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Mattese Elite Carnaval Swatches

This entire collection is described as the following: “Escape the mundane and drab this Winter with the latest nail polish collection from Ricky’s NYC’s Mattese Elite, inspired by the Carnaval celebrations held in Brazil. These glossy solid shades are a collage of neon — bright, intense and immediate party-starters.” Neons – YAY! Not gonna delay more…..onto the swatches!

First up is Rei Momo.

Mattese Elite Rei Momo

Rei Momo, or King Momo, is considered the King of Carnaval during the festivities. This is a hot pink neon. No other way to describe this one. I absolutely love, LOVE, L-O-V-E this shade. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.

Mattese Elite Rei Momo (in shade)

Mattese Elite Rei Momo (direct sunlight)

Mattese Elite Rei Momo (close-up)

Next up is Passistas.

Mattese Elite Passistas

Passistas is a term referred to the talented Carnaval samba dancers. This purple neon shade suits it perfectly. It’s vibrant and beautiful. It reminds me of the purple I see in some orchid flowers. This shade is not as opaque as the others though. It’s still worth it though. Shown is 4 thin coats with no top coat.

Mattese Elite Passistas (in shade)

Mattese Elite Passistas (direct sunlight)

Mattese Elite Passistas (close-up)

Then we have Desfiles De Samba.

Mattese Elite Desfiles De Samba

Desfiles De Samba refers to the samba parade. “A parade-worthy light green” it is! Shown is 3 thin coats with no top coat.

Mattese Elite Desfiles De Samba (in shade)

Mattese Elite Desfiles De Samba (direct sunlight)

Mattese Elite Desfiles De Samba (close-up)

Next is the one I liked least, Rainha.

Mattese Elite Rainha

Rainha means queen and it refers to the queen in the Carnaval festivities. I didn’t think the name suited the shade really. I was expecting a bolder, brighter shade for the queen of the event! Oh well. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Mattese Elite Rainha (in shade)

Mattese Elite Rainha (direct sunlight)

Mattese Elite Rainha (close-up)

Next up is one of my favorites in this collection, Fantasias.

Mattese Elite Fantasias

Fantasias, I believe, refers to the actual costumes in a Carnaval samba group. While I do like this shade more in the bottle than on the nail, it is rich and stunning. This one dried the most dull or matte out of all 6. I think that’s partly why I like the purple neon color more in the bottle. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Mattese Elite Fantasias (in shade)

Mattese Elite Fantasias (direct sunlight)

Mattese Elite Fantasias (close-up)

Saving the best for last, here’s my favorite one called Samba Enredo.

Mattese Elite Samba Enredo

Samba Enredo refers to songs that are performed by a samba school for events in Carnaval. This neon pink is so bold, so bright and so pretty. I love this kind of neon pink as opposed to the softer ones. This one could pass for a Rainha in my opinion. 🙂 Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.

Mattese Elite Samba Enredo (in shade)

Mattese Elite Samba Enredo (direct sunlight)

Mattese Elite Samba Enredo (close-up)

Overall, I love this collection. I have always been blown away by Mattese Elite neons and this is no exception. I loved last year’s bright offerings and I love this one even more! If I had to pick a few as my must-haves it would be Samba Enredo, Fantasias, Passistas and Rei Momo. If you don’t like the dull or matte finish, just add top coat and you’re good to go. Most of them dry to a slightly dull or matte finish.

You can score any of these beauties directly on their webpage or if you live in the wonderful state of New York, you can stop by at any Ricky’s NYC store locations (see here) and see this and other shades for yourself before you buy. Mattese Elite shades retails for $5.99 each before tax.

*Products in this review have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


2 responses

  1. kat

    all those colors look gorgeous on you!

    March 3, 2012 at 1:07 AM

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