China Glaze Metro Collection for Fall 2011 Swatches, Photos & Review – Part II

Here we are with China Glaze Metro part II.

China Glaze Metro is the new 12 piece nail collection for fall 2011. It’s inspired by city loving celebrities and spans quite a range of colors and finishes.

Metro is divided into two mini collections called Uptown and Downtown (Uptown includes CG In The City, Urban-Night, Traffic Jam, City Siren and Street Chic and Brownstone and Downtown includes Skyscraper, Concrete Catwalk, Westside Warrior, Trendsetter, Loft-y Ambitions and Midtown Magic). I decided to post my swatches in a different order though. :)

  •  Skyscraper: A sparkling, glitter blue reminiscent of the sky over the city.

  • CG in the City: Glittering dusty purple, bronze and silver multi-tonal glitter, perfect for a pop of edge from West side to East side.

  • Urban-Night: Exactly what you need for a night on the town – rich purple crème.

  • Loft-y Ambitions: Burgundy shimmer and cocktail hour – nothing better.

  • Brownstone: Burnt terracotta crème mirrors the quaint townhouses of the city.

  • Midtown Magic: Burgundy base with flecks of gold shimmer captures the latest fashion trend.


Urban-Night, Brownstone, Loft-Y Ambitions


Midtown Magic, CG In The City, Skyscraper

China Glaze Urban Night
Urban-Night

Urban-Night is a warm-toned eggplant purple creme. It’s really quite a gorgeous and shiny dark purple and I am happy it’s not royal, which would be more predictable. Perhaps it’s not all THAT exciting, but still a really nice fall color. The formula was a little patchy so I needed three coats.

China Glaze Brownstone
Brownstone

Brownstone is a terracotta brown creme. Obviously this has a lot of burnt orange/red to it and it’s very warm and kind of cozy somehow. Another good fall color. The formula was great, just needed two coats.

China Glaze Loft Y Ambitions
Loft-Y Ambitions

Loft-Y Ambitions is a burgundy  with pink and silvery shimmer. I like that they added the shimmer, otherwise I think it would have been a very plain color. This gives it a nice velvety depth. Great formula, just two coats.

China Glaze Midtown Magic
Midtown Magic

Midtown Magic is a deep, dark blackened brown base LOADED with glowing red, gold and green shimmer. I have nothing like this. This color is totally amazing. It’s super dark, yet the shimmer makes it look lit-from-within. It’s just perfection. The formula is really amazing, just two coats is all you need.

China Glaze CG In The City
CG In The City

CG In The City is a clear base with purple, bronze, silver and gold micro-glitter. I’ll be honest, I much prefer this kind of glitter layered. It having no base color just isn’t wearable on it’s own to me, but it would look great over a dark color. There is a lot of glitter in there, which is good. This was three coats.

China Glaze Skyscraper
Skyscraper

Skyscraper is a medium blue base with blue and silver glitter. Now THIS is a glitter I can get behind! Super sparkly and it looks like the sky. The formula wasn’t overly thick or hard to apply either. This was three coats to get the base as dark as possible. Love it.

Overall:

As with the first half I showed, there are some here I love and some I could pass on. The must-haves are Midtown Magic and Skyscraper. Urban-Night also is a really great one.

For me out of the 12 piece collection, just half of them were super unique. The others were nice, but seemed more like staple-colors rather than anything very interesting. I like it when China Glaze keeps us guessing with the “weirder” colors like Trendsetter and Midtown Magic, rather than pink, red and berry colored cremes.

Availability: July

Pricing: $3-6

Which of these hits the nail on the head for you?

-Kelly

 

41 comments

  • July 18, 2011

    Skyscraper, I want it. I’m a little disappointed in CG in the City, but I think I would like it over a darker color so I may still check it out!

  • July 18, 2011
    JenMei

    My fave here is Urban Night, but I think I already own something similar…..

  • July 18, 2011
    Rachell

    Maybe Loft-y Ambitions :-)

  • July 18, 2011
    Sass

    Midtown Magic … beautiful.

    • July 18, 2011

      ditto!!!

  • July 18, 2011
    Pishi

    Thanks for swatching! Do you know how brownstone compares to “opi i m suzie and i ‘ m a chocoholic”? I own the opi and would love to know if I can at least skip one… :)

  • July 18, 2011
    Lesley

    Midtown Magic and Skyscraper are my favorites in this bunch. I like Loft-Y Ambitions better than I thought I would. CG in the City was disappointing for me, as well. Urban Night and Brownstone are nice, but nothing groundbreaking. Overall, I think my purchase will definitely be Trendsetter, very likely Midtown Magic, and probably Skyscraper. Thank you SO MUCH for the swatches! Both in one day was a treat!

  • July 18, 2011
    Sara

    Midtown magic!!!

  • July 18, 2011

    Midtown Magic is super pretty. So that’s three out of this collection I’ll be getting.

    Great swatches.

  • July 18, 2011
    Rayanna

    Is Brownstone anything like MAC Dance?
    There are too many I want from this collection!

    • July 18, 2011

      Hi Rayanna,

      Do you mean Dance All Night? If so, nope that’s a deep red creme.

      • July 18, 2011
        Rayanna

        Oh yes sorry! I meant Dance All Night. Thanks!

  • July 18, 2011
    Barbara

    Must have Skyscraper!!!

  • July 18, 2011
    Ariana

    Ok it’s official I love every single color in the swatches of Part 2. Midtown Magic and Urban Night being my favorites

  • July 18, 2011

    I’m all about the Midtown Magic!

  • July 18, 2011
    Ashlyn

    How does “Skyscraper” compare to “Dorothy Who?”, just curious because I will be picking up every color in this collection and I already have Dorothy Who…?

    • July 18, 2011

      Hi Ashlyn,

      Dorothy Who? is a much brighter and lighter blue. Skyscraper is darker and has much more purple in it.

  • July 18, 2011
    ReaderRita

    Midtown Magic and Skyscraper are my must haves here, and even though I thought I was bored to death with purples, Urban-Night is quite visually arresting…

  • July 18, 2011

    I am ALLLLLLLLL over those glitter polishes. The colors in Midtown Magic aren’t even my thing, but I NEED it. It’s gonna look horrendous with my hair, BUT I DON’T CARE. :D

  • July 18, 2011

    I love about 3/4th of these. I usually don’t care for the darker colors of fall as I prefer obnoxious, in your face colors, but I’ve really fallen in love with this collection. It’s my favorite from China Glaze in a long time!

  • July 18, 2011

    I expected so much more from this collection. Only Midtown magic appeals to me from this half, and frankly, it’s nothing to die for, at least I won’t. Maybe I expected too much and now I feel disappoited over decent colours, you know what I mean? Sometimes I get like that.

  • July 18, 2011
    Veronica

    Urban-Night is like the perfect purple *.*

  • July 18, 2011

    Urban Night & Midtown Magic ALL THE WAY! Midtown magic sounds like midnight watching the traffic lights change colors, I can’t wait to try her! Thank you for the amazing explanations and swatches:)

  • July 18, 2011

    I need Midtown Magic – stunning!! I wore CG in the City over a lavender polish and it was beautiful. I don’t like it on its own but to layer it makes it gorgeous.

  • July 18, 2011

    All but Brownstone. Brown polish gives me lobster claws, so it is a no for me. :)

  • July 18, 2011
    Melissa

    I really want Midtown Magic and Skyscraper! They’re so pretty, but Midtown Magic is amazing. I’ve never seen any nail polish like it before. I love Skyscraper because it’s sparkly and it does remind me of stars too. I’m really into blue polishes that remind me of starry skies. The other colors are nice too but cremes don’t always really excite me all that much.

  • July 18, 2011

    I’m definitely getting Concrete Catwalk, Urban Night and Midtown Magic! But I love this collection in overall, really lovely fall shades I think :)

  • July 18, 2011

    Midtown Magic…the break-out color from this collection. I bet I should get more than one bottle….. :D

    Gorgeous swatches. I don’t see as many colors in this set that I want as with your last set. Besides Midtown Magic, I see Urban-Night and Brownstone are the gotta-gets.

  • July 18, 2011

    Loft-y Ambitions reminds me of Chanel Vamp a bit, maybe, a lighter version of it?

  • July 18, 2011

    Kelly, I just looked at both sets of swatches and I love your photos! I think I am in dead agreement with you about the must haves. I do need a few staples, so I might pick up more of these than I originally planned. You did a great job with these! :)
    I’m curious, is Skyscraper kind of like the two glitters from the Christmas collection? (Not in color, obviously, but you know how Mrs. Claus and Mistletoe Kisses had that silvery, sparkly glitter in their mix?)

  • July 18, 2011
    Lucy

    Urban Night and Midtown Magic are my favorites. I like this collection.

  • July 18, 2011

    Thanks for the swatches! I love Midtown Magic and Skyscraper the most! They look totally unique to me. You take great pictures!

  • July 18, 2011
    Katy

    Midtown Magic is pretty cool. I’m guessing they’re aiming for a $OPI 212/SH Midnight in NY look.

    • July 18, 2011
      Katy

      And Urban Night, I’d totally wear that if it’s not too close to their dark purple from Christmas last year.

  • July 18, 2011

    OMG Midtown Magic is amazing! I really like Brownstone and Skyscraper as well :) I’m thinking that Urban Night looks suspiciously like CG VII and I’d love to see them compared. The rest are just ok to me, nice but not really calling me.

  • July 18, 2011

    Eeeeeee! Now I really am glad I ordered the entire collection. Gorgeous polishes in this part too… especially Midtown Magic and Urban Night.

  • July 19, 2011
    Jenn F.

    Loft-Y Ambitions & Midtown Magic = YES

  • July 19, 2011
    minnieme

    oh my, they look gorgeous! The glitter, the dark brown, the purple. I need them. Oh and I love the In the City glitter – it’s so mysterious.

  • July 19, 2011

    Oh no (!) I thought I didn’t need many from this collection, maybe 2, but now I need at least 5. Trendsetter
    Westside Warrior
    City Siren
    Midtown Magic
    Skyscraper

    Oh shoot! :P

  • July 19, 2011
    Sandy

    Definitely Skyscraper and Midnight Magic (WOW) and for some reason, Brownstone, I’ll have to see it in person, but I keep looking at your photos and to me, it has that Vintage 1940’s look or am I just out of it today – LOL! Lovely swatches!

  • July 25, 2011
    Liz

    China Glaze do the best fall collections..Every year I find myself wanting every single color