Hello everyone! Today I have a comparison for you. I've gotten some positive feedback in one of previous posts on Manhattan vs. Essence top coats comparison, so it'll go first!
I wanted to do it at least with two colours, as it happens, I did it with three, when preparing another comparison.
This is with O.P.I. Nevermore. Mani is a few days old, so there is a bit of tip-wear.
This is on direct sunlight, with my thumb being the "original" Nevermore.
Close-up on the sun.
Other comparison is done on O.P.I. Pamplona Purple and Catrice Plum Play With Me. It's the second comparison I have in store, but just couldn't resist trying the matt top coats on them. I've applied it so one colour gets both top coats. Excuse my application, these two are PITA, but more about that with their comparison.
This is outisde, on direct sunlight.
The matt effect: I think is already obvious from the pictures, true matt effect comes with Essence matt top coat. Manhattan still has a bit of glossy finish, actually satin finish would be correct, I think. It's a nice finish, I like it, especially with sparkly nail polish like Nevermore, I also tried it out on Halley's Comet in it turned out really awesome. But not matt. Also by touch Essence dries up to a bit rough finish, while Manhattan is still smooth and polishy.
Brush: Manhattan beats Essence, no doubt. It's a wider, flatter brush, reminds me of O.P.I. and really makes handling with matt topcoat easier. It's faster, because you have enough polish on your brush, being large, and one stroke can be enough. Essence gave me trouble on my middle finger (being the biggest of my nails), I had visible strokes and had to fix it.
Dry speed: both extremely fast, but Essence is faster. Maybe Manhattan would be easier to do matt konad with then?
Quantity and price: Manhattan 11 ml for around 4€, Essence 8 ml for around 2€ (both are a bit under the number, Manhattan 3,95€ I think, and Essence 1,89€).
Bottles: I like shapes of nail-polish bottles, so I'm paying attention to those too. Essence bottle is boring, I'm sorry, it really is. Manhattan has it's typical shape, but the handle doesn't make your job with applying easier, so that's not really a good thing, is it?
In actual matt effect Essence is in my opinion the winner. Since I want the true matt effect, I'd definitively go with Essence, but if it had Manhattan's brush, it would just be perfect. Or if Manhattan actually dried matt, not satin. Oh well.
Did you like the comparison? I'm looking forward to your opinions, because I'm not sure, if I tried it out on enough different finishes to do the right judgement. If you have any special wishes, on which n-p to try both on (I dunno, glitter, holo, a special shade etc.), let me know!
Thanks for reading!