Mad About Matte

I've always been a big fan of the matte nail trend.  There's nothing wrong with glossy nails, but there's something about stripping that shiny color down and making it completely flat that I absolutely love.

But there are rules for matte nails...no base coat, no top coat, no lotion...too many rules.  I've diligently followed these rules and every time I ended up with chipped polish after two days.  And my favorite greenish-gray suede color...one day and it was chip city.
  

When I started carrying a nail polish bottle in my purse to take care of touch ups, I began to think this trend was too high maintenance for me.

 

Enter Essie's Matte About You matte finisher.  This little bottle is a matte nail girls dream come true!  Not only does it make any regular polish instantly a matte color, it also acts as a great top coat for your matte or suede colors.  I got about five days out of my matte and regular polish before some chipping started.  I reapplied the finisher on the third day just as I would reapply a regular top coat on glossy polish.
Do your best to keep lotion off your nails.  It doesn't completely take away the matte finish, but it makes your nails look somewhere in between matte and glossy.  A quick reapply of the matte finisher and you'll be back in business.   
My latest matte experiment is on a butter London fuschia color called Bezzie Mate.  This is a pretty bright color for me and while I like it glossy, I'm loving it matte. 

What do you think?  Have you tried any matte colors or used a matte finisher that you love?  Let me know!

**You can get Essie Matte About You online or anywhere that sells Essie products.  In Nashville, I found it at the Cosmetic Market.