NYC Summer Crush
NYC has released two limited edition summer palettes. Summer Crush is the warm toned of the two, and Island Escape is the cooler toned palette (review found here). For my skin tone I found these to be a lot more flattering on me. I absolutely love the colors they put in this palette. Both of their summer releases had very cohesive colors put in them. This one has a yellow with shimmer, matte medium hot pink, shimmery pumpkin orange, and a shimmery purple. None of the colors are individually named, and I do not think they can be found in their regular line.
I don’t care for the packaging. It feels sturdy enough, but isn’t very attractive (though I do not expect it to be at this price point). I am not a fan of sponge tip applicators, so I did not use the one that came with the palette. It looks like it is meant to be an all in one product, since it has colors for highlight, crease, lid, and comes with an eye primer. I didn’t get good performance from the eye primer, and recommend just using your current favorite eye primer.
Like Island Escape, the shadows in this palette are a mixed bag regarding performance. Here is the breakdown:
- Yellow – Decent pigmentation (needed to be built up), applied easily, blended away just a touch.
- Medium Hot Pink – This one was a dud. Extremely sheer, and I was never able to build it up to my desired opacity. Not easy to apply or blend. Shadow is very hard.
- Orange – This is about the same as the yellow. Decent pigmentation (needed to be built up), applied easily, blended away a bit.
- Purple – This is an almost dud. Not as hard at the medium pink, but not soft. Pigmentation is on the poor side, applied OK and only slightly blended away.
The overall performance for this wasn’t impressive. The shadows didn’t fade quite as quickly as the Island Escape shadows, but there was some fading. No creasing though. Very happy about that. It took a lot of work to get these to show up, and to correct any blending away that happened. I didn’t care for the illuminator or eye primer, as I found that they contribute to creasing.
NYC Summer Crush retails for $4.99 and can be found at most drugstores that carry NYC products (I purchased mine at Rite Aid).