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Last year when the craze for matte nail polish hit I couldn't resist, I loved the look of a matte finish rather than a shiny one and started searching online for some matte colours. Despite there being a fad for matte I couldn't find many brands that actually stocked it and I ended up splashing out on a bottle of Opi "You Don't Know Jacques" polish. I say splashing out because this bottle cost me £9 and frankly I think that's extortionate for a bottle of nail polish. I classed it as a one off and eagerly awaited its arrival.
When the matte polish arrived I was intrigued that it didn't really look much different from normal polish, it seemed to have a little bit less substance to the colour but otherwise I wouldn't have known it was matte. Around the neck of the bottle was a small piece of card that warned me not to use creams and lotions, base coat or top coat or drying drops while wearing matte polish. I understand the base coat and top coat warning, have never heard of drying drops, but no hand cream? I wasn't sure this was going to work out after all.
So with clean dry nails I opened the bottle. I don't know why but I expected it to smell less than shiny polish however it doesn't, it's got a pretty strong chemical smell to it. I planned on using 2 coats but soon found that wasn't going to work. The first coat went on really badly, it's almost watery to apply and settled in patchy, streaky lines where the brush had been. I wasn't worried though as I knew I'd need another coat anyway. The second coat didn't do much better and although I was now getting more solid colour on my nails it still had areas where it wouldn't stay put. It actually took me 4 coats to get a proper amount on each nail with no streaks so I wasn't impressed with it's application. I did quite like the look though, matte polish looks very different to normal polish and it's a really nice subtle look.
It didn't last though. Within a day I had chips in the polish despite using no hand cream and being a bit careful with my nails. It seems to be alot softer than normal polish and chips so easily you really haven't got a prayer of keeping this on longterm. Once I got chips it was pointless leaving it on and avoiding much needed hand cream so off it came. Normal nail varnish remover will do the job easily.
I've tried it on my toe nails since and found the same problems, bad application needing many coats and no staying power whatsoever. When I first started to think about matte polish I wondered why it wasn't readily available and I think I now know, it's not a particularly good product. So my matte days were short lived and expensive. I can't recommend this product because of those issues and the price really is way too much for a 15ml bottle of nail polish. One star just because Opi matte have some really nice colours in the range, just be prepared for it being more effort than it's worth.