Put your ultra-shiny top coats away, ladies. Matte is the hottest trend right now for your nails. And Essie’s brand new Cashmere Matte collection is a must-have for beauty trendsetters.
Six chic shades come in this collection and are absolutely stunning. Each color is slightly reminiscent of our other favorite Essie shades—Just Stitched reminds me of Fiji and Coat Couture looks like Smokin’ Hot—but the matte finish makes this collection fabulously unique. Also, each polish has micro-iridescence and a hint of blue shimmer that is unexpected yet so beautiful.
When applying these colors, start with Essie’s First Base Base Coat. Next, apply two to three coats of the polish. Be forewarned: this polish dries extremely fast, so it can be tricky to get a nice, even layer of color on your nail before the polish hardens. For lighter shades in the collection like Just Stitched and Wrap Me Up, three coats are necessary to achieve a consistent color on all your nails. But darker shades like Coat Couture and Spun in Luxe look fantastic with just two solid coats. Let your nails dry (it won’t take half as long as it normally would when you use a matte polish!) and you’re done. No matte top coat is required since it is already built into the formula—thank you Essie!