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How to Keep Matte Nail Polish From Chipping

Make Your Matte Polish Last in 5 Steps

There's no denying that matte nail polish is the It finish right now, but while matte has a very fashion-forward appearance, the problem is that it just doesn't wear as long as regular polish. While chips can sometimes lend to the cool factor, they're typically unwanted. To find out some of our tips for getting the most out of your matte finish, read more.

  • Face the facts: Matte formulations aren't as long-wearing as their shinier counterparts. Matte is a trend, after all, so take it as an opportunity to switch up your polish more frequently with some very of-the-moment shades.
  • Top that: Since it is not recommended that you use both a base and top coat for matte polishes, two surefire ways to make regular polish stay longer, why not turn your regular polish matte instead? A matte top coat is the perfect solution. Try Deborah Lippmann Flat Top Matte Topcoat ($20), Essie Matte About You Finisher ($10), or Jin Soon Matte Maker Topcoat ($18).
  • Patience, my friend: Matte polish has a tendency to dry quickly, so to help keep it looking great longer, paint in thin layers, allowing each layer to dry completely before applying the next coat.
  • Oil-free: Matte nail polish and oily products go together like, well, oil and water. They just don't mix. Avoid lotions and cuticle creams. As an added precaution, use nail polish remover before painting your nails matte.
  • Here's a tip: Since most chipping starts at the tip of the nail, follow this easy step: simply paint a vertical swipe of polish at the end of your nail to keep chips at bay.
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Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 6 years
snookyx- I do mean lincoln park after dark, haha. I never get these fun names right (you should hear me try and sing lyrics to songs!) I'll have to look up trans design. I don't feel so bad now for having so many colors. I'm thinking of buying a tackle box or something to organize so I can find my favorites fast!
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 6 years
snookyx- I do mean lincoln park after dark, haha. I never get these fun names right (you should hear me try and sing lyrics to songs!) I'll have to look up trans design.I don't feel so bad now for having so many colors. I'm thinking of buying a tackle box or something to organize so I can find my favorites fast!
Gdeeaz Gdeeaz 6 years
Yogaforlife- You can never have too many colors. I have about 60 right now and I still want more. If you want to buy more I suggest buying them from trans design. The prices are great and shipping is quick. Do you mean Lincoln park after dark? If so they have it at trans design.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 6 years
How many colors are too many to have? I just went through my nail polish and threw out like 20 colors I don't wear anymore and I still have 28 colors. And yet - I keep wanting to buy new shades, like OPI Lincoln in the Park which has been sold out forever near me.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 6 years
Never tried a matt polish but I find painting a clear top coat on every few days helps my nail polish last longer. I'm rough on my hands and usually nail polish doesn't last more than 2-3 days before chips appear, especially if I've been cleaning at home. OPI is the only thing I've found that has any kind of staying power on me. And it's sold at the local supermarket for $5.
honeySarang honeySarang 6 years
nail polish rarely last a day before one starts chipping on me. dont know why. so matte polish doesnt bother me. love love it! especially matte black ones
ren_kr ren_kr 6 years
ehh, i really want to try matte nail polish out, but even normal high staying power nail polish doesn't last 3 days with me. Ok, i think i'll give it a try after all!
MissMarisol MissMarisol 6 years
I love, love. love the matte look but hate how quickly it chips. Essie's top matte coat does help with the chipping factor. Zoya's tends to chip really fast while OPI does not. At least when I have used it.
blackmagicrose blackmagicrose 6 years
I just painted my nails with the ORLY blue suede polish. Love it! And I did use a base, color, and top coat. I used just some random base I had lying around, but I painted the base on my nails yesterday. I don't know if that makes a difference but I know it didn't really do anything funky to the nail polish. I put the color on and then put the China Glaze Matte Magic on top. Warning-the CG made the color even more matte, but I like that. I'm very happy with this. Now, let's see how long this last. Also-thanks for the link! I got my CG from Sally's for like $4 or something. I think a little more than that. It's good to know there's a place where I can get multiple polishes for less.
blackmagicrose blackmagicrose 6 years
I just painted my nails with the ORLY blue suede polish. Love it! And I did use a base, color, and top coat. I used just some random base I had lying around, but I painted the base on my nails yesterday. I don't know if that makes a difference but I know it didn't really do anything funky to the nail polish. I put the color on and then put the China Glaze Matte Magic on top. Warning-the CG made the color even more matte, but I like that. I'm very happy with this. Now, let's see how long this last. Also-thanks for the link! I got my CG from Sally's for like $4 or something. I think a little more than that. It's good to know there's a place where I can get multiple polishes for less.
Gdeeaz Gdeeaz 6 years
I hate applying matte nail polish so i just use Essie's matte about you top coat. its works great and my nails don't start chipping for about 4 or 5 days.
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