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Matte Nail Polish

Matte Nail Polish Makes a Comeback. Maybe.


Matte nail polish, once the choice of adolescent grunge wannabes, had a brief blip of popularity circa '92. Even Revlon got in on the action, offering a gloss-free red polish that I thought was so cool, so Sassy. Looking back, I now realize it wasn't quite as cool as I thought it was in ninth grade.

Or is it? Yep, gloss-free polish has returned. Man Glaze (big yech on the name) makes gray and black matte polishes that sell for $6.66 each. And KO cosmetics's "flatte" polish ($22) comes in pink, ivory, and black — as modeled here by Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. There's no question that matte color is trying to make a comeback. The question is, will you take a shine to it?

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