Over the last decade in the beauty world, we have become more aware of what goes into our makeup. It's not a secret anymore that ingredients like parabens, talc, and mineral oil are irritating to the skin. Makeup companies took note.
Thus, New York Betty was a born, a New York City based handmade cosmetics shop. The products contain no animal byproducts, parabens, phthalates, sulfates, petrochemicals, or synthetic fragrances. I recently tried a few items from New York Betty and wanted to share my thoughts with you.
I was most excited to try the "Rouge" - I think mostly due to the fact that it's actually named "Rouge" on the site! I feel so wonderfully vintage opening up my little mirrored rouge compact. I chose the "Billie" shade, which is a bright, vibrant cherry-red. To the untrained eye it can look scary in the pan, but I love bright colors and know it's all about application when it comes to them. First I swatched it on my hand. I was so impressed by its pigmentation. It only took one dab (I mean it...ONE!) to spread the color across my hand and it was just as vibrant as it was in the compact. I used a softer touch when it came to application - I lightly tapped it using my ring finger and blended it out on my cheek. The result was a gorgeous, sheer, wintery pink (see article slideshow for real-life result).
I also tried the lip & cheek stain in "Mae." It looks red in the tube (similar to "Billie" rouge) but on my lips it pulled more fuschia-pink. I was surprised at its balmy texture, as most "stain" type products can be quite drying. This one felt pleasant going onto my lips and was comfortable for the time it lasted, which was about 5 hours. When it wore off, it didn't feather or leave that unsightly ring around the mouth, which I can really appreciate. It didn't leave much color behind; it looked more like I applied a sheer tinted lip balm.
"Liz" lip color topped with "Natalie" lip gloss was a really pretty, sheer nude combination. This particular color was very slightly frosty and felt especially comfortable after the gloss application. Out of the 2 lip products, I think the stain wore better and packed better pigment, but Liz/Natalie would be perfect for a beginner or someone who wants a no-fuss, everyday kind of look.
The Refresh & Renew toner was an exciting one for me. I appreciate when an all-natural line also offers skincare, because I obviously want nothing but the healthiest ingredients being used on my bare face. This toner, while it does contain witch hazel, was surprisingly moisturizing and soft. It contained the perfect balance of cleanliness and soothing. I feel comfortable using it on my acne-prone skin because of the witch hazel content and confident it won't overdry my skin because of the rose hip, which is a proven moisturizing ingredient. I would love to see New York Betty come out with a cleanser and moisturizer, as I feel this would benefit so many people as a 3-step skincare system.
All in all I am happy with what I've tried from this line. It is so refreshing to see companies like New York Betty that take such pride in 100% natural, good for your skin ingredients. It means that in a world where big names will manufacture anything to get a buck, there are a few good ones out there that hear the needs of us who know what is good for our skin and what is not.
These goodies, plus New York Betty as a whole, gets my stamp of approval. Don't forget to check out the article slideshow for photos of the products and some real-life swatches.
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