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Dear Matte Topcoat: I’m Just Not That In To You

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.

Pillar Box Red, All Hail The Queen, 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?

  • katydidknits

    I like it, honestly. It’s not an everyday thing, but it’s a neat way to play with a polish. It’s particularly fun over glitter-heavy polishes, and over darker colors (Zoya Petra looks WONDERFUL matted).

  • http://lolassecretbeautyblog.blogspot.com lola seicento

    I have never tried a matte topcoat before, but have mixed feelings about matte nails. I think that it can look cool, but I just wouldn’t be prone to wearing it myself.

  • http://www.beautyinfozone.com MarciaF (beauty info zone)

    I’m not big on matte nails. I haven’t tried the Butter London yet but I’ll try it at least.

  • Wendy

    I have the CND Matte topcoat and I hate it. The only thing I can imagine it being good for is for a mans manicure where they just want nicely groomed nails without that just buffed shine.

  • Sheila – Painted Ladies

    It is fun AND I will admit that it looks cool with some polishes. I will keep it handy for those times I have a fun night out. :)

  • Sheila – Painted Ladies

    P.S. Going to check out Zoya Petra asap! :)

  • NottaGuy

    I’ve changed my mind about matte top coat since I started doing nail art. I prefer some designs (like camouflage for example) in matte. Shiny will always be my favorite look but it’s fun to change things up!

  • Sheila – Painted Ladies

    Camo matte nails sounds amazing!