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China Glaze: Spring 2014 City Flourish Collection Swatches & Review

Posted on Feb 10, 2014

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Hello my little Spring buds!  I’ve got Spring fever!  All these awesome new collections have got me yearning for April showers and May flowers. :)

Today I have China Glaze’s City Flourish Collection for Spring.  I couldn’t wait one more second to post this collection.  I fell in love the moment I saw bottle shots!  This collection comes in 2 sets, Peonies & Park Ave & Pollen In Love (how cute is that?!)

First things first, set one; Peonies & Park Ave.

“Spring In My Step” is a pretty baby pink creme.  Pretty nice formula!  Opaque and even in 2 coats.

China Glaze Spring In My Step - Peachy Polish“Don’t Honk Your Thorn” is a light tan creme with some green and silver microshimmer.  I don’t think this this color suits me too well.  It made my a bit… green looking and gave me lobster hands at the same time?  LOL!  Maybe if I had a tan I’d be ok but right now, I look like Casper. :)  Too bad because I really like this one!  Great formula and you can almost get away with one coat.  I did 2.  But make sure that you wait between coats.  I didn’t and I got a big ol’ streak the first go around.

China Glaze Don't Honk Your Thorn - Peachy Polish

“In A Lily Bit” is a super pale lilac.  I love this color!  I don’t think I have anything like it in my stash!  2 coats.

China Glaze In A Lily Bit - Peachy Polish

“Petal To The Metal” is a bright coral that borders on neon.  It even dried satiny like a neon.  Lovely!  2 coats with top coat.

China Glaze Petal To The Metal - Peachy Polish

“Lotus Begin” is a bright but pale lavender creme.  Gorgeous!  Perfect for Spring!  2 coats.

China Glaze Lotus Begin - Peachy Polish

“Peonies & Park Ave” is a blue toned neon pink.  Great coverage and formula.  I never get tired of neon pinks.  2 coats with top coat.

China Glaze Peonies & Park Ave - Peachy Polish

Now onto the second set; Pollen In Love!

“At Vase Value” is a sweet pale blue that’s really close to being a pale robin’s egg.  LOVE LOVE LOVE this.  I can’t even tell you how much I love it.  3 coats!

China Glaze At Vase Value - Peachy Polish

“Metro Pollen-tin” is a yellow marigold creme that dries with a satin finish.  This one was a little more troublesome than the others.  It requires just a bit more babying.  To me it was worth it because I don’t have any other colors like this in my stash.  This is really pretty and perfect for Spring.  3 coats with top coat.

China Glaze Metro Pollen-tin - Peachy Polish

“Grass Is Lime Greener” is a bright lime green.  It’s the exact color of a green apple laffy taffy.  Another one I’m in love with.  This also is a little bit streaky but it evens out well in 3 coats.  And the color makes it allllll worth it!

China Glaze Grass Is Lime Greener - Peachy Polish

“Thistle Do Nicely” is a gorgeously bright, eye-searing neon pink with more red tones than blue and dries with a satin finish.  The formula on this one is excellent.  I did in 2 coats with top coat.

China Glaze Thistle Do Nicely - Peachy Polish

“Strike A Rose” is a coral/rose colored creme with a silver microshimmer.  This one is a little thick in good way.  Just make sure you wait a good amount of time in between coats to prevent dragging.  2 coats.

China Glaze Strike A Rose - Peachy Polish

“What A Pansy” is a purple toned periwinkle creme.  Beautifullll!  A polish that makes you ooh and aah!  Really great and easy to use formula.  2 coats.

China Glaze What A Pansy - Peachy Polish

The formula on these was really similar to the Sunsational Collection from last year which I didn’t find to be too troublesome.  Yes they required a bit of extra care but it wasn’t a big problem in my opinion.  I know that a lot of other people didn’t like the formula.  Some people even said they hated it and would never use the polish because of that.  Maybe I’m a weirdo but just like the Sunsationals, I really didn’t mind the formulas on these.  And the colors are so pretty that a little extra time and effort makes it worth it for me.  I did use a ridge-filling base coat under all of these colors which I think helps a great deal with problem polishes.  I’m saying this because I was in the minority with the Sunsationals and maybe I am in the minority with these as well… it remains to be seen.  But please proceed with caution.  Like I said… I LOVE THESE… I can’t stress it enough!

Here are a few things I believe helped me with application:

  • use a ridge-filling base coat
  • use a light hand when applying
  • apply in as few brush strokes per coat as possible… I really stuck to THIS rule while applying.  Even when I had an urge to do another stoke, I resisted until I did the next coat.
  • wait an ample amount of time between coats
  • On the first coat, brush it on thinly, on the second coat go a little thicker, if a third coat is required do another thin coat (it’s like a nail polish sandwich; thin-thick-thin.)

I hope if you guys buy these you enjoy them as much as I do!  And I hope my application tips will help you as well!  This collection is going to be my jam this Spring!

China Glaze can be purchased at tons of different places including Ulta, Sally Beauty, Transdesign and lots of other retailers and E-tailers.

UPDATE: As more reviews of this collection start to trickle in, I highly suggest looking at other reviews before purchasing.  I’ve read a couple reviews now and they had some real issues with this collection so don’t take my word for it exclusively.  Like I said, I might be a crazy person for liking these. :)

*Neons are a pain to photograph!  Some of these photos have been slightly color corrected in order to show them as color accurate as possible.

I Bought This
  • Lori Bedlan

    I don’t mind the formula either. I like the Sunsationals also. The colors are so good that I wasn’t disappointed in them.

  • Alexis Cox

    In A Lily Bit looks a lot like Sweet Hook to me… Almost identical in fact :O do you have it to compare by any chance? Great swatches!

  • deerstop

    This yellow is super pretty.

  • Rei Greenstreet

    Do you have china glaze flip flop fantasy to compare to thistle do nicely?

  • fluffywuffy

    With the single one from this collection that I have (At Vase Value), I felt the same as you, and I’m really glad I wasn’t discouraged from getting it by the few reviews I had seen at that point. Because it’s a pretty sweet color.

  • I’m pretty new to the nail world, but my obsession is growing. There are SOO many pretty colors here, I don’t know which one to choose! Thanks for all the swatches, honest opinion, and update- I love your posts :D

  • Michelle Arrington

    Thank you for the tips, as I was concerned about the forms and application. I really like the last two!!

  • I only got one of the Sunsational polishes from last year but I heard a lot of negatives about the formula :/ It’s interesting they’re mixing in neons into a spring collection, which I like! I don’t know if any of these particularly scream out at me but I might get some.

    • I’m pretty sure there will be a lot of negatives on these as well… they are VERY similar in application. I feel so weird saying I like these because I know people won’t but hey it’s supposed to be what I think, right? LOL! I like that they mixed in neons too! It was a nice surprise and a break from the typical pastel Spring collections. Let me know if you get any! (Or I’ll see them on your blog. :) )

  • Ivona

    Hey! Just stumbled upon your blog while searching swatches for this collection :)
    Any chance you might make some comparisons? I am especially interested in Grass is lime greener vs Highlight of my summer

    • I will try my hardest! I might end up just doing wheel swatches on Instagram because I’m not sure if I’ll have time to do the full thing. Off hand, I can tell you the HOMS is very much a mint green with slight blue undertones and is super bright, GILG is a very bright lime green. Very similar in application, but I can say for sure, they aren’t even close to being dupes.

      • Ivona

        Thank you :) Not sure if I am happy about that or bummed cause it seems I should get them both :) HOMS is the only one I still don’t own from the creme finish part of Sunsational collection

        • Rei Greenstreet

          Get both. Duh! HOMS is gorgeous!

        • Yes, I would definitely say get both. I personally love them both and they are definitely different! If you follow me on IG, I will try and post a comparison tonight.

  • Lilith

    Oh my! I LOVE almost all of them…. and I’m gonna buy them ^^
    I didn’t mind the consistancy of the Sunsationnal collection either, the colors were so worth the little effort! So, yup. This collection is my next polish buy (OPI Brazil can suck it ^^)

    • I’m glad I’m not the only one! :) These are awesome but I also really LOVE the Brazil collection too! I just swatched it this weekend and I’m loving it! But the 2 collections are so different! It’s hard to even compare!

      • Rei Greenstreet

        For sure! OPI Brazil definitely stole my heart too! Formula wise they have the upper hand.

      • Lilith

        The Brazil collection is great too, that’s for sure! But lots of colors on this one stole my heart ^^

  • Great collection!

  • Lindsay Caplan

    These are stunning! Great swatches…my bank account weeps because of you! :)

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