My sister came to visit over the bank holiday weekend, and, just for a change, we went shopping. I picked up two nail polishes from Barry M, one of which was the Matte Nail Paint in Crush. I fell in love with the colour immediately, and I have to say that my heart sank a little when I realised that it was a matte formula. I've always avoided matte polishes in the past because I love glossy nails, and was fairly sure I wouldn't like any polishes that didn't have a sheen to them. However, the rich burgundy colour of this one is so lovely and so perfect for Autumn that I thought I would be adventurous and give it a try.
What you see in the pictures is two coats of Crush over a base coat of Ciate's Underwear. For some reason I had in mind that a matte polish would be tricky to work with, but Crush glides on like a dream. When you first apply it, it looks glossy, and then it dries to a matte finish.
It's reflecting the light a bit, but I assure you, there is no shine to this whatsoever. It's flat as a pancake.
I have to admit, I hated it at first. Loved the colour, loved the application, hated the matte finish. Then some time passed and I got used to it, and I started to think that maybe it didn't look so bad after all. In fact, I thought, maybe it looked sort of sophisticated.
I'm still undecided about it. I don't think it helps that I've applied it on a day when I'm working at home and thus am wearing a ratty old jumper and jeans and have left my hair and face "au naturel" - in other words, slightly terrifying to dogs and small children. It's kind of tainting the effect of the nails a bit. I also think that the matte finish is pretty unforgiving to anyone who's not amazing at doing their own manicure - i.e. me. Every last bit of sloppiness around the cuticles seems magnified somehow, with no gloss to distract the eye.
That said, I do love the colour, and I'm going to persevere with it. Tomorrow I shall dress as a human being as opposed to a scarecrow and we'll see what I think of it then!
What do you guys think of matte nail polish? (I ask all the hard-hitting questions on this blog!) Any brands/shades you recommend?