Are brush strokes ever okay in a nail polish?

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

When 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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xamyx Avatar

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.

CatherineM Avatar

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.

Yellowlantern Avatar

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!

Margaret Avatar

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.

Dinitchka Avatar

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 😀

Safyre Avatar

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.

Ice Queen Avatar

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.

Tiffany Avatar

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

Jennifer Avatar

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!

Sandra JT Avatar

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.

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