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I think I now own all the Essence polishes from the core line that seem even a little bit interesting to me. It's Catrice time now. I did some swatch hunting and I must say I would never buy this polish based on the photos I've seen of it. I'm not saying those swatches aren't any good, it's just so much better in real life. When I saw How I Matt Your Mother on the Catrice display, I knew it would be a perfect dusty and murky purple for me.
Catrice, How I Matt Your Mother, 2 coats
Catrice, How I Matt Your Mother, 2 coats + Essence, Better Than Gel Nails Top Sealer, 1 coat
The label on the bottle says this polish has a 'brushed metal' effect. I'd say Catrice people did a pretty good job at describing the finish. This isn't your regular matte polish. The surface isn't just matte but also a bit gritty. I layered a coat of Essence Better Than Gel Nails Top Sealer over it which makes the color stand out, but ''ruins'' the so called brushed metal effect. The surface of my nails wasn't completely glossy and smooth after only one coat of top sealer, so I guess we could say this polish is borderline top coat eater. Side by side: How I Matt Your Mother without (on the left) and with top coat (on the right):
Outdoors, natural lighting:
Would I recommend this polish? Definitely. Does it have any downsides? Yes. As I mentioned so many times before (i know it's getting old) I just can't stand new Catrice brushes. I somehow learned to apply the polish without messing up my cuticles, but this is far from what I call a good brush. Also: since gritty-matte finish is one of the features of this polish it means wearing it with top coat would ruin that. Matte polishes are known for chipping and it did chip on me a bit, but nothing major. Other than that, I have no complaints. It applied nicely (thanks to formula, not the brush) and it's quite opaque. Some ladies might get away with one coat only.
What do you think of the 'brushed metal' effect? Do you like it better with or without top coat?
Thanks for looking and commenting!