me, a sort of red brick dust colour! I found it hard to blend and difficult to get a small amount on to the brush. Again there is 1.1g in the pot although this is more crammed in and again messy to use without a sifter. The colour is described on the base of the pot as almost apricot. I disagree, this is far more red than orange! It's OK to use in a fix but definitely not my go to colour.
The two eye shadows are probably the saviour of this set. A dark chocolate colour called espresso and a lighter shade of cocoa shimmer (which is far darker in the pot than it looks through the lid). Both shadows can be used dry or dampened down for a more dramatic look. They are quite versatile colours but again being loose and fine can be messy to use.
The brushes were total rubbish. I used the sponge eye applicator a few times and then had to bin it as it was impossible to tell what colour was on it as the sponge is black. The bristle end I didn't bother with as I have far nicer and better brushes in my make up kit. The kabuki brush was OK used in conjunction with the natural veil finishing powder but 1g soon got used up and lost in the brush and the brush also ended in the bin as it felt very artificial and perhaps a little too soft for my liking.
Now comes the bit where you probably will think 'serves you right'! I paid the lowly sum of £1.49 for this kit from the cheap shop known as B&M. It looked so good in the packaging I fell for it but in reality the quality is poor and they are very messy to use when you have an almost white bedroom carpet! I have also seen these kits for sale on ebay fairly cheaply if you're feeling brave enough!
Whilst I was disappointed with this kit, it would have been silly to expect a lot more for this price. I will be sticking to the bare minerals range in the future and I suppose it is good to try new things every once in a while. The kit was in no way able to complete a full face of make up for me, the powder was not nearly a foundation, nor did it create a finished or lasting look. The blusher looked OK through the lid but was the wrong colour on and could be too concentrated and hard to blend. The eye shadows were OK but messy to use and I need to also use a lighter shade for more contour on the brow. The brushes were awful and would have left me in a right pickle if I had used this as a travelling make up kit. As far as a starter kit, I don't really agree as I would expect to have the basics covered in a starter kit and these were more like some finishing touches.
Sorry but I can't recommend this nor will it be a repeat purchase for me. I am not being snobby about the brand, I like their nail varnishes that I have reviewed recently but their mineral make up is definitely not for me.