Sunday, 25 April 2010

Adorned Nails: KOH Matt on Rain Forest


Let’s revisit an old friend today. Some of you might remember KOH Rain Forest. It was my first ever KOH nail polish acquired at a time when my relationship with nail polish hadn't reached addictive proportions yet and when nail art stamping was about as foreign to me as Greek is.

I thought it would be nice to shine the spotlight on it again but this time, with a different look: matt. On its own, Rain Forest is a glossy medium green with yellow undertones. Pictured left is a comparison between Rain Forest on its own, and Rain Forest with a matt top coat (surely you can tell which one's which).

KOH has finally released its version of a matt top coat, naming it simply KOH Matt!. This is what KOH says on the packaging (excerpts):

The top coat has a matt effect on any nail polish colour and creates a protective layer, shielding the nail polish from scratches, chipping and flaking.....It has been enriched with bamboo extract and vitamin E for improvement of the nail condition.

KOH Matt retails for €19.95 and it's housed in a 10ml bottle. Note: KOH Matt was sent to me by KOH to try out. KOH Rain Forest was my own purchase.

Now, I've come to the conclusion that green isn't a much loved nail polish colour and neither is matt a favourite finish. Combine both together and I’m beginning to wonder what you might think! To me, Rain Forest on its own is like a glammed up golden army green, which I do like. The mattified Rain Forest loses its glamorous gloss and some of the yellow undertones but consequently, it becomes a very subdued, nonchalant and unpretentious green. I actually like the matt version even more. If you’re not that into green or feel too self-conscious, I’d recommend applying a matt top coat and suddenly, it becomes very wearable and is much easier on the eye.

Next, I did some stamping on it. The image used is from the Fauxnad image plate T05 from Chez Delaney and the polish was a yellow Konad stamping polish. With the dull lustre of the mattified Rain Forest and the thin lines of the image, the end results were very subtle. I’m not very sure what plant the image is. It looks like an innocent plant but I do wonder if it’s actually hemp! All images were taken in daylight.

Just for the record, I wore this for five days (I don't usually leave polish on for so long). I thought this matt top coat was pretty hardy against scratches. Chipping began on the fifth day.

Anyway, this is what I came up with:




Here, I thought the images looked like engravings on the nails.

32 comments:

sunniipinky said...

Wow! I personally really like this color! :) & the engraving looking part? Very very cool! <3

Babybubblz said...

this is beautiful as a matte =)

The Beautifier said...

Ah! I am loving the matt top coat over the KOH Rain Forest! The nail art looks superb on your pretty nails hun! xoxo

Rebecca said...

I think that this polish looks awesome matte!!

susies1955 said...

I love the color and the Konading.
Susie

Get Gawjus! said...

I usually dont like matte nail paints but this one is so unique and absolutely stunning!

Naoko said...

Hi!! I personally prefer the shiny version but I like the matte one with the nail art. The colour on its own is gorgeous! xxx

Naomi said...

That polish look amazing matte; I think that I like it better this way.

Evil Angel said...

This is just gorgeous! I love it!

The Diva's Polish said...

I do like the KOH Rain Forest as a matte. Your stamping is always so dainty and pretty. I love it.

lavender said...

This is a very nice color like the forest and the konad design is so matching. Well done! I love it.

bowsnhearts said...

I like this matte look though...it has a touch of elegance to it. If it has been other finishes, I don't think it will achieve that touch of elegance.

Kirsten (The Dutch Nail Blog) said...

Beautiful! I love the matte and the subtle konad. Really nice touch.

Dina (XYYan) said...

Love this colour and the konad on it although I'm not too keen on matte colour :D

KONADomania said...

Such a gorgeous manicure! Enchanting<3

Dao said...

Oh man, that is so beautiful! You make me want to mattify my nails and put Konad stamps on them :)

Shop N' Chomp said...

Great nail pics as usual! This look is really pretty on you. =D

Beauty Vibes said...

What a pretty shade of green! I usually don't like the green polishes very much, but this one looks very nice, especially with the matte finish :)

Mz. More said...

This shade is very pretty, even more so as a matte. Loving the stamping, so perfectly placed! :)

Cynthia Zacharica. said...

Wow this shade is so exotic n unique...love it! Boy, now I want a matte top coat

♥xx♥

Witoxicity said...

@sunniipinky
The engraved look was certainly a pleasant surprise for me. :)

@Babybubblz
I think so too. :)

@The Beautifier
Thanks, Sonali! I'm glad you're loving this. :)

@Rebecca
Rain Forest does look very charming matte.

@susies1955
Thanks, Susie!

@Get Gawjus
I'm glad you like this. :)

@Naoko
Its golden green is quite something, isn't it?

@Naomi
This matte finish is indeed awesome.

@Evil Angel
Thanks!

@The Diva's Polish
Thank you, my dear. I do like cute little images for stamping. Subtle's the way for me! :D

@lavender
Thank you, Lavender.

@bowsnhearts
The matte version is certainly subdued and looks sophisticated. :)

@Kirsten
Thanks so much! :)

@Dina
Well, I did say that matte isn't often a popular finish. Different people, different tastes! :D

@KONADomania
Thank you. :)

@Dao
Do give this a try! It's fun and quite addictive. Heh heh!

@Shop N' Chomp
Thank you!

@Beauty Vibes
The matte top coat has certainly transformed this green. :)

@Mz. More
Thanks! I too love how the matte top coat has given the green a totally different look.

@Cynthia
Thanks, Cynthia. I'm so pleased you love this. :)

Saori said...

Simple but so elegant & beautiful !!

p chan said...

such a unique colour! love the little plant detail too!

Witoxicity said...

@Saori
Thanks! I like it simple too. :)

@p chan
Thank you! :)

twinsouls888 said...

W O W is all I can say ^_^ It looks soooo elegant. What a very beautiful color!

Been out of touch for almost 2 weeks yay, got quite busy with life hehe. ^_^

Happy weekend girl, and keep those elegant nails coming. ^_^

Witoxicity said...

@twinsouls888
Hey, thanks, Ems! I'm really pleased that this is to your liking. :)

Have a fantastic weekend too!

Cristina said...

that nails are very pretty (L)

Witoxicity said...

@Cristina
Muchas gracias! :)

Lily nail said...

i love this konading :)

Witoxicity said...

@Lily nail
Thank you. :)

Ievu said...

Omg...that nailpolish is miracle...love the colour..mmm...really cool post! :)


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Witoxicity said...

@Ievu
Thanks! I'm certainly pleased to know that you love this post. :)