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Friday, 10 May 2013

nail polish finishes

nail polish finishes review swatch photo
nail polish finishes creme review swatch photo

Excuse the fact the colours in my swatches do not go togehter at all but I thought today I'd talk about some common nail polish finishes. I've become somewhat of a crazy nail polish lady over the past few weeks and I thought I'd talk through some of the meanings behind some of the phrases used to describe nail polish finishes. I don't know how useful this is to anyone but I thought it'd make a decent post for those not so clued up on nail polish finishes! There are so many more than the ones I've listed below so I'll probably do a follow up with some more if anyone is actually intrested!

Creme finish nail polish is the most widely used nail polish finish. It's typically a solid colour with no shimmer, glitter added to the base. The finish is glossy and super smooth. The majority of polishes I've come across have this finish and it is very common. Example Polish- 2 True Shade 14*

Gel effect nail polishes are designed to mimic the high shine finish of professional manicures. Often these claim to last up to a week. Gel effect topcoats have also recently been launched to give regular polish a gel like finish.  Example Polish- Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine in Guava*

Sheer nail polishes are generally used in french manicures to show off white tips. These generally come in pink, nude or salmon as they are designed to show through base colours. Often take up to three coats to be opaque if so desired. Example Polish- Revlon Pink Nude*

Matte polishes have no shine what so ever. They tend to dry quicker than most other polishes and can apply slightly streaky if you don't work quickly and evenly. Neon polishes tend to dry matte because of the pigmentation levels. You can get topcoats to mimic the matte nail effect on regular polishes. Example Polish- Models Own Hedonist*

Shimmer finish nail polishes are generally a solid coloured based with fine, iridescent shimmer added to it. The shimmer is very finely milled and tend to be of a smooth texture rather than having any noticeably chunky glitter. Example Polish- Butter London Champers*

Duo-chrome nail polish changes colour depending on the reflection of light often showing two or more colours within one nail polish. Like shimmer finish polishes the particles are very finely milled so the nail polish applies smoothly and evenly. Example Polish- ORLY High on Hope*

Concrete finish nail polishes are a new trend in nail polish finishes. They have a rough, sand like gritty finish to them. Almost like sand or sugar particles have been suspended within the nail polish base, These are not smooth, tend to be fairly matte and have no shine. Example Polish- Seventeen Rock Hard Nail Effects in Black*

Feather finish nail polish are another new nail trend that has become more popular over the last year. These are either referred to as feather or confetti finishes. These polishes have small strands of two or more shades suspended in a clear base to give a feathered, textured effect. Often they need a fair few layers of the polish to build up a solid shade. Example Polish- Barry M Confetti Nails in Liqourice*
What's your favourite nail polish finish?

40 comments

  1. My favorite nail polish finish is creme and then sometimes I will fancy a shimmer finish! As much as I love big glitters in my nail polish, I always find it so hard to take off!
    I would love to see another post with other finishes!
    xx

    http://the-astyle.blogspot.ca

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  2. I love concrete and duochrome finishes, but I usually go for a creme :)

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  3. This was a very helpful post! I love matte finishes but am yet to buy any gel polishes. Shimmer ones or any with some sort of glitter are such a nightmare to remove!

    Little Black Russian

    x

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  4. I love duochrome finishes, especially the Models Own range :) This post was really interesting, I feel like an expert now! xx

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  5. The creme one is so beautiful!

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  6. I love the look of that shimmer polish!
    Personally I love really glossy nails, I just got one from the Barry M Gelly range too!

    Emily x - prettypleaseprettyplease.blogspot.com

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  7. I'm definitely going to have to buy a concrete finish:o
    I usually stick to mattes and cremes; right now I'm loving MUA's new Koala Bear x

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  8. Creme will probably always be my favorite finish of nail polish; I love glitter top coats and liquid sand finishes as well though <3

    Cassie
    thriftthick.blogspot.com

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  9. I love all of them! I need to try gel, concrete and feather!

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  10. Thank you very much for this post! My favourite finishes have got to be sheer, cream and gel! x
    Amy | http://amysbeautyjournal.blogspot.co.uk/

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  11. This is helpful, thank you :) I know there's a plethora of finishes out there but I'm boring and generally stick to creme, shimmer or duochrome!

    Louisa's Notebook

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  12. Matte top coats are perfect, it essentially doubles your entire collection - why bother buying a matte coloured varnish it's too limiting :D

    I've found that Essie - Matte About You is the best matte topcoat.

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  13. I love the concrete and feather finishes!
    - www.jennabarbara.blogspot.com xx

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  14. I think Creme is actually my favourite, boring I know! I lot the colour your picked out! xxx
    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD 

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  15. I'm not a fan of the matte and concrete finishes...
    The concrete finish looks like a very old nailpolish that You'd forget at the bottom of your drawer :D

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  16. I love the gel colours, And I love the finish they leave!

    Pipp xx
    http://pippjones281190.blogspot.co.uk

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  17. Adore matte nail varnishes
    http://shradhaloves.blogspot.co.uk/
    S xx

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  18. i need to try the gel so badly, will have to buy one tomorrow! xx
    beautgeorge.blogspot.com

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  19. to be honest i quite like the good old creme finish, I love a classic polished nail :) I'd really love to get my hands on a matte topcoat though. great post lily, the photos are lovely xx

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  20. I love matte nails but they are a bit harder to come across so I invested in Rimmel's matte top coat which works like a charm. Not a huge fan of a shimmery polish but it doesn't stop me buying them! Definitely do a post about other finishes. x
    http://stylemouth.blogspot.com

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  21. Creme is my favourite finish! (and also the easiest to apply & remove!)

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  22. The creme looks gorgeous, I have no idea why but textured nails always make me cringe when I catch my nails xx


    Brunette in Louboutins A fashion & lifestyle blog.

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  23. learnt something new. creme and gel are my fav

    yukluistyle

    yukluistyle

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  24. The feather polish looks unreal! Not too fond of the concrete nails though
    styleslapsound.blogspot.com

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  25. This was really helpful, the feather nail polish looks great.

    jess xx
    dotofdaisy.blogspot.com

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  26. I never know there were so many finishes :D
    <3

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  27. this post is great lily! it's so useful for those of us who aren't as clued up on nail polish finishes! i've heard of all of these finishes but wouldn't be able to describe them so now i know for certain what exactly they are! thanks for this really helpful post! :) X

    http://theenglishgirl.blogspot.co.uk/

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  28. This is such a helpful post! I had no idea that there this many finishes within polishes. I think my favourite has to be a cream/gel like finish.. I hate shimmer, but love glitter. Shimmer polishes remind me of my Mum :/ haha xx

    Gemma | ♥ | Miss Makeup Magpie

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  29. I have to say I prefer a shiny finish but adore Hedonist! x

    http://thebeautyvisual.blogspot.co.uk

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  30. Great post! Love it (y)

    www.blushing-lily.blogspot.co.uk

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  31. Need to pick me up a concrete and feather nail polish just to try out the new textures. x

    http://catatheart.blogspot.com

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  32. Really helpful post! I haven't heard about the feather finish yet! :O x

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  33. I love the shimmer and feather finishes! :)
    x

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  34. You should also look into flakies and holographic finished, I LOVE them, they're really different !

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  35. I love them all... maybe that's my problem! I'm such a nail polish addict :/ xx

    Tor @ That's Peachy Fashion & Beauty Blog

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  36. Great post! I am not keen on matte nail varnish at all...not sure why but I always think it looks horrible on me. Love the gel nail varnish though.
    xxxx
    www.keepingupwithkatieelizabeth.blogspot.co.uk

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