At this point I don't even think it's worth apologising for my terribly long absence from blogging- the last 8 of 10 posts are all 52 week challenge posts, and I still hate that I don't have time at the moment (though as always I'm hopeful that it will change, I actually have a whole week of nothing planned in the evenings so fingers crossed as always!)
I do have to say thank you again to some new GFC followers- 131 now! I promise I'll try and post more for you all :)
This weeks (actually last weeks, yes I'm THAT late with this post :( ) challenge is Matte. As it was such a broad theme I thought I'd pick out a colour I've not used in a while- and do a simple mani with it. I was drawn to e.l.f. Purple Dream, then I really wanted to see what Fantasy Fire would look like matte :) Turns out it still looks awesome! The shimmer is muted but still visible depending on the light, and it looks great over Purple Dream too.
I tried out my newish matte topcoat from GOSH, and I'm happy to say that it's held up very well compared to my No7 matte polish- my mani has survived about 4 days with regular tip-wear, not the chipped mess that I usually get with matte nails. I left my ring finger glossy (a standard coat of Insta-Dri) as a subtle accent- and it really helps to show the difference between the mattified version of the polish :)
I don't think these pictures do justice to the beautiful colours and shimmer in this NOTD- my camera is a fan of neither purple nor matte polish.. (it also got a bit damp whilst camping and it's still in recovery!) My nails are definitely prettier in person, and I love them! :)
Are you a fan of matte nails? Or do you prefer them glossy? (I think it's nice to have a change, particularly with such a bright, dark colour!)