Simply Chic – Kara Reviews the Top 5 Matte Nail Polishes of September, 2019

Here’s How To Create Beautiful Matte Nail Designs

When I think of a nice manicure, my mind immediately sees well-maintained, shiny nails. After all, isn’t that why we all use top coats? But even though I absolutely love that look, sometimes I just need something different. Something edgier yet still sophisticated.

Bring on the matte nail finish. This polish is completely devoid of shine, seeming to suck the light inwards. Stylish, unusual and definitely eye catching, matte is here to stay.

But there are a couple of tips to make the best of this softly chic look.

  • Matte polish tends to chip faster than gloss varieties, and longer tips are more likely to get knocked quicker. Trimming your nails with nail files at or below the tips of your fingers with make your mani last longer!
  •  On its own, a matte topcoat isn’t the most durable way to rock this trend. It tends to wear off after a day or so. For the longest-lasting look, use a polish and a topcoat in the same finish.
  • Matte polishes dry almost immediately, so they don’t have time to settle down into a silk smooth finish. Apply one coat, then wait for it to dry completely before you add more layers to get a smooth, opaque look.
  • Finish off your mani with one brush of polish across the tip of your nail.  It creates a neater look and helps to prevent chipping.

Always eager to get in on the super cool matte action, I’m off to test out the best matte polishes.

 

1) Beetles Matte and High Gloss Polish Set

What Makes It Great

This is an excellent idea – a set of polishes that contains both high gloss and a beautiful rich matte. Available in a whole range of colors, I really like that you can have either depending on how you feel. Both polishes went on well, and lasted easily into three weeks, with the matte keeping its light-absorbing qualities perfectly.

Where It Could Be Improved

Although advertised as low odor, there is a definite polish whiff with both these bottles.

9.5Expert Score
The Final Verdict

This is a quality set of polishes, providing the best of both worlds - matte and gloss, for whichever mood takes you.

Beetles Matte Top Coat and High Gloss Top Coat Base Coat Set - No Wipe top Coat, Shine Finish and...

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Last update was on: September 16, 2019 7:18 pm
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2) Perfect Summer Matte Gel Polish

What Makes It Great

Perfect Summer’s clear matte top coat turns any color into a matte polish, so has an infinite variety of uses, for example, stencilling matte onto gloss for an unusual textured look. This goes on smoothly with a nice flow, and lasted nearly three weeks before I noticed the first, very tiny chip.

Where It Could Be Improved

It took several soaks to remove every trace of this top coat, but I can live with that.

8.9Expert Score
The Final Verdict

Ideal for turning any color polish a gorgeous soft matte and as a top coat, it’s durable and strong.

Perfect Summer Matte Top Coat Gel Nail Polish - UV LED Soak Off Top Coat, Home Gel Manicure Salon Polish,...

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Last update was on: September 16, 2019 3:11 pm
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$5.99 $9.99

 

3) OneDor One Step Matte Gel Polish

What Makes It Great

Available in a variety of colors, this matte top coat comes in a decent sized bottle for once. Although OneDor claim it’s tough enough with just one coat, I went for my usual two, and it worked perfectly. Durable and seemingly scuff resistant, it remained pristine for over two weeks.

Where It Could Be Improved

Whether it’s because I used two coats, this gel polish remained stubbornly stuck in place until it finally gave up and dissolved.

9.0Expert Score
The Final Verdict

If you’re looking for a chic and tough matte top coat, this is a great addition to anyone’s manicure kit.

OneDor® One Step Gel Polish UV Led Cured Required Soak Off Nail Polish (Matte Top Coat)

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Last update was on: September 16, 2019 3:11 pm
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4) Golden Rose Matte Nail Polish – 12 Nero Black Gray

What Makes It Great

This polish is mean, mysterious and gorgeously matte. It wasn’t tar-like at all and flowed smoothly, covering my nail in a silken sheet of satiny blackness. With industrial-strength tenacity, it kept its flawless good looks for over three weeks, and I only had to remove it then due to nail growth. I was wary about the hidden sparkles, but honestly, they are so subtle, and just add to the depth of matte blackness.

Where It Could Be Improved

The acetone aroma is quite strong when you first open the bottle, but after a few moments, it fades to a comfortable level.

9.2Expert Score
The Final Verdict

For a superior on-trend edginess that’s ultra hard-wearing, this gloriously deep black matte polish is perfect.

Golden Rose Matte Nail Polish - 12 Nero Black Gray

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Last update was on: September 16, 2019 6:13 pm
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$6.49 $9.99

 

5) Little Ondine Matte Top Coat

What Makes It Great

This is a water based polish. As such, it has no harsh chemical odor, and is much kinder to your nails than acetone based polishes. The organic colorants and natural resins in this Little Ondine product means that it doesn’t last quite as long as gel based polishes, but it dries really quickly and can be used to create some stunningly eye catching designs. On my nails, with everyday wear and tear, it remained chip and peel free for ten days.

Where It Could Be Improved

If you try and use this polish with gel, the effect isn’t as smooth as it could be, and with a matte finish, it needs to be smooth, so I recommend avoiding a gel base coat.

9.7Expert Score
The Final Verdict

Odorless, non toxic and producing an ultra stylish matte finish, this is an awesome polish to have in your mani kitbox.

Little Ondine Non-toxic Zero Smell Wide Brush Matte Top Coat, Dries in 45 Seconds

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Last update was on: September 15, 2019 11:12 pm
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