Try matte nail polish for change

by Linda Miller Published: August 30, 2009
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I like shiny nail polish. My nail polish drawer is stocked with my favorite shine products — Essie Shine-e and CND Super Shiney Top Coat — so I can add shine when it starts to dull. I like my lips shiny, too. I don’t even mind a little shine on my forehead.

Now, the talk for fall is matte polish — as in free from shine or lacking luster. I don’t understand the appeal of nails that look like a chalkboard.

The good thing about nail polish is it can be changed in a flash. If the color or finish makes you gasp rather than ooh and ahh, a little polish remover can give you a fresh start.

So, I decided to give matte a test-drive.

Matte options are plentiful. Essie has a new Matte Finisher that can take a shiny nail to matte in seconds. The Web site shows several nail designs you can try at home, including a matte nail and a shiny tip or a glossy nail and a matte tip and matte moon.

Sephora by OPI offers three new limited-edition matte nail colors. Nail experts recommend not using a base and top coat with matte polishes, and to allow the first coat to dry a couple of minutes before applying a second coat.

Matte by OPI will launch six shades for fall. Zoya’s limited-edition MatteVelvet collection is described as "shimmering mattes.” A drawback: I’ve read that matte doesn’t wear as well as shiny.

Since I’m getting a pedicure in a few days, I decided to try the Essie Matte Finisher on my hot pink toenails. It took away the shine in a second. I’ll admit the flat shades probably look more edgy than my high gloss colors. I may grow to like it on my toes, but I don’t think I’ll ever take a shine to matte polish on my fingernails.


by Linda Miller
Fashion Blogger (Contributor)
Linda Miller always has loved makeup and fashion, especially shoes and handbags. She admits to owning more lipsticks and glosses than many makeup artists, but she's not giving up a single tube. When she got the opportunity to move from...
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