My swatch is a little more satiny looking than the actual matte. I'm sorry, I had to put on some hand lotion to soothe my dry hands! OPI mattes come with a little list of guidelines about matte polishes and one of them is, no lotion! Also on that list it's stated that you should not wear any base coat, drying products, or top coat. Sorry again, OPI, I'm wearing base coat. I am not going to risk getting worse stained nails!! I don't really see how applying base coat could mess up mattes, unless you don't let it dry completely.
Application; Very good for matte polishes. It's a little tricky getting used to, you have to work quickly because mattes dry FAST. Try to completely cover your nail in as few brush strokes as possible because the more you do, the more uneven the polish is. My swatch is two normal coats.
Although it may be tedious, all these special rules for mattes are a small price to pay for such a cool look!