Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Walk Like a Man, Talk Like a Man...

Well, Frankie Valli may not have had nail polish in mind when he wrote that song, but the market for men's nail polish is growing. There's a new trend in nails to have a matte finish rather than a gloss and there are some great products out there to achieve the look. Manglaze.com and Koknockout.com seem to be leading the trend and I wish more polish companies would jump on the bandwagon! There have been sightings of Maybelline Express Finish Matte polishes at various Dollar Trees to help fuel our habit. I love the look...it's something new and different, but I really prefer to finish my nails with a top coat, which tends to eliminate the purpose of this type of polish, namely the matte finish. So here's a bit of an alternative: a matte topcoat. Mind you, this is more of a satin finish, not a true flat matte. But it is a bit different than a gloss finish and the topcoat protects your base color. I picked up Orly's Nails for Males at Sally Beauty for about $5.00-$6.00. It's almost a frosted look, in my opinion. Like a coat of frost on the window, but not muting the original color, just toning down the sheen. Other similar products are OPI Matte Top, Adoree' Matte Top Coat, or Nailtek Foundation II (used as a topcoat, rather than a base coat). The Nailtek gives a true matte/flat look if that's what you're going for. Here are a few pics, indoor and outdoor, of NYC's Broadway from their new line with 2 coats of Orly Nails for Males. The first two pics below are indoors with flash and the third pic is outdoors, no flash...but lots of snow!

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