This is the colour itself, without a top coat, except for the accent shade (Claire’s Chunky Gold). The flash did glossify the colour a bit, as it isn’t that shiny IRL, but it isn’t a 100% matte either – as you probably are familiar with suede finish already.
Just a note on Chunky Gold, it is a bit more sheer IRL and the glitters are gold, not green. They look green while reflecting Emerald City in nearby fingers.
However, also as with almost any suede or matte shade, it chips quite quickly, due to the lack of a protective top coat. Nothing major, just along the tips on my ring and middle fingers on the right hand, after 2 days. The left hand still looks perfect though, just so you know.
All in all, Emerald City is a pretty green colour with interesting finish. Now I’m itching to swatch Ruby Ribbon and maybe pick up the white shade (Powder Puff) too.
I found suede finish is a nice transition between regular finish and matte. If you are not a big fan of matte polish, maybe give this collection a try. And even if you don’t like it, there’s nothing that a top coat can’t fix. If I didn’t have to remove this mani last night, I might put on the top coat just to see how it looks.
How did your weekend go? Any good deals you found while out and about shopping? I didn’t set foot out of the apartment, so I have no idea lol.