Product Type: Rimmel makeup
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This is no trifling matte-r.
Rimmel Lycra Pro Matte Finish
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Rimmel Lycra Pro Matte Finish
Advantages: Easy to apply and quick to dry. Great mileage and value for money. Not a bad look!
Disadvantages: Doesn't last for as long as it says, losing its effects after a few days.
I was quite wary of the matte polish trend, since the advertisements never look very flattering, in my opinion. Seeing some matte topcoats coming out really tempted me, though, and it didn't seem like a lot of money to lose. I went for Rimmel's version, since they're usually my one-stop shop when it comes to trying out trends and colours - I trust their brushes and formulas, and they're easy to find and reasonably priced. This bottle was £4.59 from Boots, which isn't the cheapest varnish ever, but the frequent offers take the edge off.
PACKAGING: The topcoat comes in Rimmel's typical round bottle, containing 12ml of fluid - a generous amount that does help justify the price. The label describes the product as instantly transforming nail colours into a velvety matte finish that lasts for up to ten days - a tremendous boast that I completely ignore, since no polish ever lasts that long on me!
APPLICATION: All you need is one layer of the topcoat over your regular nail polish after it's dried; multiple coats make no visible difference. I really love the brush for this - it's a flat, firm plastic one that spreads out like a spatula, easily covering each nail with one wide stroke. It can hold a surprising amount of liquid, too - I can coat three or four nails without having to dip twice, and without making a mess either. The mattifying effect appears within a few seconds of application, and the topcoat is firmly touch dry within a couple of minutes. I especially like how the varnish smooths over any little mistakes; if I'm a rush to get the matte look and make a few streaks or scraggly layers, the topcoat glosses over them all to create a nice even finish. A real joy if you're prone to doing a bit of a half-baked job, like I often do! It's great to put on top of nudes or pastels for a really soft, more natural look, or on top of metallics to get a frosty effect.
WEAR: "Up to ten days" is very ambitious, and as much as I like the product I don't believe it for a second! I find the tips of my nails start to lose a bit of the matte finish after two or three days, and after that they just look more and more like regular glossy varnish that's gone dull. I don't usually leave my nails undone for over a week, though, so can't complain too much there - the matte effect's natural lifespan is just enough for me. As a protective topcoat, it seems as good as any, keeping my nails presentable for two or three days longer than without.
The matte look isn't as extreme as I thought it would be - an understated effect, different but subtle, and I like it much more than I thought I would. I'm very glad to have given this a shot, since it's a great way to rejuvenate tired old polishes, or to take the edge off polishes that are bit too bright and high-shine. Definitely a worthwhile investment, giving your collection some extra mileage for only a minor additional cost.
Summary: Who needs to buy matte colours when you can just buy this?