Monday, October 29th, 2012

Rant & Rave

This Week’s Topic: Sheer Nail Lacquer!

Your Mission: Tell us what you love, hate, or are otherwise indifferent to about sheer nail lacquer. What drives you bananas? What makes them necessary?

my answer: I’ve definitely come around and have learned to appreciate a sheer nail polish (assuming it was intended to be sheer!), so long as they aren’t streaky!

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22 thoughts on “Rant & Rave: Sheer Nail Lacquer

  1. I actually have a scar that’s visible under one of my nails (almost lost the tip of my middle finger when I was 5), so I prefer to use polishes that cover it up. I will use sheer polish on top of opaque polish to make something more interesting, though.

  2. Courtney

    Hate it. Can’t stand sheer polish. It just looks undone.

  3. Avatar of Marian Marian

    I like it. Sometimes I like a more natural look for my nails with just a hint of color or sheen.

  4. Avatar of Amy xamyx

    I don’t mind them, in fact I quite like them. For the most part, I wear either a dark, vampy shade or an opaque nude. Having the sheer polishes make for a quick, easy change if my nails need a touch up, or I just get bored.

    In terms of “intention”, I know going in that there will be shades and/or finishes that are inherently sheer, regardless of how they’re labelled, so I’ve never been disappointed. On the extremely rare occasion I thought a polish would be more opaque, I just deal with it and figure out a way to make it work. This happens across *all* pricepoints, and I’ve learned to adapt. After all, it’s only nail polish.

  5. Dinitchka

    I don’t mind a sheer polish. I use them mostly for layering or alone with a glitter. They make fab faux jelly samich manicure. The only thing I dislike in a sheer polish is if it takes forever to cure. Sally Hansen Smooth & Perfect Color + Care is one of the worst for me. It takes FOREVER to set, bubbles and chips so easily.

  6. Avatar of Vicke Vick

    I love them for Jelly Sandwiches!

  7. I only use them for layering. They just don’t look right on me when worn alone. :/

  8. Nathalie

    I like them because I’m really into layering now. I also like jelly polishes so I don’t mind if I have to do a few coats in order to get that jelly shine.

  9. Avatar of Jeney Jennifer

    The only sheer nail polishes I seem to like are meant for layering anyway. I’m not really into the sheer look.

  10. I love a good jelly! But it better dry after all those coats!

  11. I like them! Sheer nail polish perfect for days when you don’t feel like putting in the time and effort and precision to apply a bright or dark color. Sheer nail lacquers are more forgiving and you can afford to be a little bit messy with them. And they still make your nails look pretty and polished.

  12. Brenda

    I really don’t like sheer nail polishes – I guess I could see using one for layering? But I always feel like it looks weird and unfinished when you can see a nail line. I mostly tend to favour really strong colours though so maybe it’s just that I don’t like subtlety in general.

  13. Avatar of Dominique Dominique

    I sometimes use a fleck polish but most of the time I put it over a regular opaque polish.

  14. Avatar of Nesita Nesita

    I don’t really like them unless it’s for layering purposes.

  15. Kaytlin

    I actually like them. I just bought the deborah lippmann true blood mini nail polish set & the color “bad blood” is a sheer polish & it’s really pretty on the nails.

  16. YellowLantern

    If it’s a jelly polish I’m a fan of sheer polish. I love the look of jelly polishes, to me they look cute.

    Otherwise I’m not crazy about sheer polishes except for certain glitter polishes for layering.

  17. Avatar of Brenda Brenda

    I find them streaky usually, or rather, any streaks will show more, and to me sheer looks undone, unfinished, messy almost. Or lazy? Like i just did one quick coat and then never bothered to finish? I don’t like seeing my nail line when I am wearing polish.

    I DO like them for layering but i don’t buy with intention of that. I wind up using them for that if I bought the polish expecting it to be more opaque.

  18. I’m working on my perception of VNL as a bad thing. I’ve been meaning to try a really squishy jelly in a jelly colour..think grape I have one coming up from the states in a week or so. We’ll go from there :)

  19. Avatar of Megan Megan

    I’m not a big fan of sheer polish. I like some colors, but overall I prefer opaque colors.

  20. Avatar of Carrie Carriel2

    I like sheers and jellies. I tend to use sheers and jellies in the spring and summer, then go for full coverage colors in the fall and winter. I also like to mix them with other polishes I’m not in love with. Sometimes you can end up with a really lovely color.

  21. Avatar of Elizabeth Elizabeth Cunningham

    SHEER NAIL LACQUERS: don’t care much for them, even if I wear a pale I prefer it to be opaque. It is helpful to have close by a bottle of base that dries in a MILKY HAZE, somewhat opacified, prior to sheer lacquer. Sheers also make a nice ‘topper’ for something more opaque.

  22. My favorite is OPI You Callin’ Me A Lyre? and Dior Pink Porcelain :)