The matte nail trend has been around for a while now, but it has never been something that really ever caught my eye. On the rare occasion that I actually take the time to sit down and have a whack at my nails I tend to go for extra glossy top coats. The Seche Vite Top Coat (£9) is a personal favourite,  I think it gives a more polished look... the shiny salon effect at home. Something which I am all for by the way, I get incredibly bored at nail salons and small talk is definitely not my forte, so they are to be avoided whenever possible. But my recent visit to Topshop wouldn't have been complete if I haden't spent a good ten minutes perusing the mountains of different nail varnish colours they have oh so beautifully displayed. It was during this time that these little bottles caught my eye.

I was especially intrigued by the Matte Top Coat...there were no instructions on it, was it to be used on top of the matte colours? Could you put it  on any varnish to then make it matte? It was all very exciting and full of possibilities. So I picked it up along with two other colours for good measure, a beautiful bright blue, Dilly Dally, and a vibrant orange, Two-Timing (£6 each).

The matte finish is definitely something that took me a little while to get my head round, but the more I looked at it, the more I liked it. You need two or three coats, but the formula dries quickly and lasts remarkably well. The fact that there is no extra glossy layer means that the matte colours are especially vibrant, I see them getting a lot of use come the summer months. Now, the most exciting bit... the matte top coat makes regular nail varnishes matte! I used it over Rococo's Empowered and the typically high-shine red was transformed into the most beautiful satin finish. Although the effect was not quite as matte as the other two colours, the idea of being able to transform any of the colours I already have is just too exciting. I cannot wait to try it on others... I see lots of future nail experiments with two toned and metallic colours. Watch this space.