Welcome to what is apparently a series about matte topcoats that I never really planned to do, as this is the third post on the topic in as many months. First there was OPI Matte Topcoat and Comparisons and then there was More Matte Topcoat Comparisons, and here I am today with five mattifiers that weren't in either of those two posts (plus a couple that were so it's more clear how these new ones measure up).
The first lineup consists of OPI Matte Top Coat (a bottle I bought, as the review bottle made its way to Lucy), Essie Matte About You, GOSH Mat Effect Top Coat, and Cult Nails Wax That.
Here they are over black, in the same order as the bottles above (OPI on the left):
The OPI and Essie are truly matte and fairly indistinguishable from each other; if pressed, I'd say the OPI has a tiny edge because it seems to go on a touch more smoothly, but that could be my imagination. The GOSH is pretty darn matte, too. The Cult Nails is designed to give a waxy look, so it being more satin was no surprise.
Here's a side view so you can see a different angle on these:
Next up: Essie (again, as a control), Icing It's a Matte Matte World, Ulta Matte Topcoat (which I've only ever seen in the Nail FX set), and Fing'rs Heart 2 Art My Boyfriend Matte.
On the nail, the Essie shows how the other three aren't really terrbily matte. Though I suppose I can see why Icing and Fing'rs went with matte in their names, as "It's a Satin Satin World" and "My Boyfriend Satin" make even less sense than most goofy nail polish monikers.
As of right now, I do not have any unswatched matte topcoats in my stash (at least not that I came across when I did my big stash sorting several weeks back, but that was focused on colored polishes, not toppers and bases and treatments, so it's possible I overlooked one). I do know that there are a matte topcoats out there I haven't bought, like Orly. Probably I will buy them if I see them, I just haven't seen them yet.