10 different types of nail polish


From Price to Quality to Longevity, there are many, many different types of nail polishes out there. Choices are great. Everyone loves choices. But when it comes down to manicures, we don’t want to be stuck with the wrong kind for the next four weeks. Here’s the real deal on every type of nail option out there.

Nail polish has gone from a basic way to groom and spruce up your look, to a full-blown art tool. The popularity of getting your nails done has grown so much that more advanced techniques of application have come to be, causing brands to innovate and give us new formulations as well. While that is great for consumers who love trying new things, it is also confusing for those who aren’t well-versed in manicure lingo.

Deciding on your next coat of polish goes beyond color. There’s now also texture, shine, and finish to consider. In recent years we have seen a rise in nail polish styles, including contemporary twists on classic styles. Whether you consider yourself a beauty expert or are simply curious about what’s available for your next trip to the salon, learn more about each of the major types of nail polish. Here’s a brief guide to the 10 main types of nail polish to help you pin down your next signature look

  • Creme: When it comes to classic nail polish,, the standard style is crème. This type of nail polish is one of the most popular and tends to be relatively low-maintenance, with a broad spectrum of shades.
  • Chrome/Metallic: For a bit of extra flash, chrome or metallic nail polish is the way to go. This style is ultra high-shine and is the perfect choice for a high-impact look. Since this type of nail polish has a tendency to streak, apply it with care, or leave it to the professionals. RMS Beauty’s nail polish in Magnetic is a great option for those wanting to try the look.
  • Matte: Contrary to popular belief, matte nail polish does look good year-round.. This nail polish style is distinctly anti-shine, but high-quality polishes offer plenty of depth and give any color a distinctly editorial look. 
  • Glitter/Shimmer: These nail polishes tend to glitter or shimmer in the light and are playful, fun, and offer the perfect summer beauty fix. Most often, these types of nail polish include flecks of glitter suspended in a clear gloss polish. Don’t forget the top coat, chipping is extra noticeable with this nail polish style. You also need to brace yourself for a tougher-than-usual removal process. However, with the right shade, glitter polish is well worth the effort.
  • Gel: Gel polish is one of the trendiest types of nail polish with an assortment of variations to do it yourself at home. No trips to the  salon are needed if you’re savvy enough to do it yourself. One reason for their allure is that they tend to last longer than other types of polish and are less susceptible to chipping or scratching. Salon gel manicures have grown immensely in popularity
  • Foil: Foil nail polish is a member of the metallic/chrome family and is a high-shine variant with a specific look and texture. In essence, the term foil is derived from the way the polish tends to catch and reflect light. These metallic shades are similar to aluminum.
  • Neon: If you’re feeling like going for the old school look, nothing beats the retro aesthetics of a vibrant neon polish. From hot pink to traffic-cone orange, this type of polish is eye-catching and leans toward the matte end of the spectrum in terms of finish.
  • Pearl: For a delicate sheen look without in-your-face color, pearl is one of the most versatile types of polish. While pearl polish can be enjoyed on its own, it also looks great on top of a colorful matte or crème polish for a pearlescent finish.
  • Holographic: Many go crazy for holographic makeup, and the trend has extended to nails. This style of nail polish is light reflective and shimmering. Holographic options offer an ethereal quality that pairs well with spring and summer.

10)  Magnetic: This is one of the more popular types of nail polish among current trends. Once the nail polish is applied, a small magnet, typically included in the cap of the nail polish bottle acts on tiny metal particles in the polish to create stripes, waves, or other creative designs. While outsourcing your first magnetic nail adventure probably isn’t the worst idea.

So whichever is your favorite type or style of nail polish, you do have different options. It’s pretty much what your preference is. If you don’t have a preference yet, explore. With so many options out there, you are  certain to find the ideal nail polish for yourself and have some fun while you’re at it. Nail polish is extensive but this should give you an idea of what’s out there!!!

Kean Hager
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