Monday, February 24, 2014

What's in a finish? - Metallic

     Hello there everyone and Happy Monday. Today I want to talk about Metallic finish nail polish. Some characteristics of metallic nail polish are that they make your nails look like metal and have a smooth almost mirror like finish. The most popular colors are copper, gold, and silver but over the last few years, we have seen companies branching out into other colors. For example, Essie's Mirror Metallic collection contained a blue. You can find my review of the entire Mirror Metallics collection here.

Essie Blue Rhapsody
     Foil finishes are often confused for a metallic finish because they have a similar appearance. However, foils contain micro glitters to give them a metallic feel but true metallic finishes contain no glitter.

Finger Paints She's a Beaut
     Unfortunately, some downsides to the metallic finish are that they leave brushstrokes and tend to show every imperfection on your nails. One way to help prevent this is to use a good ridge filling base coat and either a thick layer of top coat or two thin layers.

     I hope you've enjoyed this post. If you'd like to read earlier posts in this series just click on the "what's in a finish" tag below. Happy Polishing!


  1. I had always wanted one of the Essie Mirror Metallics, particularly the blue. I was shopping on BornPretty recently and found a blue there which I purchased. It looks like a metallic, but I think they call it a shimmer. Maybe I can send you a photo? I ended up adding the small holographic diamond-shaped glitters for extra sparkle. How do I send a photo to you?

    1. Id be happy to take a look at the photo for you. You can send it to me 2 ways. Post it to my facebook page or attach it in an e-mail to lustrouslacquer(@)live(dot)com. What is the name of the polish and which brand is it?

  2. Metallic is on my favorite finishes! I just love how it looks on my nails :)

    1. I love the look of metallic also. I was surprised when I put this post together to see that I don't own very many true metallic. Im still looking for one that has a mirror like finish. Id love to rock some shiny chrome looking nails.

  3. I love metallic polishes!
    I think the Foil polish from Essie looks stunning on your nails :)

    Xx Julia


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