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Thursday, May 28th, 2009

Pedi of the Day: Knockout's Ox with Polka Dots

Purple Matte Nail Polish

Hope your having a wonderful Thursday! Today's pedicure, one I featured last week, Knockout's new plummy purple matte, Ox. I gotta say, I'm really impressed with the wear on these babies.

Note: In the picture above, no topcoat was used. The sun along with my moisturizer gives the impression of a glossy look.  

Last weekend, before my big painting extravaganza at the house, I applied one coat of Ox and didn't have the chance to finish up the second until today. And, the one coat wear was simply amazing. No chips nor imperfections. Very impressive - espically without a topcoat

Check out one more swatch below.

Knockout Ox Pedi with Polka Dots

This design is inspired from one of my favorite nail bloggers, Michelle. After seeing her matte and glossy nail art, I just had to try it. The look is very subtle and sleek. I really loved the combination together. You'll definitely see me sporting around more Matte and Glossy looks.

What I used: Knockout's Ox, CNY New York, New Year and a dotting tool for the polka dots. If you don't have any matte nail polish, invest in a topcoat that transforms all your polishes to matte. OPI, Orly and Knockout Cosmetics makes one.

Don't forget to enter the SH giveaway, winners will be announced next Friday. What do you guys think of the Matte and Glossy look? Have a wionderful day!

Love Matte polishes? Check out some other swatches from Knockout Cosmetics

(12) Comments

Lauren said on May 28th, 2009 6:24 am
What's the OPI matte-ifying product? Thanks!

Valerie said on May 28th, 2009 8:29 am
I have to say that I really love that! It's so subtle but cute at the same time. I'll have to try that out.

lachelle said on May 28th, 2009 8:34 am
Your polka dots are always so pretty! I can never get mines to look good, even with my dotting tool. Can you do a tutorial one day? I love this matte pedi on you, looks great!

pia said on May 28th, 2009 9:44 am
LOVE the polka dots!

Christine said on May 28th, 2009 10:05 am
Love, love, love this technique! Going to get a matte top coat and try this with my next pedicure. Huge fan of subtle detail.

Denny said on May 28th, 2009 10:15 am
These new matte colors aren't so bad now that I've seen it as a pedi. It seems like it takes some time to get used to not having shine on the nail. I like this color on you.

rmcandlelight said on May 29th, 2009 7:35 am
I haven't tried the matte look. I think I love my nails with lots of shine...I do like the matte and glossy look together though. I have to give it a try :D

sumerlovin said on May 29th, 2009 9:42 am
love love love this look!! So you used a matte (ox) for the bottom. But the top you used a glossy did you get them to match exactly?

Lucy said on May 30th, 2009 5:37 am
Love that polish. I also love the polka dots. Just gorgeous.

Darlene said on May 30th, 2009 9:21 am
This is so cute! I will have to try this

Steph said on Jun 8th, 2009 6:26 am
Hi Lauren, Hmm, I've never heard of the OPI Mattifying product? I know OPI makes a matte envy, but I'm not that's the same thing your talking about? Hi Valerie, You'll def have to try it! It's super cute in real life! Hi Lachelle, It just takes a little bit a practice! I've been meaning to do a tutorial for a while now. I'll def get one up in the next couple of weeks :) Thanks Pia! Thanks so much Christine :) Hi Denny, That's the type of comments I love to hear! Matte isn't bad at ALL! It just takes some time getting used to :)

Steph said on Jun 8th, 2009 6:31 am
Hi rmcandlelight, Definitely! I really prefered the combo verses matte alone :) Hi Summerlovin, It was basically by luck! :) I went to my np closet to find the closest possible thing to Ox, and even though CNY New York New Year had shimmer, you really couldn't tell. Your best bet is to get a matte topcoat and you can use the same color. Thanks so much Lucy! Thanks Darlene! You'll def have to try it :)

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