Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Review & Swatches - China Glaze Metro Collection: Downtown

Hey guys!

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?


  1. I'm wearing Skyscraper right now! I LOVE it! I also love how the glitters in the collection aren't gritty! WIN!

  2. oh! the colors look gorgeous!! :)

  3. i'm looking forward to seeing recycle vs concrete catwalk! i'm planning on frankening my second bottle of recycle into a darker gray like that one.

    and i just can't picture the mustard one as a full mani. yuck. :P

  4. This collection is so gorgeous!

  5. Thanks for the swatches, I've got my eye on a few ;)

  6. Midtown Magic takes the cake for me! I'll keep an eye out for it.

    I also wonder how close Concrete Catwalk is to the upcoming 'Stormy Weather' by Deborah Lippmann.

    I already own the shade due to an early press release at a local store, and I can safely say they look verrrrrrry similar. Might be a nice dupe!

  7. I ordered skyscraper on ebay last week because none of my stores had it yet. can't wait to get it!

  8. I am slightly sad Concrete Catwalk, Westside Warrior dried so dark. I liked the bottle colour better.

    I really like Trendsetter for some reason. Probably because it is different. Even though it is from a town theme it screams leaves turning in fall to me, which is probably why I like it.

    Midtown Magic and Skyscraper are definite wins

  9. I like Midtown Magic and Loft-y Ambitions. Gotta love vampy fall colors..although I'm still not ready to give up my summer brights yet.

  10. Midtown Magic reminds me a little of OPI Holiday Glow from a few years back. I managed to grab a Skyscraper...had not planed to pick that one up, but it was just sitting there all by itself and the folks at Sally's had no idea how they got it or where the rest of the collection was!

  11. Love these colors! Can't wait until they make an appearance in stores near me. :)

  12. i want downtown badly, especially midtown magic

  13. Great Now I have another China Glaze collection added to my wish list ah oh well you did an amazing job covering the different colors.


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