As promised, here is part 2 of my review/swatches of the China Glaze's Fall 2011 Metro Collection.
If you remember from the press release I posted, this collection can be bought in two 6 piece sets - Downtown and Uptown, so that's how I'll be splitting my swatches up. I already showed you the Downtown set so today I'll be showing you the Uptown set.
Keep reading for the swatches and review!
China Glaze Metro Collection: Brownstone, Street Chic, City Siren
China Glaze Metro Collection: Traffic Jam, Urban-Night, CG in the City
Brownstone (warm rusty red-brown creme)
As I discussed in my part 1 post for this collection, most of the creme finish polishes dry darker on the nail than how they look in the bottle and this one is no exception. I think it might be a little too warm-toned for my skin colour but it's nice having colours like this in my collection for nail art purposes. The formula was good and it was opaque in 2 coats.
Street Chic (standard taupe creme)
This is one of the least unique shades from the collection because we've been seeing these types of colours so much lately. However, like the other cremes frpm this collection, Street Chic also dries darker than it looks in the bottle so it's actually a tad darker than some of the other taupes we've been seeing. The formula was good and it covered in 2 easy coats.
City Siren (deep blue-based red creme)
In the bottle this looks like your standard fall red creme but once again this dries darker than it looks in the bottle so it ends up looking deeper than expected. The formula was good with this one as well and it covers in 2 coats.
Traffic Jam (raspberry creme)
I'm totally in love with this one in the bottle but it disappointed me once on the nail wheel thanks to it drying darker. It's still a pretty shade but it's not the bright berry creme that I was hoping for. The formula was great though and it was opaque in 2 easy coats.
Urban-Night (deep vampy eggplant creme)
Much like Traffic Jam, I was more excited about this in the bottle than on the nail. I still love a deep vampy purple but I was expecting it to be a bit brighter. Like all the cremes from this collection, the formula was great and it covered in 2 easy coats.
CG in the City (silver, dusty purple and bronze glitter in a clear base)
This shade is almost confusing because it seems as if the colours of the glitter shouldn't really go well together but they actually do work well. Because it has a clear 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 using this as a layering polish instead.
Brownstone, Street Chic, City Siren, Traffic Jam, Urban-Night, CG in the City
Brownstone, Street Chic, City Siren
Traffic Jam, Urban-Night, CG in the City
CG in the City, Urban-Night, Traffic Jam, City Siren, Street Chic, Brownstone
CG in the City, Urban-Night, Traffic Jam
City Siren, Street Chic, Brownstone
Overall, I wasn't as pleased with this half of the collection. There was less to offer in terms of finishes with 5 out of the 6 shades being cremes and the colour selection doesn't offer as much variety as the Downtown set.
The formula was great for all of these shades though and all of the cremes were opaque in 2 easy coats. The only glitter of this set - CG in the City - needed 3 coats to get the opacity you see above.
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 Uptown half of the Metro Collection?