The Best Matte Nail Polish Top Coat

A matte nail polish top coat is the number one way to take the shine out of your polish to create a really unique look. There are colored matte polishes available, but a matte top coat is a better choice because you’ll be able to take the glossy finish away from the colors that you already own. Overall it’s a better investment than buying several individual matte color polishes.

Matte top coats can be used in so many different ways, and that’s why we love them so much. They’re a cool way to create designs with only a single nail color. You can make part of the nail matte and the other part glossy. You can make the entire finger matte and then add glossy polka dots. Whatever you can think of, you can create. Here are some of the best matte top coats that will do the best job at creating this look.




Essie Matte About You
Essie’s matte top coat will create a smooth finish without any bumps. It instantly transforms color from high gloss to matte in seconds. The formula is long lasting, durable, and fast drying. This top coat will work with all shades, however it’s best to pick a good quality nail polish to use underneath or else it might be prone to chipping. If you keep it on for several day, you’ll have to reapply regularly because the gloss will begin to reappear again.




China Glaze Matte Magic
This top coat will dry quickly, instantly transforming glossy polish into matte. It even works well over shimmery and glittery polish. The effect over glitter is especially gorgeous. Unlike some other matte top coats, this one won’t diminish the color of the polish underneath. It does however, share the biggest downside of most matte polishes, it’s very prone to chipping, and how long it lasts will depend on the polish underneath. This particular bottle is quite small, so it’s a good way to test out if you enjoy the matte look on yourself.



Orly Matte Topcoat
This top coat will convert glossy into a satin matte finish with no chalkiness. It’s really smooth and nice to touch. One coat is all that it takes to get the effect to show up. The formula boasts chip resistance, which is a great thing to have with a top coat that is usually so easy to damage. Overall this is one of the best matte top coats that money can buy.





Butter London Matte Finish Shine Free Top Coat
Butter London’s Matte top coat is as wonderful as their regular top coats, except with a velvety matte finish. This one is more expensive, but it does seem to maintain the matte appearance longer than some other brands. It’s high quality stuff with no cracking or weird chalky finish. The brush is the perfect size. It’s wide enough for smooth application, but still small enough to get all of the little trouble areas of your nail.




OPI Matte Top Coat
We love OPI, so we have to include their matte here, it’s not our favorite, but it does do the trick. This one creates a matte finish that is smooth and soft for the perfect edgy, chic look. It goes on easily and dries pretty fast, which is always a perk for those with little patience. Unfortunately, this one does look a little bit streaky if you don’t apply it correctly, and like many of the others, it chips easily. You’re also going to have to reapply regularly to continue the matte appearance.




KleanColor Madly Matte
This is one of the cheapest matte top coats, but even with the low cost, it does exactly what it’s supposed to do: removes the shine from your polish. This product claims to be quick drying, but in realty, when compared to the other matte top coats, the dry time is a lot longer than most. It’s also very easy to chip, usually within a day or so. Even though this isn’t the best option available, it does create the matte effect the same way the other polishes do at a fraction of the cost. So if you’re unsure about matte finish and want a cheap way to test it out, this is the perfect option. You can always invest in a better bottle later.

Matte polish is a great way to expand your polish collection without ever buying any new colors. With a couple of coats, each color will transform into something different. So if you’re looking for a way to have fun with the stuff you already own, this kind of top coat is certainly a good addition . It’s only one product, but the possibilities are endless.