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Monday, March 30th, 2009

Matte Nail Polish: A Total Knockout

KO matte nail polish in Calamine

Knockout Matte Pink Nail Polish Swatches

KO (Knockout Cosmetics) was created by makeup artist Mike Potter, best known for creating the hair and makeup for the groundbreaking stage and film versions of Hedwig & the Angry Inchfor. Along with fellow KO leader Aaron McCann, are very excited to welcome you to the beauty and glamour of KO.

Knockout introduces four new glamourous shades of Flatte Matte nail polish.  Karen - a virbrant red (OMG yes red), Calamine - pink powder, Black Flatte - black flatte and Powder - milky white powder along with a matte topcoat.

The quality was superb. Each coat applied smooth like a matte and dried to a silky satin finish with two applications. Although, I did use three coats due to my errors - not the actual formula or brand.

Let's break it down. Priced at $22 a pop, may be the only drawback to these beauties. But, you get what you pay for and so much more! The bottles are huge-normous (.56 oz). Biggie size me up please - no kidding!

My Issues. The extra large bottle accompanies an even longer handle. For me, the handle wasn't practical at all. I felt like I was painting with a oversized sharpie marker. Mostly, it's that I'm not used to a longer handle. 

Pink Matte Nail Polish Pictures

Calamine is exactly that  - a calmine creme pink powder with no visible shimmer that's perfect for Spring. The pink creme looked so elegant on my nails - I just loved it!

Next week, I'll be featuring the gorgeous, Karen - a red flatte matte. Make sure you stay tuned! In the meantime, check out Scrangie's black and white swatches.

Tags: knockout cosmetics, ko, pink, matte, calamine, swatches, review

Posted by Steph at 07:22:am
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Lucy said on Apr 1st, 2009 12:16 pm
I love the Calamine polish! I just can't wait to see Karen. That should be stupendous. How exciting. I hope matte polishes will come back again.

Steph said on Apr 1st, 2009 3:12 am
Lucy, I think they'll be here for quite a while!! yippee! The red is gorgeous and very different at the same time :)

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