Thursday, August 11, 2011

Swatch Comparison - China Glaze Metro Collection: Brownstone, Street Chic & City Siren

Hey guys!

For the Uptown set of the China Glaze Metro Collection I decided to go about my comparisons a little differently than how I did them for the Downtown set.

I'm finding that since this is such a big collection, the comparisons are taking up a lot of my posting and a lot of blog space so I decided that instead of doing individual posts for each shade, I would try grouping three shades together in one post.
This way I'll only have two posts for comparisons of all six shades from this set instead of six individual posts. It's still the same amount of work for me but I'm hoping that this cuts down on a bit of the clutter.

Let me know what you guys think of this new method in the comments - is it better like this or do you prefer individual posts for each shade?

Today I'll be showing you comparison swatches for the first three shades from the Uptown set - Brownstone, Street Chic and City Siren. Be prepared - this post is very picture heavy.


China Glaze Metro Collection: Brownstone, Street Chic, City Siren







Keep reading for the comparisons!


First up is Brownstone which is a warm, rusty red-brown creme.
I wasn't able to find any shades at all that were comparable to the colour of this one so I just picked a couple of warm brown-toned shades from my China Glaze drawers.


China Glaze Digital Dawn, China Glaze Brownstone, China Glaze Unplugged


China Glaze Digital Dawn (from the Tronica Collection)


China Glaze Brownstone (from the Fall 2011 Metro Collection)


China Glaze Unplugged (originally from the Spring 2008 ECollection but is now sold as open stock)


China Glaze Digital Dawn, China Glaze Brownstone, China Glaze Unplugged


China Glaze Unplugged, China Glaze Brownstone, China Glaze Digital Dawn


As I expected, neither of these is even close to Brownstone - in colour or in finish. I guess I'm not really drawn to these types of colours since rust-coloured polish isn't something I would normally wear and I also prefer cool-toned shades. However, I'm glad that I now have a shade like this in my stash since it might come in handy for nail art at some point or another.

Do any of you have a better alternative for Brownstone?
_______________________________________________________________________________________

Next up is the taupe creme Street Chic.
This is one of the shades from this collection that I knew I would have a few shades that would be appropriate for a comparison and maybe even possible dupes.


Color Club Positively Posh, OPI You Don't Know Jacques, China Glaze Street Chic, Essie Mink Muffs, OPI Over the Taupe


Color Club Positively Posh (from the Fall 2010 Untamed Luxury Collection)


OPI You Don't Know Jacques (permanent)


China Glaze Street Chic (from the Fall 2011 Metro Collection)


Essie Mink Muffs (originally from the Fall 2009 Collection but is now sold as open stock)


OPI Over the Taupe (from the Summer 2009 Bright Pair Collection)


Color Club Positively Posh, OPI You Don't Know Jacques, China Glaze Street Chic, Essie Mink Muffs, OPI Over the Taupe


Color Club Positively Posh, OPI You Don't Know Jacques, China Glaze Street Chic


China Glaze Street Chic, Essie Mink Muffs, OPI Over the Taupe


As I expected, there's nothing unique about Street Chic and most of the shades I chose for the comparison are really close to it and I'm sure there's plenty of other taupe/mushroom cremes out there that are also close.

Essie Mink Muffs is a dead-on dupe for Street Chic so if you already have Mink Muffs, there's absolutely no need to go out and get Street Chic. Color Club Positively Posh and OPI You Don't Know Jacques are also extremely similar but they're both just a hair darker than Street Chic. OPI Over the Taupe is the outlier here as it's quite a bit lighter than the others.

Overall, unless you really like this type of colour and want to have as many variations as possible, I think that if you have any of these already (excluding Over the Taupe), you don't necessarily need Street Chic.

_______________________________________________________________________________________

Lastly we have City Siren, a deep, fall appropriate red creme.
This is another shade that I thought I would have a number of shades to compare with but I was actually surprised when I went looking through my stash that I didn't have as many as I had thought.


Illamasqua Throb, China Glaze City Siren, Nicole by OPI Deeply in Love


Illamasqua Throb (from the 2011 Throb Collection)


China Glaze City Siren (from the Fall 2011 Metro Collection)


Nicole by OPI Deeply in Love (permanent)


Illamasqua Throb, China Glaze City Siren, Nicole by OPI Deeply in Love


Nicole by OPI Deeply in Love, China Glaze City Siren, Illamasqua Throb


Like I said, I was surprised that I didn't have anything closer to City Siren in my stash.

Nicole by OPI Deeply in Love was one of the darkest red cremes I could find in my stash and that ended up looking pretty bright in comparison to City Siren. Illamasqua Throb also ended up being a brighter red than City Siren. However, Deeply in Love and Throb are very close to each other so you don't need both of those for sure.

Overall, I don't have anything quite as deep red as City Siren so it's a good addition in my collection. However, it seems like an easy shade to dupe so I'm sure there's a good alternative out there.
_______________________________________________________________________________________

So that's it for the first three shades of the Uptown set. I hope this post was helpful for you in making your decisions about the shades from this collection.

Please let me know in the comments if you prefer my comparison posts like this or if you would like me to keep doing them individually.

1 comment:

  1. I know if I dug through my stash which I am going through it of late as I am finally putting my over 500 bottles of mostly OPI, Essie and a few China Glaze into an Access Database so I can generate sorts and reports easier than in Excel. Anyhow..I am just ready to stay the part of my stash that is the older stuff from the pre 2000 or some early 2000's in there too I think...so I know I have some that are dupes for City Sirens. Brownstone right off makes me think of Suzie Loves Cowboys only with a tish of burgundy added to it. As I said, I think in the next 3 large plastic boxes I have to go through, I am going to see an exact dupe for Brownstone. I thought as you did too that Street Chic was not at all new/unique. Thanks so much for doing these comparisons. It really helps on the pocket book!

    ReplyDelete

Related Posts with Thumbnails