Product Type: ELF makeup
Newest Review: ... finish to them will have a matte effect which is different. I have used this polish over ELF polishes as well as Sally Hansen, Rimmel, R... more
Mattify Your Nails
E.L.F. Matte Finisher Clear Nail Polish
Member Name: xxBeccaxx
E.L.F. Matte Finisher Clear Nail Polish
Advantages: Cheap, works well, nice bottle, gives matte nails, leaves on colour, protects nails.
Disadvantages: The brush could be better, it chips after a couple of days, takes a while to dry, hard to remove.
I picked up this clear nail polish but it wasn't until it was delivered I noticed it wad actually a matte polish. At just £1.50 for 10ml it's seriously good value but as I bought it during a 50% sale I actually only paid 75p which is excellent value I think. I go through stages of wearing nail polish to never wearing any for months so this was recently rediscovered and used again after months of abandonment.
The bottle comes as any nail polish does but is specific to the ELF range which is a shape that is described as 'squoval' a mix between a square, and an oval. It is slightly rounded in the centre tapering off to the oval shape but become straight at either end, this makes it easy to hold but not so easy to cram as many polishes into a small space. It's not heavy but it does have the look that it could be with a large bottom part with the polish starting about a 1/4 up from the bottom. The whole bottle is transparent with 'elf nail polish' on the front and a matte black lid which holds the brush to apply to your nails. I like that the bottle is transparent as you can easily distinguish which polish this is as well as knowing how much is left. I really like the shape of the bottle, it looks more expensive than just £1.50.
Firstly I prepare and polish my nails as I always do and once they have fully dried this is when I reach for this product. The top twists off easily and I haven't found any problems with the top clogging with polish and becoming stuck and difficult to open. The brush isn't very long, I really like the Revlon polish as they have really long brushes which makes it easy to apply without the lid getting in the way of the view but this one is rather short. The bristles are also pretty short, and aren't as full and thick as other polishes I've used. It picks up the product well although you do have to wipe excess from the top of the inside of the bottle. The polish is very wet (obviously) but it's pretty runny which can make it difficult to apply easily to the nails, I find this needs 3 strokes over my nail, one in the middle and one either side to coat the full nail, this isn't a one sweep polish. I find it takes time to dry, it gets tacky quickly but it can be a mistake to assume this as dry because smudging it will ruin the whole nail and you have to start again. I tend to sit with my nails spread for around 5 minutes to make sure this is completely dry.
Once dry the nails rather than having a high polish, shiny finish to them will have a matte effect which is different. I have used this polish over ELF polishes as well as Sally Hansen, Rimmel, Revlon and whatever others I have upstairs and I have found that this gives a mattifying effect over whatever polish I may use. I really liked the effect it gave my nails, it was something different but I can't say I would wear it every time, some of my polishes just look much better with a clear polish over the top rather than this matte effect one. It doesn't take away from the colour at all which I thought it may have it dries on clear leaving the polish in it's original colour and pigmentation just devoid of any shine.
After around 2-3 days the polish started chipping and I found the top coat I had used (this one) was peeling off and leaving the undercoat on and on some nails chipping the whole nail colour. I removed it as I normally would with a cotton pad and nail polish remover but I found it required a little more effort to get rid of it which isn't anything other than a little more time consuming which is fine by me.
Overall this is a really good little product, it's cheap, does the job, gives me a different type of effect on my nails, it leaves the colour on and protects my nails (apparently with added vitamin E but personally this is nothing but a bonus in a polish). The only problems I have is with the brush which although hasn't gone bald or anything isn't the best I have used but then again for the price I don't think I can really complain, my other bug bear is that it starts chipping after a couple of days although when I am going through a polish faze I tend to change my colour every couple of days anyway. I'd definitely recommend it if you want to try a matte nail polish as by all standards this is a pretty good one.
Summary: A pretty good matte nail polish.