I ordered a few items from the Lipstick Republic sale yesterday, and they arrived today! I ordered two OCC pigments (on sale for $11.20 each), a Lime Crime lipstick (on sale for $16.80) and an e.l.f. matte nail polish (on sale for $2.80). Michelle from Lipstick Republic also threw a bonus two NYX eyeliners!
I will review the pigments and lipstick in the next few days, but I couldn't help playing with the nail polish straight away.
I never got into the whole matte nail polish craze, and I don't own any matte polishes, but I thought a matte top coat was a great idea (and you can't beat $2.80!) because it means I can start doing subtle nail designs mixing matte and shiny - for example dotting this matte polish over a shiny polish to create a cool pattern. I also liked the idea of a matte top coat because it means I can make any shade matte, instead of being stuck with a coloured matte polish that isn't very versatile.
For the demonstration below I used two coats of Sally Hansen Inta-Dri in the shade 150 Petal Pusher.
This is one coat of the e.l.f. matte top coat, and I think it does a really good job! I was quite impressed with how this turned out and I actually really like the look it gives over the nude polish... definitely a my nails but better effect. Maybe I will get more use out of this polish than I originally thought!
Update: The matte finish does wear off a bit after a day and the shine does start to come through, resulting in a more of a dull shine. I don't mind this dull shine effect too much, but it definitely isn't matte. Next time I am going to apply two coats of matte finish to see how that lasts.
Have you tried a matte polish? What colours do you think look the best matte?