OPI is releasing a Matte Top Coat this month, and I was lucky enough to get a bottle to try out and review for you all. I have a comparison photo at the end of the post, but lets start with this look I created.
I painted my nails using OPI The Spy Who Love Me, let it dry then applied the new OPI Matte Top Coat. The matte top coat applied very smoothly and evenly and it dried to a smooth matte finish quite quickly. It still took a bit longer for the polish to harden up, especially as I wanted to create a tape mani and I didn't want it to pull the top coat or polish off.
After waiting around an hour to ensure everything was totally dry I taped off chevron tips on all my nails. I then applied nail foil glue, let it dry and applied bright red metallic nail foils. Once the foil was stuck I quickly applied my top coat to the tips and peeled the sticky tape off.
I'm pretty excited because I think I may have discovered the perfect top coat for nail foils. Every top coat I have ever trip has wrinkled the foil, but not this one. I can't tell you too much about it yet, because it's a product I was sent to test and it was actually created for a different purpose (which it works well for too). What I can tell you is that it's something coming from Picture Polish and it will be available hopefully some time in April. Stay tuned for more details on that!
The above photos were taken in the full sun, so you can really see how matte the finish is on the nail, and also how shiny the red foil is. The below photos are in the shade.
Here is a comparison of the new OPI Matte top coat to other matte polishes in my collection. Both Essie Matte about you and OPI Matte top coat are very flat and matte. Essie may be slightly more flat, but only marginally. My bottle of Essie is past half empty and I often get white dots on my nails from the polish, infact you can see a few little white specks in this photo. Both Nail Tek Foundation II base coat and the Rimmel matte top coat dry to a more satin finish rather than matte.
I really like the new OPI Matte Top coat, the finish is smooth and I've always loved the OPI pro wide brush for application. I'm really glad that the finish on this is as good as the Essie and is a really flat matte finish rather than a satin finish. Nice job OPI.
Aussies can get OPI at selected beauty salons, spas, David Jones and now Myer stores nationally, $19.95 RRP incl.GST. You can check www.opi.net.au for your nearest OPI stockists.
Polish provided for review.