#ablecs15 Week 14: Matte

The second theme of this week is Matte and I have to admit that this time I took the easy way out with the manicure and I just did a mani and added some matte top coat over it. It's definitely matte as the theme required, but ideally I would have wanted to do some gorgeous matte design for this theme. Then again, this is a great example of mani that works really well as matte as well as regular shiny manicure.

This is actually the mani that I did for this weekend when I was visiting Turku and went to this huge beauty blogger's meetup. I had awesome time there and I think my mani was pretty perfect for the occasion! 

I first used one coat of Essie Tuck It In My Tux as my base color. Then I added a coat of China Glaze Fairy Dust over it to give the mani some gorgeous sparkle. Then I did a quick gradient by sponging some Dance Legend Holy Diver over my tips and I also added some white water decals. Finally to make this mani suit the challenge, I of course added the coat of matte top coat. I used my favorite matte top coat: Cirque Colors Matte Look. 

I went to the meetup with the shiny version of this manicure and then when I got back home I added the coat of matte top coat. Now looking back I have to say that I should have made it matte in the first place! It's looked really pretty shiny too, but somehow it looked even more special as matte to me.

Products used for this manicure
Base coat: Sally Hansen Nail Rehab
Polishes: Essie Tuck It In My Tux, China Glaze Fairy Dust, Dance Legend Holy Diver
Top coats: Glisten&Glow HK Girl, Cirque Colors Matte Look Top Coat
Decorations: water decals