Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Color Comparison: China Glaze Concrete Catwalk vs. Essie Power Clutch

Concrete Catwalk vs. Power Clutch

If you've been deciding between grays from the recently released fall collections, I'm here to help. Today, we're looking at Concrete Catwalk from China Glaze's Metro Collection and Power Clutch from Essie's Brand New Bag Collection.

All you have to do is look at the bottles to know they're not duplicates, but they're similar enough that you could get by with just one if you HAD to.

Concrete Catwalk is a gray creme the color of wet cement, but with a slight blue undertone. The finish is nice and glossy and it's opaque in two coats. I've seen this polish online for $3-$7, but haven't been able to find it locally. I do live in an area with limited selections for beauty supplies, so you may be able to find it in a store.

Power Clutch is also a gray creme with a bit of an army green tint. The finish is also glossy and will cover in two coats. I picked Power Clutch up for around $8 at my local CVS, but they didn't have the full collection. It's also available online, and may be in other beauty supply shops.

Concrete Catwalk, Power Clutch, Concrete Catwalk, Power Clutch

Concrete Catwalk, Power Clutch, Concrete Catwalk, Power Clutch

As you can see, there is a noticeable difference between these colors. The other difference I noticed was the formula. Concrete Catwalk was a bit thicker, though not hard to work with. Power Clutch was thinner and if not applied well, could be streaky. I smudged around my cuticle on the second coat, and probably should have added a coat. The brushes were both fine.

I also noticed that several people had been linked to my blog while looking for a comparison between Concrete Catwalk and Zoya's Petra. I added Petra to this mix, since she is much closer when dry than that bottle would have you believe. Ask and you shall receive.

Petra's formula is slightly thicker than Power Clutch, but thinner than Concrete Catwalk. There's a bit more of a purple tint to this creme finish. The brush is great and it dries nice and shiny. It's $8 from, and according to @Zoya_NailPolish's twitter feed, may be found in some Ohio spa locations with the rest of the Smoke & Mirrors Collections.

Petra, Power Clutch, Concrete Catwalk (low light, no flash)

Petra, Power Clutch, Concrete Catwalk (with flash)

Petra, Power Clutch, Concrete Catwalk (indoor lighting, no flash)
As you can see above, I intentionally used the flash to illustrate the difference in the colors' undertones, as the low light shot makes them look closer than they are. The last photo is probably the most accurate depiction of the color in decent lighting.

I can't say I necessarily have a favorite between these three. If I can't love all three equally, I'd say Concrete Catwalk might be the favorite because it's slightly edgier than the other two and I haven't worn it except while swatching yet.. The fact that it only cost me $3 might help with that, too. I do love a bargain.


  1. Thanks so much for this!! This helped make up my mind between the two and now I definitely want CG Concrete Catwalk!!

  2. Glad I could help! Keep reading for more reviews and comparisons, and let me know if you want more info on other products!


  3. These comparisons are so awesome!
    Thanks for doing them for us! Cindy