Thursday, 20 February 2014

NOTD - Barry M Matte Nail Paint in Mocha & No7 Matte Nail Effects

Bonjour!

This is the second of my Barry M Matte Nail Paints - in Mocha  - you can see my NOTD in Crush here.  I love the colours/finish of these Barry M Mattes but the wear time is not so good, so with my recent £3 off Boots voucher I bought the No7 Matte Nail Effects Topcoat (it only came to £4) ...


A picture of Barry M Matte Nail Paint in Mocha
A picure of No 7 Nail Effects Matte Topcoat

I took these pictures on two separate occasions and on both days the sun decided to make a welcome appearance - on and off mind! As with Crush, Mocha is not a true matte but has a bit of a sheen to it (as in the first pic), which I don't mind at all. Easy enough to apply but you do need two coats and drying time is average.  It doesn't last without a topcoat and chipped after a day. It's a good laid back, deep neutral shade though and really does look like one of those chilled iced mocha drinks that go down so well in the Summertime - I now have Summertime on my mind - can't come soon enough!

Anyway - the bottom pic is after having applied the No7 Matte Nail Effects topcoat - although it looks opaque in the bottle it goes on clear.  As you can see Mocha is now a proper 'flat matte' with virtually no light bouncing off the nail. With this topcoat the polish lasted two days before chips - so an extra day's grace - still not fantastic but better and to be honest I'm beginning to wonder whether anything will ever last on my nails more than a few days anyway - maybe if I become a lady of leisure someday and employ a cook, cleaner and bottle washer - yeah right!

A picture of Barry M Matte Nail Paint in Mocha
A picture of Barry M Matte Nail Paint in Mocha with No7 Matte Topcoat

I know many of us associate nail polish with glossy finish but I do like this effect for a change, it takes it to a whole new level of grunginess don't you think? The No 7 Matte Nail Effects Topcoat is meant to make any polish matte (not just the ones that are meant to be anyway!) - so you could have a field day (should you have the time and patience) messing about with all your different polishes just to see the difference!

Have you tried the Barry M Matte Nail Paints or the No 7 Matte Topcoat?  What do you think of matte polishes?

Jen x





12 comments:

  1. Such a nice colour! Barry M polishes always chip on me but I love them. I love the piano background x

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    1. Thanks Gaelle - I like a good piano background! Shame about the chips! x

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  2. I like the matt finish - looks a great colour too. I did try the seche vite top coat, but I found it made my nails chip even sooner - I just cant win. Like you said I think I need a cleaner and a cook etc etc. Oh that would be the life! X

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    1. Tell me about it Claire - shame about the Seche Vite! We need super strong topcoats don't we? xx

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  3. The only matte I have is a black and I did the tips with seche vite top coat so they were shiny, it looked good at the time when it was a bit of a craze!

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    1. I like the sound of black matt Sharron! x

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  4. I really like the matt finish & have never tried it before! Another thing on my to do/try list! Ax

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    1. It's different Andrea - I like it for a change! x

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  5. I love the matte look! it's so different and unexpected. love your blog, i'm your new follower! look forward to checking back soon for new posts! http://makeupmajesty.blogspot.com/

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  6. Lovely colour, but I just can't get my head around the whole 'matte nails thang' so have yet to try any out. x

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  7. I don't usually like Matte nails but this actually looks stunning! :D
    Ellie,xx
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  8. I would never choose matte but it looks fab in this colour:)

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