Matte Black Nails – OPI Matte Top Coat

Matte Black Nails

Matte Black Nails

I love the trend of matte nails, they are just something a little different and unique. I’ve tried matte top coats in the past and was fairly impressed by the Bourjois So Matt Top Coat and the Ciaté Chalkboard Manicure which I wrote about here and here. Unlike the Bourjois So Matt Top Coat it isn’t as obvious or frosted like. It gives a very even, definite matte finish. My nails are painted false nails but the OPI matte top coat has still made them look so much more even and perfect and these matte black nails have worked really well.

Matte Black Nails

Often black nail polish can look a little uneven and pretty horrible if it chips even a little. The matte top coat did make them very chip resistant and, I think, made a more classy black nail. OPI nail polish is one of my favourite nail polish brands and I think they have got this matte top coat so right. It works immediately, gives a great, consistent result and dries in seconds. I would recommend two layers of colour base coat though as the matte polish picks up some of the colour as you apply it.

Matte Black Nails

For more of an effect you can add a bit of nail art. After these photographs were taken I painted designs using the original black polish. The designs were very subtle showing the contract between the shiny and matte and did look really good but I couldn’t get a very good photograph of them. It was great for a classy, discrete design. Matte polishes work very well on darker polish shades but I am keen to try it out on lighter varnishes as well as having a go at matte white nails.

Polishes used for the Matte Black Nails –

Essence Colour & Go Nail Polish 144 – Black is Back

OPI Matte Top Coat (15ml)*

600 Natural European Style Full Whole Nails (Short)

Are you a fan of Matte Black Nails?



  1. 2014/10/09 / 09:10

    This looks great! I’ve never been a fan of black polish before, but since the matte trend started I’ve grown to like it alot.

  2. 2014/10/09 / 09:32

    This looks amazing! I’ve been looking for a matte black nail polish forever but could never find one. This matte top coat looks perfect! I love how you can use it with every nail polish color not only black :)

  3. 2014/10/09 / 10:42

    I looove black nails!! i wear them all winter alternating with some dark burgundy!!!! I have the L’Oreal matte top coat and am quite happy with it!
    Alice|Alice’s Beauty Madness

  4. 2014/10/09 / 11:36

    I love matte black nails :) They look great with white nail varnish hearts to look like a chalkboard!

    Madame Raptor x

  5. 2014/10/09 / 14:42

    These look amazing! I get what you mean about matte making polish look a little classier, I recently had a navy blue on and thought to myself that it could do with being less shiny as it came across a bit cheap-looking.

    Rebecca x

  6. 2014/10/09 / 16:12

    Love it! It’ll be my first time to try a matte nail color. I will surely get this one :)

  7. 2014/10/09 / 19:28

    I still haven’t gone out and picked up a matte top coat but it looks great over that dark black!Looks like chalkboard nails for sure haha and like a nice way to mute some of my SUPER bright Summer colours for Fall! :)

    Cat ♥ Cachoo Joo

  8. Lou's Corner
    2014/10/09 / 21:22

    I love matte black nails but never found one that is really matte (i tested loads of nailpolishs!) But there :owhaaaw!

  9. Connie
    2014/10/09 / 22:04


    I definitely need to give this a try. I had the Zoya matte black, but it chips after about several hours.

    Connie | Sponsored by Coffee

  10. 2014/10/10 / 04:57

    I love the result! I’m a lot into matte finishes lately and wanted to try this OPI matte top coat also. But then I found the one from HEMA! It has become one of my favourites :)

  11. Kelsey Dadmun
    2014/10/16 / 21:13

    I never really was into the matte nail trend, but this looks so classy and beautiful! I may need to pick up a bottle of the OPI Matte Topcoat!
    Kelsey |

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