6.23.2014

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Liquid Mani-a Matte Collection 2014 Swatches and Review

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Hello and happy Monday!

I've got swatches of Sally Hansen's latest Insta-Dri collection and this time it's MATTE! This finish has been popping up more frequently (at least to me) and it's a welcome change for another option to mix up your typical manicure. I received half of this collection for review but because the Insta-Dri line is my fave from Sally Hansen, I had to get the rest when I came across them in Walgreens!

If you are familiar with matte polishes, you know they dry very quickly, take more effort to apply, and don't typically last as long as a glossy finish polish. But don't let this deter you! I'll give you some tips and tricks at the end of this post! Let's take a look at these beauties first. I did 2 coats of each.


White Pick It Fence. A white creme. White is notoriously a difficult shade to apply so this was the most finicky being a white and matte but it's nothing that can't be handled!


My personal fave is Coastin' By. Because who can say no to a perfect mint creme?!


Mauve Matter is a nude with pink undertones. This is great for a natural look with the matte finish giving it a little twist.


Mattitude in Motion. A bright pink. This one almost has a rubber finish to it...can you tell?


High 'n Dry is a true blue. It's very pigmented and I only needed a 2nd coat to help even out the coverage of the matte formula.


And finally, In a Haze. A gorgeous purple.


I honestly think the Insta-Dri signature flat and wide brush is a match made in heaven for applying a matte polish. Since mattes dry quickly, you have to work fast to get an even layer on the nail and this brush spreads to cover the majority of the nail in one swipe! Love it.

A few tips for applying matte polish:

* Skip base coat. Matte polishes will apply more smoothly instead of dragging and skipping over the smooth base.

* Buff your nails. Matte polishes tend to show ridges on the nail once dry and buffing will provide an even surface for a more flawless application.

* Hurry up and wait. Matte formulas dry much faster than a glossy finish, so to get a flawless application work quickly on each coat. But once you've completed a coat, wait for that to dry for a few seconds before doing a second coat, otherwise the polish will drag and create uneven patches.

*Make a sandwich. To help extend the wear of a matte polish, apply a coat or two of your matte polish and once that's dry, top it off with a glossy top coat making sure to wrap the tips (very important!). Once your top coat is dry, apply another coat of your matte shade. This really helps! I wore Coastin By as a full mani using this technique and after 48 hours there were only minor chips at the tips of my nails which is pretty good for a matte!

Are you loving these matte Insta Dri shades as much as I am?


*Product was sent for review in exchange for my honest opinions.
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6 comments:

  1. There nice! I don't own much matte shades myself so these are something for me to check out.

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  2. How many costs of the white did you need? I'd love a quick drying white to use as a base for nail art, but not if it's a pain to apply or needs multiple layers to avoid being patchy.

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    1. I had to do 3 for even coverage but I recently used this for a tape mani and the fast drying matte formula was perfect!

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  3. I like Insta_Dri polishes a lot - I mostly use mine for stamping :)

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  4. Glad you ladies are loving these as much as me!

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