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Thursday, August 20th, 2009

OPI Fall Matte collection: Review, Swatches

OPI Fall 09 matte collection

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:

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?

OPI Alpine snow matte nail polish

OPI Fall 09 matte nail polish collection

Alpine Snow, a white chalky flatte matte. This reminds me of a winter snowy morning when the snow is intensely bright to look at.  

OPI Gargantuan matte nail polish

OPI Fall 09 matte nail polish collection

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.

OPI La Pazatively Hot matte nail polish

OPI Fall 09 matte nail polsih

La-Pazatively Hot is true to the name! A gorgeous hot pink matte with shimmer that's one of my faves from the collection.

OPI You don't know jacques matte nail polish

OPI Fall 09 matte nail polish collection

 You Don't Know Jacques, a mushroom brown taupe chalky matte.

OPI Lincoln park after dark matte nail polish

OPI Fall 09 matte nail polish collection

Lincoln Park after Dark, a vampy blackish purple matte. 

OPI Russina Navy matte nail polish

OPI Fall 09 matte nail polish collection

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!

(9) Comments

rijaH said on Aug 20th, 2009 9:46 pm
I love them all :D so great colors, especially Gargantuan Grape.. daaammn its nice.. so jaloux of anyone that will get these :P

vanessa said on Aug 20th, 2009 10:45 pm
OMG!!!! I love them ALL!! Yay!!!

Mazoo said on Aug 21st, 2009 2:26 am
Your matte application is flawless, Steph! They look fantastic on you!

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!

Glockoma said on Aug 22nd, 2009 1:34 pm
Your nails are pure perfection. I love seeing swatches on your shorter nails - so cute!

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

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