This product is abysmal. Seriously. "Semi-matte," is what the kids these days are calling it. I'm calling shenanigans. It said matte, I want matte! My fault for not checking MUA (will I ever learn? The better question, will I ever get a decent phone to let me check MUA whenever I want?!)
It also takes FURREVER to dry. Really. I'm sure there are better matte polishes out there. Don't do it!!
****Takes forever to dry!! not true matte****. nicole by opi matte is better and takes 3 seconds to dry (literally). and im not one of those people who pile polish on their nails. you cant do anything during the hour while it dries... dont even think of napping or doing anything else that draws your attention away from the nails bc it will smear/dent/crease/scrap off. honestly! get essie or opi or something else.
This is only a semi-matte type, but it dries in like 3 seconds. It would be a good first user type of matte top coat, but if you're looking for a more straight up just dull matte, I would look for a different one.
I just purchased Orly Matte Top Coat for about $10 (Canadian) at the local drugstore. The only reason I bought it was because I wanted to try something different than Essie "matte about you".
If you like a semi matte finish go with Orly Matte Top Coat, it dries slowly.
If you like a dull/lusterless effect go with Essie Matte, it dries faster . It is also my favorite as I like the complete dull effect as a top coat for some bright nail polish colors.
I will continue using this matte by Orly for a while, but probably wouldn't buy it again mostly because it isn't as dull as I'd like it to be for myself. If you're new at "mattifying" your nails, this might be a good first top coat for you.
I honestly don't like it. It isn't awful but it isn't a true matte finish. I had the essie matte finish and it was much better than this one. I tried to do my nails so the whole nail was matte but the tips and it didn't work out. The matte looked the same as the regular nail polish did by itself. If you are interested in buying this one I would say don't waste your money and buy a different brand. But the high gloss from Orly is good. If you are looking for other brands on Amazon you can get essie for 6 bucks.
The only good thing about this product was the packaging. It cost $10 at Ulta and I only bought it because it was the only matte top coat they had in stock. Gives you a medium matte shine, not completely matte. It also took about 4 hours to dry, and even now about 10 hours later it doesn't have a hard set. I pretty much absolutely hate this top coat.
Didn't give me that matte look that I wanted plus it took FOREVER to dry!!!
I have used the China Glaze Matte Magic before and that was what I loved. I couldn't find it at my local Ulta so i opted for the Orly one. After using it, the finish is different than the China Glaze one. At first I thought it might be because the top coat didn't dry yet, but that wasn't it. I agree with the other reviews on here saying the finish is like a satin matte finish. It isn't entirely matte like the China Glaze one. Not saying that the finish is bad, I like it because it gives me a different finish and an alternative to regular nail polish finishes. However, with that being said, after applying this matte finish I did experience bubbling on my nails which was never an issue for me. I thought that was odd. Not entirely sure why it bubbled. Also, the China Glaze Matte Magic dries my nails in like 10 seconds whereas this one takes a bit longer. I know this because typically I use a fast drying top coat or the matte magic and the next day there are no indentions on my nails. With this matte coat, on 1 of my nails there was a indention because it didn't dry quickly enough. I will use this, but I'm not entirely satisfied with the results; therefore, I bought the Essie matte version since I can no longer find the China Glaze Matte Magic. :( I wanted matte nails for the fall and winter time!
I was so hoping for a good matte finish. Wow, I am so disappointed! This topcoat did NOT give a true matte finish. It leaves a shine on the nail that never turns truly matte. For the price I would have expected a true matte finish. HIGHLY DISAPPOINTED!!!! I would never buy this again or recommend it to anyone.
i only bought this b.c it was $3 at trade secrets. i tested it on the AIW collection from OPI on some tape. it didnt give a true matte finish, but rather a satin matte. i ended up buying this to replace my china glaze matte magic, which i adore. i only want to use my matte magic on special occasions and the orly for an everyday type of "matte" look.
This has dried completely over my opi polish an I notice that orly has degraded the staying power of my polish. Its now easily knicking off, even though its completely dried. Therefore, I wouldn't buy this again. The durability has dropped since applying this. it also tweaked the color of the nail polish after it dried..
**yet another update..- i tried using this again.. applied over opi, this ruined my paint job.. took longer than any other polish to dry.. when even it seemed dry, it still dented and smudged after 15mins of doing nothing.. complete waste