Here’s a colour that I wore several weeks ago. I uploaded photos of it onto my computer but forgot to blog about it! *Tsk tsk* I’m slipping – gonna need to get a rubberized mat for my brain.
For some reason when I got China Glaze CG in the City from the fall Metro Collection, I thought it was going to be the purple equivalent of Skyscraper. It wasn’t.
It’s still pretty, but I would’ve liked it more if it were more saturated. It’s an interesting diffused kind of purple with what looks like bronze, silver, and purple glitter pieces woven together.
I had a tough time pinpointing all the colours with the naked eye because they blend together so well. And it’s interesting how sometimes it looks like a subdued purple, but in some lighting, it appears less purple-y.
China Glaze CG in the City Pictures
China Glaze CG in the City Ingredients
China Glaze CG in the City Swatches
All swatches have:
- Nubar Foundation Base Coat
- 2 coats of China Glaze CG in the City
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
√ Glittery dusty purple
- Name: China Glaze CG in the City
- Collection: China Glaze Metro Collection
- Colours in the China Glaze Metro Collection: Skyscraper, Westside Warrior, Trendsetter, CG in the City, Urban-Night, Traffic Jam, City Siren, Loft-y Ambitions, Brownstone, Midtown Magic, Street Chic & Concrete Catwalk
- Amount: 14 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: $2.99 USD
- Where to Buy: Trans Design, 8ty8Beauty, Head2Toe & Nailsupplies
China Glaze CG in the City Review
This is a very different purple than a lot of the ones in my collection because while it’s a super-sparkly polish, it’s also subdued somehow. There are purple, silver, and bronze glitter pieces that mix together to create a soft, inoffensive light purple. You really have to study it closely to see the slight nuances!
I think this would be a great choice for people who don’t typically wear glitter polish, but would like to branch out and try one that doesn’t scream at the top of its lungs.
While I wasn’t able to capture it, CG in the City by China Glaze can sometimes look extremely neutral, which I think is because of the warm bronze glitter.
Finish & Gritiness
This is a glitter polish, but the finish is pretty smooth.
Application & Formula
My bottle’s formula was on the thicker side, but not nearly as thick as China Glaze Skyscraper, so it was easier to work with.
I was quite pleased with how pigmented it was. It just required 2 coats to achieve full opacity.
Final Verdict: 6/10
Overall, I thought CG in the City by China Glaze was okay, but it doesn’t hold a candle to my favourite purple polishes, which are dramatic and deeper.
What are your thoughts on this kind of subdued purple? Do you prefer wearing glitter with bold colours or softer colours like this? Do you prefer wearing your glitter polishes solo or layered over a base colour?
Awesome! I love CG in the city… You know what’s weird? It has been living in my gray- metallic drawer at my Helmer! Interesting! Im going to go look at it and see why I didnt saw it purple! Hahahaha xoxoxo
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Hehe, that’s not weird at all. I have a Helmer, too, and unfortunately there are a lot of untried polishes stuck there. (I call my Helmer “The Orphanage”…) There are just too many to try and not enough nails, I say! 😛
Yeah, this one is a very interesting colour – it’s suchhhh a faint purple because it’s mixed with silver and gold glitter.
This is one of my favorite colors! Bought it in august and the bottle is already halfway done! O_O I’m surprised it only took you 2 coats to achieve such a lovely opacity. I usually have to go over it at least 3 or 4 times! I like how this isn’t as hard to remove versus the bigger chunks of glitter. Just love it! Thanks for sharing this color!
WOW – that’s a serious dent you’ve made in that bottle! I’m really impressed, especially considering that you got it only in August. Yeah, you must REALLLLLLY love it! 😀
I think the only reason why I could get it this opaque in two coats is because my bottle was somewhat thick. I couldn’t apply thin coats…more like medium-thick coats. Then again, even when a polish is the perfect consistency, I tend to apply medium coats of that, too. Guess I have a heavy hand.
I was going to pass on CG In The City because it didn’t really blow me away but when I came across it and had some extra money to spare, I decided to buy it. It’s not a super amazing color, but I have a soft spot for glitters, so I’m glad I have it for layering.
Yeah, I think I’ll try it for layering the next time I wear it. Good idea! It’s pretty on its own, but I really crave purple glitter polishes that are deeper in colour.
I can definitely see this as a lovely layering polish. I have to agree that it’s not color-saturated enough for me either by itself. So I can definitely understand that after wearing CG Skyscraper this would have been quite the let down. That bronze glitter makes it so interesting though! Aaaah, must stick to “no buy” till December when all the lovely glitter arrives. 😀
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Oh no! You’re on a No Buy! Well, good luck with that! 🙂
Hehe, every single time I’ve tried to go on a polish No Buy, I caved early. (With other temptations, it’s easier for me to resist, but all bets are off with polish. Don’t know why that is. :P) I’m always really impressed by people who can stick to their guns.
WOW! This is really stunning! I can’t believe I haven’t pulled it out and wore it!
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Glad that you like it! 🙂 I really preferred Skyscraper, though, because it was like a night sky!
I thought I hated glitter polishes, but after seeing swatches of some of them, turns out not so much (and there goes my wallet). My collection is expanding exponentially.
This one is gorgeous! Have you got OPI Grape Set Match? That is the most awesome purple glitter I’ve ever seen, and quite fine, which gives it a nice smooth finish and relatively easy removal. Adore. Plus it comes with that amazing top coat which I’ve been putting over everything lately ..
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Haha, I know what you mean. A lot of times I’ve written off a polish and then see it on someone else’s blog and it totally changes my mind. 🙂
I don’t have OPI Grape Set Match yet, but it’s on its way to me. Looks like a gorgeous purple, indeed! Oh, so good to hear that the removal is easy. As much as I like glitter and sparkly polishes, I’m never thrilled about having to remove them.
I used this nailpolish just a couple of days ago ; first I used liquid leather then Mummy may I and top of it CG in the city and it looked lovely . I think it’s one of the prettiest glitter I have. The only downside is that the glitter sticks everywhere! It’s really difficult to get it off properly.
That sounds like a winning layering combination – thanks for sharing it. I can see how the finer glitter in CG in the City would really bling up Mummy May I!
I need my sunglasses for these swatches! Wow that is some serious glitter its a beautiful color though 🙂
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Haha, yeah, it’s verrrryyyy blingy!
I had to get this polish for 2 reasons. 1 – because China Glaze is my favorite brand and 2- because it is also my initials (CG). LOL! I’m goofy about stuff like that.
Anyway – while I am not in love with it on its own I do like it for layering. My favorite combo: 2 coats of CG’s Bogie or OPI’s Have You Seen My Limo and then one (thin) coat of CG in the City!! I love it!!
It’s like China Glaze really IS your brand – even your initials are the same. How cool! I would also buy a polish if it had my name or the initials.
After a few people on here have been talking about using it as a layering polish, I’ve gotta try that. It never crossed my mind before. And I’m picturing the combinations you’ve mentioned – they sound lovely!
UGH, gorgeous!! Even if it’s purple ;P. Love this on you, Mary! 😀
Thank you! 😀 It sparkles like crazzzzyyy!