Review: Rimmel Matte Topcoat (+NOTD)

Sunday, 27 February 2011

3 coats of NYC Long-Wearing Nail Enamel in 'Purple Pizzazz Frost'
Please excuse the messy paint job, the photo was taken pre-cleanup!

I picked this nail polish up in Superdrug recently for a bargainous 99p! I thought it was such a unique colour that it was too good to miss and this is the second thing I've bought with my February Project Empties allowance. The colour is a super pretty purple/blue colour with a slight iridescent/shimmery finish. It looks different colours in different lights, which I think is super cool. The first two coats were really streaky and I wasn't expecting much with the third coat, but upon applying the third coat, it became this opaque lovely colour.

'Purple Pizzazz Frost' with 1 coat of Rimmel Matte Topcoat (£4.59)

I've had this topcoat for a while now, but hadn't gotten round to writing a review on it. This polish turns nails matte pretty much instantly. By the time I'd finished my right hand, the topcoat on my left hand had already turned matte and dried. I was really impressed by this and I've decided that I really like the look of matte nails. Unfortunately, I found that this topcoat chipped ridiculously quickly! If you're looking for a long lasting matte topcoat, then this isn't it - I don't know if it's just this brand or matte topcoats in general that don't prolong the longevity of the polish beneath it. Although it's quite an expensive topcoat, it is worthwhile because it pretty much doubles your nail polish collection and is good for a quick fix for a unique nail.

What do you think of matte nails?

Thank you for reading. xoxo, Joy


  1. I love matte nails - i just keep forgetting to buy a top coat :)
    loving those nails!! x

  2. Great nails. I recently got that topcoat too, I love how easy it is to use but i totally agree about it chipping. So annoying!

  3. @R May A - Me too! :) Lol, I hope you remember to get one sometime in the near future! Thanks xx

    @Imogen - Thanks. I'm glad someone else has experienced chipping with it, I wasn't sure if I had a defect bottle or something... xx

  4. Just stumbled across with this whilst trying to see if anyone else had problems with chipping as well as me... Glad I'm not the only one! Do you happen to have found any way around it? I love the matte look but need my nail designs to last because I don't have the time to do them as regularly as this polish demands x

  5. @DarkHairedWeasley - Ahh, it sucks that it chips like crazy, doesn't it? :( Unfortunately, I haven't found a way around it, have you? xx