NYC New York Color vs Prestige Cosmetics

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There's an $80 difference between the cost to create each of these looks on our social media maven Carson. Can you tell which one is the look for less? How well do you really know your beauty brands? Find out below!



These are the products used to create each look above. Are you loyal to any of these brands? How do you think they stack up against their competitors? If you're familiar with any of these products, or want to learn more about them, be sure to click through to their review page. 

Still don't know which was the look for less? Scroll down to see the reveal!

High-End Products:

bareMinerals Bare Escentuals Bareskin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation

Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara

bareMinerals Bare Escentuals 5 in 1 BB Advanced Cream Eyeshadow

Benefit "They're Real" push up liner

NYC New York Color Products:

BB Foundation Powder (this one isn't on the market just yet, but you can find a similar NYC product here).

City Proof 24 HR Waterproof Mascara

City Proof 24 HR Waterproof Eyeshadow

Big Bold & Precise Felt Tip Eyeliner



Carson's Thoughts

On Buying Habits: I usually buy my makeup at Sephora. I really like to experiment with brands, so I have definitely found brands that I prefer over others.

On the Products: I don't love powdered foundation (of any brand) since it feels and looks really heavy on my face and I prefer a much more natural look and feel.

Recommendations: I always recommend the Bare Minerals BareSkin to my friends when they are looking to try a new foundation. I use it every single day and love it! I also really loved the NYC mascara -- it made my lashes so long instantly!




Big Bold & Precise Felt Tip Eyeliner: Want a super thick and dramatic line or a super fine cat-eye? Depending on your mood - you might want both!  And this liner can help you do just that. The felt tip makes it easy to apply whatever look you desire. It goes on smooth and stays on for hours, so no matter your plans be sure to bring this liner along.

City Proof 24 HR Waterproof Eyeshadow: For only $3 you can get a chubby, waterproof eyeshadow that goes on easy and stays on for up to 24 hours. All you have to do is twist, glide, and go. 

BB Foundation Powder: Although this product is not on the market yet, NYC gave us a sneak peek! This little foundation compact really packs a punch. It's like having your own personal makeup artist in a compact. The BB formula works hard to create an even skin tone without harming or drying out your skin!

City Proof 24 HR Waterproof MascaraThis mascara is life proof, waterproof, and weather proof -- ready for whatever your holds. Whether it's a blizzard, rainstorm, or splashes from a taxicab, this mascara is ready to face anything. By the way - it's only $3.50 - what's not to love?


Did you guess right? Which products do you want to try? Which do you prefer? Comment below!

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Imani R.
Imani R.
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