Polish for Pennies: NYC Long Wearing Skyline Blue

Hello all and welcome to the second installation of Polish for Pennies. Today I have for your viewing pleasure NYC Long Wearing Skyline Blue. I have to preface this review by saying I really, really don’t like this polish. In fact, this was the polish that inspired me to do this series. I wanted to show that cheap polishes can be fantastic and wonderful, but this is definitely not always the case.  With that out of the way, on to the review…

bottleshotHere is my bottle of Skyline Blue. It is on its own shelf because it is banished from the rest of my polish stash. Lego Admiral Piett is keeping an eye on it to make sure it doesn’t find its way back into the gang. The polish has separated a bit, but this was fixed with a quick shake. The polish is a beautiful sky blue with light blue and silver shimmers.

The painting conditions were fairly nice today. RH: 44% and temperature: 70 °F.

Formula: Streaky, patchy, and goopy all at the same time. This polish has a tendency to drag and create bald spots while you’re painting. I had to reload the brush two or three times for all of my nails except my pinky otherwise it would dry out and really get stringy. I’ve also previously put in 6 drops of polish thinner into this bottle just to make it vaguely workable. Because all of the coats ended up being super thick, I ended up with tons of bubbles in my top layer. Luckily, because of the shimmers, the bubbles aren’t too noticeable. It dries to a shiny finish but I slapped a top coat on it which helped to hide the bubbles and bring out the shimmer. Looking at the bottle, there is some glass fleck, but this doesn’t transfer to the nail at all.

Here are pictures of the painting in process. Sorry for having different poses and props for the different number of coats. I’m having a wicked migraine and I didn’t feel like starting over especially since this is the best I’ve ever gotten this polish to behave for me.

I could not, for the life of me, get the shimmers to photograph correctly. They’re not all that prominent outside of the bottle anyway, which is disappointing.



Concluding thoughts: I paid $0.94 for this 0.45 fl oz (13.3 mL) bottle. It’s difficult to work with, and not as pretty as what you see in the bottle. This has been in my swap pile since the day I tried to wear it, but honestly, I’m not sure I can bring myself to send this to another person. Not worth the dollar I paid.

Thanks for reading and hope everyone is having a lovely day! Tune in next week when I’ll be reviewing either wet n wild Blazed or Sally Hansen Lime Lights. Hope to see you back!