Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Under-appreciated Brand Alert! New York Summer Nail Polish Swatches

New York Summer is probably an under-appreciated brand because it isn't that easy to find.  The only place I've seen it sold is on the website of one of my favorite nail polish e-tailers, Transdesign. The polishes are only $1.59 and come in a HUGE range of over 50 colors ranging from neons to glitters to jellies.  Most of the colors I have are jellies.  In a way, the remind me of polishes that could easily fit in with OPI's "sorbet" finish.  If you loved OPI's jellies and were looking for some more, these are some great ones.  Plus, they're super cheap!  Oh, another color I recommend is a green jelly called Amaranth, but I forgot to swatch it. :(
All of these are swatched with no base or top coat.

New York Summer Hot Baby Blue in the sun
This was 3 coats.  It's a little more opaque than some of the others.  It is also a near perfect dupe for Essie Turquoise & Caicos.

New York Summer Hot Baby Blue in the shade
New York Summer Hot Sky Blue in the sun
This is 4 coats and you can still see my nail line easily.  Also, it must have some neon pigment in it because it dries to a satin finish.

New York Summer Hot Sky Blue in the shade
New York Summer Summer Fun in the sun
This was 4 coats.  I really like this color- it seems pretty unique.

New York Summer Summer Fun in the shade
New York Summer Hush in the sun
This was 4 coats.  Like most yellows, this was a bit of a pain to try and get streak-free.

New York Summer Hush in the shade
New York Summer Poppies in the sun
This was 2 coats.  It's the only non-jelly out of these swatches.  This is such a rich, gorgeous purple.

New York Summer Poppies in the shade
I was thinking Poppies might be similar to NARS' Purple Rain so I did a comparison.

Left- NARS Purple Rain  Right- New York Summer Poppies
You can see that they aren't dupes at all.  They do hae a similar feel, but Purple Rain has a more blackened base and isn't quite as reddish purple.

  • New York Summer sells for $1.59  at (Scroll down and click Polish on the left side. New York Summer is just called "New York" in the top tabs)

Thank you for reading and have a great day/night/whatever!


  1. I'm not mad about the dark blue on its own, I'd use it as a base for a glitter top coat such as a flakie from Nfu Oh or Sally Hansen. I love all other colours though, they look great!

  2. I have never heard of them! I will have to check out Transdesign.....for under $2, you can't go wrong ;-)

  3. Summer Fan! I love it! I've never heard of Transdesign, but for $2 that's a deal!

  4. I've seen these on TransDesign and didn't even consider them. But that first color looks amazing. Once my budget eases up, I'm going to look into them.

    Thanks for swatching these! :)
    - Mary

  5. Ok, the last one. Wow. NICE. And also: curse you and your perfect nail polish jobs! CURSE YOU! ;)

  6. hey, just wanted to drop a little note-this brand was recently recalled for being dangerous to consumer's health.


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