Harlow & Co. recently started to carry Mentality polishes; I ordered this long time lemming not too long ago. This is one coat....one!....on all fingers except index and middle which I didn't apply very well and they have two. No top coat to keep the matte of the polish.
I should point out the I was a little surprised on how dark Brute is; the pix above is more like a lot of the online pix I have seen are....however, I found it to be darker IRL like the pix below.
Stamped using white Konad special polish using Betina B18 on index and ring and FUN 5 on the rest of the fingers. I had a little mishap as I banged my nail against my desk just before stamping and I guess my nails weren't fully dry so the polish kind of wrinkled and shrunk back from the tip a bit but it wasn't that obvious IRL so just left it as opposed to repolishing.
While I loved how the mani was looking at this time, if you have been following me for a while, you know it's my style to add a few accents or pops of colours to most mani's; added yellow dots using yellow Konad special polish to finish.
Believe it or not, I didn't topcoat this mani....yep, I left it as it was matte even though every fibre in my body says you must top coat! Ok, to be honest, I tried a finger on my test hand and when the polish was top coated, I didn't love the look nearly as much so left the rest of the fingers. One of the reasons I usually top coat all mani's is to prevent chips and wear but even without, this mani stood up well even though I spend a great deal of my day banging a key board. I can't say how extended wear time was because I only wore it for 24 hours but there was nothing obvious at the end of the work day which was great news!
Thanks for looking!