If you hadn’t guessed already, I bought myself some matte nail polish this week. I’ve never tried matte polish so thought I’d give it a go, keep up with trends and all that. As Barry M have never steered me wrong in the past I thought I’d try their Matte Nail Polish in Black Espresso.
As you’d expect this nail polish does come out matte, but it doesn’t stay matte. I’ve had the polish on for about five days now and, whatever substance they put in the polish to make it matte has worn off. Now, its not shiny because I didn’t put a top coat on it (an its not designed to be glossy and shiny) but instead it just has a dull shine which is ok… not great but it doesn’t look terrible.
One of my main concerns with this polish was its staying power. You can’t put a top coat on as that defeats the point of a matte polish so there is nothing to seal in the polish and preserve it (or make your nails look smooth!). As a result, my nails are a little chipped after five days and I am sick of seeing the ridges in my nails!
I don’t think this polish is for me. I really didn’t like the feel of my nails with the matte polish on – it felt a bit like a blackboard! But if you are a fan of the matte look then I think this is a pretty decent quality polish. It is very opaque (granted I got black, but one coat would have been enough to cover the nail) and it is does look good on. The failing of matte polishes generally is its longevity but this polish isn’t too bad. My first finger and thumbs are chipped around the edges but my other nails are pretty much fine. I think this polish is perfect for a night out or the weekend but its definitely not a polish that will look good all week.
Get this polish on the high street for £3.99 and comes in five perfect-for-Autumn colours; black, burgundy, caramel, mocha and vanilla.
What do you think of matte polishes? Have you tried the Barry M nail polishes? What did you think? Leave links and comments below!