Mad About Matte: Six Sexy Picks That Won’t Dull

Yes, the holiday season means sparkles, spangles and shimmer, but there’s been a huge backlash against shine lately as designers from luxury houses and automobile manufacturers to tech companies and nail polish lines embrace all things matte. And the results have been anything but dull! Fashion Trends Daily picks some of the best:


Mercedes Matte Paint

1. Mercedes Matte Paint Starting in 2011, Mercedes will be offering matte paint jobs on many of its models. Since driving one of these luxury vehicles is a fashion statement in itself, MB decided that customization, including matte paint options in gray, black, white, blue and more in addition to interior options like piano lacquer and exotic wood panels, are one way to inject some personality into your sport-injected coupe.2. Orly Metal Chic Collection

Think that matte means mellow? Think again. Orly’s developed a matte metallic finish nail polish that’s got bling without blinding shine. Solid Gold, Iron Butterfly and Glam Rock are perfect for holiday parties and this season’s swankiest soirees.

Hermes So Black Birkin3. Hermes So Black Birkin and Kelly Bags
Luxe leathergoods label Hermes might be known for its orange inclinations, but this season marks the launch of the So Black collection. Injecting the iconic Birkin and Kelly bags with major edge, they’ve given the leather a black matte finish and replaced the gold hardware with sleek black metal. Be ready for those waitlists all over again, ladies.

4. NARS Pure Matte Lipstick

Nars matte lipstick

Forget old matte lipstick formulas. Get the look without the drag, the flakes and the dry feeling with NARS latest formulation. Mango butter moisturizes and allows this lippie to be super rich, pampering and deeply pigmented. Fans include Glee star Lea Michele, January Jones and designers like Thakoon used them on the runways.

5. Timex Blackout Camper
Watch out! A classic American design gets an update with a matte black bezel and face (originally designed to reduce glare for pilots and soldiers). With an oversized face and unmistakable vintage look, it’s easy to throw on, making this one trend you can definitely show off in no time flat.

6. HP ENVY 14 Beats Edition Series Laptop

HP PC Envy Beat Series

Ooh, hello sexy! This special edition matte black laptop sports a red backlit keyboard and everything you need to rock the house if you’re gettin’ your DJ on at the club! Of course, you don’t have to be a Ronson to carry this sleek laptop, concepted by music moguls Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine. In fact, we’d suggest popping it into your matte So Black Birkin. Buy it on the HP site in the U.S. or from impossibly cool Parisian boutique Colette if you’re on the other side of the pond.

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Author:Christopher Luu for Fashion Trends Daily

Christopher Luu is a Fashion Trends Daily Senior Writer and Menswear Editor.