New NYC City Samba Collection for Summer 2014 & First Impression

    REVIEW: NYC City Samba Collection for Summer 2014

    With the kick off of the World Cup last weekend, I thought it only fitting to introduce you to the new NYC Cosmetics City Samba Collection, which was inspired by Brazil. The collection features some permanent items in limited edition shades, as well as the introduction of a new nail product for the brand! Let’s take a look.

    REVIEW: NYC City Samba Collection for Summer 2014- Sun n Bronze

    The new shades added to the Sun N’ Bronze Bronzing Powders ($4.99) are Rosa Rio and Coral Samba. Each have a combination of bronzing and highlighting shades with 3 distinct colors that can be used separately or blended together.

    Rosa Rio, the lightest of the two, contains a distinct light pink blush shade, champagne highlight, and golden bronze shade. They all come together to create a subtle peachy glow. Coral Samba packs a bit more of a punch, touting better pigmentation with a bright coral blush, a golden bronze shade, and a cool brown shade. They come together to create a burnt apricot glow… (what’s with all the fruity descriptions, Miranda?)

    REVIEW: NYC City Samba Collection for Summer 2014 - Sun n Bronze Swatches
    The far right swatch is all shades blended together.

    I would not suggest these to be used for contouring, since even the bronze shades contain shimmer. I use them as blushes, and dust them over the perimeter of my face for extra radiance.

    REVIEW: NYC City Samba Collection for Summer 2014- Liquid Lipshines

    The next familiar products to get a Brazilian makeover are the Liquid Lipshine glosses ($1.99). This was my first time trying this product in general.

    REVIEW: NYC City Samba Collection for Summer 2014 - Papaia Swatch

    In the tube, Papaia looks like a light orange, but didn’t lay down enough color to show up on my lips. It acted as a clear gloss with shimmer particles, which isn’t really my thing.

    REVIEW: NYC City Samba Collection for Summer 2014 - Passion Fruit Swatch

    Passion Fruit is a sheer light pink with shimmer particles. The shade reminds me a lot of the Stila Lip Glaze in Strawberry.

    REVIEW: NYC City Samba Collection for Summer 2014 - Guava Swatch

    Guava is a hot pink with subtle blue shimmer particles. It is hands down my favorite of the three. This shade specifically is everything I think a gloss should be. It has great color payoff, doesn’t feather, and the formula is really comfortable.

    Across the board, these glosses applied a bit heavy at first, which threw me off. However, they eventually settle onto the lips and have a balmy consistency. The shine stays strong for a couple hours, and I’m most happy to report that they are not sticky at all. They smell subtly sweet like candy, but have no discernible taste (thank goodness).

    REVIEW: NYC City Samba Collection for Summer 2014 - Show Time Nail Art

    Lastly, NYC is introducing the Show Time Nail Art polishes ($1.99). The fine brush tip applicators allow you to use the glossy colors to paint intricate designs. The three shades currently available are Black Ink, Silverism and Pinkasso. I’m so excited to play around with these, since I’ve only just started venturing into nail art.

    The NYC City Samba collection has something for everyone to be able to enjoy the vibrancy of Brazil captured in cosmetics. These limited edition shades are only available in stores. Find your local drugstore for details on availability.

    Which new additions capture your attention?



    1. ACK>…. I need to try these all out. I want those face powders and lippies. I only own 2 NYC polishes so I will need to try these too. Oh man… I’m on the hunt now.


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