By Sheila Arkee
Along with crackle polish, matte nail polish has always been a strange thing to me. I mean, hello, non-shiny nails? Why? I just don’t get it and have refused to take part in any trends relating to dull, dry-looking nails. And then I acquired a matte topcoat from Butter London.
Coterie is a brand new beauty site that offers excellent flash sales. They had a special site preview for bloggers, and so I snapped up some Butter London polishes which included their Matte Topcoat. Hmmm. I was game to try it out, for the cause of beauty blogging.
The Butter London polishes are beautiful, by the way and free of Formaldehyde, Toluene, and DBP. I chose Pillar Box Red, All Hail The Queen, and Knackered.
The colors are lovely and the packaging … just adorable.
Here are the colors on their own, shiny and fancy free.
And here are the colors with the matte topcoat. Not so shiny. Or fancy free.
When it comes to the test, the matte topcoat actually looks interesting when it’s freshly applied. Not the putty-colored polish, though. Definitely not my favorite option – looks like my nails are melded into my skin.
But three days later it’s a different, chippy, semi-shiny kind of story.
My feelings, after embracing and using the matte topcoat? I’m still not a fan. I think it’s fun, but if you’re a busy person who doesn’t have time to reapply or refresh all that often, it’s not such a good thing.
When it comes to nails I think I’m starting to get an inkling of interest in nail art. For several years I worked for a magazine that published photos of nail art (I’ve had an interesting career, no?). Not a single person who worked at the magazine had any interest in wearing nail art, but I’ve always been fascinated with the artistry behind nails. There are some seriously talented people out there, yo.
What are your thoughts on matte topcoat?