i'd never used a matte finisher before, so i wasn't sure what to expect, but this is pretty cool! it almost makes it a frosty kind of finish, but of course with no shimmer whatsoever. it's definitely easy to use...even if you get it on the edges of your nails, it doesn't show up outside the nail, unlike clear polishes. it dries super fast and i feel like it made my polish dry even faster than it does without it (i put this on after two coats of polish that weren't completely dry, and it worked perfectly!). it made my "dark red" elf polish look fantastic. if you're looking for a matte finisher, GET THIS ONE! if you've never used one but are into nail polish, GET THIS! it completely changes the look of polishes, and it's interesting to see how each of your colors turns out...b/c sometimes it's pretty unexpected!
I was really excited to finally find an affordable matte top coat. I bought this and tried it as soon as I could. When I first put it on everything seemed ok. I looked down after a few minutes and realized the polish had cracked as it dried, giving the top coat a crackled matte look. I have never been a fan of crackle so I was really disappointed. Besides the crackling issue, the polish never fully dried after more thna 10 minutes. I ended up just starting my mani over again. I have tried this a few more times and I've gotten the same results. Really sad because I had high hopes, I'd pass on this if I were you.
This has to be a bad batch!! I've used this product in the past and loved the effect. I bought this again because I was pleased the first time around but boy am I dissappointed! Painted my nails and let dry as per instructions then applied the matte and after a few nails I noticed the crackle effect it seemed to be having so I thought I didn't shake it enough so I went over and tried again and ended up with the same cracked finish. It even cracked my initial colored polish to where you can see some bare nail..definitely not the look I was aiming for. Now I have to completely re-do my nails. Ugh :(
I have been a fan of ELF's matte top coat for a while. It's cheap, works great, and doubles your nail polish collection instantly. I will say that the new formula's smell is awful. Also, it's a bit harder to apply. That being said, the formula is more consistant and leaves less white spots. I'd strongly recommend for any nail polish lover. Tip: try over a glitter polish for a really unique look!
I was so excited when this was finally in stock and as soon as it came in the mail I tried it out. Turned my polish crackly. I thought maybe it was too cold from waiting on my porch/didn't work with the polish I used do I waited until the next day and used a different polish. So sad. I contacted customer service and they sent me a new one and I tried it with like 7 different polishes and had the same result :( I love e.l.f nail polishes and makeup but this was super disappointing and now I'm kinda scared to try any of their other new products I wanted to get because if hate to waste more money.
I tried elf's matte finisher nail polish hoping that all the great reviews I had heard were true. I was horribly disappointed :(. The nail polish looked great when I first applied it but as it dried horrible ugly cracks started to appear. It sort of looked like a crackle nail polish which it was NOT what I was looking forward to. Basically ain't nobody got time for that! Lol
Well, I accidentally ordered this. I thought that it was a clear top coat. When I first used it on top of the nail polish coral, I hated it! I was so confused as to why when it dried it turned matte! Now that I realized it is supposed to be that way, I really like the way it looks! It's great because you can wear a sparkly polish then change it so a matte polish!
I've been recently obsessed with matte nail polishes and when I came to ELF's website to find that they have came up with a product such as the MATTIFYING NAIL POLISH FINISHER, I thought of one thing: GENIUS! I bought 4 to share with some of my closest friends that do their nails on a regular basis. When I first applied it, I didn't see a difference until it dried and it worked like a charm! it literally turns any shiny nail polish into a matte finish. For the price, the quality and the result of this product, it is simply perfection =) A must buy for anyone who paints their nails! Stock up!
I used this over the Mint Cream nail polish, and it looks beautiful! My only complaint is that it can cake around the neck of the bottle and on the brush, but with a bit of remover, you'll be fine. All in all, it works wonderfully, and for only a dollar? You won't regret buying it!
Its very good for the price. You have to be careful not to make it streaky. Also it dries very fast. It still has a slight shine but is noticeably matte.
I just applied this and it's crackling? Not supposed to happen.
I was really interested in trying this because I love the way matte polishes look, but they tend to be expensive. I first tried it with a red nail polish (non-e.l.f. brand) and I LOVED how it turned out! Later I tried it with e.l.f.'s Chocolate shade, and it didn't work at all. The finish was patchy and left big, white sections on the polish. I'm not sure if there's something I messed up on the second time, or if it doesn't work as well with some polishes (though I'd hope that it would work well with e.l.f.'s own polishes!).
I really LOVE this product, especially the price. It's only [$], and compared to say, Essie's Matte About You, it's a FRACTION of the price of other similar quality products. The only thing that slightly bothers me about this topcoat is that the matte-ness of the polish sometimes varies depending on the color you use underneath. Sometimes the finish is VERY matte, while other times its vey satiny. It's not exactly a con, just something that you have to go along with, sort of trial and error. Overall, DEFINITLEY worth buying.
I was super excited to purchase this product but I'm so disappointed that it turned out how it did. Obviously, we're all here for the same reason, to find a matte overcoat at a great price. This isn't it. I'd heard so many great things about this product. Sadly, the first few times I tried to buy this, it was sold out. Finally, after waiting for a while, it came back in stock. I was so sure I would love it I bough two! However, upon applying this on my nails, which were FULLY DRIED, they turned cloudy, streaky, and above all problems, crackled! If you're looking for a clear crackle, you'll like this. Unfortunately, I payed for a matte finish. SIDE NOTE: After reviewing the bottle, I noticed the little sticker on the cap that said it was a new formula. PLEASE go back to the previous one!
I was apprehensive about purchasing the product because, while most of the reviews were positive, many of the more recent ones had complaints regarding the polish "crackling" and becoming clumpy. Well I can report that those negative reviews are correct. I applied the topcoat after allowing my nails to dry and it instantly separated and cracked my nail polish. I tried again the next day thinking my polish was not 100% dry but, sure enough, the topcoat did it again. WOULD NOT RECOMMEND AT ALL.
Well, I decided to give this a shot since I have mostly metallic shades of nail polish and don't like the finish. I applied it after drying the polish and it did mattify them, BUT after it was drying, I noticed white areas, like I had put white out, on some areas and also, looked like my nails were cracking. So it looked horrible, I had to take it off immediately for my own sanity. I'll try it again, but it definitely doesn't work for me, the white areas made it look super cheap and gross.
I was very hopeful about this product but had 2 mishaps: 1. The bottle came cracked and the product was goopy. Luckily the ELF staff sent me a new one pronto once they heard about the shipping mishap. 2. The product is extremely deceiving and ultimately a letdown. Initially it turns matte for a second then begins to crack and clump your nail polish as other people have described. I would not waste my money on this product unless they revamp the formula to deal with the cracking issue.
I was getting tired of shiny polishes, so I ordered three of these. I've only tried one other matte topcoat in the past and I loved it, but I went back to buy more and they were sold out. I figured for the $, it was worth a shot to try this. I love that it makes polishes matte, it pretty much doubles your nailpolish collection. It doesn't make it AS matte as I'd like, though. It's not that it's still shiny, but it's not completely a flat color. I'd say give it a shot for the money.
I really like this product. It's really neat and looks awesome on every color. I just have two problems with it. The first is the smell, which is expected from a polish, but this smell tends to linger for some days on your nails. The second problem is the lasting factor. If you wash your hands a lot, use lotion or hand sanitizor, or even wash your hair every morning the finish tends to come off really easily. Overall though, it is a really neat polish to add to your collectioin.
I really don't know why people write fake reviews, don't give me wrong I love elf cosmetic but this finishing nail polish is awful, first of all it does not have a strong smell like most people say it has the same smell any nail polish would have, second of all it does have a matte finish but is really bad when you apply it, It drys quickly but your finger nail looks like if you put 10 coats of nail polish in it which makes your nails look like if a 3 year old paint them. This is only my opinion the only good thing I have to say about this product is the price but i would not recommend this to anyone. P.S every other nail polish I bought from Elf is awesome I love the texture and the finish it last long if you take care your nails like you suppose too I love elf cosmetics, I just wouldn't buy this specific product anymore
When I got this I was hesitant to say the best.I've ordered nail polishes from ELF before & they weren't the best. I had recently bought CND matte top coat & I don't know how to say this politely. IT SUCKED! It wasn't a matte finish at all what so ever, it was milky. I tried it over an old black nail polish & it reminded me of OPI's Obscure from their 2010 Go Goth collection. I was happily surprised. I will buy it again & when I do I'll buy several.
I've tried matte coats from reknowned brands costing five times as much, but this is hands-down the winner in its category. It is true matte, absorbing all shine from even the most glittery polish, and it applies and dries smoothly. You can't beat the value, and even a nail polish klutz like myself can apply it serviceably. I use this over various polishes to totally transform the finish. I subtract one star because it isn't as durable as your standard glossy topcoat. I don't think it does anything to protect the color underneath from chipping. Also, although it dries pretty quickly, you can't applying drying drops or a strong coat on top of it without ruining the finish. Next time, I'll try applying it OVER a no-chip topcoat and see how it goes.Despite a (very) few downsides, this really is the best matte nail out there, and it's only [$]!!
this is my new favorite thing!! it goes on so smoothly and dries super fast, and literally doubles your nail polish.i thought it would look weird over sparkly colors, but it makes the sparkle look really subtle and glow-y. i can't wait to try it over all of my shades. i just put it on like half an hour ago so i don't know how quickly it chips yet, but even if it doesn't last very long, it's soooo worth it. i'm recommending this to EVERYONE.
Today I applied this matte on top of my mango madness elf nail color and it looks amazing! I am truly impressed with the final look. It is a true matte finish with no shine or streaks, it does however smell a bit funny when wet, but once it dries it's fine. It also looks very professional and extremely vintage! It is lovely <3 I think I will be wearing it every day and buying a few more bottles. Good job elf, you never fail to impress me :D
i bought this just to try it out, because it isn't all the expensive and i'm just getting into nail polish :) i was also thinking of getting a China Glaze matte finisher but decided to try this out first. this worked PERFECTLY! it dries super fast, and the finish is gorgeous! :) the only thing is that there's something wrong with my bottle, it takes rather an effort to unscrew it, it gets pretty annoying. nevertheless, great product! :D
My sister applied this to my dark red nails and it totally has a muting effect on it! My husband says it is easier on his eyes since he don't like seeing dark red nail polish on me. Only problem is that after two days there is a slight return of the shinyness but it can be resolved by putting on another coat of the matte finisher. I will experiment with this matte finisher to see if nail art can be done easier with other nail colors.
This is the first matte finisher that I have used. It's a nice product, for the price you pay. Your polish will look as it was but without the gloss, so if your color polish was streaked/lumpy then that will show. It dries fairy quick, so working fast would be a good idea. The smell is absolutely horrible, to me, and it stuck around for quite a bit, but it did eventually go away (I assume that was when it was truly dried through).
This was basically terrible polish. I bought one a month ago and so did a friend, and both of us had the same experience. Crazy weird crackly mani-wrecking polish! I don't understand how some people have been raving about it? Could be a bad batch?! I've tried applying it multiple times, in literally every way I can think of (fast, slow, semi dry base color, dried for days base color, etc.) and it just plain doesn't work. Lame elf.
The matte effect was something I wanted to try for a while. I've seen this polish on the site before, but it was always sold out! Finally, for Black Friday, they had it in stock again, so I placed it on my order, and only kind of love it. I don't regret buying, because know I know I love a matte nail look. Plus, it was so inexpensive, I don't feel bad tossing it. It give a great matte look, dries super quickly and looks amazing. It doesn't last very long, by the second day, my nails start too look shiny again. I haven't notice it chipping any more than any of my other polishes. What is making me toss this out is the smell. It smells like paint thinner!! I'm not sure what is making that strong scent, but not even putting lotion on my hands makes it go away. Overall, would not get this again, but am looking into other brands that have this type of top coat.
Matte made a come-back this year, and renowned brands jacked their prices sky-high! ELF'S matte top coat is cheap and super impressive! It adds a frosty finish to any colour! Any long-time polish user knows how to fix a chipping problem: Apply a long-lasting high quality topcoat. Using such a product underneath your matte top coat will increase your manicure's lifespan. I can't wait to get creative with this top coat! Love it!!