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. πŸ™‚

  • Β 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 crΓ¨me.

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

  • Brownstone: Burnt terracotta crΓ¨me 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 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 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 burgundyΒ  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 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.


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?



Written by Kelly
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