A couple of Mattése Elite polishes provided for review by Ricky's are making a stop with me before heading off to join Lucy's Stash. They are both purple, which means a) I liked them immediately and b) my camera had trouble capturing them. (Maybe I need to do some research and find a camera just for purples; surely someone makes one. Let me know in the comments if you have any suggestions, please!)
Here they are under incandescent light in my office. Fantasias is on the left; it's a royal purple, a bit more blue-toned than it's looking here. Passistas is on the right; it's a bright pink-leaning purple, but not so pink-leaning that it's fuchsia even though it might look like it in this shot. Both are from the Carnaval Collection.
I decided to use the two together, with Fantasias as the main color and Passistas as an accent. I used two coats of each and no top coat for these swatches. My lightbox helped me get the colors more true to life, though you may notice my skintone looking rather odd in some cases for the rest of these shots.
Fantasias dried to a satin finish, like I'd expect from a neon. Passistas, which looks more neon, dried pretty shiny.
I hadn't tried this brand before—I have one in my untrieds that I got in a swap but that's it as far as my stash goes for Mattése Elite. I can't comment on wear because I didn't keep them on that long, but I can say they applied nicely.
These colors retail for US$5.99 at rickysnyc.com; the bottles are what I think of as full size, .5 fl. oz./14 ml.
The polishes shown in this entry were provided free for review purposes. The content of the entry was not dictated by the provider.