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Sunday, February 16, 2014

China Glaze: City Flourish Collection- Pollen In Love: Swatches & Review Part 1

Hey guys! The weekend is over again huh? It's bitter sweet for me cause I love watching Walking Dead and I can never wait to see what's going to happen next but then that means that the weekend is over ): Anyways, off to the swatches...

I have the new China Glaze City Flourish Collection to show you, well the Pollen In Love half. I'd have to saw that I like the other half more because of the pretty pastels(Peonies & Park Ave) but the formula was pretty bad in that one. I really do like the colors in this half of the collection. Here's a list of them and their descriptions:

  • Don't Honk Your Thorn: beige nude with silver shimmer
  • Metro Pollen-tin: mustard yellow cream
  • Grass Is Lime-Greener: light lime green creme
  • What A Pansy: periwinkle creme that leans more purple than blue
  • Strike A Rose: magenta pink with a slight shimmer
  • Thistle Do Nicely: neon pink creme

Don't Honk Your Thorn. 3 coats. This is one of the two shimmers in the collection. I really do like this one. It's a nice nude and the shimmer is a nice touch. The formula was ok, it wasn't that problematic but it was just slightly goopy. It does look slightly more beige IRL but I guess my skin tone makes it look a lot lighter.

Metro Pollen-Tin. 3 coats. This yellow is pretty awesome, I don't know, I'm just a fan of yellow. But I don't know if I like this with my skin tone. What do you guys think? The formula was pretty streaky on this one, it did even out on the third coat but I had to do a pretty thick coat. 

Grass Is Lime-Greener. 3 coats. This polish was so hard to photograph. The actual color of this is so pretty, a bit more pastel. It's like a pastel and a neon at the same time, but more pastel lol. I don't know if that makes sense. In my pictures though, it comes out really neon. So frustrating! The formula was pretty streaky on this one too. It sucks cause this color is so pretty! 

What A Pansy. 2 coats. I love this polish! The color is so pretty, kinda reminds me of Fancy Pants from China Glaze Avant Garden Spring collection from last year, but I don't think it's a dupe. If you would like me to make a comparison, leave a comment below and I will (: Anyways, the formula was great. It was a true creme and didn't have a matte finish like all the other polishes. (Also, it's a bit darker and more blue than it's showing)

 Strike A Rose. 3 coats. This is the second shimmer in the collection. This pink is pretty, but nothing special. As I'm sitting here writing this post, I just realized that almost half of this collection is pinks. but we'll discuss that later, just a thought. The formula and application was good.

Thistle Do Nicely. 3 coats. I really like this neon pink. It does look kind of similar  to something that CG has done before, I'll have to check. If you would like to see a comparison post just let me know down below. This was so hard to photograph though, the neon was just making my camera go crazy! The only way that I could capture a color accurate picture was by using flash. I don't think I've taken a picture of my nails with flash in like forever! Probably only when I started my IG account. The formula on this polish was streaky and dried matte, but with 3 coats and a thick top coat I was apply to smooth it out. 

Overall, I really liked this half of the collection. There was a nice variety of colors. The formula and application wasn't great though. The polishes were streaky and would dry fast because they would dry matte. They are workable though, it just depends on whether you think it's worth babying them so much. These are available now for purchase.

Will you guys be picking up any of these?


  1. I'm so jealous of how gorgeous these look on you! I've been debating on picking up This collection...i think i may just purchase the ones i like separately.

    1. lol thanks! You should at least pick up some, they're so pretty!