It ref is not smooth. More matte has a texture from the design but feels good in hand. I loved the vapor finish but I don't regret putting this on. Looks great. I sell my stuff and want it to look pristine down the road. Also, I have not noticed any heat issues since using this for 3 days.hey Tony what does the skin feel like? Is it more matte/smooth or grippy? How about finger prints? Any comments on heat? Seems cool but I can't imagine covering the beautiful, smooth vapor mag.