Today I had to crack open the neons!!! I loved the etched feel to the bottles and didn't realise until this point of unwrapping, that the polishes are matt too :) I wouldn't say they are the same sort of matt effect you would get from say my Rimmel Matt Top Coat - that is a real satin finish, these give more of a dull sheen. Of course, once you add topcoat they have a normal shine finish. I went for the pink and it took just one coat over one coat of the white. I think doing two normal thin coats would do just fine after using this one though and they all seem to have a nice thick, even formula. Whilst the polish was still wet I cracked open the pink beads and sprinkled away, patting down with the tip of my finger. I was really quite pleased with the result but boy do I need to give myself thorough mani ASAP, hangnails all over the shop and my cuticles made clean up a lil messy grrrr! Tomorrow!