When I'm in Topshop, their makeup stands always catch my eye, and I go and have a gander at everything but always end up leaving empty-handed. I think the problem is I like the look of too many of the products, so find it easier to get nothing than to choose between them ha. On one of my (many) more recent visits however, this little polish caught my eye. Topshop Matte Nails in Brutal struck me as quite an unusual colour, being a deep, dark purple - especially for a matte formula. I'd heard a lot of people talking about matte polishes, and seeing as this one seemed to be calling out to me, I thought I'd get in on the action.
As you can see from the above photograph, the finish isn't exactly matte. It seemed to me to look almost like leather, with it's semi-matte, polished appearance. It also appears a lot darker on the nails that it appears in the bottle - almost black. It really isn't what I was expecting from it when I picked up the bottle. I don't dislike the finish, but it's just not what I thought I was buying so I was a little disappointed.
Also, slightly weird thing happened - I applied hand cream over my hands and some inevitably got on my nails. This caused them to have the appearance of 'regular' nail polish, and the matte effect was completely lost. I thought that simply wiping off the hand cream would resolve this, but the polish remained that way and never returned to it's semi-matte appearance.
Unfortunately, I've found that this polish doesn't last that well on my nails. After a couple of days it was noticeably chipped - chunks had come off on my index finger and thumb nails. Because of this, I think it will be a polish that I use specifically for a particular occasion as I wouldn't need it to last overly long, but not for my usual polish that I expect to last the week.
I don't think I'll be purchasing any of Topshop's other Matte Nail polishes, but I'm not going to let this stop me from trying out their other formulations (I've actually purchased a lovely looking pastel blue glitter - fingers crossed it'll be just as great out of the bottle!) or any of their other beauty products in the future. Topshop's Matte Nails in 'Brutal' isn't an unpleasant product at all, I just think it's important to know what to expect from it before purchasing as it is very different from it's description.
Have you tried any of Topshop's Matte Nails? What did you think of them?