"Since its 2007 debut in Japan, ManGlaze Matte Nail Polish has guys turning heads and nail fanatics abuzz with excitement. Finally, a nail polish designed with men in mind! This stuff is as tough as it looks. It covers easily (one or two coats) and dries super fast!" - ManGlaze
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A show of hands (or clicks/comments) - have you tried matte nail polish? Well, this right here is the real deal; ManGlaze, the 'mack daddy' of matte polishes.
• ManGlaze hails from Chicago (USA).
• Dubbed the "Original Matte Nail Polish" or "The Manliest Nail Polish Known to Man", the concept was designed with men in mind, by men (but it's gotten women hooked too!).
• It oozes rocker attitude, with bottle labels designed by wickedly talented artists from around the world.
• No one simply buys ManGlaze off the shelves from mainstream stores. Your best bet is online.
• They are 3-free and cruelty-free!
Honestly, I wasn't particularly drawn to matte polishes. I've used matte top coats to achieve certain nail designs. That's it. I've seen "ManGlaze" being mentioned here and there, but seeing that they don't ship internationally, it didn't pique my interest.
Then came a surprise announcement by Annette that Shoppe EClecticCo is appointed the exclusive reseller of ManGlaze for Singapore, Asia and Australia. Shoppe EClecticCo has a knack for sourcing in-demand, quality products and making them accessible to us here in Singapore and the region.
So, my initial thought: "I could use a couple of them for nail art and stuff."
While seeing swatches online: "That's cool."
After trying them on: "These are brilliantly created!"
This was what I received with my order of three ManGlaze polishes from Shoppe EClecticCo:
Everything about it screams hardcore rock!
My favourite premium's the guitar pick. It's different for a nail polish freebie, but cleverly resonates the essence of the brand. Since I don't play the guitar, I'm going to try to hook it up to a necklace/ chain to show some ManGlaze pride.
A close-up shot of the boxes the polishes come in. Pretty sturdy and well-labelled.
Two packing peanuts are packed on opposite sides of the bottle neck, and the bottle comes in a sealed plastic wrap. I truly appreciate the thought and effort put into the packaging to ensure breakages and spills are prevented/ minimised.
The form and size of a Manglaze bottle bears a strong resemblence to a-england's. The sticker label wraps all four sizes of the bottle so one cannot get a view of the polish through the glass, except from bottom and at the base of the neck. These are the ManGlazes involved in this post's mani:
There are fine shimmers trying to peek through the polish and bottle, in deep blue and the slightest hint of purple. Matte Is Murder is not your ordinary matte black polish.
On The Nails
How Matte Is Murder fairs on the the nails:
As a first-time matte polish user, the initial application was tricky. I didn't know what to expect. You better believe that the formula is fast-drying! It started to get a little vinyl-ish after applying on the second nail. I sealed the bottle and rolled (or shake, if you like) and it's ready to go on the next nail.
Upclose, indoor, daylight
The minute shimmers can only be captured upclose and in well-lit areas. Heck, this is suede! LOVE! (still a newbie with various polish finishes)
I applied a-england's The Shield top coat on alternate nails as part of the mani's look...
...and MAGIC! Shimmers amplified! And one poor pinky nail nicked.
Close-up: Top coat bringing out the shimmer. Indoor, daylight
I had planned to trying stamping with ManGlaze over the glossy finished nails and they worked pretty good on the first attempt. Again, hands needed to move fast. Subsequently, the stamping didn't work out on four of five nails (could you tell it's a feather motif on the pinky?). The middle and pinky fingernails were stamped using the one-coater Ulta3 Black Satin (compliments of the lovely Kate from LacquerCareFactor), a creme finish over Matte Is Murder without a top coat. It was not as glossy as anticipated, so the resulting finish was dull.
Inspired by the graphic on the label of Fatty's Got More Blood (and the HBO series True Blood), I used dried blood red of Fatty's Got More Blood and haphazardly dabbed it around the tips to conceal and distract from the irregularity of the stamping images. It's way too early for Halloween...
Fatty's Got More Blood has the same subtle shimmer (seems as though I'm name-dropping Susan, who also happens to be a stockist for ManGlaze) as Matte Is Murder, in the bottle and on the nail.
A layer of top coat (a-england The Shield) was partially applied over Fatty's Got More Blood as a contrast and to intensify the shimmers. Close-up shots of each nail:
On the thumb, Konad Image Plate m63. Outdoor, daylight
Index finger, Konad Image Plate m57. Outdoor, daylight
Middle finger, Konad Image Plate m71 (aka "toilet paper" print by Melissa). Outdoor, daylight
Ring finger, Konad Image Plate m57. Outdoor, daylight
Pinky, Stamping Plate OB40 from Shoppe EClecticCo. Outdoor, daylight
Time for that brush comparison:
Though not as wide as OPI's ManGlaze's fans out pretty well, so you get good coverage in 3 swipes (4 for the thumb).
A treat for readers of A Lacquered Affair (in Singapore, Asia and Australia):
You get SGD 1.00 off per bottle of ManGlaze from Shoppe EClecticCo from the the usual price of SGD 22.50 per bottle.
Purchase 3 or more bottles for SGD 21.50 each, and still get an additional SGD 1.00 off per bottle when you quote "MGLAUFL"!
OR, why not WIN a ManGlaze polish of your choice! Enter the Mani-Faces of ManGlaze Nail Design Contest, jointly held by Shoppe EClecticCo and A Lacquered Affair. Click on the poster below for details on how to enter, and the prizes:
Pssst... the PLAYMOBIL royal naval soldier says "Hey, mate" to Kate's Lego Crook Man...
It's been another excessively long blog post. Hope y'all have a good Sunday, folks!
Disclaimer: I am not sponsored/ endorsed by any of the above-mentioned companies. All opinions expressed are my own, and will always be. All products were purchased by me.