The items in this post were provided for honest review from Morgan Taylor through Preen.me.
Today I have 6 gorgeous autumn polishes from Morgan Taylor to share with you. These six shades make up the Matadora collection, inspired by the culture of Spain. I have the regular polishes to show you, and these are also available in gel if you prefer that. I received the 6 polishes along with Morgan Taylor’s base and top coat, and two stamping plates – I’ll be showing you those in a later post!
In all of these swatches, I have combined the polishes from the Matadora collection with Morgan Taylor’s base and top coat, Stick With It and Need for Speed.
Shown here are 2 coats of Mauve Your Feet with top coat. This one was a surprise favourite for me. I don’t usually reach for this type of colour, but I ended up really liking how it looked on the nail. I was also impressed with the formula and opacity of this polish. As you can see, coverage was perfect in two coats. This was my first experience with Morgan Taylor, so I can’t say how the formula compares to other shades, but I was definitely impressed.
This is a perfect not-quite-black shade. I find pure black too stark on my nails, but a deep blackened shade like this is perfect for Fall. Once again, the formula on this was great and I was very happy with the coverage.
This collection features a new brush from Morgan Taylor. The new brush has laser-cut domed bristles and an increased bristle count. Since I haven’t tried any of their products with the older brush, I can’t say how this compares, but I can say that I liked the brush on these and it made application a breeze. The brush is quite wide so those with smaller nails or who just prefer a narrow brush may not be fans.
Shown here are 2 coats of All Tango-d Up with top coat. I found the formula a little less good on this one. I had very slight bubbling on a couple of nails. I was also concerned about staining – I had some difficulty with cleanup on the skin around my nails – but fortunately I wasn’t left with any staining when I removed the polish.
This is a deep, night-sky blue with matching blue shimmer. The shimmer doesn’t come through quite as much on the nail as it does in the bottle, but it is still definitely there and gorgeous! The formula on this one was once again phenomenal, and the polish was gorgeously opaque in 2 coats.
My camera had a hard time capturing the correct tone with this one – the bottle shot above is the most accurate. Don’t Break My Corazón is a little more pink-toned than seen in these images (on my screen, at least), but it is still very definitely a red.
I only took these bottle shots after finishing all of the swatches, which is why the bottle isn’t quite full any more. I find it harder to judge base coats based on just a few brief uses, as I can’t yet say what this base coat would do for my nails in the longer term. So far, however, I’m a fan of Stick With It. It dries quickly, so I can get on with painting my nails. I’ve had great wear time with these polishes – those that I’ve kept on for longer than a couple of hours – and I’m sure the base coat had something to do with it. I also haven’t had any staining while using it, although I haven’t tried it with any polishes that I know for sure have stained my nails in the past. Overall, I’m happy with this base coat and I will keep on using it, at least until this bottle is done.
The top coat is another story. I am not a fan. I did use it for all of these swatches as I wanted to share how the system worked together. The good thing about this top coat is that it does dry quickly, and obviously that is important. The problem with it is that it is a serious smearer! I tried using it on top of some stamping and it got smeared like crazy. Even when using it over a swatch, you can see how it is dissolving the underlying polish. See the spots of colour on the brush in the bottle? That’s just from normal use, it picks up the colour you are top coating. It also imparts a slightly uneven, brushstrokey look on the manicure – you can see it in a couple of the macros of the cremes from this collection. The cremes are smooth, but the top coat is not. So while I would recommend the polishes from this collection, I can’t recommend this top coat.
What do you think of this collection? Do you have a favourite? My favourites were Mauve Your Feet and Olé My Way – such gorgeous shades!