nyc new york color midnight beauty collection

Happy Halloween Eve Eve! Over the weekend, I introduced you to the NYC New York Color Midnight Beauty Collection; and today, I'm bringing you swatches of the 4 pretty polishes {all of which are great for Halloween; but would work just as well for the entire fall season}. Picture time!

clockwise from top left: Animal Instinct; Rock Muse Smoky Top Coat; I Am Not affRed; and Black Elixir

Animal Instinct is a Peachy Pumpkin Orange Creme with Gold Shimmer. Animal Instinct is definitely different from your typical Halloween orange hue. The color is far more peach-meets-coral; and the hidden gold shimmer {which creates an iridescent glow in certain lights} definitely sets it apart. The formula was great on this one - very easy to build, and not gloppy. This is 2 coats.

I Am Not affRed is a Merlot / Wine Creme. Based upon the promo pics of this collection, I was most looking forward to I Am Not affRed because it looked like the perfect fall hue; sadly, it failed me. I found the formula on this one to be very thick and gloppy, which resulted in bubbling; plus, the necessary 2 coats gave it more of a dark brown look as opposed to the desired wine shade. Seriously bummed about this one. This is 2 coats.

Black Elixir is a Black Crelly. What Halloween collection would be complete without a black color? Black Elixir is one of my new faves due to its jelly-meets-creme consistency {and the fact that it has an awesome name}. My only qualm is that it's not a one-coater {which I prefer with black shades}. While the formula is great to work with; the first coat is very sheer, but builds to a rich pigmentation on coat two. This is 2 coats.

Rock Muse Smoky Top Coat is a mix of Micro and Hexagonal Silver Glitter in a Black Base. This is a super pretty shade that can be worn for Halloween straight through the New Year! I used it as a top coat over Black Elixir; but given the fact that the base is black, you can definitely wear this one alone {as long as you use at least 3 coats for a squishy, opaque look. Formula was flawless; though you do have to resort to the dab method at times to score some of the hexagonal glitter pieces. This is 1 coat.

OVERALL: I think what's great about this collection is that the colors truly are wearable year-round - with the peach undertones of Animal Instinct making it a great choice for spring; the wine undertones of I Am Not affRed making it awesome for fall / winter.

While some of the shades felt a little thicker than I like; I found all of them to be virtually chip-resistant even after cooking, cleaning...a trait that makes them well worth it - especially at such an affordable price-point. My top pick is I Am Not affRed - while my results with the shade weren't ideal; I think it could look amazing if super thin coats are used.

AVAILABILITY: Mass and drug retailers across the United States and Canada.


Thanks to NYC New York Color for sponsoring this post!


ellie said...

Oh, the unique spectrum of the dark side in the nail world! I went to CVS yesterday and picked me up some of NYC's longwear nail polish. I even found starry silvery glitteras a little extra in a Christmas gift I'm giving to a co-worker. Cool review!

Ivy said...

I so want I Am Not affRed now! Sweet review!

Couture Carrie said...

I need that top coat!


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Sara Gerard said...

Ah! I love all of these! I think I will paint my nails tomorrow night!

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Sherin said...

The orange nails scream halloween - love them!

Midnight Cowgirl said...

Beautiful colors! I really like the look of Animal Instinct.

Marlen said...

that whole jelly but creamy consistency is so cool- i feel like it makes the color really pop. and these dark hues are just in time for the cooler months coming up. when i get into winter mode i can't even *look* at happy spring colors haha so i'm excited for these suggestions!

xo marlen
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