Hi there everyone!!!! today I am doing a Matte Top coat showdown. I have today 8 different Matte Top coats to share with you and see how they stack up to each other.
First up lets check out the Matte Top coats......
|ESSIE MATTE ABOUT YOU RRP $17.95|
|OPI MATTE TOP COAT RRP $19.95|
|SALLY HANSEN BIG MATTE TOP COAT RRP $9.95|
|PICTURE POLISH G'DAY MATTE RRP $10.00|
|CULT NAILS WAX THAT RRP $12.00|
|MODE MATTE TOP COAT RRP $2.75|
|CELESTIAL COSMETICS MATTE TOP COAT RRP $7.50|
|DIY MATTE TOP COAT (1/4 t cornflour in 8ml polish base) RRP$0.00|
All the swatches I did in this post are over 2 coats of Ulta3 Black satin.
Ok so lets get down to the matte top coats. Each matte TC I popped on 2 coats over the black nail. I have photographed them in sun and shade so you can get a good look at the effect each polish created.
Without a doubt from all these swatches OPI Matte Top Coat and Essie Matte About You are the best appearance wise. I would sway a little to the OPI as the formula was thinner than Essie and the brush was better quality. A close second to theses two was Picture Polish G'day matte. tho the formula of my one was a bit wishy washy and really I could have used 3 coats for overall effect. The next 2 which were very close was Sally Hansen big matte and Mode matte. the biggest difference was price. For $2.75 the Mode was great value for money but really thick formula and it did separate, but if your happy to give a bit of a shake that would be just fine. Saying that, the Sally Hansen big matte dried really quickly properly the quickest out of all the matte polishes I tried today, so If it was speed you are after Sally Hansen is the way to go.
Lastly the least matte polishes. The DIY matte was crap. I made it up as per the internet instruction, and although it did create a "matte"effect it was nothing like the other polishes. Cult nails and Celestial cosmetics were very similar. more of a wax effect which is quite nice ,but not nearly as matte as the OPI. That said I think you will find this with most indie matte top coats as i'm pretty sure most australian indies get their base from the same supplier.
Its funny the Celestial cosmetic Matte top coat I thought was quite matte as well as the cult nails,but when you compare them with other brands they look totally different. I like the subtly of the wax look but for a pure matte effect my money is on the OPI or Essie.
I hope to acquire more matte top coats including the new Gel matte top coat by gelicious. so stay tuned for more comparisons.
If you can think of anything you would like comparing feel free to drop me a line via email or on the comments and I will see what I can do :)
for reference if you would like to purchase any of these matte top coats you can get them at the following places -
OPI- MYER and David Jones
Essie - Priceline
Sally Hansen- Priceline or Target
Picture polish - Picture polish
Cult Nails - Cult Nails
Mode - local chemists
Celestial cosmetics - Celestial Cosmetics
Until next time......