Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Different Nail Polish Finishes

Creme - a colour that has no shimmer/glitter/holo. Often mistaken as Matte. Take a look at OPI Gotta Get Pink!

Matte - A polish that dries matte, no shiny. Please do not get Creme and Matte mixed up :D
Neons often dry matte. Take a look at Matte Grape

Holographic - A polish that has rainbow coloured glitter and they look amazing in the sun! Take a look at Worth The Risque or under the 'Holographic' label :)

Holographic Glitter - A polish that has scattered pieces of glitter than shine different colors of the rainbow. Take a look at OPI Text Me Text You

Shimmer - A polish that has little bits of different coloured shimmer to the base or very similar to the base colour. These can vary quite a lot. Take a look at Misa No Shrinking Violetta and Superstitious or Pretty and Privileged

Frosted - A very smooth and fine shimmer. Take a look at OPI Suzi & The Lifeguard and Tangerine Scene for an example

Pearl - Similar to Frosted but has a somewhat pearl quality to it. Take a look at Misa Little Tease

Glitter - A polish that has chunks of glitter, often bigger and grittier than shimmer. Take a look at Cherry Much In Love, Emerald Sparkle or Midnight Blue Glitter

Duo-chrome - A nail polish that often flashes different colours. Take a look at OPI Tahoe Topaz and Santee Rainbow Pink

Irridescent - A shimmer in a polish that is often a different colour. Take a look at OPI Yokohama Twilight

Jelly - a translucent polish, usually very very shiny and creme. Take a look at Zoya Morgan.

Neon - a super bright polish that usually dries matte. If they are sheer, you can layer them over a white. Take a look at Pure Energy, The Grass Is Greener On My Side or Pink Flame

Sheer - a polish that is usually used for French Manicures, designed to show the white tip. Take a look at Ready To Wear, Bailey and I'm Yours.

If there are any I have forgotten or there is anything you would like me to explain, feel free to ask :D

NOTE: I will be updating the links shortly to newer photos.


  1. This is extremely helpful. :) I am going to link to this on my blog! :)

  2. Terrific idea to do this list with an explantion. Also the examples that are ready to be clicked on.

  3. Oh my gosh! are you removing this from your sidebar??????

    I always reference this list and am thankful that you had/have it posted on your blog.

  4. AntiSocialButterfly15 October 2009 at 07:06

    Flakies, You forgot Nfu Oh Flakies lol Otherwise great list, This is were I learnt about Jellies ;)

  5. Vegan - awesome!

    Lucy - Thank-you! hopefully I will be updating it soon.

    Nefertari - not a problem :)

    Deez - :O ok then I will put it back up once I have edited it :D

    ASB - THANKYOU! You are wonderful.

  6. Can I use this on my blog to be?

  7. Candypaint - sure as long as you say where you got it from :)

  8. Get the lessson i need.. thanks..


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