As I previously mentioned in my August Haul, I recently took advntage of a 30% off discount code that E.L.F. made available to all their Facebook fans. Within this purchase I decided to buy their Matte Finisher Clear Nail Polish (£2.50). I'd never been attracted to matte look nails in the past, but I'd recently seen an influx of nail art experimenting with the contrast between matte and shine finish polishes, and wanted to join in - see my first matte/shine nail art post here.
I wanted to test the quality of this product properly, and use it to completely mattify an entire nail, rather than just odd bits here and there in the name of nail art.
|Base colour: MUA Nail Polish in 'shade 2' - Tips and accent nail: E.L.F.'s Matte Finisher Nail Polish|
For my first matte polish (that also only retails at £2.50) I don't have that many complaints. You do get what you pay for, and a higher end polish costing around £11 is obviously going to be better than this product at £2.50, but for the price I am pleased.
|Matte tips and accent nail pictured immediately after the matte coat was applied|
There is still a considerable amount of shine on the matte nail and tips, but this has reduced. I have to add though, as of 1 day after application, the matte effect seems to have reduced with every passing hour. It has been approximately 24 hours since applying the matte coat, and my nail polish has nearly gone back to it's original shine coat. Of course you could simply re-apply this product for a prolonged matte finish, but my advice would be to save up and invest in a higher quality matte polish.
So, my verdict? This polish is a good means to an end if you're on a budget and need a quick fix, but if not, definitely do some research and go for a higher end product.