Nail Polish Finishes by All Lacquered Up

I got this from All Lacquered Up. Since I’m really new at documenting my nail polish adventures, this list is more for me than anything else. I really have no idea how to describe nail polishes. So I guess more reading for me to do, eh?


  • Shimmer – subtle (usually metallic) color mixed very evenly in base color (typical color balance has more pigment than shimmer, but there are also sheer shimmers )
  • Micro-shimmer – very fine metallic/sparkly particles mixed evenly throughout base color (this finish is often smooth to the touch)
  • Micro-glitter – fine metallic/sparkly particles suspended in base color (this finish may feel a little rough to the touch, but not always)
  • Glitter – chunky and more visible glitter particles suspended in base color (this finish often feels rough to the touch)
  • Frost – icy/frosty finish with a predominant metallic look (typical color balance has more frost than pigment)
  • Lustre – pearly finish – can be pearl/white, gold, silver or iridescent – not as predominant a finish as a frost, sometimes light-reflecting
  • Creme – no shimmer – a milky, creamy finish….can be sheer or opaque
  • Prismatic micro-glitter or shimmer – fine rainbow colored particles that flash multi-colors & reflect light, some have a holographic or “3D” quality. (Also referred to as Holographic/Holo)
  • Iridescent – usually gives a color a “flash” of another color, depending on how light is reflected on the surface. Opalescent is similar, although typically has a distinct ‘pearly’ quality.
  • Matte – satin or flat looking polish. no gloss or shine
  • Duo-chrome – a shimmer polish that appears as two or more shades, depending on the light

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  • shoutingwind

    Hi, Triszha!
    Thanks for dropping by.

    April 7, 2010 at 6:22 AM Reply
  • ThRiSzHa

    cool.. thanks for sharing

    April 7, 2010 at 5:46 AM Reply
  • Mindy LC

    HAHAHAH. Lukaret!

    April 7, 2010 at 5:13 AM Reply
  • shoutingwind

    OMG! Nagpapahiwatig ka ba?

    April 6, 2010 at 4:32 PM Reply
  • Mindy LC

    Oh. Parang type ko ang “creme”….bat ba type ko mga parang gatas consistency lately???

    April 6, 2010 at 3:47 PM Reply
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