I have been on a continuing quest for a matte topcoat that comes even close to China Glaze's Matte Magic, since the only form of this I've been able to find is the teeny little bottles, for not so teeny little prices. The only ones I've seen that seem to do as good of a job are from brands that are not cruelty-free, so they are a no-no for me.
So, I was very eager to try out Jamberry's matte topcoat when I was given the chance to review one of their topcoats, since this is a brand that I can feel good about buying from.
But of course, the question is...does it mattify the way I want it to? I have tested it out over a variety of polish types to see what it will do...Let's take a look:
First, let's take a look at it over Cult Nails Coveted:
|Jamberry matte topcoat over Cult Nails Coveted|
The index and middle fingers have Jamberry matte topcoat, while the ring and pinkie do not. The matted nails have that cloudy look that changes the finish but not the color perfectly. The matte creates that nice contrast with the flakies underneath that gives them a different dimension and light, and also allows the teeny glimmers of light to come through in the rest of the polish.
Next I tried it overPicture Polish Mallard:
|Jamberry matte topcoat over Picture Polish Mallard|
The matte also did a dramatic job here; it creates a wax finish without dimming the flakes. This is a very dark polish to start with, so there isn't as much light coming through as in Coveted, but notice that the different colors in the flakies are all still showing their gorgeousness.
Next, something a little brighter--Hare Polish Asteroid Turf:
|Hare Polish Asteroid Turf|
|Jamberry matte topcoat over Hare Polish Asteroid Turf|
How about a similar glitter that doesn't have quite so much direct contrast? Here it is over InDecisive Lacquer Zea Mays
|InDecisive Nail Lacquer Zea Mays|
|Jamberry Matte Topcoat over InDecisive Nail Lacquer Zea Mays|
Just...just...yeah. Do I even need to say it? All of the skill that the maker put into designing the glitter blend and its relationship to the base color remains...but is enhanced. It feels lush, rich, lovely.
And finally, what about a plain old creme? Let's take a look at it over Jamberry's own Cardinal:
|Jamberry matte topcoat over Jamberry Cardinal|
This show best how evenly the topcoat applies; I've tried other matte topcoats that were a bit patchy, but this goes on and dries perfectly.
Jamberry's matte topcoat exceeded all of my expectations, and I feel comfortable putting it into the same category as my personal standard-bearer, China Glaze Matte Magic. If you're looking for a good matte topcoat that is 5-free, cruelty-free, and works extremely well, you can check it out by clicking here. And check out their nail lacquers, they're excellent as well. :)
Hugs and loves!
(Matte topcoat and Cardinal provided for review. All other polishes from my personal collection.)