Let's be honest—in the world of DIY manicures, our favorite polishes receive the majority of love while the still very essential topcoats kind of fall by the wayside. (Not entirely fair considering they keep our application shiny, healthy, and chip-free, right?). And while most of the time we desire a jubilantly jelly-like (i.e., shiny) finish, sometimes, especially come the moodier months of fall, we crave something a little less predictable. Enter matte nails.
Of course, the nail polish industry has gifted us with bottle after bottle of various formulas when it comes to our desired finish, and matte is no exception. However, sometimes we want our favorite shiny shade (that may not come in matte) to look chicly flat instead of its usual shimmer. This, my friends, is where a high-quality, handy matte topcoat can come into play.
Ahead, find 10 of the best matte topcoats that will not only protect your mani from chips and other inevitable wear and tear but offer the coolest, chicest, perfectly matte finish to complement your favorite polish shade this season. Keep scrolling! Regardless of your budget, your ultimate play-hard formula awaits.
Sally Hansen has long been held near and dear to our hearts, and to be honest, we don't see that changing any time soon. Thus, we rely on the satisfyingly fat brush on this all-time favorite matte topcoat to deliver an unparalleled paint job every time.
Smith & Cult
Yes, this crème de la crème matte topcoat might be a little bit of a splurge, but trust us when we say it's 100 percent worth the initial investment. A little goes a long way, and the matte finish is what velvet matte dreams are made of. Plus, Smith & Cult's show-stopping packaging simply can't be beaten.
At an easy-on-the-wallet $6, this is one of Team Byrdie's favorite matte topcoats not only because it promises one of the best, long-lasting finishes but also because it simultaneously protects on precious manicures with an ultra-strong immune system—warding off chips, stains, cracks, and all other polish woes you've ever groaned over.