Sunday, October 14th, 2012

Temptalia Asks You


Are brush strokes ever okay in a nail polish? Does it make some look cool or is it always a deal-breaker?

Temptalia's AnswerWhen they look like threads, I think it can make a finish look very metallic, but if they curve at all, it can ruin a polish.

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19 thoughts on “Are brush strokes ever okay in a nail polish?

  1. Avatar of Amy xamyx

    I don’t mind them too much. I’ve always found a good top coat usually blurs them out enough that, unless someone is staring at my nails, four inches away, they’re not too obvious.

  2. Avatar of rebecca blueraccoon

    For metallic polishes I think sometimes it’s pretty cool, but for cremes and shimmers, no.

  3. Nope. They’re never ok. It just makes the polish look cheap.

  4. Adele

    I wouldn’t say it looks cool, but I can deal with subtle brush strokes if I like the color.

  5. I really dislike super-obvious brushstrokes, but faint ones that you can only see in certain lights / at certain angles don’t bother me.

  6. Avatar of Jade Jade

    Not for me, I personally just don’t like them!

  7. Avatar of Catherine CatherineM

    To me they are not, which is why I generally avoid metallic polishes, because they tend to show brush strokes. I only have two polishes in my stash with that finish, and I only bought them because the colors were truly unique and lovely. With these polishes I paint my nails once and then add another layer with a sponge and go over it with a topcoat, and voila! No brushstrokes.

  8. Yellowlantern

    I think brush strokes look gross when they’re on my nails (it doesn’t really bother me in photos on other people’s nails though). It just looks like I have a weird and disgusting nail texture. Never mind the fact that I’m not a great manicurist so polishes with brush strokes simply highlight my lack of ability to brush a a really straight line!

  9. Margaret

    When applied so the streaks are parallel and they look evenly spaced (almost impossible for most mortals) they’re just OK looking. Otherwise they make the polish look messy.

  10. Avatar of Dinitchka Dinitchka

    Is it okay? Not really. Does it bother me and my OCDness … A bit. Do I care? Not really because I usually put a glitter over the top of my polish anyway. So basically what I am saying is a formula should be perfect but glitter can cover-up any VBS’s :D

  11. It depends on the weight of the nail enamel. If it is thick and wavy streaky, it’s a KOD. A few from a thinner polish doesn’t bother me all that much.

  12. Safyre

    To me, no. I barely ever notice it on others unless their polish is mega streaky, but when I see it on myself it just bugs me and drives my ocd crazy.

  13. Avatar of Aida Aida

    Never on for me.

  14. I’m kinda OCD, so if I end up with brush strokes, I usually add on a layer of glitter polish to disguise them.

  15. VickyM

    They don´t really bother me, particularly on the toes I don´t mind them, but depending on the polish and the color, they might look strange.

  16. I don’t love brush strokes in polish but in some, they are unavoidable. If the polish is a very dense, ultra fine shimmer, brush strokes will happen but if the polish is applied well, they work with the texture and aren’t too visible. One big reason why I avoid frosts is that the brush strokes, no matter how well you apply are super obvious and the finish is unappealing.

  17. Tiffany

    It depends on the nail polish, I guess? I was fine with the bohemian collection from China Glaze, but I generally hate white-ish frosty nail polishes. Either way, they can be easily taken care of by stamping on the last coat instead of painting it on ;D

  18. Avatar of Jeney Jennifer

    I generally agree with you. I think I am very tolerant of brush strokes. They don’t bother me much. They only seem to show up in my metallic polishes and that’s okay with me!

  19. Avatar of SandraJT Sandra JT

    Brush strokes in polish really irritate me. They just look tacky & very sloppy to me. I accidentally discovered, though, that when I use Seche Vite fast drying top coat that it totally erases them & makes my nail polish look phenomenal. It makes some polishes look like gel polish in many cases, which looks gorgeous. And it really does dry my nail polish really quickly, so I never have to worry if I do my nails right before leaving the house or going to bed. It also keeps my nails from chipping altogether & reduces wear on my nail tips. Which means I only end up having to do my nails about once every 3 weeks or so. Major time saver. Their base coat is horrible stuff, though. Total rubbish.