Yes, I’ll Take a Ticket to Ride the China Glaze Metro Collection This Fall

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china glaze metro collection

When I close my eyes and quiet my mind, I see my city self…


Even from all the way up here, 40 stories above the street below, I can hear the hustle and bustle of urban life. There’s a distant car alarm whirring like a warbler, its peal rising up through the concrete canyons to my ears. Closer, the throttle of a bus engine opens as it pulls away from a curb, and cars carry on conversations with beeps instead of words.

I’m sitting at my desk typing beneath a huge window that almost covers one entire wall of my high-rise apartment in the sky (thankfully, in a neighborhood beyond the reach of the fog). From my desk, the window looks like a large blue painting to my eye. When I get up from my chair, walk over to the window and look down…

I’m back in Novato again, standing in front of my window at home, the sounds of traffic replaced by the distant buzz of weed whackers and the unmistakable cawing of a crow (yes, we can all hear you, bird!). I look down a few feet to the familiar golden hillside of dry grass outside. A gang of wild turkeys (dayum, those things are hella ugly!) is slowly scouring the base of a tall oak tree I can almost touch, its branches rising well above the top of the condominium complex.

Ah, the charms of small-town life! πŸ™‚

If you long for the concrete catwalks and sidewalks of your favorite gritty city, you might like the new China Glaze Metro Collection (about $5 per bottle), coming this fall.

The new 12-piece collection of polishes features a mix of mostly desaturated blue, purple, raspberry, red, burgundy, terracotta, beige, gray, green and Dijon for uptown girls and downtown darlings.

I’ve always admired the way China Glaze takes chances with greens and yellows, and there are a couple of interesting ones here. Sometimes, they can look a little too baby poo-ish/Hot Topic for me, but I think both are very refined this time.

Trendsetter, a mustard yellow, looks elegant with its gorgeous golden shimmer, and I think Westside Warrior, a creamy camo green, would have looked right at home in last year’s Chanel Khaki Collection. It seems much more expensive than $5 to me.

China Glaze Metro Collection: Product Pics

china glaze metro collection Trendsetter Westside Warrior Concrete Catwalk
From left to right: Trendsetter, Westside Warrior, Concrete Catwalk

china glaze metro collection Street Chic Traffic Jam Urban-Night
Street Chic, Traffic Jam and Urban-Night

china glaze metro collection Brownstone City Siren Lofty Ambitions
Brownstone, City Siren and Lofty Ambitions

china glaze metro collection CG in the City Midtown Magic Skyscraper
CG in the City, Midtown Magic and Skyscraper

China Glaze Metro Collection: Swatches

china glaze metro collection swatchesTrendsetter Westside Warrior Concrete Catwalk
From left to right: Trendsetter, Westside Warrior, Concrete Catwalk

china glaze Trendsetter swatch

china glaze Westside Warrior swatch
Westside Warrior

china glaze Concrete Catwalk swatch
Concrete Catwalk

china glaze metro collection swatches Street Chic Traffic Jam Urban-Night
Street Chic, Traffic Jam and Urban-Night

china glaze Street Chic swatch
Street Chic

china glaze Traffic Jam swatch
Traffic Jam

china glaze Urban-Night swatch

Brownstone, City Siren and Lofty Ambitions

china glaze Brownstone swatch

china glaze City Siren swatch
City Siren

china glaze Lofty Ambitions swatch
Lofty Ambitions

china glaze metro collection swatches CG in the City Midtown Magic Skyscraper
CG in the City, Midtown Magic and Skyscraper

china glaze CG in the City swatch
CG in the City

china glaze Midtown Magic swatch
Midtown Magic

china glaze Skyscraper swatch

I’m a little surprised (but glad) that with Metro being a symbolically city collection, China Glaze didn’t incorporate more gray, black and silver, and instead chose to go with more typical colors for fall. While the reds, burgundies, purples and raspberries in Metro aren’t particularly mind-blowing, I think they’re the timeless types of colors that never really go out of style. A layer of one of the collection’s three glitters could also give any of them a little more punch.

Metro may not push the envelope as much as something like 2008’s Text in Colour did, but I think it’s still a solid release with a couple of interesting notes.

PRICE: about $5 each
AVAILABILITY: Coming soon to Sally beauty stores, salons and also online


Riding on the…

Yep, I’ve been listening to Berlin’s Riding on the Metro all afternoon (big surprise). Remember that song? I used to love that video… Whenever it would play on MTV I’d stop whatever I was doing (usually beating up my little brother) and rush over to the telly to turn up the sound.

I used to think the lead singer had the coolest hair!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Taffy says:

    Wow! Trendsetter & Midtown Magic look so much better on the nail than they do in the bottle! Westside Warrior looks good too.

    • Karen says:

      Yeah! Both are really interesting, right? I think Midtown Magic on toes and Trendsetter on fingers would be a fun duo.

    • Mary says:

      I agree with you, Taffy! These look soooo much better on the nail than they do in the bottle.

      From the promo pictures, I thought I was just going to love Westside Warrior and maybe CG in the City, but after seeing Karen’s swatches, I think I may need to get Westside Warrior, Concrete Catwalk, Street Chic, Midtown Magic, and Skyscraper!
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  2. marisol says:

    Maybe I have too many nail polishes but none of these colors appeal to me.
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  3. Vijaya says:

    LOVE. LOVELOVELOVE. Gosh. I’m gonna go broke this way.
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  4. Cara says:

    Lovin’ the glitters…and I STILL think Terri Nunn has the coolest hair. ; )

  5. Radhika says:

    I want them alllllllllllllllll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  6. Nina says:

    oh those are lovely nailpolishes!

  7. Heidi says:

    Love the glittery colors in this collection.

    And Terri Nunn is still cool!

    • Karen says:

      She totally is. I remember wanting to dye my hair blonde with black tips… I still kinda do, haha!

      How’s your Thursday been? Mine’s been looooooong. I’m about to make dinner (avocado pasta) and veg out.

      • Heidi says:

        The day started out a little stressful but it’s much better now. My friend Mary had to have an MRI last week to see if she needs heart surgery, but I just talked to her and she just needs medication, so that’s a relief. We’re planning to go to Corte Madera Saturday and hit up the Nordstrom’s sale to celebrate!

        • Karen says:

          Oh boy. I’m glad to hear your friend won’t need surgery. What a huge relief!

          I might pop by the sale tomorrow… or tonight online! πŸ™‚ What are you thinking of getting? I’m going to look at a few jackets, some boots, and some beauty things, of course.

          • Heidi says:

            Well, of course I’ll be checking out all the beauty specials. I’ll check out NARS, Chanel, DIOR, MAC, the usual. Other than that, we’ll see. My Mom wants a new handbag for her birthday later this month so I’ll see what they have.

  8. Sonya says:

    So beautiful and rich! Is it terrible that I want them all?? 😑
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  9. Jessi says:

    Ahhh! I’m so excited for this! Nail polish is my first makeup obsession and still my favorite! πŸ™‚
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  10. Tiffany says:

    I’m such a nail polish junkie and I probably shouldn’t buy any more polish for the rest of the year… but… I want four from this collection. Street Chic, Traffic Jam, Lofty Ambitions and Midtown Magic are calling me.

  11. Crystal says:

    Oh I love Traffic Jam and Midtown Magic. Pretty!
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  12. Midtown Magic… I love all the names of these colors!!!

  13. Wendy says:

    Trendsetter didn’t look pretty in the bottle pic. However, it looks great on your nail. Liking Skyscraper and Midtown Magic too.

  14. Lacey says:

    This collection looks GORGEOUS!
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  15. taileon says:

    westside warrior, traffic jam, city siren are giving me the middle finger πŸ™

  16. Kate says:

    The nail polish is great but sometimes, nothing beats 80’s music!

  17. Chris25 says:

    Skyscraper and Lofy Ambitions are going on my wishlist. πŸ™‚

  18. Vesna says:

    I definitely want Midtown Magic! πŸ™‚ Looks so nice!
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  19. Joey Chong says:

    Trendsetter, Westside Warrior, Concrete Catwalk, Street Chic, Traffic Jam and Urban-Night are gorgeous when swatched, looks so much nicer =)
    Thanks Karen..

  20. Sherri says:

    I can’t wait for these to come out, all the swatches look great πŸ™‚

  21. samantha kathleen says:

    skyscraper looks like legit the “Disney” blue color…..

  22. HanaBerlin says:

    I love fall! I can’t wait to start using fall colors on nails and makeup.

  23. Gauri says:

    Westside Warrior is my favorite shade of the collection!!
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