NYC Matte Me Crazy Mattifying Top Coat
Over the summer, I dicovered NYC's Matte Me Crazy Mattifying Top Coat. At a $1.72 from Target, It didn't seem like too much of a risk so I bought it. Then I totally forgot about it because I got really into a bunch of nail art stuff that I didn't want to ruin by testing a matte top coat. Well, I finally painted my nails a solid color so I tried it.
Actually, I tried it a few weeks ago over an Essie polish that doesn't have any shimmer. The matte top coat just made the polish look dull and faded. It kind of looked like I was trying to see the color through fog. I was bummed and thought that maybe I wouldn't review it at all. But last week, I ran out of my favorite top coat so I tried it again. This time, I tried it over an OPI polish that has a shimmer to it. My nails look frosted! It's a really cool effect.
I was worried that the polish wouldn't hold up as a top coat, but it does. It has nothing on my favorite top coat, but it does a pretty good job. It lasted about 5 days without chipping and might have lasted longer if I didn't do a bunch of cleaning this weekend.
Usually I re-coat my nails with a top coat every 3 days, but I was worried that would make them cloudy so I didn't. I decided to touch them up and try another coat last night, and they still look nice. I don't think I could do a third coat though. Also, my nails feel cool. You know how some book jackets are glossy with some a matte effect on parts. They feel like that matte part. (I look weird feeling my own nails).
Verdict: Great on shimmer polish. Not great on non-shimmer polish. Holds up pretty well as a top coat. Can be re-coated once, but probably not more than that. Applies easily. Dries a little slowly. (Also, I want to try it striped like it is in this picture I found on the NYC website).
Buy for under $2 at most drug and big box stores or, if you can't find it, grab a two pack on Amazon for $4.59.