Which can be a pity, because drugstores have some good makeup. Cheap and cheerful can actually be that, without compromising on quality.
You can kind of see where I'm heading with this review, can't you?
The NYC Expert Last Lip Color lipsticks are rather unknown. I've come across a few reviews here and there talking about them, but it wasn't till my friend Elizabeth asked if I could review some of the NYC products that I actually got my hands on them. I know these are available at drugstores but I got mine at Walmart.
Something that irks me is that the bullet doesn't completely retract back into the tube. This means I'm always worried that I'll nick and damage the bullet! Why companies do this I don't understand.
There is a label with the name of the shade at the bottom of the tube, which I highly appreciate. Nothing irks me more than when companies neglect to print the name of the shade on the product packaging!
The shades I have are:
- Berry Me
- Velvety Fuchsia
- Pure Coral
- Red Suede
I tried to pick one shade from each color category to see if there were any differences in formula between them.
Berry Me is a mauve shade.
Velvety Fuchsia is an intense bright blue-toned fuchsia.
Pure Coral is a bright orange-y coral.
Red Suede is a yellow-toned, somewhat orange-y red.
All four shades have a glossy finish when first applied, but after half hour or so it settles down to a satin finish. They all feel comfortable on the lips, and they glide onto the lips. There's no tugging, and these do not emphasize dry patches on the lips - on the contrary they seem to hide any rough areas on the lips. In the lip swatches below, I have rather chapped lips but you'd never be able to tell.
They're not the most opaque formula; they do need several swipes to be built up to full opacity. The formula of Berry Me and Pure Coral seemed similar in that they were more slippery, and a tad less pigmented, than Velvety Fuchsia and Red Suede.
All of them left stains behind after they wore off, with the exception of Berry Me. Strangely, Pure Coral left a rather pinkish stain despite being an orange coral. The pink stain left behind by Velvety Fuchsia was also a deeper shade than the actual color of the lipstick.
These are not transfer-proof, and they will need to be reapplied. They do wear off evenly. They last 3 hours on me with mild snacking and drinking, but I needed to reapply after a meal.
For a drugstore brand, these are impressive. They have a really nice, creamy, comfortable formula, and are quite pigmented. They come in a nice variety of shades too, and Pure Coral is going to be one of my go-to shades for summer!
I'm not too happy about the fact that the bullet doesn't retract completely into the tube, though, and I'll acknowledge that these do need to be built up with several swipes.
BGMM Rating: B-