Monday, February 10, 2014

What's in a finish? - Holographic

      For today's what's in a finish post we have one of my favorite finishes; the holographic. Now as many of you know there are two types of holographic finishes, the linear and scattered. But I've found over the last few months that a lot of people are confused as to what the differences between them are.

   Let's start with what makes a polish holographic. Holographic polishes contain very fine rainbow colored glitters, which change color with the reflection of light. (Also known as spectra flair) This finish is very obvious in sunlight, but many times can be visible indoors.

     Linear holo's change color with the reflection of light giving off a rainbow effect. Some polishes have a stronger rainbow effect than others depending on the number of glitters in the polish.

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     A scattered holo still contains the rainbow glitters but has no rainbow effect. 

Orly Miss Conduct

       Now here's a quick photo comparing a linear holo to a scattered. This is 2 coats of Orly Miss Conduct compared to 2 coats of China Glaze Infra Red on a  nail wheel. While I like both, the linear holo is my favorite.

     Is the holographic finish a favorite of yours? Do you prefer the linear or scattered look? Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!


  1. Well, that's interesting. I was planning on getting a holographic polish at some point and prefer the linear look. Will I be able to tell which type it is just from how it looks in the bottle?

    1. That's a great question and something I didn't think to cover in my post. Sorry about that. You should be able to tell if a polish is a linear or a scattered holo by turning the bottle around in the light. The rainbow effect will still be there but depending on how strong the holo is,will determine how easily it shows up.

  2. I love any kind of holographic polishes! This was a great post to read about it ;)

    1. Thanks Lisa. I like both types of holos too but have found that I don't own very many scattered ones.

  3. I love all holos, so much more interesting than cremes...

    1. I think that's why I like them so much. More character and depth than a cream. I do still like my creams for nail art though, especially as a base color.


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