Today I have for you part 1 of my China Glaze Metro Collection swatches. This is China Glaze's Fall 2011 Collection and I wasn't expecting to have these quite yet but my supply store got them in early so I'm excited to have them to show you.
The collection can be bought in two 6 piece sets - Downtown and Uptown so that's how I'll be splitting my swatches up and today I'll be starting with the Downtown set.
Keep reading for the swatches and review!
China Glaze Metro Collection: Skyscraper, Concrete Catwalk, Westside Warrior
China Glaze Metro Collection: Trendsetter, Loft-y Ambitions, Midtown Magic
Skyscraper (medium blue jelly base packed with silver and blue glitter)
From the press release images, this was the shade I was most excited about out of the entire 12 piece collection and I'm happy that I wasn't disappointed. Because it has a jelly base, this needs 3 coats to build up to the opacity you see below but it didn't feel thick or difficult to work with. You could also save yourself some coats by layering this over a deep blue polish instead.
Concrete Catwalk (dark grey creme)
Nothing too unique about this shade - it's a darker version of China Glaze Recycle and it also has a hint of blue to it. I should have a few shades to compare this one to. The formula was excellent and it's opaque in 2 easy coats. I should also note that this one, along with several of the other cremes from the collection dry darker than they look in the bottle.
Westside Warrior (dark camo green)
This one doesn't seem like it would be very unique but off the top of my head I cannot come up with another shade in my collection to compare this to. But I guess we'll have to see when I do my comparisons.
This is one of the other shades that dries darker than it looks in the bottle so take note of that before purchasing this shade. Great formula for this one and it's opaque in 2 coats.
Trendsetter (dirty mustard with bright gold glitter)
Out of all 12 shades, this was the one I was least excited about when I first received the press release - it just looked so ugly! Indeed, it is ugly but it's one of those ugly/pretty shades where you just can't decide what you think about it. My favourite thing about this one is that it's unique - you don't see brands doing shades like this often and I think it's refreshing.
This will I'm sure look awful against my fair skin so I'd never be able to wear it as a full mani but I like having colours like this in my collection because I'm sure there's a time when it'll come in handy for a nail art design.
Loft-y Ambitions (deep burgundy with subtle silver shimmer)
This is an extremely fall appropriate colour in my opinion. Once again, great formula and it's opaque in 2 coats.
Midtown Magic (deep burgundy-brown base with gold glitter)
This is one of the shades that I was excited about from this collection and it didn't disappoint me - it's interesting and the formula was great. My swatch is 2 coats.
Skyscraper, Concrete Catwalk, Westside Warrior, Trendsetter, Loft-y Ambitions, Midtown Magic
Skyscraper, Concrete Catwalk, Westside Warrior
Trendsetter, Loft-y Ambitions, Midtown Magic
Midtown Magic, Loft-y Ambitions, Trendsetter, Westside Warrior, Concrete Catwalk, Skyscraper
Midtown Magic, Loft-y Ambitions, Trendsetter
Westside Warrior, Concrete Catwalk, Skyscraper
Overall, I'm pleased with this half of the collection. It's definitely fall appropriate and there's several unique colours here that I think I'll have a hard time finding shades to compare to.
The formula was good for all of these, including the glitters which can oftentimes be fussy. 5 out of the 6 shades only required 2 coats for opacity with the outlier being the jelly-based glitter - Skyscraper.
Let's hope the Uptown set is as pleasing as this one.
China Glaze nail lacquers are available through salons and professional beauty supply stores nationwide and will run you anywhere between $4 and $7 each, depending on where you live and where you find yours.
What do you guys think about the Downtown half of the Metro Collection?