I just can't seem to stop collecting matte topcoats. Today I've got a few more that are new to my stash. I grabbed Orly Matte Top from the Matte It Up display I saw at Sally Beauty—I'm not sure how long this version of it has been around, but I do know it doesn't look like the one that was available several years ago (and I'm not talking about the bottle/handle; the stuff inside is now a different color than I remember Matte Top being before). Salon Perfect Matte FX is from the First Look Fall Polish Forecast display at WalMart. OPI Matte Top Coat is in today's lineup for comparison purposes because it's my current favorite matte topper. The Sally Girl Matte Topcoat was in a basket on the counter at Sally Beauty a couple weeks back and just like they wanted me to, I took one and added it to my purchase as the sales associate was ringing me up.
Popping them on the nail over Wet 'n' Wild Wild Shine Black Creme in the same order as the bottles above, here's what we get:
The Orly is pretty matte, more so than I remember the old version being, but it's not quite as matte as the OPI. Salon Perfect is maybe a touch more matte than the Orly. OPI is there on my ring finger (third from right, second from left) as a control. The biggest surprise was the Sally Girl. It looks just as matte as OPI.
Another angle on the subject:
I read somewhere online that the Sally Girl is limited edition, which makes me want to go get a bunch more bottles and hoard them. It's so nice and matte and so nice and cheap; at 99 cents for 5.3 ml, that's only 19 cents a milliliter, way cheaper than the 60 cents per ml that OPI will run you at full retail ($9 for 15ml). The Orly is 7.99 for 18 ml, so 44 cents per ml. Salon Perfect is 3.98 for 14 ml, which is 28 cents a ml; I'm not sure if that's limited edition or not (I'd guess yes since it was in the seasonal display).
For reference, here are links to the previous posts in this series:
Part One: OPI Matte Topcoat and Comparisons
Part Two: More Matte Topcoat Comparisons
Part Three: Even More Matte Topcoat Comparisons
Since I did buy yet another matte topcoat after I did this swatch, there will be a Part Five at some point, too.