Monday, December 21, 2009

China Glaze Cleopatra, Fortune Teller, and Matte Magic

First, Cleopatra is a yellower version of Medallion:

(sorry for the state of my cuticles!)

The glitters aren't *quite* as dense as Medallion so I think it would take 4 coats to create a thick enough coat to cover your nails. I had 3 coats on in the picture and there are some areas where you can see the nail bed still.

Fortune Teller took some getting used to, as I'm not accustomed to wearing black polish. Swatch below is without any topcoat. I think it would look gorgeous if I had used Seche Vite on top to give it a super glossy shine.

I didn't think of using Seche Vite because I wanted to use the Matte Magic top coat on top and test its wearability. Matte Magic goes on glossy but dries down matte. It doesn't protect the polish though, on the contrary I found that the polish was easily dented. The topcoat seemed to wear off easily too with just 1 coat - I would try 2 coats next time to see if it wears better. Or, maybe 1 coat Seche Vite (glossy) on top then 1 coat of Matte Magic on top...hmmm

Anyway, I prefer Fortune Teller matte more than glossy - the matte effect makes the black look more classy than regular shiny black.

Another shot to capture the matte finish:

I picked up Matte Magic at Sally's Beauty Supply for CDN$3.99 member price same as a regular China Glaze polish. However the bottle is much smaller than the regular polishes:

Still, its a nice product to have around to take advantage of the matte trend without buying a new set of matte colours! I doubt I would finish even this small bottle anyway since I don't get to wear polish that often.

Did you try any matte polishes yet? Or matte top coats? Which ones are you enjoying?


Unknown said...

I love mattified glitters! Lovely!

Babybubblz said...

I'm loving the Zoya mattes The dark purple Savita is my fav.

Cleopatra looks very pretty, but wow 4 coats is a lot of glitter!

AskMeWhats said...

those glittery polishes look really pretty and festive but definitely a bit hard to remove :)

I have never tried any matte polishes and I don't intend to :) hehehe :)

em said...

god your mails are always perfect! love all of these :D

alien man?! said...

I have that same problem with Essie Matte About You. It's a lousy topcoat. I also don't like how matte polish doesn't stay matte. It gets greasy by the next day and takes on this unwanted shine :/ I love how it looks, though, on certain colors!

I can't remember for the life of me what I sent you for xmas and I'm worried I might have sent you something you already have. Feel free to regift it to someone else if that's the case T_T and sorry!!

Bijin Blair said...

OMG! I LOVE Fortune Teller and Cleopatra! So prettttttty!!

Unknown said...

ooh Fortune teller looks amazing! Especially mattened! I'm in love! ^.^

Anonymous said...

i love the fisrt colour..really nice

Rae // theNotice said...

Ooh, a matte topcoat! Suddenly, I need to go to Sally's :P

Cleopatra looks absolutely stunning, but I'm not really feeling Fortune Teller. It just feels kinda Halloween-y to me, you know?

Janice said...

omg where did you find a sally's in canada ?

Anonymous said...

Oh wow, I never knew such a matte top coat existed!!

Witoxicity said...

Fortune Teller looks absolutely gorgeous in the original version!

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