Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Matte Nails

Good evening! I’ve decided to make my first beauty post about something that I am totally excited about right now: matte nails. I wasn’t initially going to jump on the bandwagon, but since the matte nail trend doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, I caved (and I’m so glad I did!).

I made the decision a while ago to hold out for the China Glaze Matte Magic topcoat. I love China Glaze, and I knew it would be a few dollars cheaper than the Essie version (the next cheapest one that is widely available). I bought this at Sally Beauty Supply for 5 dollars with Sally card. The Essie version is 10 dollars at Ulta and I hear that it too is fabulous. While I’m comparing them I should mention that although the China Glaze matte topcoat is cheaper, it’s also a smaller bottle at .325 oz compared to Essie’s .5 oz bottle.

This was the manicure I was sporting before applying Matte Magic - Seche Ridge Filling Base Coat, three coats of Essie Body Language, and topcoat of Poshe:

Indoors with flash

Fabulously, the Matte Magic topcoat applied perfectly right over my existing manicure! Check it out:

Indoors with flash

Natural light

And just for fun, I did swatches of a few other crème polishes with the Matte Magic topcoat:

Natural light

I am loving this look! I can’t wait to try it with other colors. I kept my Matte Magic + Essie Body Language manicure on for three days with some tip wear and minimal chipping (maybe two or three small chips total). The matte-ness does sort of fade to a satin finish after the first day. This also looks pretty cool, but I opted to add another coat of Matte Magic, which worked like a charm.

I really like Essie Body Language, it’s a very neutral, clean looking white-beige, very work appropriate. Adding the matte topcoat just makes it a little more edgy in my opinion. It looks more mod. Very cute, and a very easy way to try this trend out!

Although several companies make matte polishes (OPI, Zoya, Orly), I probably won’t be buying any of them after trying this. For the price of one matte nail polish I can recreate my entire nail polish collection as mattes...that is a product I can get behind!

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