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Matte Nail Polish: What Is It, Where Can I Buy It? Top 5 Reviews

Updated on October 1, 2014

Matte Finish Nail Polish: Love The Look, Where Can I Find The Best Brands?

If you’re intrigued by the matte-finish trend in nail polish, you’re not alone. But what is matte finish nail polish and where can you buy it? It’s a great way to change up your manicure and make it look very different than the usual glossy style. Matte nail polish is also an appealing product to men who don’t necessarily want their nails have stand-out shine. You can buy matte nail polish as an individual color, or as a top coat that will ‘matte-ify’ any regular color - a great choice if you have a large collection of colors you love. Matte finish nail polish can be difficult to find, your best place to buy is online. In this article I’ll review the top five matte nail polish bands, describe how best to use them and show you where to buy them.


Tips For Using A Matte Nail Polish Top Coat

  • It’s not a protective top nail coat - it’s an aesthetic matte finish coat. For the best, maximum wear, apply your usual top coat over your polish color; then, apply a matte layer overtop.
  • -Wait until your polish is completely dry before applying the matte polish.
  • -Some nail polish colors may look better under a matte finish than others; experiment to see what you prefer.

Matte Finish Nail Polish: Some User-Friendly Tips & Where To Buy

A matte nail polish is one that looks flat or satin finish instead of shiny. Matte polishes are not as durable as glossy ones, so temper your expectations - you will likely experience more chipping with a matte finish. However, some wear better than others and they are all perfect for a special occasion or a night out. Another thing to keep in mind is that even the best matte finish nail polish will gradually become shiny if exposed to oils - so if you use moisturizer, sunscreen, or massage oil, for example, you might notice this. If the nails become glossy, simply add a new coat of matte polish to restore the look. Let’s take a look at some of the best matte finish nail polishes and where you can buy the best brands.

Butter London Matte Finish Topcoat

Butter London - Base, Top & Matte Finish Review

Butter London Matte Finish Topcoat: Your Best Luxury Brand Nail Polish

If you’re looking for a great-quality, luxurious-feeling matte finish nail polish, Butter London’s Matte Finish Topcoat is the best brand to buy. This product is more expensive than others but you get what you pay for - an extra-large bottle of top-quality polish, designed to complete any manicure with a matte finish.

This topcoat is much more durable than other brands, and highly resistant to chipping. Butter London’s mandate is to be environmentally friendly as well as fashion-forward; their polishes are always 3-free, meaning you are avoiding the three nastiest chemicals used in conventional polish. You won’t be disappointed with this polish; it’s my top brand pick for a matte finish nail polish. Where can you buy it? Have it shipped to your door from Amazon!

Where Can I Find A Brand Of Strengthening Nail Polish? OPI Matte & Strengthening Effect Top Coat Finish

Nails that are fragile will benefit in many ways from OPI’s Matte Top Coat. This nail polish finish is designed to be used as a nail-hardening base coat, but also functions to create a matte finish on top of any colored manicure. It gets great reviews as a strengthener, and good reviews as a matte coat; the key to a successful matte effect seems to be to apply a very thin coat and to wait until the polish below is completely dry. Your nails will benefit from this polish either way, so it’s definitely worth a test-drive.

Manglaze Matte Nail Polish Collection

Best Men’s Nail Polish: Manglaze - The Original Matte Polish Brand For Men

Manglaze was dreamed up by two guys who wanted to create ‘a less girlie nail polish made to function well for men and appeal to foxy women’. Free of the major toxins, this nail polish touts itself as the ‘original’ matte polish and is definitely packaged with male users in mind - as demonstrated by the masculine names and edgy graphics on each bottle.

All aesthetics aside, Manglaze gets amazing reviews as a polish. It is not a top coat, but a line of colors with matte finish integrated. But, sometimes it can be hard to find, so, where can you buy this matte finish nail polish? Again, the best place I’ve found is online, click the above link to discover all the color options available.

Hard-wearing and offering a truly matte finish, Manglaze is a great choice for men and women alike - anyone who wants a bit of badass on their fingernails.

Zoya Matte Velvet


Best Non-Toxic Matte Finish Brand: Zoya Matte Velvet Jewels Nail Polish

Zoya’s brand line of Matte Velvet Jewels may be the most perfect nail polish for fall and winter looks. I love the jewel tones and the fact that this polish is 5-free - one step better than 3-free. These are limited edition shades with the matte finish built right in.

Zoya advises to apply them over a completely clean and bare nail, with neither base nor top coat. These polishes will definitely be prone to chips, but with such stunning colors, they are still an ideal choice for a night out or a special occasion. This listing for where to buy, is for a trio of matte finish nail polishes including emerald, amethyst, and ruby shades.

Best Matte Nail Polish Brand For Gel Manicures: Harmony Gelish Soak-Off Polish Matte Topcoat

If gel manicures are your thing, the best brand will be the Harmony Gelish’s Matte Topcoat nail polish finish. It goes on over your gel color and cures for two minutes, just like Harmony’s regular topcoat. Although gel polish is usually dependable for two full weeks, you will likely find that the matte coat will not hold up as well; still, if you are doing your gel nails at home, you can always add a new coat and re-cure. Another thing to try is to top off your manicure with Gelish’s regular top coat, then add a cured layer of the matte version overtop. This kit offers both - so you can experiment to see what you like.

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Where To Buy The Best Matte Finish Nail Polish Brands

I hope this has been helpful in assembling the best matte nail finish polishes, and where you can buy them. While all are good for achieving that sophisticated matte finish, depending on your needs, you may find that you prefer one type over another. So what do you think? Have you tried matte polishes before? Do you like the look? I’d love to hear from you in the comments.


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    • Jasmeetk profile image

      Jasmeet Kaur 

      2 years ago from India

      I loved the look..

    • manicuregirl profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from Canada

      Squoval is my favourite too, Irene! I haven't checked out that blog yet but I'm sure going to! Thanks for your comment.

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      3 years ago

      Now you know this post is right up my alley! We're nail polish crnsoisneuos. I love the black matte french mani, not really feeling the blunt shape of the nail though. I prefer a squoval (square + oval) shape. Have you ever checked Sophy Robson's blog? She has a lot of dope nail colors and trends. She inspires a lot of my manicure ideas.

    • manicuregirl profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for your comment, Jean... it's definitely a neat look!

    • Jean Bakula profile image

      Jean Bakula 

      4 years ago from New Jersey

      I never heard of matte polish before, but judging from your pictures here I like the look. Thanks for the information.


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