Friday, May 14, 2010, 9:00 AM

Matte Top Coats Compared

Matte Top Coats P2 China Glaze ManGlaze Essie

Hi guys! If you love matte nail polish, you're bound to love matte top coats. I love these because you can transform any polish into a hot matte finish. There are many to chose from, even with different finishes, so let's compare the few I have!

As you can probably tell there are some differences between the four. Let's break it down a bit:

Matte Top Coats P2 China Glaze ManGlaze Essie
P2 Matte Top CoatP2 - Matte Top Coat (€1,55 / $1,95 for 8ml / .27 Fl. Oz.)
This one has the most satin finish of the bunch. The substance is a bit cloudy, which you definitely can tell by looking at the nail. You could say it dulls the color a bit. Application is pretty smooth!
This top coat is not that easily available since P2 is a German brand, but it is relatively the cheapest of the four.

Drying time: slowest of the four, definitely needs a couple of minutes.
Wear: Chipped after 3 days.
ManGlaze Matte-AstropheManGlaze - Matte-Astrophe (€10,43 / $13,13 for ?)
Like everything ManGlaze, this one is special! Matte-Astrophe has a crackle effect (not always), which you either love or hate. (Most likely to happen when you apply the top coat when your nail polish isn't fully dry yet). Application is seriously the best, smooth, thin and not streaky. Mattest of the bunch.

Drying time: pretty quick, 30-60 seconds.
Wear: Turns satin after 3 or 4 days, no chipping, will start to wear down around the edges.
China Glaze Matte MagicChina Glaze - Matte Magic (€5,16 / $6,50 for 9,6ml / .325 Fl. Oz.)
Matte Magic has a truly flat finish, no shine or effect. This one's a bit thick though, which affects the application.

Drying time: super quick, 15-30 seconds.
Wear: Turns satin after 1 or 2 days, no chipping, will start to wear down around the edges.
Essie Matte About YouEssie - Matte About You (€7,94 / $10,- for 15ml / .5 Fl. Oz.)
This one goes on super smooth, isn't thick and isn't as cloudy as Matte Magic. The color wasn't affected as much either, which is a big plus!

Drying time: super quick, 15-30 seconds.
Wear: Turns satin after 3 or 4 days, no chipping, will start to wear down around the edges.
Common problem: after a while it's possible you'll find white specks in the polish.
Please note, wear can be different for everyone, depending on body chemistry and activities during the day

If I had to pick only one, I'd choose Essie's Matte About You. Matte Magic is a bit too thick for my taste and the one by P2 is way too satin. I love love love Matte-Astrophe though, but I'm not always in the mood for crazy crackle ;-).
So Matte About You it is, application and wear is really good. And, not totally unimportant, it respects the original color the most. Funnily enough I don't own this one myself yet, Daphne from www.nailswatches.com lend me hers, so I was able to this comparison, thank you Daph!!

So, when I'm running out of Matte Magic, I'm going to order Essie MAY myself.
If you're happen to be Dutch, I have some good news for you! Hema just released their own matte top coat, I'm so excited. Unfortunately I couldn't find it in the stores I've been too, but I've seen swatches, and it sure looks promising.

Well this was it already, thanks so much for reading and have a great day -
Michèle