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Matte vs. Shiny

I bought myself a Gosh Matte Effect top coat with my nail polish haul a while back and had been wondering how to use it. I saw the following mani on Pinterest and decided to give it a try:

 

Image source: Pinterest

Image source: Pinterest

 

Stunning hey? So I started with two coats of Tip Top Black Forest and on my ring fingers I painted two coats of Sinful Colors Ruby Ruby. I then applied my matte top coat to all my nails. I noticed that only some of my nails were drying matte. I kept on painting coats until they all sort of dried matte. I let them dry completely since I knew I’d be sticking tip guides on my nails to do the tips. Actually, Rudi decided he wanted to do the tips, so I let him.

 

I think this mani is one for Pinstrosity:

 

 

Matte vs. Shiny

Matte vs. Shiny

 

The matte top coat didn’t work like I thought it would. The black polish looked like badly painted chalkboard paint when it dried. It also seemed very prone to knocks. Also, in the “example” ¬†picture, she has beautiful long narrow nail beds. Mine are short and wide and I don’t think it suits me so well. By the next morning the “shiny” tips had linen print on them and everything looked matte/textured. For me this mani was an utter fail, but because I don’t have time to do my nails during the week I wore it till it chipped.

 

I spoke to Gosh about the matte top coat not working well. They were very helpful and quick with feedback. They asked me to return the top coat to the store where it was purchased as it seemed to be a quality issue. I did this and my polish was exchanged, no problem. I still need to test the replacement as the store assistant checked and the bottles are from the same batch. I hope it works. If it doesn’t I’m going to ask Gosh to send me a new one.

 

Would you try this mani?

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