Friday, July 31, 2009

Matte comparison on a creme: Orly Matte Top, Nubar V for Men and Essie Matte About You

Today's NOTD is Orly's Charged Up:

I used to dislike Orly nail polishes -- they were all kinda boring -- but they've come out with so many great shades lately! This creme applied beautifully with a jellyish finish. Very glossy pre-topcoat!

And now, a matte topcoat comparison on this lovely creme jelly (I got bored of my NOTD by midday)! I love having matte topcoats -- it saves me the trouble of actually lemming matte polishes.

From left to right:
Index finger - not mattefied
Middle finger - Orly Matte Top, which has more of a soft satin finish than a matte finish
Ring finger - Nubar V for Men, a great matte which is only slightly closer to satin than chalk
Pinky finger - Essie Matte About You, a slightly more severe matte which is closer to chalk than satin

In terms of a matte topcoat, both Nubar V and Essie Matte About You blow Orly Matte Top out of the water. It'll be a matter of preference, of course, but I like Nubar V the best so far. It doesn't completely mattefy a creme polish, which allows it to have more of a reflective sheen whereas Essie MAY is much more of a flat matte that doesn't reflect light as much. It's probably more of a "true" matte when used with cremes, transforming a glossy finish into a (pleasantly) chalky one.

Stay tuned for more matte comparisons using polishes of different finishes!

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Jess said...

Thanks so much for this! I only have V for Men so far and I absolutely love it. I try to mattify almost all of my manis. I totally have to get MAY now!

D:) said...

i like the look of the nubar best

féline-alizarine said...

Awesome, this is the post I've been waiting for from all polish bloggers - from overseas we gotta make up our minds based on swatches only, which one to order from the US. :) Really looking forward to comparisons on other finishes! Still haven't decided if I want the Essie or the Nubar more... :D

flinty said...

I will definitely be posting more matte swatch comparisons in the coming days. I know it's what I would've found useful if I was only going to buy one matte tc so I wanted to make sure I worked it into the blog!

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