Friday, April 1st, 2011

Choose or Lose


What's your favorite nail polish finish?

  • Cream/Creme (61%, 2,506 Votes)
  • Duochrome/Holographic (15%, 629 Votes)
  • Shimmer (10%, 411 Votes)
  • Glitter (5%, 216 Votes)
  • Metallic (4%, 165 Votes)
  • Sheer (3%, 124 Votes)
  • Other- I'll tell you in the comments! (2%, 35 Votes)

Total Voters: 4,086

Feel free to elaborate on your answer in the comment section! :)

Thanks to CeeBee for today’s poll!

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49 thoughts on “What’s your favorite nail polish finish?

  1. I absolutely ADORE a good duochrome, regardless of the product. <3

  2. RosaVee

    I love ALL finishes! Nail polish addict here!

  3. D

    Jelllllyyyyy… yum yum.

  4. Sam

    I hate nail polish! I know it sounds crazy, but I just do!!!

  5. I love jelly polishes! The new “sorbet” finish from the Texas OPI collection is also pretty amazing!

  6. Chynna

    Love them all. I go through phases where I think holos are the best, then I’ll decide glass flecks or jellies are. When my nails look their best, I love sheer neutrals to show off my natural nail underneath.

  7. My favorite finish is jelly ♥

  8. Tiffany

    Having to choose is so unfair! It depends on the mood and occasion. I feel like cremes look more polished and somehow more mature whilst shimmers/metallics/duochromes/glitters are fun and playful. I love all finishes!

  9. Creams are just so elegant and sophisticated. I love sparkle, but creams are never out of style.

  10. I love duochromes and holographics, but I really LOVE flakey polishes. I wish there were more available!

  11. April

    Hmmm, not a huge holo fan, but I can’t get enough of duochromes.

  12. Avatar of Mariella Mariella

    I’ve had a terrible time with sheers – I can’t get them to apply without streaks. I do have a few glitters (Zoya Roxy, a blue-green one from OPI, etc.) and I use them just for my toes. But nice, shiny cream polishes are the ones I like best for my fingernails and on my toes too.

  13. I like really glossy finishes the best. I don’t like metallic ones and the new ones that create patterns with a magnet! And crackling topcoats are really bad.
    Does anybody know a polish that looks like Essie’s “Pink Glove Service” does in the bottle – but worn not that sheer/transparent?
    Thanks :)

  14. Avatar of Jill AnGeLwInGz

    I love me some nail polish! I have all kinds except mattes, can’t get into those. I used to be all about glitters but now I’m too lazy to remove them. I think shimmers/ metallics are the prettiest but a lot of them require several coats to get full coverage, and I don’t have the patience for that either. Needless to say I’ve been sticking to the creams lately, and they have to be interesting colors. No nudes or French pinks for me. (I love any shade of blue n/p and my boyfriend likes it on me too!)

  15. Adria

    I love holos. When you use them, your nails become future space age nails. LOVE IT!

  16. Izzy

    Mattes <3

    Well, I use a creme/shimmer/glitter & put a coat of Essie's Matte About You on top, love love love!!

  17. Creams and mattes.

  18. MissChels

    I have 3 favorites. Creme, Gel, and Holographic.

  19. I love love love iridescent / duochrome nails. Mash-Up by Sephora/OPI and Crystal Waters by SpaRitual are two of my favourites. Of course, I’m always a fan of a lovely matte or a fun glitter.

    Aw hell, I’ll wear most finishes!

  20. Holographic, can’t get enough of them!

  21. I love a good cream colour. I think the worst is sheer. I just like making a statement with my nails and a sheer finish is very under-stated. Although, a good compromise is a jelly finish like in OPI’s Texas Collection.

  22. pip

    I love a bit of shimmer, but I am crazily seeking jellies at the moment.

  23. Melanie

    Cremes are my favorite [i hate glitter].

  24. Avatar of Devon Devon

    matte or jelly :)

  25. anet

    PICS would have helped. most people don’t know the difference between duo and holo and they are not alike. Magnetics with a variety of designs would be excellent

    • Vale

      I don’t know the difference between sheer and shimmer… I love polishes as OPI Like My Sapphire, with a subtle shimmer, just like micro-micro-micro shimmering particles. Which kind of finish is that? If someone answers to me, I will click on the list above :-P

  26. I’m head over heels for shimmers, foils and duochromes.

  27. I love ALL nail polishes! :)

  28. Melissa

    I’m a nail polish junkie and always fall in love with glitters like Absolutely Alice… but honestly? Nothing is better than a gorgeous, shiny cream polish :)

  29. Lah

    duochrome is awesome!
    i also loooove glass flecked polishes *-*

  30. My favorite finish is creme. My least favorite finish is jelly. I have polishes in all finishes though. I also love glass fleck glitters like China Glaze Ahoy, China Glaze Strawberry Fields, etc.

  31. aloix

    I voted other, because I’m fine with all of them EXCEPT cream. And then I saw that’s the one with by far the most votes, LOL.

    Most of the time my ‘go to’ polishes are duochromes or shimmers. I like a bit of shine, and I tend to regret and not use polishes that bore. I rarely use the big glittery ones either, except on weekends or so.

  32. i’m so happy to see creme winning the race! i adore anything creme – it’s just to chic compared to the overly glitzy stuff. i don’t mind something shimmery or duochromey from time to time. but creme is definitely my go-to. as well as matte.

  33. Lola

    I actually love mattes the most.

  34. Cremes, but duochromes and holos are a close second!

  35. Jenny

    Mattes. I don’t own any other topcoats except for Essies Matte about you. A great combo for me are MAC:s frost finished polish with a coat of Matte about you. I hate shiny nails and did not even use nail polish until I realized there was a way of making it matte.

  36. Marla

    I love sheer french polishes.

  37. Nicole

    I hate glitter and metallic polishes. The ones I own are hard to apply, so this is a no-go for me. I love sheer polishes with a hint of shimmer like (I pink I love you or Give me the moon both by OPI). And I adore cremes, but only if they cover my natural nail with two coats and don’t peal off after 2 days.

  38. Laurina

    I have a love for cremes

  39. cyra

    I love pretty much all finishes, but I don’t like metallic and shimmer ones that don’t end up being very metallic-ish. (as in, if it’s going to be metallic, it’s gotta be metallic or glittery, or that cool kind of metallic/glitter. either that or it’s gotta be a creme polish.) I do like jellies as well

  40. Altea

    what happened to foil? I love foil polishes. Though I have to say creme is probably the most versatile finish.

  41. Flakes – Nfu Oh, freaking gorgeous!
    Jelly – Oooh, so shiny and squishy :3
    Shimmer/glitter – You know, the kind of shimmer that is absolutely mesmerazing to look at. Like NYX Jungle. Glitter is really awesome too.

    But really, I’m just going to keep babbling ’cause there’s so many awesome polishes, so I’m just gonna stop here. O.o
    These are the ones that amaze me, not necessary the best ones. ^^

  42. Jenna S.

    It all depends on my mood, as well as the season. I really like sultry creams in the fall and dark, shimmery or duochrome colors in the winter. Spring and summer are kind of a free-for-all as far as formulas go.

    I do find that colors with shimmer have the longest shelf-life, though, whereas creams are the first to turn goopy, which makes me sad.

    • Jenna S.

      P.S. As I’m writing this, I’m applying OPI “Mauve-lous Memories” on my nails, a shimmery, pink-y mauve color. I just thought it was funny coming across a nail polish post while painting my nails. But then, I often look at my favorite fashion/beauty blogs while I’m doing my nails, since I can type in between coats.

  43. muffingrl

    i love them all!

  44. Riki

    you forgot MATTE! those are amazing!