Jan. 7, 2012
"Matte: lacking or deprived of luster or gloss; having a usually smooth even surface free from shine or highlights (merriam-webster.com/dictionary/matte)."
The review and pictures are after the jump!
That is exactly what Essie Matte About You and NYC Matte Me Crazy accomplish. While they accomplish the same thing, there are many differences. The first difference that you can see right off the bat is the price. Essie Matte About You retails for around $10, while NYC Matte Me Crazy retails for around $1.92. I was able to pick up the Essie at Ulta for $5 (thank God for coupons) and the NYC at Wal-Mart for $1.92. The next difference that is quite noticeable is the matte-ness of each top coat. Essie Matte About You has a more matte finish. It has no shine to it what so ever. The NYC Matte Me Crazy has a shinier finish, but it is still matte. The last noticeable difference I found was the formula. NYC Matte Me Crazy has a thicker formula, while Essie Matte About You has a thinner formula. The dry time for both was about the same, coming in at around five minutes. Overall I would say that Essie Matte About You wins for how matte the finish is, but NYC Matte Me Crazy wins for the price. At the end of the day it comes down to personal preference.
Shown below is three thin coats of Sally Hansen Tough Chick. Essie Matte About You is on the ring and index finger and NYC Matte Me Crazy is on the pinky and middle finger.