Monday, March 10, 2014

What's in a finish? - Sheer

     Today I'd like to take a look at the sheer finish for nail polish. What used to be reserved only for french manicures has quickly been adopted into the world of nail art. In fact, OPI currently has a new collection coming out consisting of only sheer polishes. But what is a sheer finish?

     A sheer finish nail polish has a half transparent finish to it. In other words, you will still have a very visible nail line even after 2 coats. As shown below with China Glaze Heaven.

China Glaze Heaven
Sally Hansen Whisper
     Usually, you would find sheer polishes in neutral or soft pink shades, but many companies have expanded into other colors as well.

Loreal Tweet Me
     We are also starting to see some shimmer or sparkle added to the sheer finish as shown in Loreal's Tweet Me. In my opinion, I think this year the sheer finish will be making a come back, and will no longer be reserved for the typical French Manicure.

     How do you feel about a sheer finish nail polish? Do you have any favorites? Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!


  1. I like sheer colors, especially if you want a simple french mani or something like that :)

    1. I have to admit that Im not a huge fan of sheers. Mostly because the main color options used to be so limited. But Im starting to get excited about them with the new OPI collection and the one Wet Paint Nails has to offer.


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