Matte polish can be lifesaver if you're in a hurry and need a mani change. They dry super quick on their own and don't need top coat. But, they have their downsides too. Because you don't tend to wear top coat, the polish does not last as long. And any flaws or ridges in your nails will show/be accentuated. A light buffing before application can fix this however.
This summer Zoya has brought us a Limited Edition collection of 3 neon matte shades. Phoebe- a vibrant blue with sublte hidden shimmer, Lolly- a hot pink, and Mitzi- a yellowish lime green. Pigmentation was good for the collection. All 3 only needed 2 coats for full opacity. I recommend waiting a few minutes between coats. With Phoebe and Lolly I experienced some cuticle drag when I applied the second coat, but I waited longer with Mitzi and it was less of an issue. I also waited longer between applying base coat and the first coat of color. For my base coat I used China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base. The top coat I used for comparison shots is Barielle Manicure Extender.
Phoebe is my favorite of the group. You can't really see the shimmer in matte form, but it does give the polish a softer feel. Now see the difference with top coat on my index and ring finger:
See how noticeable the ridges in my nails are in the indoor shot. That's what I meant by mattes showing every flaw. I think the top coat helps hide the ridges and other flaws, which is always good in my book.
Mitzi probably has the flattest finish on its own of the three. See what a difference top coat makes with this one:
ModMattes are available individually or in a 3 pack set of mini polishes, which are what I have. One word of warning though, when I removed Phoebe, which I wore over night, I noticed some blue staining to my nails. I have a feeling this could be an issue with the other two as well. So I recommend doubling up on your base coat with these.
Disclaimer: The product(s) in this post were sent to me by the company for consideration.