I do know that one of the things that bug me is the lack of a topcoat. A regular topcoat on matte nail polishes will, obviously, cancel out any matte properties the polish has. But I simply cannot do a manicure without a topcoat - maybe a touch of OCD in me, but I NEED a topcoat.
Here's where matte topcoats come in. Now, I can put a topcoat on some of my matte and suede polishes and help with the OCD all at the same time! Plus - a matte topcoat on shimmery or duochrome polishes will allow some of that shimmer to show through in a very cool way.
I recently purchased some matte topcoats, and I wanted to try them out. My last manicure is now 4 days old (and actually holding up really well, minus some minor tipwear) and I'm getting antsy to get new colors on my nails. So I decided to test the matte topcoats over Chanel Strong.
I tested three matte topcoats: Essie Matte About You ($10.00 - Ulta), Hard Candy matte topcoat ($5.00 - Walmart), and Seche Vite matte finish nail treatment (I bought this awhile ago, I think it was $10.00 at Ulta).
|Middle finger - Essie Matte About You|
|Ring finger - Hard Candy|
|Pinky finger - Seche Vite matte finish nail treatment|
I think Essie's Matte About You would be the best choice for your matte topcoats of the three I've tried here. But, at the price, you can't go wrong with Hard Candy, that is if you don't mind venturing into Walmart at this time of year!