Sunday, October 10, 2010

Review: N.Y.C. Color Wheel Mosaic Face Powder

For as long as I can remember I have been fascinated with "mosaic" cosmetic products. However, I have never bought them until recently because I have always found them to be too impractical. Especially when it comes to eyeshadows because how are you supposed to make it look the same on each eye when you can't really ensure you are getting the same combination of shades. And if my eyes look different, I probably won't use the product, and if I don't use the product it's a waste of money, right? Well then NYC came out with their mosaic powders and at such an affordable price, I could finally try these intriguing mosaic powders without feeling like I was wasting money. There are 6 shades, and I have purchased 3 of them (What can I say, I was very intrigued). I have....

Pink Cheek Glow
 Peach Glow
 Rose Glow

And here are the swatches, I also have swatches of a bronze/highlight duo I will talk about later.

   These powders run anywhere from $2.00 to $4.00, all of mine were purchased at Walmart and most with coupons so these can be purchased for next to their retail value isn't cheap enough. I actually kind of like their packaging, even though they don't come with a mirror. I find it very convenient that the lid comes completely off, because then I can use the product without having to deal with a hinged lid getting in the way. The packaging is definitely cheap, it's just plain old plastic, but it's cheap in a I'm-not-going-to-display-it kind of way not a Broken-after-the-first-use kind of way.

Now I don't consider any of these holy grail products but I do really like them. There are all very sheer buildable colors, which makes them perfect for everyday use. I like them for adding a soft bit of color to my face. I have noticed that the texture is different for each one. Pink Cheek Glow is pressed very hard and takes a bit more "building" than the others but it's totally worth it, I love this bright pink! Peach Glow is very powdery... like too powdery. Maybe I just feel that way though because it is so light. If it were a dark shade it would be called pigmented but because it is so light it reminds me more of a foundation powder. Because of my skin tone it doesn't show up on my cheeks like it might on someone with fair/porcelain skin. If you have anything darker, I don't think you will find much luck with Peach Glow. Rose Glow is the shade I have a love hate relationship with. The color is really pretty. And it has a nice shimmer to it. Unfortunately it does this...
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It's very powdery and soft which makes it really messy.
But that's not all, it also does this....
Do you see how gritty it is... the color is really pretty but all the "fallout" and grit... it makes it hard to work with.
Now I'm not picky, so I will continue to use these, except for maybe Peach Glow because you can't see it on my skin, but I can see why people wouldn't like it.
If you like bubblegum pink blush though, I would recommend Pink Cheek Glow, of the 3 it is definitely my favorite.

On a side (but quite similar) note...
Sun 2 Sun bronzing powder in bronze/gold 
The packaging and pricing of this bronze and highlight duo is exactly the same as the mosaic powders. The quality however is much better. They are very smooth and buildable. The highlight is a very shimmery gold which I love for summer. The bronze is perfect for an all over glow or for contouring. It's not gritty or messy like some shades of the mosaic powders and how convenient is it to have both highlight and bronzer in 1 pan. I love it.

Have you tried any of these N.Y.C. powders? What did you think of them? Did you have some of the same problems I have? Do you like bronze/highlight duos?

I hope you all had a great weekend! Keep checking back for all things beauty.



  1. Did you ever thought about using the darker shades for eye shadows? I was thinking of buying NYC Mosaic Color Wheel Face in the shade "All Over Bronze Glow." The colors in that wheel is all matte and it's exactly the colors that I was searching for in an eyeshadow. Do you think they'd make great eye shadows? I'm hesitating over whether to buy it or not because the product is meant to be a face powder.

  2. Oh that's such a good idea! I've used bronzer and blush as eyeshadow before and it worked great! You should try it!