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Review: Sally Hansen Big Matte Top Coat

July 30, 2015

I’ve been wanting to buy a matte top coat for quite some time, because I’ve seen some pretty cool nail art where they use it (not that I’m talented enough to replicate it, but still). So a few weeks ago I was at Farmers and I saw that you received a gift pack if you bought Sally Hansen products for a certain value. I decided that was a good time to purchase one.

I didn’t use it for quite a while because I really enjoy their other product ‘Big Shiny Top Coat’. It dries pretty fast, and that’s a big plus for me. So it wasn’t until a few days ago I tried it.

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I’ll get straight to the point – I don’t like it. When I used it, one nail came out matte, while the others looked as shiny as they usually do. First I thought that maybe I hadn’t shook the bottle around enough, so I did that and tried again. No luck. Then I thought that maybe you had to wait a while for it to dry before you could see the full result. So I waited and waited, but still had no luck.

After a while I thought that maybe I just thought it was shiny, but it actually wasn’t, haha. So I decided to paint one of my nails with the shiny top coat and the others with the matte to see the difference. To be honest, I had to look pretty closely to see any difference.

Maybe I got one from a bad batch? I don’t know, but I don’t think I’ll be using it again and I wouldn’t recommend buying it if my result is how it is supposed to be.

Have you tried it? If so, did it work for you? Have you tried any other matte top coats that are awesome? Let me know in the comments section!


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  • Beauty With a Side of Anna

    The NYC matte top coat is fab! Dries fairly quickly and gives a great matte finish! The Barry M Matte top coat is also brilliant, I’m pretty sure you could find it on amazon/eBay but I think they ship everywhere x

    July 31, 2015 at 1:13 am Reply
    • Sophie Sjösten

      Thanks for the tip! I’ve heard OPI is supposed to be good too. Have you tried it?

      July 31, 2015 at 7:03 am Reply
  • Ashley

    I’ve been curious about this product–thanks for sharing your review!

    August 1, 2015 at 3:22 pm Reply
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