Matted Stud Nails

I love matte nails. If you’ve never experimented with matte polish before…I definitely think now is the time! Whether you use a matte polish or use a matte top coat the possibilities are endless. With this design I wanted to show you how you can play with matte and regular top coats to give the nails a textured look. There are tons of matte options out there which I’ll list links to at the end of this post!

A couple days ago I got photoshop and I thought a fancy little graphic showing what I used would be extremely helpful! It’s a bit frustrating going to a blog and seeing a list of products someone used, and then having to go google each one because I want to know what it looks like!

I purchased Orly Viridian Vinyl quite some time ago but never got around to using it. This one is a matte polish…so what that means is that it dries matte (unless you put on a top coat then it’s shiny!). These are fun to use and its great that they can be either matte or shiny, but its not as versatile as a matte top coat…

This Julep matte top coat came in my November (? I think?) box. I love matte top coats because you can use it over any polish in your collection and it can instantly make it matte, which makes it very economical. I used this top coat over the black (Essie Licorice) on my index and ring fingers, let that dry, and then used regular top coat (Seche Vite) to paint the designs.

After everything dries I glued on the studs (size 2mm, with super glue. I know I know…that sounds a bit harsh, but I’ve found that its the best option to get them to stay on for a while. You can also get nail glue which works equally as well (I ran out!).

Here’s a couple more pictures!

Here are a few links to some matte top coats:
Julep Matte Top Coat 

Essie Matte About You

SEPHORA by OPI Matte Top Coat

ManGlaze MatteAstrophe

Matte Polish:
Orly Viridian Vinyl 

What do you think of matte polish? Let me know in the comments!


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2 thoughts on “Matted Stud Nails”

  • I actually didn’t know that Julep had a matte top coat! I will have to keep my eyes peeled for it in my maven boxes now! I tend to binge on drug store polish sometimes when there’s a good sale, and I found that NYC has a matte top coat, and it works really well! I’ve told myself to branch out though into something more expensive but hey, it works for now!

    Very cool color combination though…I love the black and turq 🙂

    • That’s awesome! Next time I’m out shopping I’ll keep an eye out for the NYC matte top coat. The Julep one is a bit expensive to purchase on its own, so I’d rather use a cheaper option. Thanks for the tip! 🙂

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