Polish Post: Matte Nails

H&M's "Ocean" with Skin Food's matte top coat
I've been intrigued by the matte top coats that have been popular lately, so when I saw that Skin Food had one for $4, I figured, 'Why not?'

I do like the effect. It adds a satin finish to your nails and dries really fast.

The part that sucks: it doesn't last very long. I think my nails only looked matte for about a couple of days before returning to their original shininess. The matte coat faded really fast.

Too bad. I really wanted to like it.

I do want to try this next time though (when I'm feeling a little ambitious):

Black shine on black matte manicure via High Snobette

Essie, China Glaze, and Butter all have matte top coats available. I've heard great things about the Butter one, but it's verrrrry pricey, so I'm not sure if it's quite worth it.

Have you tried matte nails yet? Or do you prefer shiny finishes?