Above & Below: China Glaze BFF with one coat of Essie Matte About You and a close-up of the finished nail. It seems to give it a look with texture.
Below: China Glaze DV8 with one coat of Essie Matte About You and the close-up below.
Below: DV8 before adding the matte top coat.
Yesterday I showed you my first China Glaze OMG polish in BFF and I was totally and completely 'wowed' by everything about it. Before I removed it, in my normal fashion lately, I decided to see what it would look like matted. I used Essie's Matte About You and I think the look is rather unique, in that you can still see a look of fabric or texture in the polish. All of the holo and glitter/shimmer is totally diminished, and even though it is a matte finish, it seems to have a little something still going on, rather than just a flat finish to the color. I'm wondering if this may be the type of finish the new OPI Suede collection will have. I used DV8 this morning, which is a glowing turquoise holo. Although very pretty, it didn't seem to have the strength that the holo in BFF had. I still have one more from this collection to try, and that's LOL. Those of you that are familiar with both the OMG collection and the Kaleidoscope collection, is your love for both collections similar? Do you prefer one collection over the other? I love these OMG ones and now I think I may want to try the Kaleidoscope ones as well.
I mentioned the other day when I did a Brand Focus on Sally Hansen Insta-Dri polishes, that I didn't like the Essie matte polish quite as well as I liked Nubar's V For Men, because I had some smearing issues around the cuticle. I wanted to update my opinion and say that I likely didn't let the polish dry enough before I matted it, because that has been the only instance of smearing I've had with Essie. The more I use it, the more I like it. Nubar's is definitely a matte finish, but Essie's is slightly more matte and it seems to dry faster also. I've been experimenting over the past couple of days with both, and although they are both great matte top coats, I believe Essie's is slightly better.