Throwback Thursday: Old School Mattes

Anyone who has had a longstanding love affair with nail lacquer knows that the matte and satin finish trend is not a new concept. I decided to go digging through my Lacquerholic archives and find my old mattes. I have to admit I haven’t worn some of these in years; reason being I don’t have much time in my day to day life to wait for nail polish to dry. Mattes dry somewhat faster than regular nail polish, but you can’t use a fast drying top coats. My usual nail routine when I want to change polish colors is to add a coat of Seche Vite or Poshe fast drying top coat, wait 20 minutes then go to sleep. I love the fact that I can wake up the next morning with no sheet marks on my polish!

What I love the most about these mattes is that most of them are drugstore brands like Maybelline.

Sally Hansen "Bronzed Matte"

To this day I’ve yet to see any color quite like this and I love it. This is the color of bronze statues. I absolutely love it and will keep it for as long as I can. Notice the very subtle flash of brassy shimmer?  Someone needs to re-create like this so i don’t have to worry about running out!

Maybelline "Matte Galaxy"

I love this pearly, off white matte. Most of the new mattes that are out are dark, so this is a refreshing change of pace.  The application was a little chunky, as this polish is pretty old.  I’m not sure how to fix these because they are matte and not glossy.  Will adding thinner ruin the finish?  I didn’t want to find out…

Maybelline Matte Bronze

This is a very different bronze than the Sally Hansen. This Bronze has a brassy tone to it. It’s not as unique as the Sally Hansen, but I still like it!

Maybelline Matte Grape

Love this! The name says it all. It’s dark, it’s purple, it’s matte, it’s not too chalky.

Maybelline Matte Stone

YES! I love this light gray/brown. Yes the polish is old and it a bit think so it applied streaky but how cool is this matte? This color has to be over 10 years old and I think it was ahead of its time.

If you’re lucky, you can find some of the old Maybelline Express finish nail polishes at your local dollar stores. I’ve seen them at “Lots for Less” on Chambers Street and at “Cosmetic Show” on east 55th Street in New York City. Happy Searching!

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