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Does It Matte-r?

January 28, 2013

I love Matte Finish nail polish. Love. I adore it even more then glitter. The only downfall is that it just doesn’t last. I have several different matte finish top coats that I have tried, but none have ever increased the wearability to the point that I have been impressed. I have even gone as far as placing a regular shiny top coat over the matte polish then doing a top coat of matte. In some cases this does still alter the color/tone of the original matte polish.

I have a handful of the matte finish OPI’s, I have a couple Zoya’s and I do have several bottles of Man Glaze, which is my favorite. In addition to any other odd ones I have picked up. I love the way that the Man Glaze polishes finish, and they are super fun to change up with a glossy top coat or even some glitter. My goal is just to be able to wear them for more then 2-3 days as a matte finish.

I have tried matte top coats by China Glaze, Julep, CND, Essie and Man Glaze (which for some reason is always streaky, possibly a bad bottle?). I was jazzed to discover that OPI has a matte top coat coming out in the very near future. I am looking forward to getting my hands on that puppy. The Julep matte top coat is very decent. I just hate how small the bottle is. The China Glaze is pretty good, it does what its supposed to, and the CND leaves more of a “waxed” finish then a matte finish. In fact, it’s so milky it really does something to alter the color and even when applied thinly, it’s like a shiny waxy top coat. Not good. I feel like staking out my local beauty supply stores to make sure I can get a bottle of the new OPI matte top coat as soon as it comes in.

I’m currently at my office as I am writing this and I don’t have all my different top coats here. I think I may have to do a a show and tell of finishes later when I am home. Sounds like a fun project to me!

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