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Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

Matte Nail Polish: Bringin Sexy Back

 Man Glaze Death Tar Nail Polish

Matte Nail Polish, a grungy nail trend from the 90's, is regaining it's popularity this year. From brands like Man Glaze to Knockout Cosmetics, it's bringing sexy back - slowly but surely!

Trends come and go, as I always like to say. And, lets hope this one is here for a little while because I'm totally digging it. Come on, ya know your inner punk rock is screaming to come out!

Most of us probably won't fancy matte textures. Let's face it - their different and we've been using a shiny topcoat for years now. Just to think of a flat topcoat is inconceivable! But do give em' a fair shot, they may suprise you all in all.  

Today I'm posting some of my favorite matte nail polishes to kick off this new trend.

Man Glaze Death Tar (pictured above) - black with rainbow shimmer.

Man Glaze Fuggen Ugly nail polish

Man Glaze Fuggen Ugly - Steel gray with rainbow shimmer.

Knockout Matte nail polish in Calamine

Knock Out Calamine - soft calamine pink (yes just like the lotion) flatte matte.

Covergirl Mattalic Silver Platinum nail polish

Covergirl Mattalic's are a different kind of matte from the others I own. A mix between a matte and metallic - pretty easy. Each color is loaded with silver metallic shimmer. 

Covergirl Triple Platinum Mattalic - silver with silver glitter.

Cover Girl Mattalic bronze nail polish

Covergirl Bronze Mattalic - orangey bronze matte with silver glitter.

Covergirl Mattalic blue steel nail polish

Covergirl Blue Steel Mattalic - sky blue with silver glitter.

Cover Girl Mattalic pink zinc nail polish

Covergirl Mattalic Pink Zinc - pink rose with silver glitter.

For my weekly nail polish giveaway this month, I'll be giving away three shades of Covergirl Mattalic. Make sure your a Steph's Closet subscriber, you don't wanna miss out.

Maybelline Matte Olive nail polish

Olive green Matte nail polish

Maybelline's matte polishes are ultimate meaning of sexy. I hold these close to my heart because their beyond extraordinary. The best out of the best!

I'm not going to lie, these are pretty hard to find - but not impossible. Check out ebay, dollar stores, big lots and any other discount stores in your area.

Maybelline Olive Matte - golden olive green with rainbow shimmer.

Maybelline Grape Matte nail polish

purple matte nail polish

Maybelline Grape Matte - a plummy grape with rainbow shimmer.

Maybelline Matte Maker

Turn all your polishes into mattes with Maybelline Mattte Maker - yellowish clear topcoat that takes the shine from your mani.  Knockout Cosmetics and Orly also makes a topcoat that would serve the same purpose.

What do you guys think of Matte nail polishes? Love them or hate them?

Tags: matte, nail polish, swatches

Posted by Steph at 08:58:am
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getchanailsdid said on Apr 2nd, 2009 10:57 am
I think I like my bling and shiny nails to much for the mattes! They do have a cool look to them, I just know that I would be itching to put a top coat on mine and shine 'em up :)
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Nea said on Apr 2nd, 2009 3:11 am
I'm on the fence, they are pretty but I think I would miss the shine...what the heck I am gonna try...the grape matte might be my first
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impasto said on Apr 2nd, 2009 7:25 am
I am definitely on the fence as well. I don't particularly care for the metallic sparkle mattes but I think a cream matte might be nice. I will have to try the maybelline matte maker.
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la said on Apr 2nd, 2009 10:29 am
I can't decide if i like matte stuff yet. Some seem nice, but I really love the shine of traditional polish.
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Lucy said on Apr 3rd, 2009 1:40 am
I love the matte look. The drugstore polishes are fantastic looking. My favorite is the olive green. I bought the Orly Matte topcoat and haven't used it yet. I have on Revoolution so I think I'll try the matte topcoat.
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nea said on Apr 3rd, 2009 3:51 am
Where can I find the Grape Matte one?
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Steph said on Apr 3rd, 2009 11:01 am
Getchanailsdid - I know! I'll admit, it's hard not applying a shiny topcoat. Hi Nea, Your best chance is to look for them at a Dollar Tree or ebay. Hi Impasto, Good choice! With the maker you can pretty much do anything! :)
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Steph said on Apr 3rd, 2009 11:04 am
Hi la, I know, it's hard to get used to the fact of a flatte texture. Hi Lucy, Yay! finally someone that likes them! :) I LOVE mattes! That sounds like a nice combo. Nea, Best luck is checking out some Dollar Trees :)
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lindsey251 said on May 28th, 2009 5:54 am
where can i find those covergirl mattalics? i havent seen them anywhere
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