September 23, 2011

REVIEW: Cherimoya Matte-n-a

Hi everyone!  I know I've been a bad blogger lately, and I apologize.  I have tons of things that I've been wanting to show you, but I've actually been working this week and by the time I get home I have no sun.  Hopefully I can take a bunch of pictures one day next week so I'll have some awesome posts!
So, today for you I have a review of the new Cherimoya matte polishes.  You may know of Cherimoya as the makers of the "2012" crackle line.  Honestly, that was the first I heard of the company. Turns out, there is a good reason for that! Cherimoya nail polish is a relatively new brand.  I copied a little blurb from their website, but unfortunately, I couldn't find any more information because the site is being updated with new products!  Hopefully, that will be done by the time my review series is over.  Here's what I found:

I LOVE the graphics on this site!  It makes me want to try everything.  As for what the blurb says, I agree whole heartedly.  The 2012 collection has over 40 shades.   FAR beyond the number that any other company could dream up!  If you haven't seen these yet, check them out.   I plan to!  

But I'm not here to talk about the crackles.  I'm here for the mattes.  The matte collection, called Matte*n*a (matinee, get it?) will offer 38 shades of regular, shimmer and glitter matte polishes.  With what I've been shown so far, I can't even begin to fathom what the rest will be like!  So far, I am VERY excited about this collection.  I have six to show you today, so there will be plenty of pictures! 
*I swatched all of these at once, so PLEASE excuse the dry cuticles :(*

Matinee, Indie, Rated R, Matinee

Film Noir, Showtime, Animation, Film Noir
The group they sent me was kind of split into two.  Three that I didn't care much for, and three that I absolutely loved.  I'll start with the three I probably won't be using.

First up is Indie.  This one was a little strange.  I am not a fan AT ALL of the color on me, it just does strange things with my skin tone.  I'm sure it would look great on my mom though, so I'll be trying it on her.  The formula was actually pretty typical for a matte.  It dried super fast, went on well and, was one coat.

If it looks a little strange, it is definitely not even.  The formula on these is NOT fan friendly, so that's what happened here.  It was drying so quickly that I couldn't get a smooth coat on.  I turned the fan off for the rest of the polishes so you could see that they actually do look great.  This one dried a little closer to satin than actual matte, but it still has that affect.  

Next is Rated R.  We talked about red earlier this week.  I'm just not a big fan.  I think this would look great under a black stamp or something though! 

You can see that this one is MUCH smoother than the first.  The fan made a world of difference! 

Here shows the orange tone to the polish.  It is just about a true tomato red. If you are into this kind of shade, grab it!  It has great coverage as well.  This one was two coats because it showed the stain on my pinky, but I don't think it's necessary for everybody.

Matinee is another I won't use very often, simply because I don't find a lot of reasons to wear white unless I'm layering over it.  The idea of a matte polish is totally defeated if you layer over it.  Again, it might make a nice stamp base though.

Matinee was the only polish that needed three coats.  I have trouble with most whites, so I expected it with this.  It probably could have only needed two, but for someone who is more careful (or more skilled! Lol) you may be able to get away with two.  

Now, onto the three I LOVE.  These three shades were all amazing to work with, and are beautiful on! 

Film Noir is a one coat polish.  It was seriously full coverage, went on very smoothly, and was just wonderful to use.  The reason you see ridges in my nails is because I didn't wear a base coat, so that would take care of any imperfections. 

I will be wearing this again very soon.  This is one of the ones that I want to stamp shiny! 

Animation is a beautiful pink based lilac (or blue based pink?).  I used two smooth, perfect coats. 

Isn't this pretty?  Another one that was a little more of a satin.  I can get over that.  It is beautiful!  I will wear this often.  It may wait until spring, but I love it.  

Finally I have my favorite of the group!  This is Showtime.  It reminds me of Manglaze polishes!  It's one of the shimmer mattes that I mentioned earlier: 

I somehow only got one picture of this.  Strange.  Isn't it gorgeous?  It looks like the non-shiny side of foil, but BETTER.  It looks gorgeous with a top coat, so that I will show you that soon.  

Overall, I think these are amazing.  I'm looking forward to the rest of the collection coming out!  I will definitely be buying more of the shimmer/glitter ones! 

I'm linking to the website, but telling you that it is down right now to add these polishes.  You can read about the company and take a look at the 2012 and Classique collections until it gets back up.  I'm told that availability, price and locations will be added during this time as well.  Until then, the website is  I urge you to check it out!  Keep an eye out for when these release so you can grab some!  

Next Friday, I will be showing you the Classique collection polishes I was sent.  These are all really nice (and exciting!) as well, so I'll see you then!  Thanks for looking :) 

Listening to:  The Shot Heard Round the World - Boys Like Girls
Love Drunk, 2011

*polishes were sent for review*