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Brand: Avon / Type: Nail varnish /Available: Various colours / Suitable for: Nails

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      30.08.2013 15:18
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      AVON messed up a bit with this one

      I love AVON nail polishes and have been more than happy with all the ones I have previously bought, I saw this one in one of the books a while ago and I bought 2 a Purple and a Grey at £3 each so the price was reasonable enough and the bottle are quite big so I was happy with that.
      There were loads of colours to chose from and I was planning on getting some more if I liked these ones.

      The Bottles themselves are not the most attractive of bottles and are very square and Sharp edged but I guess this is the modern look it was going for as Matte nail varnish is quite a modern trend.

      The Nail varnish applies really smoothly and is really easy not to mess up, it is quite thin but covers well so you should only need one coat, the brush is also a good shape that makes it easy to keep to the shape of your nail and follow the curve of your cuticle.
      When you first put the polish on it comes out glossy and is a really lovely colour and then it dire matte and for me that's when I stopped liking it I know I bought a Matte nail varnish so I can't complain that it went Matte because that would be ridiculous but I just didn't like how it looked, in the magazine it looked cute but I thought in reality it looked like I had drawn on my nails with felt tips like when I was a kid, and that's not a look that does it for me.

      Another down side was that it chipped so easily as in you paint your nails wait for it to dry then half an hour later you realise you have chipped it, I don't know if this is just something matte varnish does but it is definitely not something that would be practical in real life as you would be redoing your nails every few hours and unfortunately I do not have time to do that.

      I love AVON and most of there products are great but this one was a bit of a flop in my opinion and I would not recommend it at all

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      05.12.2012 08:58
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      Still worthy of 4 stars!

      I got a few of these Avon matte nail polishes not long after they first came out.
      I have 3 colours - inky blue (a dark blue colour), red velvet (a shimmery dark red/ pink colour) and violetta (a deep purple colour).

      ~ Price and availability ~
      The matte nail polish is available to order from the Avon brochure via your local Avon representative or you can order it online at www.avonshop.co.uk. It costs £6.00 for a 12ml bottle, but it is often on offer and I got mine half price for just £3.00 each.

      ~ Appearance ~
      The nail polish comes in a tall, flat, rectangular shaped bottle. The black plastic lid is about an inch tall and is easy to twist off revealing the fairly thick nail polish brush.
      The front of the bottle has a clear sticker on with, 'Avon matte' on in large white letters at the top and then underneath are the words, 'matte nailwear'. It also tells you that this bottle contains 12ml of nail polish.
      The bottom of the nail polish has a small round white sticker on it with Avon's UK address and the name of the shade on it.

      ~ The product ~
      The nail polish goes on like any other and appears wet and shiny at first, but then dries very matte with no shine to it at all.
      As I mentioned the red velvet colour is shimmery. It doesn't look as shimmery on your nails as it appears in the bottle, but it is still a matte colour and when it dries it may have shimmer in it, but there is no shine to it. It is not glossy or shiny at all, like you'd find with most normal polishes.

      ~ My thoughts ~
      The effect looks really nice and is instantly noticeable and it looks very different from wearing normal nail polish.

      I really like the colours that I have. I was a little disappointed when the inky blue arrived and it looked like a it was a dark purple colour in the bottle, but it doesn't go on dark purple at all. It is the dark blue colour that I had been expecting.

      One thing that I have noticed about the matte nail polishes is that they can chip quite easily. If you catch them on something the nail polish scrapes off quite easily, whereas with a normal nail polish your nails would be glossy or shiny and the polish is not easily scratched as it is easier for something to glide over your nails rather than cutting through the polish.
      The polish does not feel rough on your nails, but it is not a smooth texture. It is not as smooth as your natural nails so it may take a bit of getting used to.

      It dries in about 2-3 minutes, which is pretty average for a nail polish and I'd say it only lasts 1-2 days before chipping. This is one of the main things that stops me from choosing to wear these matte colours more often, but I do like the effect they give your nails and I would buy more of these matte polishes. I usually find that normal nail polishes last 2-3 days before chipping so these polishes aren't too inferior longevity wise, but it is frustrating when you scratch them on something that wouldn't have had an effect on a normal nail polish.

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        26.11.2012 00:30
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        a sub-standard matte nail polish from Avon

        I know quite a few Avon reps so in a bid to be supportive for them making some extra cash I like to place an order where I can. I love painting my nails and have a big collection of polishes, and own different types, so it was only a matter of time before I tried out a matte nail polish really!

        I bought a deep red colour called Red Velvet and it comes in a Square shaped glass bottle with a black handle for ease of use. It is a 12ml quantity so is a bit bigger than my other nail polishes but at £3 which is the price I paid for it at the time it seemed reasonable and in line with my other standard nail polishes from other brands.

        The polish is easy to apply with a thick ample brush and coats on well. I have had it since about January this year and it has not gone all thick and clompy in anyway, but I have found that opening it, there is the instant "nail polish" smell that hits you instantly - and this is saying something since I currently have a bunged up nose as I have a cold!

        The nail polish looks really good on, as it of course looks wet at first but dries pretty quickly into a matte colour which is a gorgeous effect. One coat sits well but I did find applying a bit more to give it an even base and thick coverage is definitely needed. In the end I applied 3 coats of it, a clear top coat (but not too heavy as I did not want to ruin the matte effect) then the quick freeze nail dry spray. It all looked glam and I was super proud of myself but I was so annoyed as it literally chipped away by the evening! To me this is a big let down and the reason why I cannot even give this nail polish 3 out of 5 stars as the longevity of a nail polish is the most crucial point for me.

        Overall I was really disappointed with this polish, but to be honest I didn't expect much as my other Avon nail polishes are the weakest of all the nail polishes I own and no matter how much I try they never seem to last more than 24 hours before chipping away and making my nails look tacky. I wouldn't recommend this brand and so I am on the hunt for a matte nail polish from another brand that will serve me better!

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        20.11.2012 22:38
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        Avoid at all costs

        I love purple with a passion and have been called obsessed in fact. Any make up that is purple, will eventually find its way into my collection at some point.

        This Avon Matte varnish was no exception. I bought it because of the colour mainly, it is a light purple and I just had to have it. Like a lot of other Avon products, the box was plain just Avon written on it and the colour of the polish on the bottom. After opening the box, the colour was everything I expected it to be, beautiful. I started to apply the varnish but found it very thin. I have been doing nail art for many years so am used to numerous brands of varnish and different consistencies. Avon however was hard to apply, although it covered the nail in one coat, it didn't give a consistent covering. I gave it a second coat and it just went lumpy and looked horrible. I removed the polish which was easy, and set about clearing the brush of excess polish before each wipe with the brush. After one coat it looked okish, I gave it a second coat and it again looked nasty, it doesn't dry well either. It dries patchy and this makes the whole finish look horrible. I have tried to just use one coat but it didn't look finished, I have done nail art on one coat but without a top coat it does peel off very easily.

        I paid £3 for this nail varnish but wouldn't buy it again. I have bought a blue of the same set and had the same problem. I won't be buying anymore of this set. I have returned the blue and made a complaint to my Avon Rep, haven't heard anything further but I wouldn't recommend anyone buy this.

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        14.04.2012 00:29
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        I think i'll try another brand of black polish next time

        I was on the lookout for a black nail polish to go with a black dress that I was wearing for a party. I decided on this one for £3 online.

        The nail polish comes in an attractive glass bottle with 12ml of polish. The word "Matte" is written across the front of the bottle. The bottle is quite heavy but this means that it's also sturdy and durable. You can carry it around with you in your handbag without fear of it breaking. The nail polish itself is quite thick and gloopy in consistency. Inside the bottle is the applicator brush which is soft and of good quality. It feels lovely when brushed against the nails and the polish is picked up well on the brush without it falling off the brush and leaking everywhere.

        The nail polish reminds me a little of cement (and i've not been the first person to say this and I won't be the last). It's not the most pleasant of nail polishes. It has a really strong scent to it that smells around 50% stronger than "normal" nail polish. Also, if you apply too much of the polish it starts to appear gloopy and lumpy on the nails. The trick is to apply one really thin coat and then apply another thin coat until you have reached your desired effect.

        I did like the "black nails" look though. It looked great - very dark and gothic. The colour was very intense and long lasting. I just think Avon need to work on the formula to make it a bit more pleasurable to use.

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        09.01.2012 01:26
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        awful awful awful

        I was brought this by my avon rep as a substitute because the nail varnish i ordered wasnt in stock and i was willing to give anything a try. I like having different colours for my nails and have brought a lot of different varnishes from avon that have been fantastic.
        It some in a plain black box with the clearly written on the front of the box and the colour written underneath the box. When i took it out the nail varnish is in a clear bottle so you can see the colour and it had a black twist top with the brush applicator attached on the inside. It is also a 12ml bottle.

        i normally put 2 coats of polish on my nails so i have got an even coat and to make sure i havent missed any but i found that with this nail varnish you only need the one to cover the entire nail. you have to wipe the brush the first few times you use it too to avoid over filling the brush and having more varnish on your nails than you need. I found that it starts drying very quickly and once i had painted all my nails and inspected them they looked awful. The varnish looks like you have painted your nails in childrens paint and they looked really tacky.
        I also found that they start chipping pretty much straight away, even with 2 coats of varnish on them, not something you want from your nail varnish. I had to wipe it off and use some of my other nail varnish instead because they made my nails look like my daughter has painted them.
        Being a mum of 2 and running round after them all day i like to have some time at night to spend on myself and i really like painting my nails but with the nail varnish i found that it was a complete waste of time and money.
        The colour of the varnish is actually a very pretty colour and so are the others that avon do in this matte finish which ar red, blue, silver, black and purple. I have the purple one and the colour looks nothing like what it looks like in the bottle. It turns very dark once its dry and the same goes for the other colours with the black excluded of course. The odour of this varnish is pretty much the same as every other nail varnish i have used so that aspect doesnt bother me really beause im used to the smell but like all polishes it will stain fabrics and furnishing if spilt so be careful applying.

        I wouldnt recommend this to anyone really, i think its a complete waste of money and they charge £4 for this perticular product. I have since wore it again but i have put a top coat of clear varnish to try and make it look better, which it does and the varnish doesnt chip but it defeats the object of having a matte finish if you are just putting the clear varnish over the top. I normally love avons products but this is a very big disappointment.

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        06.01.2012 12:57
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        Nice varnish in lovely colours, just a shame that its not hard wearing

        ** About the Product**
        Avon Matte Nail Enamel
        12ml
        Available in a number of colours: black, grey, violet, red and blue
        Can be bought from Avon for £6, although it is sometimes on offer


        **Packaging**
        The product comes in a black box, with the name and colour of the item printed on it. This I assume is to protect the product whilst in transit. The bottle is a standard nail varnish size and shape. The black screw top lid is easily opened and closed. The lid closes tightly so you do not need to worry about spillages.


        **My Opinion**
        I saw this product in an Avon book a while ago and was intrigued. I loved how the varnish looked on the models fingers and it was different to all their other nail varnishes. I decided to try the black and grey and got these for Christmas this year. The varnish was easy to apply as it dried super quick, much to my joy as I hate waiting around for nail varnish to dry. I am also glad that this nail varnish came in a variety of colours because it is always good to mix and match. My mum ordered the violet one and she loves it. The smell was not too strong, so it did not leave you with a headache afterwards. The effect was great when first painted, but I found after a day or so, the matte effect started to wear of and the varnish just looked like ordinary nail polish. One final niggle with this product is that it does chip easily. I painted my nails yesterday before I went out shopping and then that evening I had noticed that the tips of my nails had chipped already.

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        06.12.2011 11:30
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        Great look let down by its durability

        I am a fan of the matte look, I think it looks more classic than a sheen finish, and have always had my photographs printed off in matte, and when flicking through the Avon catalogue in the summer, I was intrigued by these Matte finish nail varnishes. There were a range of colours including black, silver, purple and red - I decided to test out the red shade.

        The Matte nail colours are from the Nailwear Pro range in Avon, and like their other nail colours, the bottle comes boxed in a plain black box with the items name on it. I opened the small box, and again, the Matte's bottle is shaped in a squared shape just like the rest of the range, with a black screw lid.
        The bottle is clear, and I could see the deep red colour of my nail varnish, with little flecks of gold, and I realized I actually had the exact same colour from the normal range, so I couldnt wait to see the difference between the shiny version and the matte one.

        To apply is simple, just unscrew the lid and the brush is attached. I always find the need to wipe half the brush off especially from a new bottle otherwise the brush will be overloaded and you end up with big drips on your nails.

        One thing I noticed was that after sweeping the colour across my nails, it started drying pretty quick, and the Matte look was obvious as soon as it began to dry. Instead of that glossy look, my nails had a classy matte look.

        I only needed to apply one coat and found that more than ample, there was no streaking, or missed gaps on my nails, the coverage was lovely. One thing I did notice was that the gold flecks in the colour were less apparent in the matte version, they definitely stand out more in the gloss colour.

        For a few hours I was really happy with my nails and the matte effect on them. I am a mum, which means I spend half my life doing laundry, or cleaning, or with my hands in a sink full of washing up. I do not expect miracles from a nail varnish, but I would like one that can last through my daily taks for at least a day or two, but within four hours of my applying, my daily chores had begun to make an impact on my nails, and by bedtime that evening, it looked as though it had been applied a week ago and I just could not be bothered to remove what was left! It was so chipped I was really disappointed.

        Saying that, I was still impressed with the look, and thought I would treat myself to another colour or two and only wear them on nights out as I thought they would look good, so when the next catalogue was delivered, I looked for some more, and was left disappointed again to see there were none of these nail varnishes in the book! The following month after that I was informed there were some of them in the book, but I forgot to fill my order form in, and I have just gone to the Avon website to get latest prices, and yet again they do not have them in! So it is very hit and miss as to whether or not Avon have them in, which is most annoying! I know when I first purchased my bottle, it cost me £4, but the Prowear nail varnishes are often on a special offer, so keep an eye out for a discount!

        These are good to look at, but dont withstand chipping too great!

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          06.11.2011 23:38
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          Great colours disappointed by Avon for how quickly it chips

          ***AVON SAYS***

          Fashion-forward matte finish nail enamel. 12ml

          Available in:

          Black
          Grey
          Blue
          Red
          Violet (pictured above)

          Available at £6. Usually on offer at £5 or 2 for £8 or 3 for £10.

          ***THE PRODUCT***

          This is a large nail varnish bottle (complared to normal sizes) with a more generous amount of nail varnish in. The colours are all Matte as the name suggests although they are also very sparkly or metalic in some of the colours. They are very matte though and not shiny and comprises of a very different look to other nail varnishes.

          ***USAGE***

          The nail varnishes are very fast drying therefore it is recommended that you apply quickly. I recommend painting using a small amount of varnish on the brush (not dripping but don't scrape most of it off). Try to do each nail in 2 strokes. Wait for them to dry completely (only 2mins as fast drying) then apply a slightly thicker second coat.

          Due to the look being purposely matte effect I would not recommend putting a clear top coat on although this is entirely up to you.

          ***MY OPINION***

          I have this in red and black but due to friends having them I've tested every colour. I love love love the colour hence the 3 stars but I am so disappointed unfortunately as this is the most easily chipped nail varnish I have ever used!! If I do my nails one evening, I can even find that they have started to chip in several places by the time I wake up the next morning.

          I am pretty gutted to be honest, they really are some of the most beautiful colours I have ever seen for nail varnish. Plus as mentioned you can't use a clear varnish or it defeats the object of the matte effect! If it didn't chip within 1 day this would be my fave nail varnish.

          Just as another note I only work in an office so I'm not using any harsh substances or chemicals that make varnishes wear more easily.

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          27.09.2011 02:35
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          A really trendy nail colour just not for me!

          I have recently moved houses and haven't been having Avon for a while, but last week a rep knocked the door with the book, I gladly grabbed it and enjoyed having a good nose through the brochure with a cuppa later that night.
          Out of the numerous things I ordered one product was Avon Matte nailwear in Grey Cement. It was on offer for £3 instead of £6 and in the brochure the models nails looked really cool and funky, this was my deciding factor in what colour to get, she was modelling the Grey Cement so .....

          Anyway, I got my order delivered on Thursday and didn't really get a chance to look at any of it properly until Sunday night as I have been decorating my living room... again!
          I decided after having a bath (using Avon Strawberry Sorbet Bubble Bath - See review) I would pamper myself a little and do my nails etc.
          I applied the nail varnish as usual and didn't really like it but thought it was down to there only being one coat, so after waiting for it to dry, which it did so impecabily quickly I applied a second coat. The colour is lovely, really modern and trendy, but the matte effect, hmmm, no it's not for me. I really didn't like it and to be quite honest it did really look like I had dipped my nails in cement!

          I am going to try it with a clear polish over the top as soon as I find it so I will update in the near future with the result as I really love the colour but until then this nail varnish will be staying in it's box!

          It comes in a black cardboard box, and inside is a little rectangular shaped bottle which holds 12mls. Once opened the product has a shelf life of 24 months.

          If you fancy trying it but aren't sure about the matte effect my advice would be to wait for an offer as Avon have them all the time, rather than you paying full price.

          It comes in five different shades ~
          Black as Night
          Grey Cement
          Inky Blue
          Red Velvet
          Violetta

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          30.08.2011 16:00
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          Some of the best nail polish I have purchased

          Background

          I have loved applying nail polish ever since I was about eight years old, as I suffered from childhood cancer I was prohibited from playing with other forms of make-up such as eye shadow or even face paints, due to how my skin would react to the chemicals whether or not they were all natural or organic. I still like to use nail polish however I like to go for the more unique colours of which Avon is a great provider.

          Variety

          In terms of the Matte variety of Avon nail varnish there are the following colours black as night, grey cement, inky blue, violetta and red velvet. Which I think is a decent variety of colours though there is a lack of pinks and greens for those who are really particular of their nail colour shades. However there is more selection in the nail wear pro category which seems to have the same price, durability with a smooth finish, though the shades I don't think are as unique or interesting.

          Durability and personal experience

          I purchased the inky blue shade for myself for £3.50, the top price for Avon nail wear is £6 but as I stipulated before in a previous Avon review you should never purchase an Avon product for full price as sooner or later you will probably find it for half price later on in the year. I thought this was pretty good value considering the high street brands which can cost up to £15.

          The packaging is a little 12ml glass transparent bottle which lets you see the shade with a black lid with a little brush attached inside like most other nail polishes. I was actually quite surprised at how much there was in a bottle t seems to last forever. The bottle comes in a little back box with white writing describing the product.

          I found that you actually needed a few coats to make the nail varnish look blue, with only one coat it actually looks more dark purple. At the first instance I thought that perhaps I had been sent the wrong colour tough the box said inky blue, but a few coats solved that problem.

          The brochure states that the varnish can last up to 10 days, however I think that this must be for women that don't wash dishes, do artwork or grow vegetables. For me it lasted 5 days maximum, which is still pretty good going and I was impressed for the good value. The matte finish isn't quite me however I prefer the standard Nail wear pro enamel which gives a more smooth and sparkly finish.

          Would I recommend it though? I think I would just be sure to get it at its bargain price from £2.50-£3.50 as we all have reasons to be thrifty these days.

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          10.06.2011 15:46
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          A great value polish that copies catwalk trends

          Ever since managing to grow my nails a few years back, I've been particularly proud of my talons and thus like to keep them looking good through regular manicures and a wide range of polishes; to match my outfit of course darling! I have built up quite a selection of different polishes and tend to favour Nails Inc and China Glaze products, but also have quite a fondness for AVON nail polishes mainly because they are cheap and cheerful.

          The AVON matte nailwear range was brought out relatively recently as a nod to the catwalk where matt nail polishes have become commonplace. The polish comes in a square shaped bottle and the size is 12ml.
          This Inky Blue polish looks quite glossy when first applied, but dries to a beautiful matte finish. It actually dries in seconds although it's not pitched as a quick drying polish. For this reason I find this a great polish to use if you're short on time when getting ready to go out as it really is a quick fix. You can start applying the second coat of polish as soon as you have finished the first coat without fear of causing smudges or uneven application.

          The only downside to this product is that one coat is never enough, although it looks okay at first, it chips and peels within a day or so. Definitely not as long lasting as other nail polishes from Avon but this can be combatted with the use of a base coat and two coats of polish. I would advise against using a top coat because these are usually shiny and take away from the desired matte effect of the polish. Conversely, if you can get hold of a clear matte top coat then you should consider applying this to make your polish last even longer.

          This polish comes in several different shades and normally retails at £6 per bottle.

          **EDIT**
          I felt the need to edit this review because I suddenly remembered another point worth mentioning about this polish - it can stain your skin when you take it off. Always always use a small cotton wool ball and try to only touch the nail. Change 'balls' regularly (I'd go so far to say every 1/2 nails) or you get blue on the sides of your nails which takes a fair bit of effort to get off. Pretty common with most dark polishes I'd say but ladies - you have been warned! Still 4/5 from me though :)

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          04.04.2011 23:03
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          This is a lovely nail polish that gives a lovely matte look

          My friend ordered the Avon matte nail varnish recently when it was on offer in the brochure for half price. She loves a bargain and since this product was new she couldn't resist it for just 3 quid. When my friend received the varnish she loved the colour which in this case was grey cement however appearances are not everything as when she tried the varnish she couldn't of been less pleased. I therefore got offered the product in case I liked it and I thought why not as it will be good to review my opinion.


          The varnish is part of avons nail wear range and it promises to add something a bit different to wearing a shiny varnish as this one is matte look. The polish comes in a clear glass bottle as do the rest of the avon varnishes. It has a black shiny screw top lid which is very easy to open and close. The bottle contains 12ml and it will normally cost 6.00 however they come on offer regularly in the avon brochure.


          I feel that some avon products can be very touch and go as I have ordered many in the past that have appeared one colour in the brochure and look completely different when they arrive, however this varnish looks exactly the same as it does in the book. When applying the varnish it appears that it will have a shiny wet finish but once the varnish begins to dry you can see that it is completely matte with no hint of shine. I can describe the matte look as a somewhat chalky appearance.


          My friend didn't like this varnish as she felt that something was missing which in this case is the shine. I however don't mind this at all as I really like the matte look. It gives the nails a very nice coat of varnish with just one application. The varnish chips after a few days but to be honest so do most that I have tried due to me working in a hairdressers I don't tend to get that much staying power.


          Another thing I liked about this varnish was that it wasn't too bad at smelling either. Overall I was impressed with avons design of the new matte nail polish in fact I have ordered myself another in the purple colour.

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          13.02.2011 10:56
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          Not recommended.

          For some reason my review on this product has disappeared so I will try again! I bought this nail enamel when Avon first released it about 3 months ago now. I paid £3 for it but its usual recommended retail price is £6. However, with all Avon products it is usually on offer every couple of brochures.

          The nail varnish is in a bottle just like the one above. I bought mine in 'Violetta' which is a darker purple than that one shown above. It also comes in a black cardboard box which is nice if you are giving it as a gift. The nail varnish is 12ml.

          I read the box before applying the nail varnish because I had never used a matte effect varnish before. It said not to use a top coat as this will make the varnish look too shiny so I put on a base coat and then set about applying the nail varnish.

          The brush is a good size and shape which makes the varnish really easy to apply, a few strokes do each nail and I didnt get too much over my hand! The coat of nail varnish dried really quickly in less than a minute, however another coat was essential because it was very streaky and patchy.

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            27.01.2011 20:04
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            Sometimes different is good!!!!

            Avon has just introduced a new range in their nail varnish collection. It is their new Matte range, all the colour but without the shine.
            These were at an introductory price of £3 instead of the usual £6 so I decided to give them a go and add them to my ever growing nail varnish collection. I decided first of all on the Violetta which is a deep purple colour and then the Red Velvet which as expected is a deep red. (They also do black, grey and blue)

            I wasn't quite sure what to expect having not used a matte nail varnish before but I was pleasantly surprised.

            The nail varnish comes in the standard Avon bottle as seen above. It is squared off with a black lid and has a content of 12ml. The bottle comes in a navy Avon cardboard box and can be bought either online or through your local representative.

            The nail varnish goes on easily and has a very quick drying speed. I did find however that you needed at least 2 coats to allow an even look across your nails.

            I always use a base coat and believe this helps with the staying power of the nail varnish but where as I usually use a strengthener top coat to also help with longevity of colour, because of the matte finish obviously this isn't possible so I found that it does wear and chip a little quicker than your average nail polish which I kind of expected.
            I also found that the matte finish does take a little getting used to. I personally wasn't sure about it when I first applied it, which I now put down to the different look it gives your nails that I just wasn't used to. It took me a good couple of hours but I grew to love it for its individuality. It then became a bit of a talking point with many people asking me where I got it etc.

            These shades look great on long nails with the deep colours of most of the range showing off the length nicely. The cost at the moment for these is quite reasonable I'm not sure though if I would have bought them at full price.
            I would suggest a base coat as with all nail varnish to avoid staining, and make sure you give yourself time to get used to not having that polished look.

            But hey if you don't like it stick a clear coat over the top and bring back that shine.

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