February 11, 2014

China Glaze Spring 2014 City Flourish Collection Swatches

Hi guys! Today I have China Glaze's Spring 2014 City Flourish Collection to share with you. I haven't seen much about them, I didn't even know I could get them yet until I stumbled upon the display when I went to buy a new bottle of top coat at my local beauty supply a couple weeks back. This collection is 10 creme shades and 2 subtle shimmers. There's a nice mix of pastels and almost neon shades so a few of these could easily carry into Summer! Check out all the swatches after the jump!



Before I get into swatches I wanted to talk a bit about the formula/finishes of these. The majority of the collection was a weird matte finish. I don't know if that's how China Glaze meant for them to be or if it's its just a result of whatever pigment they used in them having an unfortunate effect on the finish,  but I found it made application difficult. My main issue with these was that because they were matte they dried really quickly, which is usually a positive but with these they dried so fast that it meant going over a spot twice would drag the polish off or make the polish look lumpy. I found the best way to apply these was to do a thin coat first and then a thicker second coat and of kind of float on the second coat with a very light hand, if that  makes any sense. For the polishes than needed more than 2 coats I did the same thing with the 3rd coat. If you get these, patience and a good top coat will be necessary to make them work well for you! Some were better than others but overall  these weren't the easiest polishes to work with so it's something to be aware of before buying. For all the photos in this post I used GlitterDaze Super Smooth top coat, for the most part these all needed a nice thick top coat to even them out.

A little disclaimer before the photos: Some of these were damn near impossible to photograph, for the ones that I had issues with I'll try to describe the color. I am so sorry about that guys, I try my hardest to take accurate pictures for you but sometimes it's just not possible to capture certain polishes in photos. 

At Vase Value is a pastel blue. The formula was difficult, it was streaky and very chalky. It was hard to even out, even with a good top coat. I used 3 coats for the photos below. 



Don't Honk Your Thorn is a beige nude with a subtle silver shimmer. This was one of the polishes without the weird matte finish, it's not the best on my skin tone but it will look great on people who aren't as pale & pink as I am. The formula was okay, it applied pretty easily overall but I did have some issues with it getting a little goopy on the second coat. I used 2 coats for the photos below.



Grass Is Lime Greener is a light, almost neon green. Photos are making this look a bit more neon than it was in person but it was very bright. The formula was not good, it was very streaky and chalky, hard to apply etc... I used 3 coats for the photos below.



In A Lilly Bit is a light white toned lilac creme. The formula was ok, it was a little streaky but I found it evened out and was opaque fairly easily. I used 2 coats for the photos below.



Lotus Begin is a purple creme. This is one I had some problems photographing, it was a bit of a darker purple and a touch brighter in person than it looks in photos. The formula was ok, it wasn't overly streaky but I did have issues with it drying so fast that  it was hard to apply nicely. I used 2 coats for the photos below.




Metro Pollen-tin is a yellow creme. This is a bit more subdued and dusty looking in person, think more of a mustard yellow. The formula was not great, it was streaky and hard to even out. I used 3 coats for the photos below.




Peonies & Park Ave is a bright pink creme. This is walking the line of being neon but it's not quite there. The formula was ok, it was a little streaky but not too bad. I used 2 coats for the photos below.



Petal To The Metal is a coral creme. This was another hard to photograph shade, it leans a bit more towards pink in person and it's a little bit brighter. The formula was on the thick side and it was a bit streaky, but not too bad. I used 2 coats for the photos below.



Spring In My Step is a light peachy pink creme. This was the most difficult of the entire collection in terms of application, it was extremely streaky and chalky, it was very hard to even out etc... I used 4 coats for the photos below.




Strike A Rose is a dark pink with a subtle pink shimmer. This is another that is not the weird matte finish. The formula was good, it was a little thick but I had no issues with application and it was super opaque. I used 2 coats for the photos below. 




Thistle Do Nicely is a neon pink. These photos are horribly inaccurate, I am SO sorry. I tried 4 cameras before giving up on getting an accurate picture. The bottle in the photos is pretty close to how this looks on the nail in person. It's a very bright neon pink, my cameras just couldn't deal with how bright it was. The formula was ok, it was a little streaky but not too bad. I used 3 coats for the photos below. 




What A Pansy is a periwinkle creme. This leans more towards purple than it photographs. the formula was good, better than most in the collection. It was a little patchy on the first coat but it was fine with the second. I used 2 coats for the photos below. 




Overall I don't like this collection, sure some of the colors are nice but it's very heavy on pink and the crappy formulas just totally turn me off. I can't really say I have any picks from this collection, had I seen reviews before buying it I most likely would have passed on all of them :/

As far as availability goes I'm not sure when these will be hitting shelves at stores like Ulta and Sally Beauty, but you can already buy them online on Transdesign.com

63 comments:

  1. It's a shame about the formulas because there are some pretty colors in this collection!

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  2. So disappointed by this collection :( I loved the look of it on the whole, especially the light blue. I don't think I will bother with any of them now. The difficulty with the formula and application has put me right off. Thanks for the honest review! It's saved me a lot of hassle and money.

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  3. Thank you for the honest review. I am a China Glaze hoarder and would have needed these for my stash, but maybe I can live without them! You would never know from your photos that you had application issues - they are stunning!

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  4. Hi ! I am French and here, polishes seem very expensive by comparison with where you live. A correct bottle of polish will immediately reach at least 10$, and for instance, you can't get an OPI or ESSIE for less than about 15$. Since you immediately bought the entire China Glaze collection, I figured it is not as exepensive. Could you tell me the average price for, say, a china glaze bottle, or essie/ OPI ? Thanks a lot !

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  5. I love the colors here but china glaze is always so hit or miss on formula, and I already have polishes very similar to these. I've noticed most of the cream colors from china glaze dry matte (a nail tech commented on it once when I picked one for a pedicure). Something about their cream formula I guess, since none of their polishes with shimmer seem to do it.

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  6. It seems China Glaze has been putting out a lot of sub-par collections lately, like the crinkled chrome ones. Such a bummer. These colours are lovely, it's a shame the formulas don't match.

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  7. Bummer that the formula is such a pain, because the colors really are pretty! I just feel like China Glaze is pulling a Wet 'n Wild and can't necessarily be trusted right now, despite past success.

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  8. How disappointing :-( Some of the colors look amazing, but it sounds like more hassle than they are worth. Thanks for the honest review, sorry about the dent in your wallet tho

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  9. The colors in this collection look great, but it is unfortunate that their formula wasn't that good

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  10. loved At Vase Value, Grass Is Lime Greener and Metro Pollen-tin. such a pity the formulas are that bad (((
    anyway thanks for perfect swatches as always ;))

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  11. Yup I agree with you, that finish is what I had a problem while swatching also. On Lotus Begin that formula was ridiculous..

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  12. I agree with you, Jen. These are pretty, but nothing we haven't seen before. Only one or two were really calling my name, but with the formula being crappy, it sounds like I'll just pass. Thanks for the great pics as always!

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  13. I think Strike A Rose is really pretty!

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  14. My gosh! These are gorgeous! China Glaze did not disappoint us once again ;) Too bad about the formula tho...

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  15. Wow, all the ones I was personally excited about had crappy formulas. What a bummer! China Glaze has been so hit or miss lately.

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  16. Wow - thanks so much for the heads-up, we will avoid these like the plague!

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  17. my first thought upon seeing this collection, inspired by the devil wears prada: "pastels? for spring? groundbreaking." i will be passing on this collection :P

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  18. I saw these in Ulta yesterday...I decided to wait to buy until I read a review. I'm so glad I passed on them!

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  19. Thats unfortunate, I was really hoping China Glaze would come out with amazing polishes. Hopefully the stalk nail blogs so they can read about the formula and stuff. I might have to pass on all of them except Strike a Rose!

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  20. Oh, man. This is a bit disappointing!

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  21. Bless you for these reviews. I saw these yesterday and loved the colors but I've had such issues with their formulas lately that I was afraid to get any of them. It's a shame, because these are lovely shades.

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  22. Bummer! Some of the colors look pretty (and, as ever, your swatches are gorgeous!), but your experience definitely makes all of these a big pass for me. Thank you so much for making the investment (in time and $$$) so I don't have to! You are a rockstar. :)

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  23. Jessica N. HastwellFebruary 11, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    I'm glad you shared these! China Glaze has been a favorite of mine since I started blogging but lately their collections are hit or miss :-( I cannot recall, did you do a post on their most recent textures?

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  24. What a Pansy is the only one I might pick up

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  25. thanks for the swatches jen, as always! These all look very done-before.

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  26. They look like standard issue springy colors - pretty, but nothing particularly unique or interesting. With the formulas being so bleh, they don't seem worth it at all. Thanks for reviewing.

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  27. You don't even know how grateful I am for the honest reviews you always give. If I had only seen the colors I would've bought them all, and is it my imagination or some of the colors look a lot like some of last year's spring and summer collections. Anyways, thanks Jen!

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  28. The Sea Goddess ones? Not yet, but soon!

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  29. China Glaze is around $6 I believe, OPI is $9 and Essie is $8....the prices vary depending on where you buy but those prices are pretty typical

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  30. Jen please DON'T be so hard on yourself if your photos don't always turn out right! Technology doesn't always cooperate and your readers know you try your best. And most times they come out great! Don't beat yourself up over it, and as always we appreciate your honest opinions about your swatches. :) That being said, I agree with the other posters on here that these aren't unusual colors and I likely won't be getting any of them. Especially after you mention the weird formula issues--no thanks!

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  31. I love them! Noone does summer colours like China Glaze :)

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  32. I didn't even know this collection existed! I need Grass is Greener in my life ASAP. Going to have go to hunt these down.

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  33. As most have said, thanks so much for your honest reviews. :) I can't wait to see your review of the Sea Goddess polishes. :D Will you be reviewing the new Finger Paints kaleidoscope flakies too? And also, Metro Pollen-tin looks to lean ever so slightly orange on my phone and computer, do you have anything to compare it to, like maybe Sinful Color's "Pull Over" if you own it?

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  34. Thank you for your wonderful swatches! I love your reviews. As a long time China Glaze lover this is disappointing to see. However, I do love some of the colors even if they are similar to shades from some past collections. I'm thinking I will skip on these though. Thanks again!

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  35. I agree, thank you for being honest! None of these appeal to me unfortunately. :( CG has not been hitting it out of the park lately... I haven't really been that interested in their collections.

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  36. I have never liked their formulas! It stinks because they have some awesome shades too!

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  37. Nope, I won't be reviewing the Finger Paints collection. I went and looked at them in person and they just don't grab me enough to buy them. I don't own that Sinful Colors shade but if there's anything else you'd like to see it compared to let me know!

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  38. Thank you <33

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  39. Unfortunately I don't have photoshop (too cheap lol)

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  40. Natalie Carlson BrownFebruary 11, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    I am so bummed out about the application issues. :( I was really looking forward to their Spring cremes. Maybe I'll try What A Pansy since I don't mind a patchy first coat. I kind of expect it from most colors. Thank you so much for the honest review! Excellent swatches & photographs as always!

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  41. I was so disappointed when I read that they're so hard to work with. That is such a shame! Though I must say that, being a sucker for pretty spring colors, I'll be getting some of them. Thank you for the swatches, and for the patience when working with this weird formula!

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  42. I know what you mean about the formulas...same thing happened with last year's sunsational collection. Buuuut, for the price and availability I'm definitely going to get a few! I've learned how to deal with the crappy formula and I find the colors very pretty! :) thanks for your honest and beautiful swatches!

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  43. I use thin coats of cheap matte top coat (NYC or WnW) in between coats of streaky polish when the color is worth the hassle. I already have plenty of similar colors in other brands, so I'll be passing on these. Thanks for the review!

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  44. Thank you so much for your answer. So, I guessed right... Polishes are very expensive in France.

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  45. I have been so cautious about buying China Glaze after the epic fail of the Sunsational Collection - those colors were amazing but the formula was so bad on every single one. I bought the whole collection without looking at swatches/reviews first, never again. I saw this collection at my local supply yesterday and I'm so glad I resisted! These are a pass for me.

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  46. China Glaze is a brand I usually like. This collection is a real snore to me, and hearing about the crummy formulas make these a definite pass. I agree with others in that these colors seem to have been done before. I don't even like any of them. Ick. Vase Value and Spring in my Step is how I'd describe the awful Jessica polishes I have - Barely Blueberry and Strawberry Shake It. You're a brave lady to battle these sub-par formulas. Thanks for being absolutely honest!

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  47. such a shame that they mostly all had terrible applications because i really like most of the colors! they are so pretty.. but i don't know if they're worth that much trouble.

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  48. Thanks for the reply. :) I agree they don't look as exciting as the older Finger Paints, it's kind of a bummer. How about comparing Metro Pollen-tin to the new yellow from the Opi Brazil collection or Nicole, Hit the Lights? I've been looking for a nice orange leaning yellow. I'd love to see a huge comparison post for a lot of these new polishes coming out, I think those are my favorite ones. :)

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  49. You can get CS2 for free :)

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  50. Yeah... not gonna buy any of these :( thanks for the honest review!!!

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  51. I'm so disappointed in China Glaze formulas of late. Why waste a perfectly lovely color palette on a crap formula!? I would have brought at least half this collection if not for your (and Of Life and Lacquers) honest reviews. I do like Strike a Rose, Don't Honk Your Thorn and Metro Pollen-tin but will probably pass.

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  52. can you do a comparison of the grass is lime greener to the light green from the sunsational collection?

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  53. Oh noooo :( I just bought all of these except four, bc I was all "oooh pretty colourzzz, sold!" -___- thanks so much for the honesty! Now I'm curious to see if my batch is as problematic as yours and if I have the same issues :s

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  54. Also, In A Lilly Bit is practically IDENTICAL to Sweet Hook :/ you don't need both IMO, just for those out there who have it :)

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  55. Helena ManjgotićMarch 1, 2014 at 12:09 AM

    I'm so sad that the formula is so bad on all of these, because I really like some of the colors ..
    thank you sooo much for this review and for sparing me the disappointment...

    I love your blog and the reviews that you do are so useful and just great... keep up the good work =) <3

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  56. Be awesome on toes!

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  57. Your photos are amazing! I bought 2 of these based on photos on IG by Colores De Carol. Her pics look so much different that the product in bottle once I received them. I still love the colors and was aware of the issues with application. But let's face pastels have the rep of being difficult to work with. I plan on using these when I have plenty of time and patience.

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  58. I actually did pick these up - not all but like 8 or so, and I really love them. The colors are nothing very unique but still very pretty and perfect for spring, and I love that they included neon-y colors in a spring collection. Some of the polishes have a challenging formula, most definitely, but using a good base coat like a ridge-filler and doing careful, thin coats worked like a charm for me. And then a good top coat helped really even out some of the patches. If you have these colors in your stash already this collection can be a pass, but I loved the swatches I saw and I am glad I took a chance on a few. Metro Pollen-Tin is such a great color - marigoldy and bright and wonderful ;) Thank you for your honest review, Jen - this is what makes your blog destination reading!

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  59. Jenny Campbell-ArmourMarch 29, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    I have to agree the formula is horrible. It was streaky even with several coats. I almost want to return them to Sally's They are the worst China Glaze I have had.

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  60. I'm glad it's not just me! I also found these so difficult to work with. I'm really disappointed.

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