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Disclaimer: Essence Satin Matt Topcoat sent for honest review, all opinions are my own.
For today’s design I took my inspiration from this denim skirt I have and thought that it would be a great excuse to try out this Satin Matt Top Coat from Essence which was sent to me along with some other goodies a couple of weeks ago (check out my make up review here). Essence gives the following description:
on top! the nail art satin matt top coat gives your nails a fashionable silky-matt finish. apply this cool top coat on top of your nail polish to give any colour this trendy effect. absolutely unique!
I am not sure if it is unique but it is a pretty cool matte effect – I would recommend applying this over your normal topcoat to just give your mani that extra longevity (also if your normal base coat is a super quick drier like HK Girl or Seche Vite it just helps get this mani dry quicker). This matte topcoat does dry to effect relatively quickly but remains dentable for up to 10 minutes (depending on how thick your application is). You don’t need a lot though and the brush is fairly flat and medium width making it easy to get even coverage on the nail.
On to my mani! So I really wanted to recreate that textured look that denim has – I didn’t quite get the same colours as my light denim skirt but I think this mani turned out pretty well none the less. I started with one coat of OPI Can’t Find My Czechbook – you would probably need two coats to wear this alone but since I was going to be adding more on top I wasn’t too concerned about perfect coverage. I used OPI Incognito in Sausalito and Vant To Bite My Neck? to dry brush on top – anywhere that turned too dark I dry brushed on a little Czechbook. Due to the fact this technique adds such thin layers of polish my mani was soon dry enough to stamp on.
I used OPI Did You Ear About Van Gogh and MoYou Hipster 06 to add this textured detailing on top – this plate is great for creating plaid and tartan patterns! I used the same image for all my nails, changing just the orientation to mix it up. Topcoat really brings the layers together, so don’t worry if your mani looks a little odd before you add this step! As you can see I did do this mani on both hands and it really didn’t take very long. I stretched the image for my thumbs by flexing the stamping head – you can see lots of tutorials for this on youtube.
I should have taken some pictures of this glossy before I added my matte topcoat so you could see that step but trust me this does look great shiney too! The matte topcoat just adds a little something extra, it does add a slight dustiness to the colours but I definitely think that works for my washed denim design.
What do you think? I’m really enjoying wearing this mani at the moment! I did consider adding some gold stud embellishments but decided to keep it as it was – I didn’t want to do TOO much. Have you done a denim mani before? Have you tried this Essence topcoat? Are you looking forward to the new MoYou doodle plates coming out this week? I’d love to hear from you with a comment below!
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