Thursday, September 15, 2011

ManGlaze Matte is Murder

I know that liking matte is a trendy thing, but I don't care, I love the look of matte. ManGlaze is a Chicago (!) based company that makes the best matte nail polishes I've ever tried. I currently have a new released color on right now called Mink Mitten and it is awesome. But the one I'm reviewing today is a matte black called Matte is Murder that was 7$ online.

Matte is Murder comes in a boxy bottle wrapped in a thick, matte paper sticker. It also has art by Jason Atomic of a sexy lady and a crazy one. Formula-wise, it is wonderfully pigmented and applies looking like a shimmery black. It dries down fairly quickly (as mattes tend to) to a smooth matte finish but has iridescent sparkles. It kind of reminded me of a toned down nail polish version of Sugarpill's Stella. The iridescent glitter is really subtle--it's like super micro glitter, which keeps the color from being a boring solid matte.

Jason Atomic art

In terms of application, one coat is fairly opaque, but I like using two. It can apply a bit streaky depending on how much product is on the brush, but that is easily remedied with additional coats. Just remember to make sure each coat is fully dry before applying the next one. The problem I personally have with mattes in general is that I can't get too sloppy with applying them. Using this color was my first time applying a matte polish, and I didn't let the first coat dry completely and applied the second. It looked okay at first but it just got messy at the tips later.

Chicago love!

Honestly, people bitch about mattes chipping all the time, but this one wears decently well. I didn't use a base coat nor stayed conscious of the fact that I had polish on during the ten days I trialed it. The most wear ended up on the middle finger whereas the other fingers just had some tip wear. I don't think it's that bad, Matte is Murder has pretty good wear for being a matte nail polish.

total wear after 9 days
ingredient list

For me, what makes ManGlaze stand out from other brands is their customer service. I first placed my order in June and it was finally delivered six days short of a month. Three weeks in, I emailed ManGlaze asking if they knew anything about it. Now mind you, I didn't really care about the wait (I was in Chicago at the time) and the delay had nothing to do with the company as they had shipped out my order within two days of placing it. But they offered to send me a free polish for "suffering" and being patient with the order. Who does that?! I was so touched. My order wasn't even that much, but they made me feel cared for and like an important customer.

I'd also like to note that they are very receptive of customer feedback. ManGlaze is one of the friendliest brands on twitter and have always responded to me, which I love and wholeheartedly appreciate. The official site for ManGlaze is kinda shoddy, but they embrace that too and make sure to tell you that they know how crappy it looks. (lol) Plus, concerning their products, they genuinely want to know and hear about whether "everything arrived ok or if you hate the stuff." forever a ManGlaze fan ✖✖ }

tokki rating: A

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