I did use a base coat & then used three coats of Aspen. I do think that I could have used two coats to cover fully, but I didn't let the polish dry enough in between coats (even though they looked matte) & a little pulling occurred which required the extra coat.
After 4+ days of wear I do think that the matte aspect holds up better than a lot of other matte polishes that start to look shiny from wear/everything that gets on your nails, but that could partially be from it being a white polish. I also don't have any tip wear which is damn good for a matte.
As much as I love this polish I do think it would look better on shorter nails (just my personal opinion).
|diamond pearl fleck in Zoya Aspen|