09 February 2012

NOTD feat. Satin Matte Coat from Paese - and Giveaway Winners Announced!

Glossy nails to the left, and with Satin Matte Coat to the right!

I’ve been trialling a few bits and pieces from new-to-Ireland brand Paese Cosmetics and will share my thoughts on those soon. But in the meantime, have a goo at what's probably my pick of the bunch, the Satin Matte Coat.
This can be used to mattify any nail polish in your collection and is a quick and easy way to update your old favourites. I used it over a creamy tangerine shade from Essence and I really liked the effect. Application was easy - the product is quite thin and went on smoothly and evenly. It lightened the polish colour slightly but nothing major.
Now, it might sound obvious but this doesn’t have the same fast drying properties as my usual topcoat (Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat, if you're wondering). You need to be patient – and I’m not. Consequently, the first time I used this I messed up my nails because I didn’t give 'em long enough to dry. And as it’s not an anti-chip product, wear time might be shorter than you’re used to if your usual top coat is. I got a couple of days wear out of it, but I’m hard on my nails so that’s about the norm.
At just €4.95 (online only, for the minute) this is a very reasonable way to achieve a modern matte nail look. I really enjoyed the effect and I’m looking forward to experimenting with different colours, and attempting a DIY homage to the YSL Tuxedo Mani (matte black nails with glossy tips). I also got a kick out of two different people asking if I was wearing the (sold out, limited edition) Chanel Mat Top Coat Velvet, which I don't own, but would have liked to.
While I’m here and on the topic of Paese Cosmetics, I may as well reveal the winners of my recent giveaway. Congratulations to Orla from Makeup Over Mind (prize 1) and @MissLinz23 (prize 2). Send me your details and please allow up to a month for delivery. Hope you enjoy!

Have you used a matte top coat, and do you like the effect?
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