Elle magazine posted a picture of this matte and shine french manicure on their blog a few weeks ago, I really like this modern take on the classic French manicure.
All you need is a base colour, I found the darker the colour the better, a high shine top coat and a matte finisher.
I love using the Essie top coats and for my try I used the Essie 'matte about you' matte finisher and the Essie '3-way glaze' as the shiny topcoat.
My base colour is OPI 'A-Taupe the space needle'.
Apply your base colour, let dry and follow with a coat of matte finisher. When dry coat the tips of your nails with the high shine top coat, et voila finished!