I had been wanting to try a matte black nail varnish for a while so I had a look around but nothing really grabbed me, that is, until I found ManGlaze. I love anything slightly oddball and a bit different so when I saw the bottle I knew this was the one for me, especially with a name like 'Matte is Murder'. The nail varnish formula goes on easy, it is perhaps slightly on the gloopy side, but nothing to cause any problems and two coats is enough to give a thick even coverage. Its strange that it goes on glossy but dries to matte! I will say that you have to be quite careful of your brushstrokes as a matte texture doesn't hide them like normal glossy nail varnishes do, so try to blend as you go.
I love the fact that the label on the bottle is a piece of art. Though it is an American brand the artwork is designed by UK artist Jason Atomic. The Matte is Murder bottle features 'either his talented yet severed hand or his muse, Suicide Girl MANKO!' Unfortunately they pick which one you get, I would have preferred the other bottle but this one is still pretty amazing.
If you decide that you actually don't want a matte texture, just paint over one coat of clear nail varnish and viola! This comes out exactly the colour you see in the bottle, glossy black with sparkly silver undertones. I have worn my nails like this a couple of times but usually I just leave it matte as otherwise whats the point in buying it! For those of you who liked the WAH nails post that I did (here) this look is actually created with matte nail varnish. The leopard print that you see is just painted on with clear nail varnish.
You can get ManGlaze from their site (here). They currently have an offer on both Matte is Murder and Fuggen Ugly (which I also purchased, its a gunmetal grey colour), both are half price. Though they are an American company they do ship to the UK and it was only about $6, well worth it in my opinion. They come well packaged so I doubt much chance of them smashing on the way. This genuinely is my favourite nail varnish, probably because it is so different!
What do you think of matte v glossy nail varnish? Has anyone else tried any matte nail varnishes and are they any good?