Sunday, December 6, 2009

Essie Matte About You... and a smorgasbord of mattified polishes

Essie Matte About You

When I first heard about the matte polish trend, I was less than excited.  I like my nails slick and shiny, like a new car.  Really, who wants to buy a matte car?

Given my love of shine and glitter, it took me a while to appreciate matte nails.  And at first, that was it - an appreciation.  But recently, I've been having a bit of a matte polish craving.  It just looks so sleek and almost luminous - like the colors have a glow from within.

So I decided to order Essie's Matte About You.  I figured that it would give me an oppurtunity to try out the matte trend without buying tons of matte polishes, since Matte About You is a mattifying top coat.  After polishing, you just brush it over top of nails to turn any polish matte.

And the verdict?  I not only love matte nails but I'm obsessed with Matte About You.  It's incredible!

OPI Fee Fi Fo Plum



Essie Matte About You
over OPI Fee Fi Fo Plum
(a fabulous 2003 British collection polish)
I love how it looks matte!

More matte!

China Glaze Ruby Pumps
left: original     right: matte

The matte finish over the glitter looks amazing.
It becomes speckled (not sparkled) and the black shows up more.

OPI Pompeii Purple
My ring and middle fingers are matte,
my pointer and pinkie are original

Thumb: China Glaze Strawberry Fields, index: China Glaze Short & Sassy, middle: OPI La Paz-itively Hot, ring: OPI Do You Lilac It, pinkie: China Glaze For Audrey


I feel like the matte shows up much more on darker polishes - but it still makes a differences on lighter colors like these (aside from Short & Sassy).

So tell me.  What do you think about matte?


Swtest2Lips said...

Brooke! Everything looks pretty cool matte. I think I need to find me a bottle now. They keep on selling out at my ulta...I have to do a better job stalking them :-)

Unknown said...

Thanks!! I love how it makes polishes look totally different. I hope you're able to find it soon! I got mine through Transdesign for just $5.

Paige said...

Isn't Matte About You fantastic? I love it!

Unknown said...

It really is. I'm so glad I found this stuff!

Green Stone said...

Sweet OPI score!
I just got my hands on OPI DS Ruby, but it's kind eh, maybe too pink on me.

Unknown said...

Thanks Kate! I don't have DS Ruby but I looked up a picture and it looks really pretty (but as I'm sure you can tell, I'm obsessed with pink, lol).

Green Stone said...

It's about halfway between pink and red with a bit of glitter in it, but I have red hair and really pale skin, so any kind of pink is a fail on me. Still, OPI is wonderful regardless.

Unknown said...

Ohh, well still sounds pretty! I know what you mean though - I'm fair with freckles so sometimes certain pinks and reds look REALLY bad with my skin tone!

MightyLambchop said...

I love playing with matte top coat. It is amazing to see how a polish like Ruby Pumps changes texture and dimension when you mattify it. Love the OPI you showed, I have never seen it before.

Unknown said...

Thanks so much Mighty Lambchop!! It really is amazing to see how the polishes change. I've been a little tempted to matte every polish I wear now, just to see how it looks! Plus it's awesome that you can add a top coat and take the polish back to glossy. It really makes polish so much more versatile to have a matte top coat :)
Thanks about Fee Fi Fo Plum! I love the OPI oldies :)

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