10 Best Matte Topcoats for a Perfect DIY Mani

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We're always on the lookout for the best products to perfect your DIY manicure. When it comes to matte nails, there are plenty of products out there, but it can be hard to choose the best one. To make it easier, we've rounded up 10 of the top matte topcoats that will not only protect your mani from wear and tear but offer the coolest, chicest, perfectly matte finish to complement your favorite polish shade. Even better: There's a topcoat for every budget.

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China Glaze

China Glaze Matte Magic Top Coat $8.00

Quickly transforming from shiny to matte, this magical find from China Glaze comes in at a budget-friendly price while simultaneously delivering chip-free handiwork.

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JinSoon Matte Maker Matte Top Coat $18.00

This formula instantly transforms any nail shade from shiny to matte. Even better: It is 21-free and formulated without harsh chemicals.

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Essie Matte About You Matte Top Coat $11.00

This long-wear pick from Essie is a fan favorite. We love it thanks to the perfectly sized brush, which ensures a smooth, goof-proof application.

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Sally Hansen

Sally Hansen Big Matte Top Coat $5.00

This fast-drying topcoat will not only give a matte finish but also protect your manicure for longer wear. The larger brush also assures an even application with every use.

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Pacifica Plant Magic
Pacifica Plant Magic Translucent Nail Topper Matte $10.00 $5.00

Perfect alone or with your favorite nail color, this top coat is 16-free and boasts a bio-sourced ingredient formula.

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Ella + Mila

Ella + Mila Matte-ly In Love $11.00

Even though Ella + Mila might not be the most well-known polish brand in the industry, that doesn't mean its formulas are anything short of obsessively delightful, and this top-performing matte topcoat is definitely a standout.

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Glossy to Matte Topcoat
Orly Glossy to Matte Topcoat $13.00

Orly's expert formula transitions even the shiniest lacquer job to a smooth, chic wash of matte in an instant!

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Smith & Cult

Cote Matte Top Coat
Côte Matte Top Coat $21.00

Designed to go on evenly, this top coat will give your nail color a soft matte finish. The formula is also vegan and cruelty-free.

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LeChat Dare to Wear Matte Top Coat $6.00

At an easy-on-the-wallet $6, this is one of Team Byrdie's favorite matte topcoats. It promises one of the best, long-lasting finishes, as well as simultaneously protecting precious manicures with an ultra-strong immune system—warding off chips, stains, cracks, and all other polish woes you've ever groaned over.

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OPI Matte Top Coat $12.00

No polish roundup could ever be complete without one of our favorite standby brands, OPI. This is one of the most popular matte topcoats we've encountered. It manages to look silky smooth, elegant, and edgy all at once.

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