Good evening lovelies,
today I have a long, picture loaded post for you. So grab a drink and enjoy.
As I promised in my Absolute NY & Nicka K. NY – introduction I would like to review all those lovely products I got by subject. Today I will start with the face and eye products.
If you have question please feel free to ask them in the comments.
A big thank you to Nicka K. New York and Absolute New York for sponsoring the products so I can test and review them for you.
Like with every make-up, let’s start with the foundation primer, which is offered by both brands.
available for about 10$
- weightless and ultra smoothing
- seamlessly blends across the skin and extends the wear of the make-up
- suitable for all skin types
Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isododecane, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Rose Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Mineral Oil, Ascorbyl Palmitate
how to use:
- spread product all over the clean and moisturized face
- blend in with the fingers
- follow by the foundation of your choice
I tried the primer several times and even though I don’t haven’t tried any other so far, I am pretty happy with them. After applying them the skin feels super smooth, which might be because of the silicone dimenthicone in it. Most primers use silicone so I wasn’t surprised. Personally, I don’t have a problem with silicone based products.
The Nicka K. waterproof concealer comes with great pigmentation and therefore full-coverage but is also very lightweight. These concealers are around 6$ and come as a jumbo pencil in 5 different shades.
Isododecane, Ozokerite, Cyclopentasiloxane, Ceresin, Paraffin, Polybutene, Microcrystalline Wax, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopherol
how to use:
- apply on spots or dark circles and blend in
The one I received is in shade NYA32, which is in the exact middle of all 5 colors, also found as deep caramel. Since I am super pale, this shade is too dark for me to be used as a concealer, but I think it would also be great as a contour pen.
The Nicka K. eye shadow base is available in 3 shades, each for around 5$.
I received NYA10 which is a matte white which is supposed to give an incredible boost of vibrancy. Pearl gives a delicate touch of iridescence and nude is for seamless, natural canvas.
In general these products have a special designed formula that latches onto the pigments to keep your favorite eye colors in place.
Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Candelilla Cera, Mica, Isododecane/Isobutylmethacrylate/Bis-Hydroxypropyl Dimethicone Acylate Copplymer, Isopropyl Isostearate, Petrolatum, Phenyl Trimethicone, Silica, Hydrogenated Microcrystaline Wax, Paraffin/Glycol Montanate/Synthetic Wax, Beeswaxm Phenoxyethanol, Titanium Dioxide (CI77891)
how to use:
- apply all over the eyelids to create a smooth base for eye shadows and to enhance pigmentation
So far I used the eye shadow base from p2 which spread very easily due the creamy texture. I found the Nicka K. base a bit “harder” and therefore a little difficult to spread over the lid, but I have read a lot of recommendations on it, people saying it is the best they ever used. So maybe I have to get used to it. I will definitely use it a few more times and see how it goes. What I can say is that the white base really does intensify the colors and vibrancy of eye shadows.
Next on the list are the Absolute NY true palettes. They come in a set of 5 eye shadows specifically designed for different topic/color schemes.
NF071 Romantic Affair
The names in bold font are the ones I received.
The palettes feature shades that are curated to create a range of seamless eye looks for any occasion. They are super smooth and again have a long-wearing formula that packs a punch of pigmentation that can easily be blended for natural definition, or packed on for dramatic smokey eyes.
Each palette is around 6$.
First of all I would like to review the nude palette, which is a nice mixture of natural tones. From a matte beige, to a shimmer beige which are perfect for my pale skin, to slightly darker beige, brown and dark brown.
From left to right I swatched all colors. The top row is with and the bottom row without primer. As you can see the pigmentation is good either way (sorry for the bad lighting in the picture) and I feel they picked really nice colors for a natural brown eye make-up. The only color that doesn’t match well with the others is this beige, almost a bit orange color in the middle. Don’t get me wrong, the eye shadow is pretty but I feel it is a bit too warm for the rest of the palette, which seems rather cold toned. All colors go on and blend pretty well. I think my favorite is the 2nd from the right, which is this nice bronze brown that really compliments blue eyes.
The second palette I got is the carneval palette.
This one is so colorful and simply amazing. I opened it immediately and started swatching and the first note I made was “THE BOMB”. The pigmentation is simply amazing. All, except the red, are eye shadows. The red one is supposed to be a blush. But honestly, why use this gorgeous color as a blush? I can see myself using this palette for halloween or carneval looks and very colorful eye make-ups.
Just look how pretty these are!
The dark eye shadow is especially unique. I tried to catch the different colors within. It is somehow dark, almost grey and black, but also blue at the same time.
On the swatched you can see how crazy the pigmentation is with just one stroke.
I can’t even decide which one is my favorite, that’s how much I love these.
Talc, Mica, 2-Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Polybutene, Zinc Laurate, Silica, Dimenthicone, PropylparabenMay Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Yellow Iron Oxide, Red Iron Oxide, Blue 1, Yellow 5, Black Iron Oxide, Red 40, Manganese Violet
Next is the Absolute NY perfect eyebrow pencil. It’s supposed to effortlessly shape, fill, and define your brows with this sleek eyebrow pencil. The formula is specially designed to provide just enough waxiness, for natural fullness that stays in place all day. Unique angled tip allows for precision and control, with each application, while the attached spooly brush grooms brows into place. Available in black, brown, and dark brown.
I received NF056 brown.
each pencil is around 4$
I gotta say I am not a big fan of eyebrow pencils. I prefere eyebrow powder. I feel it give a more natural look instead of using a pencil and drawing the brows on. Using a pen always irritates my skin, which was kind of the case for this product as well. I simply felt it was too hard and didn’t have a good color pay-off.
Carnauba Wax, Hydrogenated Coconut Oil, Lanolin, Zinc Stearate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, DImethicone, Phenylpropyldimesthylsiloxysilic, Tocopheryl Acetate, Butyl Hydroxy Toluene, Mica
May Contain: Black Iron Oxide, Red Iron Oxide, Yellow Iron Oxide, Titanium Dioxide
The Nicka K. shimmer eyeliners are a great pick if you are looking for unique colors. Specially formulated and equipped with a foam tip applicator to apply effortless and set for long-wearing, water, smudge, and fade-resistant wear, these eyeliners add an instant touch of sparkling glamour to your eye make-up. They are available in twelve shimmer shades and two matte shades!
NF012 Glitter Black
NF011 Glitter Brown
NF010 Glitter Burgundy
NF009 Red Hot
NF002 Matte Brown
NF001 Matte Black
The names is bold font are the ones I received. Each eyeliner is available for around 5$
I must say I love when companies put out unique eyeliner colors. Why does everything always has to be so boring right?
With these eyeliners I have just one problem, the applicator tip. I really hoped it would have a thin brush applicator, like the one from Essence.
It is thin, bendable and therefore gives me a much better control over my perfect winged eyeliner.
The colors and the pigmentation of these shimmer eyeliners are amazing, but the applicator ruins it for me. I will try to make it work just because I like the quality of the product, but please I beg you Nicka K. change the applicator tip 🙂
My favorite eyeliner that I could try would be the golden one. It is amazing how good and even the pigmentation is and that once it’s dry, it is super smudge and water-resistant. The are perfect for those hot summer day or trips to the beach. Your make- up will last all day. The pink and green ones were also very nice. The only disappointment was the green one that stained pretty bad and the glitter burgundy. It seemed a bit sheer and more difficult to get an even application.
Water, Acrylates, Propylene Glycol, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan Gun, Simethicone, Tin Oxide
May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Red 40, Yellow 5, Blue 1, Carmine, Ultramarine Blue, Red Iron Oxide, Yellow Iron Oxide, Black Iron Oxide, Ferric Ferrocyanide
The Absolute NY waterproof gel eyeliner have a long-wearing, pigmented formula that is designed to define and highlight your eyes all day. They are buttery smooth when applying, but set and lock the color when dry for budge-proof, water-proof, transfer-proof color that lasts and lasts and lasts.
These eyeliners come in 14 colors and cost about 5$ each.
NFB83 Dark Brown
NFB79 Twinkle Black
The names is bold font are the ones I received.
I must say I was very impressed by these. The texture is great and once they are dry they really are smudge and water proof. I will definitely try to work with these, even though I feel liquid eyeliners are easier to work with. I tried them also on the waterline and they work pretty well. I wish they would also offer a soft beige one for the waterline since I prefere beige to a bright white on the waterline.
Isododecane, Ozokerite, Cyclopentasiloxane, Ceresin, Paraffin, Polybutene, Microcrystalling Wax, Jojoba Seed Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopherol May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Black Iron Oxide, Black 2, Ultramarine Blue, Red 7, Red 6, Blue 1, Red Iron Oxide, Yellow Iron Oxide, Manganese Violet, Carmine Curl”
For all of you Marcara addicts Nicka K. offers a wide range of Mascara, each one with a different brush for different purposes.
The ultra-black, formula is designed to seamlessly bind to, and coat lashes to effortlessly create lush, dramatic volume with definition. These mascara promise long-lasting, smudge-proof wear.
pictures taken from http://www.ikatehouse.com
I received WMo2 – define & lengthen waterproof mascara
At first I was really surprised how easy the brush was to bend. But after trying it I actually liked it. It makes it very easy to coat the lashes evenly without smudging the product everywhere. I didn’t really see a crazy lengthening effect, but it is still a nice mascara and yes, it is smudge and waterproof.
Last but not least, Absolute NY also offers a wide range of lashes made of 100% human hair.
They offer regular, double lashes, classic-flare and ultra thick black single under lashes as well as knot free classic-flare and knot free ultra black single lashes.
You can view the whole range here
regular – each about 4$
double lashes – each about 6$
classic flare black single under lashes – each about 4$
ultra thick black single under lashes – each about 4$
knot free classic flare single lashes – each about 4$
knot free ultra black single lashes – each about 4$
Here is what I received:
Currently I am not using lashes but a few years back, when I lived in Japan I always used lashes and I loved it. well besides applying them haha
I gotta get back to that. I kind of miss glam-ing up myself.
The beauty mark pen from Absolute NY is a little accesoire goodie. It comes with different designs so you can pick which one suits you best. You want to add a little spice to your look for the night? Rock a tattoo without the commitment. Designed for both the face and body, these unique felt-tip, ink, beauty stamps create authentic looking, temporary tattoos that can easily be removed when desired.
I received ABM03 Star, each pen is about 13$, but I gotta say I was worried. Sure it lasts pretty long and once you get the hang on how to press the stamp on your skin you will get a great result, BUT it stains a lot. I am not sure if I simply used the wrong products to get it off or I simply tried to remove it too fast. Please let me know about your experiences.
here you can see the result after trying to remove it with a normal make-up wipe and oil based remover.
and here even after using nail polish remover, the starts were still a bit visible.
Now imagine you would use them on your face. I would be pretty angry if this stained my face like this.
how to use:
- select design and size of choice
- press stamp onto desired location and hold for 2 seconds
- let dry
- lightly dust your tattoo with translucent powder for a long-wear boost
Water, Aloe Extract, Polyurethane-35, Polyglceryl-2 Caprate, Methylpropanediol, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Tri-C12-13 Alkyl Citrate, Caprylyl Glycol, Panthenol, Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Tocopherol, Pehnylpropanol, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Citric Acid
May Contain: Red 40, Green 3, Red 33, Yellow 5, Red 28
Overall I am very impressed by the quality of both brands products and I am not saying it because I got them for free. All opinions stated above are my honest opinions of the products and even some of them are not colors I would use, I still think the quality is good. In many cases the pigmentation really convinced me.
If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask them. I will try my best to answer them.
Also them me know which products you liked best.
Have a great day
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