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ManGlaze Matte Is Murder \ Fatty's Got More Blood + Nail Design Contest!

By A Lacquered Affair · June 24, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

"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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Hi lovelies!

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.

Brief Intro:
• 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!"

First Impressions
This was what I received with my order of three ManGlaze polishes from Shoppe EClecticCo:

ManGlaze packageClockwise from top left: Info card, Matte Is Murder, Fatty's Got More Blood, Cabron, guitar pick and sticker

Everything about it screams hardcore rock!

ManGlaze premiumsUpclose look at the premiums: Sticker, info card (back) and guitar pick

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.

ManGlaze boxManGlaze, all boxed up

A close-up shot of the boxes the polishes come in. Pretty sturdy and well-labelled.

ManGlaze un-boxingUn-boxing ManGlaze polishes

ManGlaze in the boxA peek inside the box

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.

ManGlaze Fatty's Got More Blood, Matte Is Murder, Cabron

The Bottle
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:

ManGlaze Matte Is Murder          ManGlaze Fatty's Got More Blood
Click to see a different view of the bottles

ManGlaze Matte Is Murder in the bottleMatte Is Murder, through the bottle

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:

ManGlaze Matte Is Murder1 coat Nail Tek Foundation III ridge-filling base coat, 2 coats Matte Is Murder. Indoor, daylight

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.

More shots:

ManGlaze Matte Is MurderIndoor, shaded, with daylight

ManGlaze Matte Is Murder close-upUpclose, 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...

ManGlaze Matte Is Murder with top coatIndoor, daylight

...and MAGIC! Shimmers amplified! And one poor pinky nail nicked.

ManGlaze Matte Is Murder with topcoat close-upClose-up: Top coat bringing out the shimmer. Indoor, daylight

Stamping Experiment
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.

ManGlaze Nail ArtOutdoor, daylight

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.

ManGlaze Fatty's Got More Blood in the bottle   ManGlaze Fatty's Got More Blood in the bottle
Fatty's Got More Blood, through the bottle

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:

ManGlaze Fatty's Blood over Matte Is MurderOn the thumb, Konad Image Plate m63. Outdoor, daylight

ManGlaze Fatty's Got More Blood over Matte Is MurderIndex finger, Konad Image Plate m57. Outdoor, daylight

ManGlaze Fatty's Got More Blood over Matte Is MurderMiddle finger, Konad Image Plate m71 (aka "toilet paper" print by Melissa). Outdoor, daylight

ManGlaze Fatty's Got More Blood over Matte Is MurderRing finger, Konad Image Plate m57. Outdoor, daylight

ManGlaze Fatty's Got More Blood over Matte Is MurderPinky, Stamping Plate OB40 from Shoppe EClecticCo. Outdoor, daylight

Altogether now:

ManGlaze Fatty's Got More Blood over Matte Is MurderOutdoor, daylight

The Brush
Time for that brush comparison:

OPI vs ManGlaze brushFrom left: OPI and ManGlaze brushes

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):

A Lacquered Affair reader promoYou 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:

Mani-Faces of ManGlaze Nail Design ContestPssst... 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.

posted by Carolyn Qualls

Would love to try this .

posted by

I hope you do Carolyn! Just remember to go to the contest entry page to get the details http://alacqueredaffair.onsugar.com/Mani-Faces-ManGlaze-Nail-Design-Contest-23694709 and good luck!

posted by

Haha love the playmate!!! And thanks for creating yet more lemmings L....Annette ships to Aus you say? Hmm, off to explore. This can only end one way:)

posted by

Awww, glad to be an enabler (I think ;/). How about having a go at the contest and try to win a couple of ManGlaze? Open to our Aussie mates too :)

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