Product Type: ELF makeup
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E.L.F. Matte Finisher Clear Nail Polish
Member Name: Tracy_1127
E.L.F. Matte Finisher Clear Nail Polish
Advantages: works well, cheap, econmical way to wear matte polish
Disadvantages: takes about 5 minutes to dry
As some of you will know I've had a hankering for matte finish nail polish recently and had a disasterous experience with an actual matte polish. I thought my matte days were finished until I found this product on E.L.F's website. Quickly for those who don't know E.L.F can be found at www.eyeslipsface.co.uk and have a wide range of cosmetics for £1.50 and some for slightly more. This Matte Finisher was in the nail section and cost £1.50 for a 10ml bottle.
When the item arrived I noticed it was packaged very smartly with a black matte box which made it look alot more expensive than it is. It tells us it is infused with vitamin E for stronger, healthier nails and is tolune, formaldehyde and dibutyl phthalate free. On the back it tells us the product has revolutionary bristle design so it applies flawlessly and evenly, it will instantly update any glossy polish to a matte look in seconds and it is a quick dry forumla. To use you apply a normal glossy polish, let it dry then apply a coat of this on top to change it to matte.
Not really convinced this was going to work very well I found myself staring at my already painted toenails and wondering if I should start by trying it on them. I decided to go ahead as they were definitely dry having been painted a few days previously. The first thing I noticed about the product is it looks like a cloudy clear nail varnish and smells really strong of chemicals. I use it in the bathroom with the window open so it doesn't drift around the house. I examined the brush for these "revolutionary bristles" but I don't quite know what I'm looking for and can see nothing unusual about them so perhaps it's what they are made of.
I quickly applied one coat to all my nails, it goes on easily and looks shiny like clear nail varnish while it's wet. I waited a few minutes before having another look and found to my surprise it really had worked. My previously shiny nail polish was now a solid matte look with no patchiness or disruption to the original polish. Rather pleased with this I recalled the "quick drying formula" and touched a nail only to find it was still very tacky and smudged a bit. This happened for several minutes after applying so it does take rather a long time to dry completely. I'm very impatient about waiting for nail polish to dry so I was doing a fair bit of tutting and sighing during this time. After about 5 minutes though the polish was totally dry and I was left with a matte version of the same colour I'd been wearing. This doesn't alter the colour of the polish or move it off the nail as long as it's dry before you apply.
Since then I've tried it on various other colours and brands of polish with the same results, shiny to matte in a few minutes. This product really pleases me because it doesn't require me to use about 4 coats and still get a patchy finish like the matte polish I bought did, it can be used on any of the colours I already own so is very economical as I don't have to hunt down matte versions and one coat does the job without fail as long as the polish underneath is totally dry.
As for removing, it does require a soaked cotton wool pad left in place for a couple of seconds before you wipe, it seems to go a bit stodgy. It doesn't, however, chip any easier than normal polish again unlike the matte polish I bought, and I've found no problems with using cream near it or soaking my nails in water etc. It's quite simply a brilliant addition to anyone's collection of nail polishes so you can alter your look if you feel like being a bit different and going matte for a while. I'm not going to knock a star off for the longer drying time because the product works so well so a full 5 stars from me.
Summary: A great addition to my polish collection