Monday, January 27, 2014

What's in a Finish?-Frost and Pearl

     Today in my what's in a finish series I take a closer look at the frost and Pearl finishes. A frost finish is a very fine, shimmery polish often having an icy look to it. Predominantly having a metallic look, a typical color balance is more frost than pigment.

China Glaze Exceptionally Gifted
     The big downfall for this finish is it often shows heavy brush strokes. Even a good top coat can have a hard time covering them up. This can tend to make people want to shy away from using them and they are losing popularity. Which is a shame since they usually are really pretty colors.

     The Pearl finish is very similar to the frost finish except that it has a pearly sheen and a satiny look. This is another finish that seems to have lost popularity because of the brushstrokes and is mainly found in older polishes.

China Glaze Camisole

      Overall I think these finishes have some good qualities to them, but the brush stroke factor has limited my purchasing and use of them. How do you feel about them?
Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!


  1. I always wondered why these lost popularity, I always loved the frosty pinks- so girly. I still have a couple bottles of my favs from long back- just can't throw them out!

    1. I still have a few of my own that a near and dear to my heart too. I know Pure Ice still has some frost finish polishes if people are looking for them. Ive picked up a few from Wal-mart over the last year and they are pretty easy on the wallet. I heard a rumor that Zoya has a few also but haven't checked them out yet. Thanks for reading my post and taking the time to comment!

  2. Not a huge fan of frost/pearl finishes but they look okay if the brush strokes aren't highly noticeable.

    1. I think a lot of people feel the same way. Most of the ones I own aren't too bad as far as brush strokes go, but I still don't use them as often as other finishes. If I do use them they tend to be base colors for nail art.


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