Saturday, August 6, 2011

China Glaze 'Metro Collection' swatches

I've waited for China Glaze's Metro Collection for months now. I picked it up last Saturday at 8ty8Beauty and finally got a chance to quickly swatch them all. I was able to control myself and only purchase the 7 that I wanted the most. As you can see, I left without most of the reds and browns. Reds aren't really my thing unfortunately.

Without further ado, here are the swatches:
(in no particular order)

Urban Night

Urban Night is what I would call  fantastic eggplant purple. It's a medium purple. It's not too light but there is definitely no mistaking this for black. It's a gorgeous creme that was completely opaque in two coats. This is super close to Orly 'Plum Noir', which I do not own so I can't do a comparison swatch. I know this isn't the most unique color but it's so beautiful in person.

Traffic Jam
Traffic Jam is a bright raspberry creme. It leans a little more red on my skin tone. This was hard to photograph as far as color goes. The formula was a little more runny than some of the other polishes in this collection. It wasn't terrible though.

CG In The City

CG In The City is a lovely glitter polish. With three coats this is opaque and has a smooth texture. I would consider this micro-glitter. The glitter pieces are all of the same size and small. The glitter varies from purple, silver and pink which is suspended in a clear base. In my opinion this is unique, I don't have another glitter that looks like this.

Westside Warrior
Westside Warrior is a gorgeous medium green. This totally reminds me of camo/army green with yellow undertones. This is almost a one coater as well! It's completely opaque in two coats and the formula is lovely. This is definitely one of my new favorites. I couldn't wait to finish the swatches so I could wear this as a mani! I'm completely in love. If you are into greens, pick this one up!

Skyscraper is silver glitter that is suspended in a light blue base. As the coats are applied the base becomes a medium blue. This is absolutely gorgeous, and deserves much more attention than the three photos I gave it. This is my favorite from the collection (with Westside Warrior right behind it). This is super flattering and I think it would look great on any skin tone. At first I thought this would be too close to Dorothy Who but they are completely different. Just like CG In The City the texture on this is smooth.

Concrete Catwalk
Concrete Catwalk is the one polish from this collection that no matter where I saw it swatched I had a complete lemming for. It's a deep gray creme polish. On my skin tone I'm not 100% crazy about it (but, after Skyscraper it had a lot to live up to). This is much darker than Recycle. I'm planning on reswatching this one eventually. I loved it too much in other swatches to give up on it so soon. (I'm headed to Miami in two weeks, maybe a tan will help!)

Midtown Magic
Midtown Magic is a dark brown polish with gold and rust colored micro shimmer, depending on how the light hits it. This really is magic. I wasn't sure how I would feel about it, but once on the nail it's definitely something special. I don't have anything like this.

Overall I'm super happy with the polishes. My favorite is Skyscraper. I tried to list them all in an order but I couldn't leave some at the end of the list, they are all stunning in person. I can't wait for the fall to finally get here. I feel bad wearing my fall colors so soon when I have so many summer colors that haven't been worn.

My next post will be OPI's DS Signature, so stay tuned!


  1. some very pretty polishes in this collection! nice blog :)

  2. Thank you! Thanks for joining :)
    China Glaze never disappoints me with the collections they put out.