Snippet: Striping Tape

Here's a quick post of a striping tape mani I did a few days ago using essie's matte about you as a top coat.  I still can't decide if I like the matte finish or not...I think I'm more of a shine type of girl.

I also clearly have no patience...as you can see I didn't wait for my base to try before adding top coat and it smeared on a few nails. -___-

oh boy I should really clean off my bottles!
I think this mani may have been better using a shiny top coat. What do you guys think? What are your suggestions as far as polish type/color to use under a matte top coat?