OPI Fall Matte collection: Review, Swatches
This Fall, OPI introduces the Matte collection, a release of six current OPI shades available in a non glossy, matte finish. Each bottle is included with an instruction tag that states the following:
- Matte by OPI does not wear as long as original OPI Nail Lacquer.
- Do not use base coat, top coat, drying products, or hand lotion when wearing matte.
- Do an all Matte nail. Or do a Matte nail with matching Glossy tip.
Before we get to the details, let's discuss what this means. It's time to toss that rule book out the window because skipping a base coat would be a bad idea. You don't want your nails super stained. If you can hunt down a no shine base coat, that would be best. I've had better luck using a ridge filler for my base.
As far as hand lotion, just be sure to wipe your nails off with a tissue or cotton pad to avoid that shiny, satin finish.
Application is the challenging part. Every matte polish I've tested is super fast drying, which may create problems for the habitual coater. The good news, OPI's wide brush makes it easier to accomplish three brush strokes. Anymore than that, you'll notice streak lines in your application.
Ready for some swatches guys?
Alpine Snow, a white chalky flatte matte. This reminds me of a winter snowy morning when the snow is intensely bright to look at.
As much as Gargantuan Grape looks minty green in my swatches, it's not. It's a tad bit more yellow based and has that chalky texture.
La-Pazatively Hot is true to the name! A gorgeous hot pink matte with shimmer that's one of my faves from the collection.
You Don't Know Jacques, a mushroom brown taupe chalky matte.
Lincoln Park after Dark, a vampy blackish purple matte.
As much as I'd wish Russian Navy was a shimmer like the original, I still love it. A flatte navy blue matte.
The matte collection is now available at Professional Salons and online at the E-tailers. Have a wonderful night!
Posted by Steph at 09:40:pm
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domineque said on Aug 22nd, 2009 12:50 am
I couldn't tell not 1 error, nor does it look like the application was anything but flawless. Great job, love the swatches!
missmarisol said on Aug 22nd, 2009 7:49 pm
Are these as chiptastic as the Zoya ones? Those lasted like not even 24 hours. When i used the Essie Matte top coat, I got maybe 36 hours worth of wear before they started chipping. Me no likey.
Analise Calleiro said on Aug 27th, 2009 12:04 pm
I have the lincoln park after dark MATTE and it looks beautiful. Just make sure you keep it clean - the second it starts to chip - wipe it off ladies! My favorite way to wear it with with the original "lincoln park after dark" shiny nail polish tip. Gorgeous.
Lucy said on Aug 30th, 2009 2:43 am
I'm lovin' all of these. I haven't bought anymore mattes since the Zoya's. I bought the Essie, Matte About You. I might just stick with that.
Jun said on Nov 7th, 2009 9:03 am
HI steph. I love love love your application!!!! but as much as I tried, the brush strokes are still visible >.< do you have any tips apart from the 3 brush strokes one? And how thin should each application be? Thank you very much :D