Below: Same product order as above, picture taken indoors with flash.
Below: Orly Nails For Males, Orly Matte Top, NailTek Foundation II, Nubar V For Men.
With all of the hype surrounding the upcoming matte polishes (OPI, Zoya and probably more) that are supposedly set to be the popular look this Fall, I thought I would share some comparisons and my opinions on four of the matte top coats available. At this point, the only mattes I'll likely get, will be the 3 Zoya polishes coming out mid-July, and that's just because I like the bottles. They remind me of frosted root beer mugs! I prefer to use a mattifying top coat because it allows me to convert any polish I already own into a matte without spending money on more nail polish. All of these are applied over 2 coats of BB Couture Fatal Attraction. My favorite one is Nubar V For Men (appx. $8.99) because it does a terrific job of giving a true matte finish and it dries well. The same look (or honestly, maybe even a bit better matte finish than "V") can be had by using NailTek Foundation II, but the problem with this one is that there are more times than not that it doesn't ever completely dry. The finish from both of these top coats is very similar and a true matte. Orly's Matte Top is more of a satin finish, and Orly's Nails for Males is a satin look also, but has more shine than any of the others. In fact, Nails for Males should not even be considered if you are trying to change the finish, because it is hardly a noticeable change at all. So if you are looking for a good matte top coat, I would recommend Nubar V For Men because it simply is the best product for a long lasting finish that is completely matte.